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How Not to Do Your Makeup

There are numerous guides out there that teach people how to do their makeup, but there are still quite a few common mistakes that many people make. 

Want to ensure that your makeup looks as flawless as possible? 

Then follow these tips on how not to do your makeup: 

Skipping the Primer

So many people out there skip the priming step when it comes to applying makeup, believing that a primer really doesn’t make much of a difference anyway. 

Well, this is 100% not true…

A primer preps the skin for the makeup you are about to apply. It gives your makeup a firm base onto which it can grip, which then ensures that each product you use lasts for so much longer.

Not only that, but primers also soften the skin, and are available in formulas that target various skin concerns. Whether you want to color correct a blemish, smooth away those fine lines or minimize enlarged pores, there is a primer out there that can help you to do so. 

Using a primer in this way then means that you will not need to use quite as much product when applying your makeup, giving you a lighter and more natural finish. 

Primers are available in a few different forms, from gels to creams to powders. It is always worth trying each one out to see what works best with your skin type, as well as with the makeup products you use. 

Using a Dry Beauty Blender

Do you use a beauty sponge to apply your foundation? 

If so, you need to make sure that you are wetting the sponge before using it. 

This is something that all of the professionals do, often keeping a cup of water beside them while working on a client in order to ensure that their beauty sponge remains damp. 

Why is it important to wet a beauty sponge before using it? 

Because this will enable you to blend your makeup without any streaks, giving you a fresh and dewy finish. 

If you use it dry, it will end up absorbing way too much of the product, with this product reaching into the depths of the sponge, where it won’t be any use to you at all. By wetting the sponge first, the outside of the sponge will pick up the product, leaving the inside intact.

Don’t believe it? 

Try cutting one of your beauty sponges open. If you use them wet, you will see barely any product on the inside. However, if you use it dry, you will see that the inside of your sponge has soaked up quite a bit of product over time. 

Wetting your sponge first not only gives you more even blending, but it also means that you don’t waste any product, while prolonging the lifespan of your sponge too. After all, sponges that contain product build-up will be so much more prone to bacteria and mold, which you definitely do not want anywhere near your face!

Applying Your Makeup in Bad Lighting

If you have ever noticed that your makeup just doesn’t seem to look as good as it did in the mirror once you leave your house, then this could mean that your lighting is to blame. 

One mistake that so many make is to apply their makeup under harsh, artificial lighting. This will only throw off your entire look, as it will not give you an accurate idea as to how much makeup you actually need to apply to each part of your face. 

Wondering how you can improve your lighting when applying your makeup at home? 

Just about every expert out there would agree that natural light is best. It is clear, bright and well-diffused, making it easy to see exactly how well you have blended a product. 

This doesn’t mean that you need to do your makeup outside…

Instead, simply set your beauty tools up next to a large window that lets in plenty of natural light. 

Don’t have a good window at home? 

Natural white light is your next best option. You can purchase portable lamps, or even daylight bulbs, that give off this light, making it easy to add this into just about any room.

When you are applying your makeup, make sure that you are standing right in front of your light source. Any unusual angles will only lead to shadows appearing on your face, which will interfere with your makeup application. 

Stopping at the Jawline with Your Foundation

One big no-no when it comes to applying foundation is stopping at your jawline. 

Yes, when you are looking straight on in the mirror, this may seem to be the point at which your face ends. However, this will only leave you with a harsh line between your neck and your face, which will prevent your foundation from looking natural. 

It is so important to blend your foundation along and over your jawline, before extending this even further down onto your neck. 

This will give you a more seamless look, ensuring that there are no dramatic color changes between your neck and your face. 

When working on your jawline, blend your foundation in downwards strokes. 


Because this will help to flatten those tiny facial hairs, keeping your face looking beautifully smooth. 

Rubbing Your Concealer In

A concealer is such a great way to minimize any imperfections. It can also have such a fantastic highlighting effect, brightening the face up in all of the right places. 

However, unless you are applying your concealer in the right way, it’s not going to have much of an impact…

Yes, the placement of your concealer is so important, but so is the way in which you actually blend it in. 

Many people dab their concealer onto their skin, and then rub this in. 

However, rubbing is something to avoid, especially if you want your skin to look as natural as possible. 

Instead, try tapping your concealer into your skin. Do this lightly, allowing the product to gradually blend, giving you a finish that looks almost air-brushed. It also ensures that you do not end up swiping your concealer over onto other parts of your face, keeping the product exactly where you need it to be. 

Applying a Contouring Product in the Wrong Place

Contouring is all about accentuating your natural features and face shape. In order to do this, you need to apply your contouring product in the right place, in a way that follows the shape of your face.

How do you do this? 

Here are some guidelines: 

  • Square-shaped faces – applying your product along the perimeter of your face will help to soften those angles and give your face a more rounded finish 
  • Round-shaped faces – add definition by applying your product down the sides of your forehead, as well as along your temples, just below your cheekbones, and on your jawline 
  • Oval-shaped faces – you have the ideal face shape, meaning that you should use your contouring product to simply emphasize your favorite features 
  • Heart-shaped faces – apply more of your product to the bottom half of your face, as this will help to even out the point of your chin 
  • Diamond-shaped faces – apply your contouring product along the center and sides of your forehead, as this will help to lengthen it 
  • Long faces – focus your product along your jawline and forehead, as this will help to create the appearance of a shorter face

Wondering what you should be using to contour your face? 

You can use either a cream or a powder – pick whichever you prefer, so long as it works well with your skin type. For example, those with dry skin would be better off with a creamy formula, whereas those with oily skin may prefer a powdered product 

When it comes to choosing a shade…

Look for something that is about three shades darker than your natural skin tone. However, make sure that it contains the same undertone as your skin. 

Using the Same Brush for Each Product

Do you use the same makeup brush when applying each one of your products? 

Not only will this give your makeup a much muddier and less defined finish, but each product really does require a different type of brush in order to look its very best. 

Yes, brushes can vary big time, and this can definitely get a little complicated…

But, don’t worry, you don’t need to have a collection featuring hundreds of different makeup brushes. All you need are the following: 

  • A foundation brush – these are quite dense, and are usually either flat or rounded. Use your foundation brush to blend your foundation into your face, buffing away any harsh lines 
  • A concealer brush – these are similar to foundation brushes, but are much smaller. This means that you can be quite accurate when it comes to directly targeting imperfections with your concealer 
  • A powder brush – these fluffy bristles are great for picking up loose powder, which they will then lightly dust over your face. Powder brushes can also be used to set liquid or cream foundations, so long as you use them with a very light hand 
  • A bronzer and blush brush – you only really need one brush for your bronzer and blush, and this should be one that has long but fluffy bristles. Look for a dome shape too, as this ensures that any powders you apply will be evenly diffused across your face 
  • A contour brush – these feature slanted bristles, meaning that you can blend your product in in a precise but subtle way 
  • An eyeshadow shading brush – usually quite flat, but with a rounded tip, these brushes are great for picking up a large amount of pigment, but distributing this evenly across the skin 
  • An eyeshadow blending brush – this is different from a shadow shading brush, in that it has softer and fluffier bristles, making it perfect for blending your eye makeup 
  • A pencil brush – stiff and tapered, this brush gives you the ultimate in accuracy 

Ok, that list may seem a little long and overwhelming to brush newbies. However, if you do not use any of the products mentioned above, then you also would not need that corresponding brush. For example, if you only use foundation, blush and eyeliner, then you will only need those three brushes. 

Creating Unnaturally Harsh Eyebrows

Bold, statement-making brows have been on trend quite a bit, making it no surprise that people have taken this look pretty far. 

However, if you want to keep your makeup looking classy and natural, you will need to tone down those brows. 

Grooming eyebrows is actually pretty easy, and you can have them looking flawless in no time at all. 

Begin by brushing them, so that you can see where each of the hairs naturally lies. 

Then, pick an eyebrow product, whether this may be a pencil, powder, or mousse. You will likely need to experiment with all three before deciding which one works best for you. 

Use the product to fill in any sparse areas in your brows, making sure to apply this very lightly. Follow the natural shape of your brows when doing so, avoiding the temptation to add in any overly-square edges. 

When it comes to the tail of your brows…

Make sure that this does not extend too far downwards. This will only have the effect of dragging your face down, whereas a well-placed tail will give your face a lifted look. 

What should you do with your arch? 

Keep it simple, smooth and elegant. Avoid anything overly dramatic or exaggerated.

Makeup is an art, meaning that it does take quite a bit of practice to master the skills needed to create a flawless look. However, so long as you follow these tips on how not to do your makeup, you can rest assured that you will not be sporting any beauty blunders the next time you step out of your house. 


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