Makeup can be best described as a “double edged sword”. Now, we don’t mean to sound dramatic, but it’s true. If you apply it the right way, you can steal the spotlight, but if you don’t, then you know what it means – ‘a complete disaster’. And that is the last thing any woman on this earth wants! So, to help you understand the thin line between what works and what doesn’t, we will be counting down the 10 EPIC MAKEUP BLUNDERS that women usually make.
Mistake 10 # Wearing the Wrong Shade of Foundation
Unless you’re dressing up for Halloween, this is a big mistake. When you use the wrong shade of foundation, you end up with a floating head because the color of your face and neck don’t match. To avoid this, select a foundation according to your complexion and skin type. You can do this by swiping a sample of the product over your jaw-line. The color is right is if it disappears without blending.
Mistake 9 # Applying the Blush Incorrectly
Applying blush on the apples of your cheeks or brushing blush too far below the cheekbone is completely wrong. The first only gives you a clown-like appearance and the latter visually pulls down the face, making it look jowly. The right way is to brush sparingly up along the cheekbone. The upward sweep gives the illusion of a slim face with chiseled cheekbones.
Mistake 8 # Wearing the Wrong Shade of Blush
When your lip color and blush are not harmonious, it gives a harsh look. Remember, your blush should complement your natural blush tone and should harmonize with your lip color. Therefore, always go for subtle shades of blush, especially if you are pairing it up with a bolder lip color. Try to select colors that are sheer and soft for a fresh glow on the cheeks. Pinks and peaches work well on fair and medium skin tones while corals and rich bronzes on darker complexions.
Mistake 7 # Over-Liberal Application of the Bronzer
The excessive use of the bronzer is one of the biggest makeup bloopers for sure. Many women tend to apply it generously; and that too, all over the face, to get the immediate allure of sun-kissed sensuality, but in reality, over-liberal application of the bronzer backfires and darkens the skin. The right way to go about it is to apply it only on the forehead, temple and nose, rather than the entire face. And remember, less is more. Don’t overdo it!
Mistake 6 # Forgetting to Prime
If you find yourself dabbing your makeup after every few hours, then you are most probably making the blunder of not using a primer before applying foundation and makeup. Primer is what gives your face a polished, hydrated and smoother surface that helps hold your makeup in place for longer than usual. So, if you are not using a primer, then we say its time you started using it.
Mistake 5 # Using the Wrong Shade of Under-eye Concealer
A common mistake that 7/10 women make is using an under-eye concealer that’s either 2 or 3 shades lighter than their foundation. This is no good for diminishing darkness under the eyes; instead, it only brings more attention to the area. To avoid this mistake, it is advisable to opt for a peach tone concealer. Peach counteracts purple and dark blue under-eye tone perfectly.
Mistake 4 # Too Much Face Powder
To beat the heat and retain a fresh look, over powdering the face is almost inevitable. But that is a huge blunder as it makes the face appear cakey and heavy and often results in cracks. The best way to avoid over powdering the face and retaining a fresh look is to use blot film papers. It helps absorb excessive oil from the face.
Mistake 3 # Shading the Eye-Brows Too Dark
Women with thin eyebrows often use dark eye pencil shades to create fuller and thicker brows, which makes them look harsh and unreal. Therefore, it is advisable to go for a shade lighter or maybe use a less intense touch to fill out your eye-brows. Mistake 2 # Clumped-up Lashes When you overdo your mascara, you end up with clumped eye lashes which don’t look pretty. To avoid this, it is suggested to first apply the mascara by holding the wand horizontally at the base of the lash and then to wiggle it out with your first coat. Next, hold the wand vertically for the second coat. This helps build up curl, separation and length.
Mistake 1 # Melting Lip Gloss
Yes, luscious and glossy pouts look attractive but not if your gloss continues to melt. This happens when you put on too much lip gloss. To avoid this and to make sure your gloss stays on for longer, first apply a layer of lip balm and then use a neutral lip stick and then use your gloss.