From slaying your winged eye liner to applying dark eye shadow without making yourself look like a panda, applying makeup is a pretty hard skill but people still manage to have flawless makeup, so why can’t we? Here are a few tips on how to avoid having terrible make up.
- Wearing the wrong foundation
It has happened to the best of us. You take a few pictures of yourself and you look back at them only to find out that your face looks a few shades lighter than your neck and your scalp. That could mean you’re using the wrong shade of foundation.
When buying foundation, try testing out two colors that are close to your skin tone on your jawline or neck, and see which one disappears more. Some of us apply the foundation on the wrist towards the palm which is fairer than our actual skin so definitely it wouldn’t be a match for your face or you could go to your preferred beauty store and ask the store attendants to try some shades out on you. Whatever the case, your foundation should appear natural.
- Wearing too much foundation
As the base of your makeup, foundation can make or break your entire look. The problem, however, is that sometimes we tend to get a little heavy-handed and go overboard, which can cause our skin to look cakey and fake. Foundation is meant to even out your skin tone, so it should be used in moderation.
- Over-drawing your eyebrows
We can all agree the full-eyebrow trend is hot right now. Every girl wants to get her brows on fleek, and a good amount of them are falling victim to overdone, painted on, harsh-looking eyebrows.
If you’re going to fill in your eyebrows with a pencil, use an actual eyebrow pencil. Make sure the color of your pencil is just few shades lighter than the color of your brows, since the goal is to subtly enhance the brows, not draw on new ones!
- Using Dirty Brushes And Tools
Did you know that you’re actually supposed to wash your makeup brushes and tools regularly? It depends on how often you actually wear makeup, but ideally, you should be washing your brushes at least once a week in order for your makeup to continue to look fresh. Dirt and oil can get trapped in the bristles of your brushes, resulting in dirt and oil being transferred to your face and clogging your pores—even causing breakouts.
Cleaning your brushes is actually pretty easy: All you have to do is to swipe your brushes around in a mixture of olive oil, this keeps the brushes moisturized and any brand of dish soap.
- Wearing the wrong nude lip color
The actual meaning of “nude” is relative to the person wearing the shade. Some women, specifically those with darker skin tones, tend to settle for nude lipsticks that don’t match their complexions. This is mostly a result of the fact that, in this society, nude lipsticks are mostly beige by default and are, unfortunately, mainly designed for lighter skin tones. But, don’t panic. For any darker skinned ladies that have trouble finding shades to match their complexions, we would recommend products such as MAC Satin in shades such as “Desire” and “Antique Velvet”.
If we’re going to be looking our best, it’s important for us to know how to apply makeup the right way. You don’t want your photo going viral because your face is fairer than your body or your eyebrows look weird. As long as you remember these tips, applying makeup will be an easy task. Now go and slay!