Here’s another great guest post (I got a big response when I went looking for wedding-related guest posts–yay, a break for me)! This one is penned by Quianna Nall of Beautiful Look, Dangerous Attitude. Read on as she shares five mistakes that people often make when applying makeup.
As a makeup artist and best friend to many friends (lol), I have the duty to help others (even strangers) with their makeup “meltdowns”. I’ve seen it all, I’ve fix them all. But these are the 5 mistakes I tend to keep aiding the most.
1) Caked-up, totally obvious foundation. (Girl, it looks like you’re wearing a MASK!)
Less is more when it comes to foundation. Just dab on some (dime sized) dots of it the the main spaces (forehead, nose, cheeks, and chin) and blend it outward with your ring finger. But before you even do that, put a facial primer on your face! It helps blend and keep the makeup on all day. (My fave is both e.l.f mineral face primer, $3, and NYX clear photogenic face primer $10) It’s a great way to correct oily or dry skin and helps reduce lines.
For best application with foundation is with a synthetic brush!
**Don’t stop applying foundation at jawline! Blend it into your neck a little. Just saying…(it’s more of a natural look).
2) Ugly Eyeliner (This should have been my number one mistake to list)
Skip the pencil and the liquid, especially if you do not know how to control/use it! Just stop it! Use gel or cream liners. they are easy to control, they last longer, and they do NOT run or melt! I suggest using an angled eyeliner brush, using small, short strokes. No, not long ones! You will have an uneven, skippy line on your eye! And that’s not a good look…at all.
You can also dip a little of the matching eyeshadow unto the exact line of the liner to help set it. Also with this, you can get a smudging brush or a small blending brush and blend/smudge the liner for a smokey look.
***And get past black! Try navy, brown, olive, or violet.
3) Concealing….not so much or too much? (You thought your blemish was bad!)
Over-covering your blemish may do more harm than good. First, try getting a medium coverage pigmented concealer to better blend into your face. Then, place a bit of concealer on a cosmetic sponge and dab onto the blemish. After that, apply a lightweight setting powder on top of that. Also, avoid the this area when you apply your foundation to avoid build-up.
4) Bags underneath eyes (You may have to pay extra to put these on board…)
Simply use a creamy pigmented concealer. Apply with your ring finger or a small consealer brush under eyes and along the nose to bring life back into your face. Remember, you want to look awake, not jetlagged! The key is to pat the cream on, not smear. And use a tiny amount of translucent powder to set the cream and avoid caking. (NYC translucent powder, $3)
5) Eyes are a’crackin’! (Decrease the Crease!)
Oily eyelids can make your beautiful hue of eyeshadow crack (or crease), making it look like you tried to put zebra stripes on your face. In order to stop this madness, use an eyelid primer. (NYX white/pearlized/skin-tone/HD eyelid primers, $4). It helps your eyeshadow stay on longer without smudging, no creasing, and your eyeshadow pops and shows it’s true color!And these are my my top 5 makeup mistakes, which I know most of you have troubles with. I hope I’ve helped you make your life easier with these tips and I want you to keep learning and keep experimenting different methods of basic makeup.