10 Makeup Mistakes You Might Be Making

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I’ve been obsessed with makeup since I knew what it was. I’m about 98% sure that I wore makeup every single day all 4 years of high school, and probably almost every day that I’ve been in college. I am that girl in class dressed like a hobo and wearing a full face of makeup. Not sorry. I think it’s pretty safe to say that I’ve made my fair share of makeup mistakes in my lifetime- however heinous they may be. Did I wear glitter eyeliner everyday of 6th grade? I’m not so sure I wanna own up to that one… (Unfortunately the answer is yes.) I’ve gathered up ten makeup mistakes that seem to be the most common, but there’s no shame here. I’ve been guilty of all of these at some point, so learn from my mistakes and get one step closer to flawless makeup.

1. You don’t prime.

If your makeup isn’t lasting all day, use a primer. It will keep your makeup in place. This one is my favorite, and I’m dying to try this one.

2. You use your fingers to apply face makeup.

Use a makeup brush or Beauty Blender sponge to ensure even coverage of your makeup. Using your hands or fingers to apply face makeup can leave you splotchy. Also, you don’t want all the oils and germs from your hands on your face- especially if your hands aren’t clean.

3. You don’t clean your makeup brushes.

Having problems with breakouts? Your makeup brushes could be the culprit. Try to clean them once a week to prevent bacteria from growing and spreading on your face.

4. You don’t match your foundation correctly.

You want to match your foundation to three places: your driver’s side jawline, underneath your eyes and around your nose. Your “perfect” foundation color should seemingly disappear into all three of these places. Remember, you don’t ever want your face to be a different shade than the rest of your body.

5. You’re using the wrong coverage foundation.

Don’t use more coverage than you need. If you don’t need full coverage foundation, don’t use one! I love using tinted moisturizers or BB creams just to even out my skin color a little, and then adding concealer under my eyes and wherever else needed.

6. You apply concealer under your foundation.

If you apply concealer before foundation, you’re just blending it away. Apply your foundation first, and then concealer in any areas you want a little more coverage.

7. You wear black eyeliner on your waterline.

Black eyeliner on your waterline can make your eyes look smaller. Try a white or cream color eyeliner instead, your eyes will look bigger and you’ll appear more awake. I love this one.

8. You powder instead of blot.

If you have oily skin like I do, you’re constantly worried about looking shiny. Carry oil blotting sheets with you and use those to get rid of the shine. Powdering to get rid of shine can make you look cakey and powdery.

9. You don’t ever wear lip products.

Don’t let your lips disappear into your face! AT LEAST wear a lightly tinted lip balm or gloss to prevent this. (This one is perfect if you’re not used to lip products yet!)  I’m also a firm believer that just one swipe of lipstick will make you look ten thousand times more put together. See here– I swear anyone can pull of casual red lipstick if they want to.

10. You don’t fill in your eyebrows.

You don’t have to do anything crazy with your brows, but lightly filling them in with an angled brush and powder to match your hair color will give more dimension to your face. I personally like my brows to be a little darker than my hair color, but this choice is up to you. I use a MAC 266 brush and MAC Omega for my brows, and Omega is a great color for blondes. But honestly, I’m kinda liking this trend too for all you fair haired beauties…

Of course, if you find that you do one or more of these and it totally works for you- keep doing you! I have just found that these things do not work for me or a lot of girls I know. What makeup faux pas bugs you the most? I’m curious!

P.S. Thank you all SO much for the overwhelming love and support you’ve given me about my blog! I could not ask for better family & friends (since I know you’re probably the only ones reading at this point 😉 ) I love you all, and stay tuned for regular posts from me!



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