9 Most Common Makeup Mistakes & How You Can Fix Them
This is the tutorial you’ve been waiting for! These are the 9 most common makeup mistakes and how to fix them. Really, there are no hard and fast rules to makeup, but there are ways to make makeup look more natural and feel more comfortable.
Follow along to learn how to avoid these common makeup mistakes, or, if you’ve made one, how to fix it!
Makeup mistake 1 – the wrong base
It's very common to choose a shade of foundation that’s a bit too dark for your skin tone. On the left, you can see this foundation is too dark for me, whereas on the right the foundation is a better match for my skin. Can you see how much more natural the correct shade looks?
The darker shade suits me more in the summer when I have a tan, so note that different foundation shades may work on you at different times of the year.
What's more, I only applied primer to the right side and not the left side. It may not be immediately obvious in this photo, but my skin texture on the left side is not so great because of this and my makeup doesn't go on as well.
Makeup mistake 2 – concealer problems
There’s a tendency to use a very light shade of concealer and apply it only right under your eyes. Unfortunately, that ends up creating a very obvious halo effect below your eyes. Instead, you should apply your concealer in a much larger triangular pattern.
Then, blend it in with a large makeup brush.
When you apply powder to set your concealer, don’t buff it in right away. That causes the powder to lift your concealer and move it around your eyes.
Instead, pat the powder in gently under your eyes and then gently buff away any loose powder remaining under your eyes.
The same rule applies for adding powder to set your foundation.
Makeup mistake 3 – cheekbone makeup
A common makeup mistake is to use too dark a contour shade on your cheekbones. That makes the shading look way too obvious, and almost muddy. Try using a lighter shade and apply it in small circular motions to buff the bronzer into your skin.
Also, add a bit of bronzer to your temples and forehead to tie the whole look together.
See the difference bronzer makes when applied correctly?
Many people apply blush to the apples of their cheeks. With blush, you have to gently pat it onto your cheekbone, working your way up, and adding it little by little as you go.
Never overdo your blush, as you see on the left because it creates a clownish look.
Applying highlight in a downward motion doesn’t give a flattering effect. Only use a small amount of highlight and always apply it with an upward stroke just above your cheekbone along the curve of your eyes. Doing it this way will lift your face and brighten your features.
Makeup mistake 4 – too much eyebrow pencil
Don’t exaggerate your brow or try to extend your brow line. Go easy with the eyebrow pencil, and when adding brow concealer add it only below your eyebrow, not above.
Makeup mistake 5 – shimmery eyeshadow in your eyelid crease
Putting shimmer below, in, and above the crease of your eyelid attracts light and attention to the crease but doesn’t really add depth to your eyes.
Instead, apply shimmer eyeshadow only to your eyelid below the crease. Then use small buffer motions to apply a transition shade to and just above the crease.
Makeup mistake 6 – too much under-brow highlight
Don’t use too much highlight under your brow brown. Put a little under your brow from the arch to the outside and then buff it out on both sides so it fades gradually rather than giving hard lines.
You can also apply just a little at the inner corner of your eye but be careful to not be heavy-handed.
Makeup mistake 7 – too much eyeliner
Stick to a simple classic thin wing with a gel eyeliner and you can’t go wrong.
It’s far more natural looking than a heavy, exaggerated cat-eye.
Makeup mistake 8 – forgetting your eyelash curler
Take the time to curl your eyelashes before applying mascara. It leaves a much more natural, clean, but full look. And don’t put your mascara on too thick. Wiggle it on one layer at a time to add volume as necessary.
Makeup mistake 9 – wrong lip color
Pick your lip color shade carefully. A nude lip color should look natural, but not too light.
Common makeup mistakes and how to fix them tutorial
There you have it. Compare the look on the left to the look on the right and see how much more natural the makeup looks when applied correctly.
Yes, the “mistake” side is a bit exaggerated for demonstration purposes, but you get the idea.
If you apply makeup correctly, you’ll look polished and bright and that will give you confidence! Leave a comment to let me know which makeup tip was your favorite.
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Thank you for sharing this! Unfortunately I am guilty of almost half of these mistakes. 😬 Now I know how to fix them!