If you’re anything like the rest of us beauty obsessed gals, your morning starts with grabbing a cup of coffee or tea and then the fun part, putting your “face on” after you’ve washed it and applied layer upon layer of face cream…am I right?? But, after a while we all begin to look for a new way to approach our morning beauty routine and wouldn’t it be nice to switch it up and maybe improve on a few beauty “mistakes” we didn’t even know we were doing. Think of it as walking around all day with a piece of spinach in your teeth and no one feels the need to tell you. Only this is going on for months, and maybe even years. We’ve all been there but with every makeup mistake or no-no, there comes an easy fix.
Below are just a few makeup mistakes we see almost everyday and our favorite tips on how to fix them along with help from our resident celebrity makeup artist, Beth Bender and her expert advice on looking your best!
Why? We see women every day who are so beautiful but they wear TOO MUCH MAKEUP! The same women who try on that super cute sundress right before you and leave a little gift of foundation around the neckline. Kind of spoils the whole shopping experience when it does happen but seriously, why so much foundation?
There are more women every day wearing too much makeup. It might look great in photos but not in person. It tends to look way over done and people may even wonder why you’re wearing so much makeup to begin with unless you’re eye. We are all for evening out the complexion and giving the face a flawless finish but the way to achieving this is by blending, and in some cases contouring if necessary.
Wearing too much makeup will eventually begin to clog your pores causing pimples, black heads, white heads and even lead to skin irritations and rashes. Then the covering up of blemishes begins and the vicious cycle. Beth suggests, “Letting your skin breathe. Try switching out your regular foundation for a tinted moisturizer. Laura Mercier, Bobbi Brown, and Smashbox all have great formulas that will even out your skin tone, cover existing blemishes without clogging your pores and they won’t leave a heavy residue on clothes or make you look like you have layers of makeup on.”
Another foundation blunder is wearing the wrong color. Too many women apply it to their face or jawline while testing colors. This gives the “two tone” look (when your neck and face do not blend and it looks as if you are wearing 2 different colors). The color should be seamless. Beth’s suggestion for avoiding this look is to test the color on your neck or collarbone for a perfect skin tone match. Works every time. If you’re buying foundation or tinted moisturizer at a makeup counter, Beth also recommends grabbing a hand or pocket mirror and stepping outside in natural lighting to check the color before buying.
Are you guilty of using too much brow pencil to fill in your brows? We see this way too often. The end result is brows that look less natural and a bit more cartoonish if you will.
You have to know when to put the pencil or brow brush down beauties. Adding too much color can give your face a hard look when what we want is to look soft (although we can definitely be hard when we have to, just not on our faces:). Unless your strutting your stuff down a runway, try softening up the color a tad. A good place to start is by using a lighter colored pencil or eyebrow shadow, and feathering your strokes in the natural direction they grow in as you fill in the spaces between the hairs. Beth suggests using a brow stencil if you aren’t confident about the shape. Make sure to fill in with a soft touch pressing the color gently along the stencil shape. Using a fuller size eyeshadow brush to apply your brow powder will also help to prevent color from looking too dark. To soften color you can use a clean mascara wand or spoolie brush and comb through brows. If you fill in your brows with a pencil, gently go over the dark areas on your brow with the lighter color and blend it in with an eyebrow brush.
We do love our mascara. However, there are those times when some of us lash lovin’ gals go a little overboard. One, two, and sometimes three coats, but anymore than that and you will be channeling Tammy Faye Baker. Even the best and most expensive mascara can clump if too much is applied onto your lashes. If the desire is to really emphasize your lashes then Beth suggests allowing each coat to dry slightly before adding another coat and combing through to remove any clumps in between each coat. Once your mascara has completely dried you can use a q-tip dipped in eye makeup remover and carefully clean up any mascara that may have smudged during the application.
Too much mascara, or wearing a waterproof mascara in place of water based mascara can also damage your eyelashes so we recommend using a good eyelash serum to strengthen your lashes and prevent them from breaking. A good product to try is Shiseido’s Full Lash Serum, released last year in Japan and now available in the USA. Follow it with Shiseido’s Full Lash Volume Mascara, for full coverage, no clumps, and a shiny glossy finish. It’s available in Black or Brown at www.shiseido.com as well as most department stores nationwide.
If you can’t break free from your waterproof mascara, Beth suggests using a water base mascara as your first coat and then going over lashes with your waterproof formula. This will protect your lashes from further damage and also make removing your mascara a lot easier.
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