I think it’s safe to say anyone who’s visited my blog by now should know I love makeup and all things beauty. Makeup for me is all about creating fun and beautiful looks that make you feel good about yourself and that enhance your natural beauty. But trust me when I say I’ve come a LONG way from the first few years of wearing makeup.
When I first started out doing makeup at the ripe age of 13, I had no idea what contouring and highlighting was, the beauty blender had not yet been invented, and all of my eyeshadows, lip glosses, and blushes had sparkles and glitter in them.
So since I’ve been playing around with makeup for several years now, I thought it might be helpful to share with you some of the things I’ve learned over the years to do and NOT to do when it comes to makeup.
Beauty Fails I’ve Made
Wearing Too Much Foundation
There’s no such thing as too much foundation, right? Wrong! One of the things I definitely did as a teenager was wear entirely too much foundation. Not only would I cake on the liquid foundation but then I’d top it off with a ton of powder, and it was all too much.
Tip: To avoid the cake-face look, focus on finding a foundation that provides enough coverage to even out your skin tone, but one that also lets your natural skin shine through. If you have redness or blemishes, you can also use a good concealer for extra coverage in those areas.
Wearing the Wrong Foundation Shade
This is something I definitively struggled with until makeup companies (thankfully) started creating more shades. Because I’m pale I always just assumed I was whatever the lightest shade a makeup company offered, and I would never even test it to make sure. Low and behold when I would begin wearing it, the foundation would either be way too light making me look like a ghost or be too dark creating the dreaded “line”.
Tip: Be sure and always test out a foundation in store to make sure it will match your skin tone. Although many people test out on the back of the hand, the most accurate area to test is on the jawline. Using a mirror, apply a tiny dot and blend to ensure a perfect match. If you can’t test the product in store, several stores offer a return policy if the product ends up not matching.
Not Setting My Concealer
Thanks to my amazing genes and having dark under eye circles, I’ve pretty much always had to wear concealer. But even when I would find the perfect concealer products for coverage, I still would be dismayed when the concealer would always crease or fade by the end of the day. That’s when I realized the importance of setting it.
Tip: After applying liquid foundation and concealer, use a small makeup brush to apply a light dusting of translucent powder or face powder to the under eye area. If your t-zone tends to get oily, it’s also helpful to apply setting powder in those areas as well. This will ensure your makeup successfully stays in place all day.
Not Using Makeup Brushes
I honestly blame this one on the fact that I grew up in the generation before makeup brushes were really a thing. Without YouTube videos and Pinterest helping me out, how was I to know that the white makeup sponges and eyeshadow sponges were actually not the best tools to be using?
Tip: Find a good set of makeup brushes and ditch those cheap sponges that come with makeup kits. They’re cheap for a reason and make it impossible to blend your makeup. I highly recommend purchasing e.l.f. or real technique brushes and both brands offer very affordable options.
Applying Bronzer All Over
In addition to wearing too much foundation during my teenage years, I also thought it was cool to apply bronzer all over the face to make me appear more “tan”. Well considering the fact that I’m very fair skinned and I can’t tan, I unknowingly ended up making myself look like an oompa loompa.-haha
Tip: Bronzer is great to use for contouring parts of the face, but should only be used on key areas. Using a good makeup brush, apply bronzer to the cheekbones, brow bone, sides of the nose, and any other areas you want to contour. Alternatively, use highlighter for areas you want to “highlight” and emphasize. In doing this, you will create a more natural makeup look in lieu of appearing one-dimensional.
Not Blending My Eyeshadows
I already mentioned the fact that I didn’t use makeup brushes, so it’s safe to say that none of the makeup I applied during my teenage years were ever well-blended. Not blending your blush, bronzer, and eyeshadows can end up making you look more like a doll or clown, which is probably not something you want to do unless it’s Halloween.
Tip: As noted above, invest in some good quality brushes and blend, blend, blend. Makeup is meant to enhance your natural beauty, which is why it is so important to blend. By blending your blush, bronzer, and eyeshadows, you will create beautiful, subtle looks that appear natural.
So now that I’ve been honest about all my beauty fails, and since we’re all non-judgmental friends here, what’s some makeup mistakes you’ve made and/or learned from? No judging, I promise! 🙂
Have a Great Monday!- Cara
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