It’s easy to fall into a “makeup trap,” making the same mistake over and over because nothing went wrong the first time you did it (like with sharing your makeup with your best friend) or because a trend became comfortable and you never tossed it aside when its time in the spotlight was over. But repeating small makeup mistakes can disrupt the overall beautiful effect you intend, or even lead to big problems over time. Are you guilty?
- Old Mascara: Keeping mascara more than three months after it’s been opened is an issue. Not only is your mascara prone to unsightly clumps once it’s past its shelf life, but you could give yourself an eye infection. Similarly, never share your eye makeup with others.
- Seasonal Foundation: Wearing the same foundation year-round, even if your skin color doesn’t change with the seasons, the condition might. Skin is typically drier in the winter and oilier in the summer. Choosing a creamy, moisturizing foundation for the winter months and an oil-control or powder foundation in the summer can keep your skin comfortable all year. If your skin tone does change from season to season, purchase a light shade and a dark one, then mix them to customize as you get lighter or darker.
- Keeping up with Trends: Getting stuck in a rut? You don’t have to chase every trend, but try something new from time to time. Try a new lipstick shade or a new eyeliner trick to break out of your beauty habits. You may find a look that works even better for your features that way.
Tacky Lip-liner: Lining outside the lip line- a lot creates a exaggerated look you do not want. You can line along the ridge of the lip, slightly outside your natural lips without being too obvious, but trying to fake dramatic collagen injections with a lip liner will fall flat every time. A similar trend that fell to the wayside years ago? Dark liner with light lipstick.
- Ignoring the eyebrows: Eyebrows can form an exquisite frame for your eyes. Go to a professional if it’s been a while since you had yours shaped, then maintain at home with a pair of sharp tweezers (they’re more precise!). If your brows are sparse, fill them in using an angled brush and an eyeshadow. Those with light hair should go a shade or two darker than their hair color; dark haired ladies should go a shade or two lighter.
- Using the wrong concealer: Going too light with your under-eye concealer won’t highlight the area in a good way. It will, however, give the area below your eyes an ashy gray appearance. A concealer that is too dark will also bring attention to your circles. Choose a shade that matches your foundation.
Skipping Blush: Some women are terrified of blush, but it can brighten up your face and make you look much more refreshed! Choose a color that’s similar to the flush you get when you exercise and lightly dust the color across the apples of your cheeks, then blend up toward the temples.
- Old Foundation Sponge: Hello, bacteria! Reintroducing bacteria to your face every time you apply your foundation can cause breakouts. Even the sponges that come with some powder or cream-to-powder foundations can become a home for bacteria, contaminating the product below.
- Over-the-top Look: Playing up more than one feature at a time can make you look like an attention-seeker, but not the kind of attention anyone is actually seeking. Choose one: eyes, lips, or cheeks. Use more color there to make it the star of your look, and then use a light hand everywhere else. Don’t ignore the rest of your face, though, or your makeup will seem unbalanced
- Eyeshadow Creasing: Not attempting to avoid eyeshadow creasing? Sometimes it happens to the best of us, but there are things you can do to prevent daily eyeshadow creasing. Apply an eyeshadow primer before your shadow daily to get the vibrancy, longevity, and crease-free looks you want.
Luckily, makeup mistakes are easy to correct. They’re not as permanent as the “What was I thinking?” haircut you got during an emotional crisis that took forever to grow back out. You can look completely different in the morning if you’d like. Kick the mistakes to the curb and say hello to a more beautiful, healthier you.