Whilst training people in make up it is often surprising to learn about habits that people have picked up and become accustomed to over time.
Here are some of my top makeup mistakes and how to correct them:
Testing your foundation shade on the side of your jaw
How can you see properly the side of your face in any lighting with a mirror? It's not ideal.
Instead, try your foundation shade on your chin so you can see if it will match your chest and the complexion as a whole. You generally have a few areas of skin colour so sometimes using two foundations is better than one!
Wearing the same shade eyeshadow as your eye colour
When adding eye shadow the general reason is to make the most of your eyes, give them definition and make them stand out. Using the same shade eye shadow as your eye colour is going to be harmonious in matching shades but it won’t make your eyes pop.
To create a stand out look, choose colours that are opposite to your eye colour.
Applying blusher to the top of the cheekbones
This can distort your natural bone structure shape and give you a long face if they’re naturally high.
Instead smile, swirl the colour from the apples of the cheeks up to the centre of the ear. Then use the highest points of the cheekbones for your illuminator or highlighter.
Apply a full coverage foundation to disguise blemishes
Foundations aren’t what cover spots, concealer is!
You can build up a thicker base if you have a breakout but its rarely thick enough to cover and conceal and can leave the rest on your face looking caked.
Instead apply a lighter foundation and once that's on, at the very end of your makeup routine, go over any areas of redness or spots with a cake concealer. That way you are ready to set these areas with powder so they stay in place and aren’t disturbed through the rest of your makeup application.
Pumping your mascara wand to get fuller thicker lashes
NOT THE BEST
You probably will get a bit more product on the brush initially but actually you are just pushing air into the mascara tube which will cause it to go clumpy and dry out.
Instead swirl the wand around the sides of the tube to get maximum product and keep your mascara smooth.
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