It’s easy to mess up your makeup without even knowing. Read these five common makeup application mistakes and the best ways you can correct them.
Putting Makeup on Dry Skin
We’ve all seen it. There are those days where we accidentally forget to put on moisturizer and end up applying makeup on a dry canvas resulting in a flaky and cakey look. Those situations are unfortunate because dry skin is a very real thing, especially during the wintertime. To prevent this from happening to you, exfoliate your skin once a week and moisturize every day. Your skin and makeup application will thank you. Your makeup will go on smoother, cover the skin as it should, and allow you to use less makeup because your skin doesn’t soak as much up. Moisturizing is also a must to help prevent your skin from premature wrinkles.
Forgetting to Prime Your Canvas
In between moisturizing your skin and applying your foundation, you will want to apply a primer to your face. This will allow your makeup to have a longer lasting hold and create a more hydrated and smoother surface in the end. Primers and setting sprays really complement each other, and we have a bunch of suggestions that work well. Check out our favorite BH foundation primers and setting sprays.
Over-Fleeking the Brows
It is very important that you do not over-fleek your brows. You start pressing in a little color, adding more to shape and blend them. Before you know it, you have two big rectangles on your forehead, and you have no idea how they got there! The best way to avoid this problem is by finding a brow pencil. If you have dark hair, find a pencil that is a shade lighter than your natural brow color. Go a shade darker if you have red or lighter hair. Use less pencil and more spooley to spread and blend the color very naturally to get the thicker brow you want.
Darkening Bronze and Contour
Two of the easiest mistakes to make during make up application are over contouring and over bronzing your face. This mistake is lighting related, and you won’t know it happened until you make it out into natural light and get a good look at your face. To save yourself from over contouring, use a contour shade that is at most two shades darker than your normal foundation color. Blend and repeat on the hollow of the other cheekbone. After you blend your contour fully, apply your bronzer with a medium sized fluffy blending brush. This will allow you to have a less concentrated application and help you get the perfect glow. Apply your bronzer lightly and close to your forehead hairline. Follow down your hairline, brushing in on your contoured cheeks, and finish down the side with a little added bronzer to your jawline for more color.
Using Dirty Brushes
It all starts and ends with clean brushes. If your brushes are dirty, you can be smearing literal dirt and dust all over your skin as you apply your makeup. Make a point to wash your brushes out with a mild soap, soft shampoo, or our favorite brush cleaner about twice a month. Blot your brushes on a clean towel and lay them out to finish drying. Voila! Prepare yourself for flawless make up application.
To all the BH Beauties out there, we hope this little makeup guide helps you avoid the mistakes that you could easily be making!