10 makeup mistakes you didn't know you were making

10 makeup mistakes you didn’t know you were making

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Some of us are often unaware of the makeup mistakes we make every day. Finding the makeup colors and brands that suit your face is a tricky task at first. It can take years for some to get their makeup right. And once you find the right products, you may still have a hard time getting the look you want. Your favorite beauty influencer may make it look easy, but the truth is that getting makeup perfectly blended is no easy task. But that doesn’t mean you have to stop experimenting. We’re here to explain the most common makeup faux pas to avoid. This will help you figure out the ins and outs and make sure your makeup looks perfect. Swipe up!

1. Excessive washing of your face

Cleaning or washing your face is the first and most important step in makeup. Every woman has a different skin type and as we age our skin undergoes many changes. However, if you apply foundation and notice dry, flaky skin, that’s a sign to stop washing your face excessively.


The ideal is to wash your face twice a day – once in the morning and once in the evening before you go to sleep. It is best to use a mild, gentle cleaning agent. The natural skin oils work wonders on your skin and do their job without the annoying soap.

10 makeup mistakes you didn't know you were making

2. Applying makeup to dry skin

Applying makeup on dry skin is one of the biggest makeup mistakes that can make face look dull, cracked, aged and tired. All good things come from a solid foundation, and in this case, a properly hydrated face. Therefore, make sure your face is sufficiently moisturized before applying makeup.

3. Make-up application under wrong lighting

When you have to decide what works for you and what doesn’t when it comes to makeup, you need to test it on your skin in natural light. If you try on makeup in unnatural light, you’ll find that it doesn’t look as flattering as you hoped. Choose what suits you best with the best possible lighting.

4. Wrong mixing techniques

Makeup is much more than dabbing blush or eyeshadow. Even if you apply a neutral shade, it will look unnatural and out of place if you don’t blend it properly. The key to natural looking makeup lies in mastering the art of blending. Makeup that isn’t blended well can look pretty weird. Check out some makeup videos and tutorials online and invest in some good brushes to get started.

5. Incorrect application of concealer

There’s always a conflict when it comes to deciding whether the foundation comes first or the concealer. However, it makes more sense to cover the blemishes after applying the foundation, so it is better to apply the foundation before the concealer. But if you do, here’s what you need to keep in mind.


Never apply too much product to the target area at once. Too much concealer on your under-eye circles makes you look older. The right way to cover up dark circles is to apply a few drops of color correcting concealer to the bones below your eyes and blend. Also, do not apply directly to under-eye circles. You can also use the layering technique. Apply some to the blemish, let it dry and then apply another coat. You can also use a setting powder between layers.


You can’t use one concealer for everything. Concealers come in many colors, each with different uses. A peachy corrector concealer will balance out the blue and is best for combating dark circles. Green neutralizes red, so a green concealer must be used to hide pimples and blemishes. Yellow-tinted concealers work best to even out large areas of skin. Once you use this tinted concealer as your first layer, you must then apply a concealer that suits your skin tone.

10 makeup mistakes you didn't know you were making

6. Too much foundation

Applying too much foundation will damage your face and your makeup will end up looking clumpy. Or even worse: You look like a clown in a costume. In fact, there is no need to apply foundation all over your face unless you are wearing light and transparent makeup. Simply apply to cheeks, nose and eye area. Some women use it to cover blemishes and imperfections, but that’s a concealer’s job.


Make sure you choose the right shade of foundation that perfectly matches your skin tone. Don’t use foundation that’s lighter than your skin tone. Using the wrong shade will only accentuate blemishes, fine lines and anything that is harmful about your skin. Only by using a shade that suits your skin can you get a flawless face. And never forget to mix properly. Be sure to apply it to your neck and ears as well. Otherwise, anyone can tell you’re wearing makeup by a different color of your face and neck.

7. Eyebrow disaster

Eyebrows frame the beautiful eyes which, as they say, are the window to the soul. Neatly shaped eyebrows can make the eyes stand out beautifully. Bushy or overgrown eyebrows appear untidy and unkempt. Thin or tadpole-shaped eyebrows are also unflattering to your eyes and completely transform your look. It is important that you see a professional and get proper advice on how to shape your eyebrows.


Over the years, it’s normal for your eyebrows to get smaller and then you start filling them in. The last thing you want, however, is for them to look drawn and unnatural. A brow pencil works best for a natural look. You absolutely must avoid hard lines.


A dark shadow applied with an angled brush works better than a pencil. You can also use eyebrow cake powders which have everything you need for perfect brows in one small pack.

8. Unwanted shimmer and glitter

Shimmery eyeshadows are very attractive, but applying them all over the eyelid can make them look extremely shiny and overdone. Apply shimmery eyeshadow to the inner eye area or center of the eyelid to accentuate your eye makeup and use a matte eyeshadow for the rest. Ideally, use nude eyeshadow or eyeshadow that’s a few shades darker than your skin tone.

10 makeup mistakes you didn't know you were making

9. Using the wrong eyeliner

It’s best to only use black eyeliner if you have darker skin tones, otherwise it will look quite harsh. If you have a lighter skin tone, it’s best to stick with brown liners. Black is taboo if you have blonde hair and blue eyes.


Here are a few tips for using your eyeliner:


Always choose a lighter or more subtle color for your lower lids.

Using a liner on your waterline is not a good idea. Instead, use a nude pencil on your waterline as this will open up your eyes and make them look bigger.

For a more natural look, it is best to only apply it to three quarters of the upper eyelid.

There’s no point in drawing hard, marker-like lines. For a natural look, use pencil liner instead of liquid liner.

10. Mascara Mistake

First things first: you must use a mascara that is two shades darker than your eyebrow color. Never apply more than two coats of mascara or your lashes will look extremely clumpy. Mascara that is three to four months old can also lead to clumping of the eyelashes.


Don’t apply mascara to your lower lashes the same way you apply it to your upper lashes. It clumps and gives your spider leg lashes. Instead, hold the wand vertically and apply.


Waterproof mascara is obviously great and there’s a good chance you tend to invest in one and only use that. But it’s not a very good idea. Waterproof mascara is much more difficult to remove and applying and removing it could seriously damage your lashes. Your eyelashes may wither earlier. If you must use waterproof mascara, make sure you only do so during the summer months.

In summary, makeup mistakes are common and sometimes we don’t even realize we’re making them. By avoiding these 10 common makeup faux pas, you can achieve a flawless and polished look that enhances your natural beauty. Remember to prioritize skin care by not over-washing your face and making sure it is properly moisturized before applying makeup.


Proper lighting is essential when testing makeup, and mastering blending techniques can make a significant difference in achieving a natural and seamless look. When it comes to concealer, use the right shades for specific issues and avoid applying too much product. Choose the right shade of foundation that suits your skin tone and apply sparingly for a natural finish.

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