Over the years I have learnt so much about makeup and continue to learn more everyday. Today I thought I would share some of my makeup tips with you and share some of the most common makeup mistakes that need to stop now. Many of these makeup mistakes I used to make myself so I have put together a rather long video showcasing the right and wrong. Of course this is what works for me, some of the ‘mistakes’ may work for some people and that’s the beauty of makeup as there are no hard and fast rules.
The base is so important and I always use primer, I sound like a broken record but primer really helps your makeup to last longer. Wearing primer also makes a lovely canvas for makeup application. Choosing the right foundation is a whole other post on itself (which I will do!) There are so many foundations out there and you just need to find the right one for you. Once you’ve decided whether you want full coverage or light coverage, a matte finish or a glowy foundation, you then need to choose the right shade. It’s always best to try on your face, around the jaw line and choose the shade that blends into your skin perfectly. Most makeup counters will let you take a sample home which is really useful as you can do your makeup yourself in your regular lighting. I have an Asian skin tone and one huge mistake I used to make is to wear a foundation that was too light for my skin which made me look grey. Of course, blending is key! Also taking the foundation and blending into your neck so there are no sudden streaks.
I will be doing a full video on eyeshadow application as there is so much to say! Again primer is a key, this is to increase the longevity of your eyeshadow and to showcase the true colours of your eyeshadow. Don’t be afraid to go into the crease but blend, blend and blend. If in doubt, blend some more. If you find that your eyeshadow looks non existent, try patting the colour on rather than swiping. For under the eyes, use a small brush or a pencil brush for precision. Keep eyeliner really close to the lash line, you can then make this line thicker if you wish. You can see my mascara focus video herebut take your time with mascara and coat all the hairs. Start right from the root for fuller lashes.
Choosing the right concealer is very similar to choosing the right foundation, but here you want some brightening. Applying in an upside down triangle will brighten your face and give you a youthful glow. Try not to apply foundation under your eyes and let your concealer do the work so you don’t get product build up. Again blend well and set with a little bit of powder so your concealer stays in place.
You can see my full contour and highlight video here but the main thing to remember is to blend well. Follow the lines of your face, you should not be able to see where the contour starts and end as it should look like a shadow rather than harsh lines. The same goes for blusher, you shouldn’t be able to see where it starts and ends. Always blend outwards towards your hairline not towards the centre of your face. A little blusher goes a long way. Keep at least two finger spaces between your blusher and your nose. Be light handed with your blusher, it needs to look natural.
There is a real trend at the moment for full brows that look natural. If you completely over plucked in the 90s like I did you may have barely there brows. So if you are having to draw your brows on use very gentle strokes and follow your natural arch. Use a shade similar to your hair colour and don’t square off the front too much, it’s not a great look. Your brows length should be longer than the width of your eyes in order to frame your face beautifully.
When applying lipstick, I always use a lip liner. It defines the lips and helps your lipstick to last longer. Unless it is the look you are going for, your lipstick and lip liner should be the same shade. It’s ok for your lip liner to be a shade darker than your lipstick but there shouldn’t be a significant difference or 80s line. One huge mistake I used to make is to see gorgeous nude shades worn on people like Kate Moss or Jennifer Aniston and try to pull those shades off. The problem is, they are both a completely different colouring to me and looking back at pictures of myself I looked so washed out!
Like with most things in life, practise makes perfect and we always learn more along the way. Oh and did I mention blend? Please comment below and share your makeup mistakes so I know that I was not alone!Please be sure to follow me on Instagram (where most of my product review are now) and Twitter for instant updates that go beyond the blog. Also be sure to subscribe to the blog here, so you are the first to know about new posts ♥
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