Makeup not only makes a person look beautiful but it is also a medium of expression and boosting confidence. Makeup products and techniques work in tandem to highlight and enhance your best features to make you look more attractive. Right from your glowing skin to pouty lips, chiselled face, awaken eyes, that sun-kissed glow and more, makeup does it all. Makeup can be your best friend or your worst enemy depending on the way you use it. No, we are not trying to scare you, but just warn you. When done right, while the makeup can make you look like a million bucks, it can also make you look well, not very appealing or even older than you are when not done correctly. This can be attributed to the use of wrong colours, wrong tools and techniques to unsuitable products and practices.
A lot of people have a love-hate relationship with makeup. While it usually makes them look amazing, there may be days when that shade of lipstick isn’t going with the skin tone or the eye makeup emphasises the under-eye bags. It all boils down to how efficiently you use makeup to your advantage.
There is a whole list of makeup mistakes people make that can break the look. Read on to find out if these are the makeup mistakes you are probably making.
Wearing waterproof mascara every dayWaterproof mascara is amazing and all, but not always. The water-resistant formula can dry out your lashes causing them to break easily. Also, removing the waterproof mascara takes a whole lot of effort which can again damage your lashes. Keep it reserved for weddings and parties. It’s best to use a normal mascara daily, that comes off easily at the end of the day without causing distress to your lashes.
Using expired makeupIt’s time to check your makeup stash and clear it off all the products that have crossed the expiry date. Old and expired products are not safe to use and can lead to rashes, allergies and irritation. Also, they do not give the best results. Always check the makeup products for expiry dates and use them accordingly. Discard all the expired products and restock, even if it's expensive.
Not cleaning the makeup brushesMakeup brushes are important tools that give you the right application and finish. Keeping them clean prolongs their life and saves you the trouble of breakouts and infection. Old, dirty brushes are a breeding ground of bacteria and germs. Wash them regularly with warm water and detergent and then soak them in antiseptic liquid before drying out completely. Never leave your brushes in damp areas like the bathroom or store them without drying out completely as it will damage the brushes and cause germs to grow in them.
Applying too much bronzerBronzers have become the next big thing in the makeup world, thanks to the celebs followed by beauty bloggers and Instagrammers. But while everybody wants to use bronzer for that sun-kissed look, wearing too much of bronzer and applying it all over the face can backfire. If you use bronzer in more quantity than prescribed, your face may end up looking like a sun-tan gone wrong. Use the smallest quantity of bronzer on the jawline, edges of the forehead, temples and sides of the nose bridge for a warm glow that looks natural. You can use more and build if required but avoid taking a lot of product at one go.
Ignoring your browsYou will be surprised to see what a well-groomed brow can do to your face. Eyebrows frame the face and eyes and if they are defined, they can enhance your appearance by making you look sharp without much effort. Unkempt, thin and unruly brows can make you look shoddy and even older. Pay attention to your brows, get them trimmed to keep them in shape. If you have thin, sparse brows, use brow powder, eyebrow pencil or gel to fill them in. This will make them look fuller and darker giving a youthful appearance to your face.
Too dark browsNow that we know the importance of eyebrow grooming, overdoing it can also pose a problem. If you fill your brows, use a product, whether its brow powder, pencil or gel that's close to your natural hair colour. Using dark colours can make them look fake and unnatural. While filling the brows, use short, feather-like strokes following the natural direction of the hair growth. Avoid a product that looks too heavy or intense on your natural brows.
Wearing the wrong foundation shadeFoundations cover blemishes on the skin while making it look naturally flawless. Always strive to pick a foundation shade that's closest to your skin tone. Foundation lighter than your skin tone will make you look ashy while darker shades will make you look like a mismatched shade card. While picking your foundation, always try it on the face and not just on hand or fingers. Also, while buying foundation, consider if the product oxidises or not as it can make your skin look unnaturally dark.
Using wrong lipstick shadeLipsticks are the easiest way to perk up the pout. A general thumb rule to follow is that dark colours are likely to make your lips look even thinner while lighter ones will make the lips look fuller. So go for the gloss, they make the lips plump and moist.Picking the wrong blush colourBright, flushed cheeks are a sign of good health, and good makeup is all about mimicking that natural blush. Blushes have been a part of every makeup lover’s vanity kit but as we are inundated with a huge choice of colours, it has become confusing. Not all blushes are created equal. Go for a blush that is closest to your skin tone. Fair and medium skinned people can try the rosy pink and peaches. Nude, red and brown coloured blush look best on people with dusky and deeper skin tones.
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