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Top 10 Makeup Mistakes

Is your makeup application method damaging your skin or costing you more than it needs to? Read on to find out.

I think its fair to say that we can all appreciate the wonders of a good makeup application after seeing so many amazing before and after makeovers on social media. However, when we do our own makeup daily, they are some things that we might be doing that not only affect how it looks but can also affect our skin too. Like having one brush that serves your entire makeup needs. Too much bronze and the wrong shade foundation. Everyone is guilty of many of these so to save you from the embarrassment of walking around looking like a clown, below are 10 mistakes that you may be doing and, how to correct them.


1. Applying makeup on dry skin

This is one of the commonest mistakes. Applying makeup on poorly moisturised or excessively dry skin can lead to dry skin conditions such as xerosis, uneven skin tones and premature aging. You can avoid dryness and flakiness by exfoliating your skin once a week to get rid of the dead skin cells. Also invest in good under makeup skin moisturiser and primer to protect your skin before makeup application.  


2. Using the wrong shade of foundation

This is a very common mistake! In the past you may have been forgiven for saying that you couldn’t find a shade to match your complexion but now there are so many different suppliers and ranges to choose from. Never purchase in a rush and try to get help from someone working there who knows about makeup. When choosing a shade on your own, try to swatch the foundation on the side of your jaw line and not on the back of your hand.


3. Overdoing the bronzer

Bronzer is meant to add a warm glow to your complexion. Too much bronzer can make you look muddy, robotic or burnt. To avoid looking like a sunburnt Christmas decoration, lightly apply Bronzer on places where the sun would naturally land on your face like the forehead and nose and cheek bones.  


4. Dirty makeup brushes and sponges

We are all guilty of this neglect. Most people make people apply makeup daily using dirty sponges and brushes which can cause acne and breakouts. Applying makeup with dirty clogged up brushes or sponges can also affect the end result. To ensure that your brushes and sponges are dirt and bacteria free, wash them with mild shampoo and warm water at least once every two weeks.


5. Using the same products throughout the year

We all have that one makeup product that we love so much and cannot live without using but we often forget that as seasons change, the skin changes too. So, what worked for you last season may not work this season. The foundation that worked well on you during summer may tend to be too dry for you skin in winter. It is advisable to change your make up products according to the season.



6. Not using a primer

An important stage we ignore. This is the most important stage of makeup application because a primer provides a protective barrier for your skin before makeup application. It also ensures that the makeup slides on easily and helps the makeup to stay for longer without fading.


7. Buying make up without testing

You are in rush to get home so you stop by the store, grab your makeup, and leave. This is not a good idea. Remember how you try your clothes before buying? The same applies to makeup. You have to test your makeup in store. You also can’t rely on the shade you see through the packet because when makeup has contact with air it can change colour and texture due to oxidation.



8. Testing makeup on the wrong areas

Normally we test foundation and lipstick on the back of our hands but, this will not give accurate results. To know if a foundation is the right shade for you, put it on your jawline. For lipstick, you can apply it on the lips or fingers. If possible, try to view the foundation in daylight since most stores have artificial lighting.



9. Not applying eye liner according to your eye shape


Avoid making this mistake. Remember that the placement of the eyeliner is as important as the color. You should take note of your eye shape. When you have close-set eyes, the thickest part of the liner should be on the outer corner of the eye as this will make the eye look bigger.


10. Using a lighter shade concealer

There is this myth that when looking for a concealer you should pick a shade or two lighter than your skin tone. You should apply concealer that suits your skin tone. You can use a lighter shade for highlighting dark under eye circles or contouring.


And those are our top 10 makeup mistakes to avoid. We hope they help but don't worry about tyring to remember them all, you can find a local makeup artist right here on StylzMag.Com that can teach you and apply your makeup for you. Click here to get started. 

Written by Bob Tom of BiggieTips.Com - Edited by Candy Ellie. 

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