Common Makeup Mistakes To Avoid

January 5, 2015

We’ve all made the mistake of using a foundation with high SPF and jumping into flash photography with a glowing, white face.

But what other makeup mistakes should we be avoiding in the future? Use our simple makeup tips to save any look, and keep your skin looking perfect!

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Wrong foundation shade

Many of us are guilty of choosing a foundation which is too light, and often too dark for our natural skin tone. Rather than swatching the shade on your hand, make sure it matches your neck. This is the closest in colour to your face, and should blend in seamlessly. If all else fails, you can always have your foundation matched by a professional and it’s absolutely free.

Flaky skin

Women suffering from dry, flaky skin understand that applying foundation can be a nightmare. Make sure your skin is properly nourished by applying a hydrating moisturiser and primer before foundation. In addition, gently swipe your foundation brush rather than applying it in circular motions.

False lashes

If you find it difficult to apply false lashes, use individual ones instead. These create a natural, wispy look which is perfect for women who don’t want their makeup to look over the top. The trick is to look downwards into a mirror, and apply the falsie over your own natural lash.


Creating the illusion of slimmer cheeks, nose, and jawline can often come at a price. The best way to do this is by blending until all the lines on your face are almost seamless. Use a foundation brush for best results, and buff gently into the skin.


For a subtle bronze glow, use a formula which is matte as opposed to shimmery. Glittery shades look more artificial and attract too might light, making them look quite unnatural on the skin. Don’t over-do it! Less is more, and you can always build-up the bronzer, rather than applying too much all over your face.

Tacky brushes

Clean your brushes once a week with a gentle cleanser to remove any build-up of product. Not only could dirty brushes compromise your makeup, but the bacteria can also contribute to acne and blocked pores.

Filling your brows

As a general rule with eyebrows, remember that less is more. Use a pencil which is in the same shade of your brows, and gently fill in any gaps. If you suffer from dry skin, don’t use a gel since it can leave your brows feeling dehydrated and tacky.

Under-eye concealer

A huge beauty trend at the moment is creating a soft highlight under the eyes with a concealer. If your eyes have the tendency to crease during the day, this look won’t work for you since the product will only settle into fine lines and wrinkles. Use a creamy concealer to cover up any dark circles, and blend with a damp cosmetic sponge or concealer brush to reach those difficult areas.

SPF in foundation

If you have a special event coming up, use a foundation, concealer, and powder which are free from SPF. Any type of flash photography picks up these undertones, and washes out your entire makeup look. Only powder on areas where your face has the tendency to get oily, and blot the rest.


While we all want a healthy, glowing complexion sometimes applying too many shimmery products on the face can create a different look entirely. Frosted highlighters should be applied in moderation, and if you think the formula is too pigmented, mix with your foundation to dilute it.

What are some of your makeup blunders?

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