Are You Making These Makeup Mistakes?
Pause–take a moment–remember when you didn’t know a thing about contouring? Too horrific to think about? Don’t be too hard on yourself, we all start off as beginners. To avoid further damage though… we’ve compiled a list of some common makeup mistakes from pre–to–post application. You might want to print this one out (and hang it somewhere visible).
Keeping Your Makeup In The Bathroom
The bathroom tends to be a tiny space and if you’re like us, you occasionally take 40 minute, steam-filled showers in that tiny space. It’s a no–brainer that the mist clouding your mirrors will consume everything in its path (not really – but kind of). The humidity will dry out your makeup which speeds up the date of expiration. It is best to store your makeup at room temperature in a cool dry place to keep the product fresh and prevent any bacteria from forming.
Using Waterproof Mascara On The Daily
Being able to avoid mascara smears during the day is legitimately the greatest. But just like anything great, its best to go about it in small doses. The waterproof formula–though magical–will dry out and make your lashes brittle if overused. This can result in lash breakage and shortage, which none of us want. It’s best to buy two types of mascaras (non-waterproof and waterproof) during your next Sephora trip. Hold on to the waterproof one for the special occasions. Yeah, we just gave you an excuse to buy more makeup, you’re welcome.
Using Lip Liner On The Outside Edge Of Your Lips
The name itself can be contradicting but lip liner is not meant to go on the outline edge of your lips. Put the liner on the inner edge then use it to fill in the rest of the lip–leaving only the center visible. This will create an appearance of fuller lips and it works as a great base for lipgloss or lipstick too.
Not Wetting Your Beauty Blender
Sponges need water and a beauty blender is no exception. Dampen the sponge with water so that it absorbs less of the product. Trust – this is a good thing. It will train you to use your makeup more wisely. The water also stops the makeup from getting too far into the sponge, which will stop mold growth.
Matching Foundation To The Back Of Your Hand
Finding the right foundation to match your skin tone is a such a struggle. Matching a shade to the back of your hand is not the way to go about it. Your hand color is different from that of your facial skin tone, and you’re probably not planning on wearing foundation on your hands. To avoid creating a color-block look between your face and neck, test the shade of foundation on the jawline or on your neck. This will give you a perfect match.
Curling Your Lashes After Mascara
Eyelash curlers already have a bad rap – the pinch of death is real but they’re actually friends not foes (if used properly). Curl your lashes before using mascara. If you wait until after you apply mascara, your lashes get dried up which can lead to breakage and unnatural creases. To create natural looking lashes, curl beforehand.
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