Uh-oh, are you looking at photos from the 90’s again? Over-plucked brows, baby blue eyeshadow, roll on lip gloss! Thankfully, we don’t make those mistakes anymore, the mistakes we do make are far more modern. If you’re worrying that your selfies show a lack of makeup skill you’d rather not share with the world, here are some common beauty mistakes and some quick fixes for them, don’t worry – we’ve all been there. No really, we have.
#1 OVERPOWDERING YOUR FACE
One of the worst moments in my makeup routine is when I apply my foundation as perfectly as I can, and then ruin that smooth finish by applying too much powder. Cake-face is not a great look for anybody, but we’re all victims of it at times! To avoid this, use a lightweight powder like the cult favorite Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder and apply using a damp Beauty Blender for seamless coverage.
#2 FOUNDATION MASK
Nothing screams “I’m wearing lots of makeup” like having a face that’s a completely different shade to your neck. Bad bathroom lighting is almost always to blame, so make sure you use the leftover foundation on your brush and blend downwards onto your jawline, neck, and upper chest.
#3 FORGETTING TO TIGHT-LINE
Any perfect winged eyeliner can become less-than-perfect thanks to the pink-ish gap between your lashes. For maximum impact, grab a sharp brown or black eyeliner pencil with a creamy consistency, and run it between your lashes on your upper lashline to ensure your eyes are subtly dramatic and sultry. Try this Charlotte Tilbury Rock ‘N’ Kohl Eyeliner in Bedroom Black for the perfect charcoal impact.
#4 SHIMMERY BRONZER INSTEAD OF CONTOUR
Contouring products are supposed to mimic the color of the natural shadow of the hollows of your face, so using a glittery bronze color to do the job just doesn’t cut it! Use a matte contour powder, cream or bronzer like NARS Laguna Bronzer or Benefit’s Hoola to chisel your cheeks, then sweep a flattering shimmer shade like The Balm’s Betty Luminizer to add a warm glow to your face.
#5 OVERFILLING EYEBROWS
Everybody loves a Cara brow, but it’s so easy to overdo it and get heavy-handed with the brow pencil! To avoid having unnatural painted-looking brows, make sure you use a color one to two shades lighter than the color of your eyebrow hairs to ensure some of your skin still shows through, and brush the hairs upwards and outwards with a brow gel to coat the individual hairs and give a fuller look. Our favorites are Benefit’s Gimme Brow Volumizing Eyebrow Gel and MAC’S Eyebrow Pencils for the most natural look.
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