Beauty Blunders: Unflattering Beauty Mistakes You Need to Avoid
It’s fun to keep up with new beauty trends, but there is a fine line between looking ‘snatched’ and looking downright clownish!
Makeup should be used to accentuate your natural facial features rather than take front-stage.
Here are the most common beauty blunders you need to avoid right now!
10 Unflattering Beauty Mistakes You Need to Avoid
- Applying Makeup to Dry Skin
Let’s begin with the blank canvas, AKA, your skin. It’s crucial you start any makeup routine on a prepped surface. If you start layering makeup onto dry skin, you’re only going to end up with a cakey, flakey finish, and that’s not pretty!
Begin by cleansing, toning, and moisturizing your skin so that you have smooth skin and can execute that polished makeup look!
- Forgetting to Blend Your Foundation Past Your Jaw Line
Even if you think you’ve found your perfect shade to match your skin, it’s still important to blend your foundation past your jaw line. Blending foundation down into your neck ensures you achieve a seamless finish. If you don’t blend properly, you might end up looking like you’ve painted on a face mask to go out partying for Halloween.
- Contouring Like Mad!
Contouring can help you define certain features on your face, like slim your nose or jawline; but don’t go too crazy with it. You still want to look like yourself – not some strange mannequin. And if you’re gonna do it, remember to blend, blend, blend!
- Filling In Your Brows Too Much
Like, making them wayyy too dark. If you’ve noticed, your natural brows are lighter in the inner corner of your eye and get darker towards the tail end. The same goes when it comes to filling in your brows.
For a natural look, use light strokes and fill your brows sparingly near the inner corner of your eye.
- Using Your Eyeshadow Palette’s Sponge Applicator
It’s fun to get creative with different color combinations, but if you’re still using the sponge applicator that came with your eyeshadow palette, blending the colors will be tough. Those sponge applicators soak up too much of the pigment and make for an uneven application.
To get an evenly blended finish, invest in a good set of makeup brushes. You’ll blend like a pro in no time!
- Using White Eyeliner on Your Water Line
White eyeliner on your lash line will definitely make your eyes appear bigger, but for your day-to-day makeup, it can look quite pronounced.
To achieve similar (yet less dramatic) results, opt for a nude liner.
- Using Black Eyeliner on Your Lower Lash Line
Applying black eyeliner on your upper lash line is great way to make your lashes appear thicker and fuller. However, using a black liner on both upper and lower lash lines can make your eyes look smaller.
If you want to use liner on your lower lash line as well, choose a lighter, more subtle color.
- Incorrectly Applying Mascara on Your Lower Lashes
If you’re going out on a date, you might decide to go all out and apply mascara on your lower lashes; and that’s perfectly okay, if you do it the right way!
To avoid getting that clumpy spider-leg look, hold your mascara wand vertically and gently glide it upwards. You’ll still get product on your lashes, and you’ll avoid those nasty clumps!
- Using Bronzer All Over Your Face!
Bronzer is not meant to go all over your face. It’s meant to make it look like you’ve been sun-kissed.
Apply bronzer where the sun would naturally hit your face (forehead, cheekbone, and jaw line). An easy way to remember where to use bronzer is to imagine drawing a number 3 on each side of your face.
- Over-Lining Your Lips with a Dark Liner
Lip liner should define the shape of your lips, not create a dark border around them.
The best way to achieve a perfect lip is to first focus on the center of your lips by outlining your cupid’s bow. Then, shape your lips by shading them in with the lip liner and applying your lipstick over top.