We grow up being taught basic ways to apply makeup and do beauty routines by our moms, our aunts, sisters and friends, but as time goes on we start to adapt these techniques to make them our own. Sometimes we adapt these techniques for the better… and sometimes… we should just…well…stop.
*in no particular order*
1. Lip gloss overload
There is just something about the glossy lip look that pulls everything together, believe me… I get it but there is such a thing as applying too much lip gloss. Have you ever noticed that after some time there begins to be a build up of lipgloss in either corner of your lips?
Only apply lip gloss to the center of your lips.
Over time the lip gloss will naturally spread to the outer part of your lips similar to how it migrates to the corners of your mouth normally. This will also give your lips a more natural sheen compared to a shiny mess of lip gloss.
2. Big, bad, black eyeliner
We’ve all had a phase where we go to town on our lower lash line with black eyeliner. Black eyeliner on the lower lash line is not a sin… if you do it correctly. Going all the way into your inner corner makes your eyes appear smaller and closed off. Also it is the cause of black build up in your inner corner. If you like having black liner on your lash line, that’s fine
Just only go about 1/3 to 1/2 of the way in on your lash line and make it gradual
This will still give you the intense look you want but without looking too harsh.
3. Pre-curl not post-curl
I know that when you first think about it, it may seem to make more sense to curl your lashes after you put mascara on because then they will stay curled better, but you’re mistaken. Curling your lashes when the mascara is in the process of hardening will cause breakage and possibly pull out lashes, which no one wants.
A few other mascara tips:
-Do not only coat the tops of your lashes,
covering the base of your
lashes is how you get volume.
-Do not pump the wand. This will cause
more oxygen to flow into the tube, which
will in turn, dry out the mascara quicker.
-Replace your mascara every 3 months or so…
no matter how well you apply your mascara,
if it is old and dried out it will not look its best.
(this goes for other makeup items too…
never use old makeup, bacteria can grow)
4. Over-concealing pimples
I know you all want those pimples to disappear and never show their face again but so many people put too much concealer on one single zit when all you really need to do is….
take a small brush and pat it right on top of the zit and wherever there is redness around it. Then use the brush to gently blend out the edges,
pat a small amount of translucent powder over it (but nothing with reflexive minerals in it or else the zit will be more prominent) and you are all set to go. If you use a small amount of concealer to start out with, there will be no need to try to pat in the concealer on the top part of the zit because when you do that, you wipe some of it off, which is why so many people feel the need to apply more. So apply only a little to start with and ONLY blend the edges,
The more concealer you apply to the zit, the more cakey the makeup will look and when makeup looks cakey, people notice it more.
5. The dreaded foundation line
I don’t think I can repeat this one enough times. Regardless of if you think that your foundation is your perfect shade, still blend down your neck because chances are it’s actually not your perfect shade or it is going to oxidize throughout the day (change color when exposed to air). A foundation line is not cute and believe me, people do notice it. It takes no time at all to just…
take the little bit of foundation left over on your hands, brush or sponge and drag it down your neck.
And just like that, problem solved!
6. Know your skin
This is a common mistake that I see all the time. Listen to your skin people! If you have dry skin, use as few powder products as possible because no matter what, it will look caked on.
If you have oily skin, use more powder products and/or liquid products formulated for oily skin. If you use too many liquid products, you are going to look even more oily and no one wants that. Powder can only mattify your skin so much.
7. Give your hair a break
It is a different story if you are working out everyday and your hair drips with sweat but if it’s not then STOP WASHING YOUR HAIR EVERYDAY. This is not saying to not shower everyday though, clean your body but just put your hair up and out of the way.
Purchase a good dry shampoo and let your hair go unwashed for 3-5 days.
Your hair does not need to be washed everyday so when do wash it every day, you are drying it out and stripping it of its natural oils. (Also, your shampoo and conditioner will last SO much longer this way and being a broke college student, I really appreciate that.)
8. Towel exfoliating
Good job: You washed your face today.
Bad job: You rubbed your face dry with a towel.
You may not even realize that when you rub your face dry, you are actually being very harsh on your skin and stripping away some natural oils from your face. Your face has very sensitive skin, so you have to be nice to it.
Pat your face dry with the towel instead.
9. Giving no neck love
This can go for both moisturizer and sunscreen because although a lot of us may not need to worry quite yet about showing signs of aging, if you can do a little something to decrease the affects in the future then why wouldn’t you? Your neck (and your hands) is one of the first places to show signs of aging. Saying that…
Take the left over moisturizer and bring it down your neck.
Your neck will thank you. I promise.
10. Less is more
You can apply this to pretty much any aspect of beauty because it is always the key. Whether we are talking about face make or eye makeup, always start with a small amount and add more if needed. It is much easier to add than to get rid of makeup. Starting with less will also make you apply less, which is always a plus.
Comment down below if you know any other tips!
Until next time,