While the right makeup can make you look like a million bucks, one tiny slip-up can ruin an entire look faster than most people realize. Here is how you avoid the five typical makeup faux pas and turn a mistake into a success.
Foundation in the wrong nuance, eyeshadow in stripes and blotchy mascara. Even though you put in the effort, there are many makeup-traps that can ruin your look, and make for a shoddy first impression. Luckily there are ways to avoid them:
Wrong foundation color: It’s a challenge to choose the perfect foundation color – especially in climates where your skin-tone changes with the seasons. A foundation that is too dark can leave you looking sleezy/grubby, while a color that is too light will make you look sickly and pale. Aim for a color that matches your skin tone exactly and then brush with some colluder, to achieve that tanned look. And always remember, the foundation should be sampled on the cheek/jawbone and not the hand.
Color of face and body don’t match: When you have found the perfect foundation, we arrive at the next challenge – to avoid a noticeable color difference between your face and body. The solution to this is a light brown powder, which is dabbed along the collarbone, on the sides of the neck and a little on the chest. A round of self tanner can also ensure that the color of your face and body match.
Striped eyeshadow: It’s such a shame when your gorgeous eye makeup ends up in unflattering wet stripes after just a few hours. Luckily this problem is easy to prevent by applying concealer or a matt foundation on the eyelid followed by a clear powder. Using an eyelid primer is also a big help.
Less is more: A golden makeup-rule you should never forget is “less is more”. A thick layer of foundation and powder can easily end up looking like a mask. When hiding blemishes and redness, try using a primer or concealer followed by a thin layer of foundation or powder instead. Dark and colorful eye makeup combined with bright red lips can give off a very unwanted “Halloween-vibe”. Instead you should choose to focus on either the eyes or the lips, not both together.
“Spider eyes”: In the pursuit of long, lush and arched eyelashes, one can easily end up applying so much mascara, that your eyelashes end up resembling rigid, black spiders legs. Therefore it is important to remove excess color from the mascara brush before you begin, and then apply it from the roots of your eyelashes in a zigzag motion outward toward the tips of your eyelashes.