13 Mistakes You Might Be Making With Your Makeup

March 16, 2022
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You’ve probably heard of the 10-second rule: if you’re wearing makeup, and it looks bad, just take it off. Well, this is true in some cases, but there are actually a lot of mistakes you might be making with your makeup. Here are thirteen things to avoid when applying makeup that may be leading to an unfortunate situation before you know it.

Over-applying foundation

Make sure you don’t apply more than one thin layer of foundation, as this can make your skin look flaky and dry. It’s also best to apply moisturizers to the skin before you apply foundation.

Choosing the wrong shade of foundation

If you’re a bit more pale than usual, try to go with a bluish-toned foundation so that your face looks more natural. If you have a darker complexion, then choose something that matches your complexion better, rather than going with something too light. Make sure you don’t decide on a shade that is too dark, as it can make you look older than you are.

Applying too much concealer

If your under-eye area is darker than usual, applying too much concealer can make it seem like there’s an extra layer of skin there. This can make the skin around your eyes look puffy and unnatural. Instead, just apply concealer where necessary and blend it in well with foundation before you apply any other makeup products on top of it.

Applying eye shadow or eyeliner

If you’re applying makeup to your eyes, it’s best to apply eye shadow first and then eyeliner. If you apply eyeliner before eye shadow, it can end up making your eyes look smaller and more narrow, which is a look that isn’t flattering for most people.

Using a pressed powder foundation

Pressed powders are usually less easy to blend than liquid foundations are. Some people believe that they don’t work as well as liquid foundations do, but this isn’t always the case. If you have problems blending pressed powders, try using a damp makeup sponge or brush instead of your finger to apply them. This will make them much easier to blend and will also help prevent any lines from appearing around the edges of the powder foundation.

Not using a primer for your face

A primer is simply something that makes the makeup last longer on your skin without causing any issues with your skin or breaking down the makeup. Primers are available in a variety of different formulas and are designed to work with different makeup products. Some primers are designed specifically for the foundation that you’re using, and other primers will work with any type of foundation.

Using the wrong primer for your face

You need to make sure that you use a primer that works well with your makeup. If you use a primer that doesn’t work well with your foundation, this can cause it to break down too quickly, which can harm the look of your skin. This can also make it difficult to blend the makeup on top of the foundation properly. In addition, it can cause problems if you don’t get enough coverage from the primer when applying it. You should make sure that you use a primer that matches what kind of foundation is being used before applying any makeup products over them, so they will blend properly and look their best.

Not using a moisturizer before applying makeup

Moisturizing your skin before applying makeup is important. You should make sure that you have enough moisturizer on your face before applying foundation or other cosmetics. You should use a moisturizer that suits your skin type and the time of the year you’re using it. Make sure to find the right moisturizer for your skin type and apply it a few minutes before applying makeup, so it can work its best to keep your skin looking fresh all day long.

Applying makeup incorrectly

There are many ways that you can apply makeup, so make sure to choose the one that works well for you. Some people like to pat their foundation into their skin to get more coverage, and others like to use their fingers to apply foundation evenly over their face. Make sure you know how each person applies makeup, so you can learn how to apply it properly for yourself as well.

Using too much foundation or powder on top of makeup

The powder is designed specifically for areas you want to cover up. Make sure you don’t use too much powder on top of your makeup because it can make the foundation look cakey and messy.

Applying makeup in the wrong area

Make sure you apply your makeup where your skin is the most flawless and best looking. You should never apply makeup in a spot that is already covered by foundation because it will just look worse. Also, you should never apply makeup in a spot that has a lot of acne or acne scars because they will be covered by foundation and make your face look even worse.

Using too much concealer or powder on top of the foundation

You should never use too much concealer or powder on top of the foundation because it can make the foundation look cakey and messy. Just use enough concealer or powder so that it blends with your face and makes your skin look perfect without looking like you have any makeup on at all.

Using the wrong brush for your skin type

You should always use a foundation brush that is the right size and density for your skin type. For example, if you have dry skin, you should use a very buffing beauty blender to apply your foundation. If you have oily skin, you should use a denser beauty blender to apply your foundation. Using the wrong brush will just leave streaks of foundation all over your face, and it will make it look messy. You can also try using an application sponge instead of a brush. It’s great because it makes applying makeup super easy and mess-free!

10 Things to Consider Before Applying Your Makeup

Before you apply your makeup, you should consider three things:

1. The time of day you’re applying it - what you’re doing that day and how long you’ll be out.

2. Your skin type - do you have oily or dry skin? - Will the makeup you’re applying be good for your skin type?

3. What kind of makeup look/looks do you have in mind - do you have a makeup look in mind? Will it go with the time of day/your skin type?

4. The weather forecast - what is the weather going to be like? Is it going to rain or is it going to be sunny?

5. Your makeup routine - how long does it take you to apply your makeup? Do you get everything done in one go? If not, are you taking breaks between steps of your makeup routine so that you can do other things while getting ready (like showering)?

6. How much time do you have before leaving the house/going out/etc.? - if you're rushing, then don't apply too much makeup, especially if you're going somewhere important or that will take a long time. 

7. What kind of day will your makeup look good on - if it's a casual day, and you'll be at home the entire day, then don't wear too much makeup (unless of course, that's what your style is). If it's a workday and there will be lots of meetings and social engagements, then wear more makeup.

8. What kind of environment will your makeup look good in - outdoor, indoor, party, formal, casual, etc.?

9. How do you usually apply your makeup - do you put it on in layers, or do you put it all over at once? Do you use a brush or do you simply pat it on with your hands? If using a brush, do you use powder or liquid foundation? A sponge/sponge applicator for liquid foundation?

10. Do you have any special requirements for the product that will be used to apply your makeup (i.e. if it's going to be an oil-based product like a BB cream, then make sure that there's no perfume in the product because this might cause breakouts)?