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29 Makeup Mistakes You Didn’t Know You Were Making

May 04, 2018

by Shirin Mehdi

It usually takes a woman a whole lot of experimentation and most of her twenties to get her makeup right. All those hours of struggling in front of the mirror, and you are still not satisfied. The internet is bustling with inspiration, whether it is JLo’s bronzed cheeks or Rihanna’s mulberry obsession. But, not everything is meant for you. While you are busy experimenting, here are 29 makeup faux pas that must be avoided at all costs. So, what are you waiting for? Read on to get your makeup right, every time!

Most Common Makeup Mistakes And Beauty Blunders

1. Over-Washing Your Face

Common Makeup Mistakes And Beauty Blunders - 1. Over-Washing Your Face

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Cleansing or washing your face is the first and the most important step in makeup. Every woman has a different skin type, and with age, our skin undergoes many changes. But once you apply foundation and notice dry, flaky skin, it is a sign that you have to stop over-washing your face.

It is ideal to wash your face twice daily – once in the morning, and once at night, before you go to sleep. It is best to use a mild, gentle cleanser. The natural skin oils work wonders on your skin and do their job without the interference of soap.

2. Applying Makeup On Dry Skin

2. Applying Makeup On Dry Skin

Common Makeup Mistakes And Beauty Blunders - 2. Applying Makeup On Dry Skin

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Applying makeup on dry skin is one of the biggest makeup mistakes, which can make the face look dull, cracked, old, and tired. Everything good is built on a solid foundation, and in this case, a properly moisturized face. So, ensure that your face is properly hydrated before you apply makeup.

3. Makeup Application In The Wrong Lighting

Common Makeup Mistakes And Beauty Blunders - 3. Makeup Application In The Wrong Lighting

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When you need to decide what works for you and what doesn’t with regard to makeup, you need to test it on your skin in natural lighting. When you try on makeup in unnatural lighting, you will notice that it doesn’t look as flattering as you hoped. Pick what suits you best in the best lighting possible.

4. Wrong Blending Techniques

Common Makeup Mistakes And Beauty Blunders - 4. Wrong Blending Techniques

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Makeup is much more than dabbing on a blush or eyeshadow. Even if you apply a neutral shade, it is going to look unnatural and out of place, unless you blend it properly. The key to natural looking makeup lies in mastering the art of blending. Makeup that isn’t blended well can look quite comical. Watch some makeup videos and tutorials online and invest in a few good brushes to get started.

5. Incorrect Application Of Concealer

Common Makeup Mistakes And Beauty Blunders - 5. Incorrect Application Of Concealer

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There’s always a conflict when it comes to deciding whether the foundation goes first or the concealer. It does make more sense to cover the flaws once the foundation is set, which means it’s better to use the foundation before the concealer. But when you do so, here are two things you must keep in mind.

  • Never use too much product at once on the targeted area. Too much concealer on your dark circles will make you look older. The correct way to cover dark circles is to dot a few drops of concealer on the bone below your eyes and blend it up. Do not apply it directly to the dark circles. You can also use the layering technique. Apply a little over a blemish, and allow it to dry, and then apply another layer. You can also use a setting powder between the layers.

  • You can’t use one concealer for everything. Concealers are available in many colors, each having different uses. A peach-toned concealer cancels out the blue and is best to combat dark circles. Green cancels out red, therefore a green-toned concealer must be used to hide pimples and blemishes. Yellow-toned concealers are best to even out large areas of your skin. Once you use these tinted concealers as the first layer, you need to follow it up with a concealer that matches your skin tone.

6. Too Much Foundation

Common Makeup Mistakes And Beauty Blunders - 6. Applying Too Much Foundation

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Too much foundation will do no good to your face, and your makeup will end up looking cakey. Or worse, you look like a clown in costume. In fact, unless you are wearing light and sheer makeup, you don’t need to use foundation all over the face. Simply apply it on your cheeks, nose, and the under eye areas. Some women use it to cover blemishes, but that is a concealer’s job.

Ensure that you pick the right shade of foundation that matches perfectly with your skin tone. Don’t use a foundation lighter than your skin tone. This will only accentuate the blemishes, fine lines and all that is bad about your skin. Using a shade that matches your skin, is the only way you are going to get that flawless face. And never forget to blend properly. Make sure to apply it on your neck and ears as well. Otherwise, with a different face and neck color, everyone can figure out that you are wearing makeup.

7. Eyebrow Disaster

Common Makeup Mistakes And Beauty Blunders - 7. Eyebrow Disaster

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Eyebrows frame those beautiful eyes that are, as they say, the windows to the soul. Neatly shaped eyebrows can highlight the eyes beautifully. Bushy eyebrows look untidy and unkempt. Thin or tadpole-shaped eyebrows don’t flatter your eyes either and will change your look entirely. It is essential to go to a professional and get proper advice on how your eyebrows must be shaped.

Over the years, it is normal for your eyebrows to diminish, and then you start filling them up. However, the last thing you want is that they look drawn and unnatural. A brow pencil works best to give you that natural look. You must avoid harsh lines at all costs.

A dark shadow applied with an angled brush works better than the pencil. You can also use eyebrow cake powders that have everything you require for perfect brows in one little package.

8. Unwanted Shimmer And Glitter

Common Makeup Mistakes And Beauty Blunders - 8. Unwanted Shimmer And Glitter

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Shimmery eyeshadows are very attractive, but when you use them over the entire eyelid, they can look extremely shiny and over the top. Use shimmery eyeshadow only on the inner eye area, and a matte shadow for the rest. Ideally, use nude eyeshadows, or eyeshadows that are a couple of shades darker than your skin tone.

9. Using The Wrong Eyeliner

Common Makeup Mistakes And Beauty Blunders - 9. Using The Wrong Eyeliner

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It is advisable to use black eyeliner only if you have a darker skin tone, else it ends up looking quite harsh. If you have a lighter skin tone, it is best you stick to brown liners. Black is a no-no if you have blond hair and blue eyes.

Here are a few tips on how to use your eyeliner:

  • Always pick a lighter or a more subtle color for your bottom lids.

  • Using a liner on your waterline is not a good idea. Instead, use a nude pencil on your waterline as it will help open up your eyes, and make them look wider.

  • For a more natural look, it is best to apply it only to three-fourths of the upper eyelid.

  • It makes no sense to draw harsh, marker-like lines. For a natural look, use pencil liners instead of liquid liners.

10. Mascara Mistakes

Common Makeup Mistakes And Beauty Blunders - 10. Mascara Mistakes

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First things first, you must use a mascara that is two shades darker than your eyebrow color. Never apply more than two coats of mascara, or your eyelashes will end up looking extremely clumpy. Mascara that is three to four months old also ends up looking extremely clumpy on your lashes.

Don’t use mascara on your lower lashes the same way you apply on your upper lashes. It will clump up and give your spider leg lashes. Instead, hold the wand vertically and apply.

Waterproof mascara is obviously amazing, and it’s most likely that you will be inclined to invest in one, and use only that. But, it is not a very good idea. Waterproof mascara is much harder to remove, and its application and removal could seriously affect your lashes. Your lashes may wither away sooner. If you must use waterproof mascara, make sure you do it only during the summer months.

11. Bronzer Blunders

Common Makeup Mistakes And Beauty Blunders - 11. Bronzer Blunders

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A bronzer is not meant to be swept all over the canvas of your face. The idea of a bronzer is to use it exactly where the sun would naturally hit your face. Make sure you apply your bronzer only on your cheekbones, the top of your forehead, and the jawline. If you are doing it right, you will notice that you are actually drawing the number 3 on both the sides of your face.

12. Lip Liner Woes

Common Makeup Mistakes And Beauty Blunders - 12. Lip Liner Woes

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Harsh lip lines while doing your makeup is the worst thing you can do to yourself. Do not draw a thin sharp line on your lips to outline them. It is one of the biggest peeves. Also, you lips can end up looking weird if you’ve chosen a dark liner with a lighter lipstick shade. They are meant to define your lips and not to create border line around them.

You wear a lip liner to keep your lipstick from bleeding. If you draw a harsh outline, it will tend to fade away, making your lips look terrible. The idea is to blend well. Draw a smudged outline, almost like you are shading your lips with the pencil, for best results. Another correct technique is to draw the outline and then fill in your entire lips with a lip liner that suits your lipstick shade and then go over it with the lipstick.

13. Tacky Lipstick Color

Common Makeup Mistakes And Beauty Blunders - 13. Tacky Lipstick Color

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A lipstick can make or break your look. Stick to colors that are natural and suit your skin tone. Dark shades can look tacky. They also make you look much older than you are. If you do go in for dark colors, make sure the rest of your makeup is light.

14. Face Powder Fetish

Common Makeup Mistakes And Beauty Blunders - 14. Face Powder Fetish

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Face powder seems like the perfect makeup finale to lock it all up, and keep the shine at bay. But, it can also make you look aged. Believe it or not, face powder emphasizes fine lines and wrinkles. It is best to use it only on your T-zone, and try and avoid it completely as you age.

15. Clown Cheeks

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Without proper application, blush can make you look like a clown. Whenever putting on blush, use foundation. Otherwise, the color becomes too hard on your cheeks. And make sure to swirl the brush in the product, tap off excess and then apply on your face. Otherwise, you will pick up too much product and end up looking overdone.

16. Highlight At The Wrong Places

Common Makeup Mistakes And Beauty Blunders - 16. Highlight At The Wrong Places

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Do not apply a single eyeshadow color to your entire eye. Always use a highlighter shade to enhance your brow bone. Golden or silver highlighters will compliment all the shades under the sun.

17. Flashy Fingernails

Common Makeup Mistakes And Beauty Blunders - 17. Flashy Fingernails

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Long, flashy fingernails don’t always give the best impression. They can look witchy and claw-like. Always keep your nails neatly groomed.

18. Dry Shampoo Distress

Common Makeup Mistakes And Beauty Blunders - 18. Dry Shampoo Distress

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Dry shampoo is probably one of the best inventions yet. For those of you who don’t know what it is, it involves putting dry powder on your scalp such that it absorbs all the oil. Here’s how to do it right.

  • You must wait for the powder to absorb all the oil. So, in effect, it takes a while for the dry shampoo to do its job. Do not get impatient.

  • You can use a dry shampoo immediately after you wash your hair. Using it immediately after a shampoo will help your hair stay fresher for a longer time.

  • Do not spray it too close to your hair. Holding it six inches away while you are spraying is ideal.

  • You need to wash your hair after one or two uses of the dry shampoo, else the chemical build-up will make your hair look dull and dry.

19. Perfume Overload

Common Makeup Mistakes And Beauty Blunders - 19. Perfume Overload

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One spray of perfume is all it takes to make you smell like a dream. Too much perfume, however, can be offensive. It is very easy to get carried away with perfume, but overdoing it can cause allergies and headaches. A body mist is less concentrated and is a better option.

20. Sleeping With Makeup On

Common Makeup Mistakes And Beauty Blunders - 20. Sleeping With Makeup On

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There are absolutely no excuses for going to bed without removing all traces of makeup. To keep your skin healthy, make sure you remove the makeup before you go to sleep. Failing to do so will make your skin dry and prone to acne and infections.

21. Sleeping On Your Side

Common Makeup Mistakes And Beauty Blunders - 21. Sleeping On Your Side

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A supine position is not only good for your back, but it also helps avoid lines and wrinkles on your skin which can develop if you sleep on your side. It might take a little practice to make it a habit of sleeping on your back.

22. Entangled Beauty Trends

Common Makeup Mistakes And Beauty Blunders - 22. Entangled Beauty Trends

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Either play up your eyes or your lips. Too much makeup on both will make you look unsightly. If you are wearing bright/smoky eye makeup, go for pale, nude or natural looking lipsticks. If you are wearing loud shades on your lips, go for natural, slight eyeliner and lots of mascara.

23. Matching Your Makeup With Your Clothes

Common Makeup Mistakes And Beauty Blunders - 23. Matching Your Makeup With Your Clothes

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Matching is old-school, and in no way classic vintage. When your clothes are bright and so is your makeup, it only spells tacky. Makeup artists believe that if your clothes are vibrant, it is best you go for a neutral palette makeup-wise. If you pick a metallic wardrobe to dazzle through the holidays, make sure you avoid glossy cosmetics and stick to the ever-so-classic smoky eye.

24. Too Much Glitter Is Not Gold

Common Makeup Mistakes And Beauty Blunders - 24. Too Much Glitter Is Not Gold

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Shimmer is fun, and it sets the ambiance for the festivities. But not if you looked like you smeared your face with glue and dipped it in glitter. That is just a big NO.

25. Playing Up Both The Eyes And The Lips

Common Makeup Mistakes And Beauty Blunders - 25. Playing Up Both The Eyes And The Lips

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You either let your eyes dazzle or glam up your lips. It has to be one or the other, and not both. If you are going gung-ho with your eye makeup, keep your lips nude or neutral, and if your lips are stealing the thunder, keep your eye makeup natural. Or else, you will be summoning disaster.

26. Smearing Lipstick Until It Starts To Bleed

Common Makeup Mistakes And Beauty Blunders - 26. Smearing Lipstick Until It Starts To Bleed

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Lipstick is lovely, but that doesn’t mean that you need to touch it up every time you visit the bathroom. After a point, it will start to look messy, and then you will hardly be able to tell where your lip line begins and where it ends. Touch up, but be aware of how it looks.

27. Omitting The Primer

Common Makeup Mistakes And Beauty Blunders - 27. Omitting The Primer

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Primers have been around for a while, but women are beginning to use them only now. You might spend all your time perfecting your makeup but unless you have a primer, the chaos of the party will either cause your makeup to bleed or fade, or your face will look like you have just taken a dip in oil and posed. To keep your makeup intact for a fair period of time, and to look flash-ready all the time, it is best you use a primer before you apply your makeup.

28. A Runny Eye

Common Makeup Mistakes And Beauty Blunders - 28. A Runny Eye

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Girls just want to have fun, and when you are all caught up in the heat of the night, dancing away to glory, you might not notice that bleeding eyeshadow. The best way to ensure you look as fresh as a daisy even at 2 am is to use an eyeshadow primer.

29. Trusting A Friend Who Is “GOOD” At Makeup

Common Makeup Mistakes And Beauty Blunders - 29. Trusting A Friend Who Is “GOOD” At Makeup

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Yes, she is your best friend, and you don’t want to hurt her. But if she doesn’t know makeup, don’t let her touch your face. Not even if the celebrations have made you woozy.