I discovered makeup mistakes can stem from way back when you learned what a pair of tweezers were used for—and they can haunt you forever. That’s where research data from SurveyStud, inc come in to help you turn a new leaf. Check out these makeup mistakes you might be making and let’s put them behind us!
1. Storing makeup in the bathroom
It would make sense to store your makeup in the bathroom; this is where most people get ready. However, storing makeup in the bathroom where you take showers will not only dry out and ruin your product, it can also make products more prone to collecting bacteria. Humidity is bacteria’s best friend, so store your makeup and makeup brushes in a cool, dry area to prevent ruining product and spreading bacteria on your face.
2. Wearing too much face powder
Applying face powder after foundation is a great way to get fuller coverage and to matte oily skin. However, applying heavy face powder all over your face will not only give a super flat, unnatural look to your skin, but it will also age you tremendously. Powder settles in fine lines, wrinkles, and pores giving skin a haggard look. Apply powder just where you need it, down the T-zone of your face, and lightly on the cheeks. Or opt out of full coverage face powders all together and try a translucent setting powder (lightly, all over). Translucent setting powders are just that: they don’t add any color or coverage, they simply matte the skin with a very refined powder that won’t cake.
3. Over lining eyes
Eyeliner is mainly used to define the eye and give the illusion of fuller lashes. I love liner because of it’s variety of finishes, colors, and ways to apply. Applying liner to both the top and bottom lash line creates depth and gives the eyes a larger appearance. However, over lining eyes too thick is a huge mistake. Not only does it create an unnatural looking black ring around the eyes, it also will make your eyes appear smaller. Instead, try using an eyeshadow and a smudge brush on the bottom lash line to lightly define your lashes.
4. Skipping mascara
Mascara does wonders for the eyes. Not only does it define the eyes without using eyeliner, it also opens up the eyes to give the appearance of larger, more youthful eyes. Skipping mascara will give the appearance of an unfinished makeup look, especially when you are wearing beautiful shadow. Some mascara is formulated to curl the lashes so you can even skip using a lash curler, but make sure you don’t over apply mascara. This will create the “spidery” effect, which will weigh down your lashes and give a tired look to the eyes.
5. Not cleaning your makeup brushes
Not cleaning your makeup brushes is the equivalent of not brushing your teeth. This goes from the girl that glams up every day, to the girl that wears barely there tinted moisturizer and some shadow. You use makeup brushes on your face, which means while you apply foundation, your brush is also collecting all the bacteria, oil, pollution, and debris that is collected on your face throughout the day…. yuck. How frequently you should wash your brushes, depends on how frequently you use them. If you’re a girl that glams up every day, I would use a spray form of brush cleaner every day to clean your brushes, along with shampooing them once a week. If you’re a girl that wears barely-there makeup, shampooing your brushes once every two or three weeks will suffice.
6. Matching foundation on the back of your hand
Getting a perfect match for foundation sometimes seems like the hardest thing. Whether you are getting professional help or trying to match yourself, knowing how to match starts with where you compare foundations on your skin. Matching foundation on the back of the hand will not give you a correct color match due to the hands being slightly different color than the rest of the body, ending in a mismatched foundation. Try matching foundation on the jawline so you can compare it to the neck. This will lead you to get a perfect match and so you don’t have discolored makeup along the jawline.
7. Sleeping in your makeup
OK so who has not done this!, so you had a night out and you’re way too tired to take your makeup off. I get it, we’ve all been there, but sleeping in your makeup is probably the worst thing you can do for your skin. As we sleep, our skin goes through a renewing process so that we can wake up to rejuvenated, glowing skin after a good nights sleep. Wearing makeup to bed not only clogs your pores and causes breakouts, it can also age skin by sucking all your skin’s moisture out which can cause wrinkles or dry patchy skin. Taking those few extra minutes to take your makeup off and applying a skincare regimen will save your skin from looking tired, sallow, and patchy.
8. Applying makeup in the wrong lighting
Nothing is worse than doing makeup in the morning and spending your whole day thinking you look like Beyoncé and then suddenly seeing yourself in natural lighting and realizing you definitely don’t look like Beyoncé. Doing your makeup in unnatural light (like bathroom lighting!) is a huge mistake because it creates harsh lighting that either makes you put way to much bronzer on or not enough foundation. Try applying your makeup in a room with the most natural lighting—this will save you from looking like you had a little too much fun putting blush on.
9. Applying too much bronzer or contour
We can thank Kim K for the holy grail of makeup trends that sheds five pounds instantly off your face: contouring. Like everyone else, I am a huge fan of contouring and bronzing, but sometimes trying this trend comes with a heavy hand and you can go 0 to 100 real quick… and not in a good way. To prevent yourself from looking like a clown or someone who spent a little too much time in a tanning bed, start with a light hand and build product only where you need it.
10. Keeping makeup for too long
All makeup has an expiration date; it’s just that every product is different due to their uses and how sustainable they are.
Here is a breakdown for how long you should keep different types of products:
– Powders (including blushes, bronzers, shadows): 2 years
– Cream shadows and blushes: 12-18 months
– Oil-free foundation: 1 month
– Cream compact foundation: 18 months
– Concealers: 12-18 months
– Lipstick and lip liner: 1 year
– Lip gloss: 18-24 months
– Pencil eyeliner: 2 years
– Liquid or gel eyeliner: 3 months
– Mascara: 3 months
Now you know…
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