Women all over the world have always been extremely curious about colouring and enhancing their features with make-up, but I often seen that some of the most beautiful women lose out on the advantages of make-up due to their lack of knowledge about what colours suit their complexion and how to blend and contour their face and accentuate their features.
Enlisted below are ten make-up mistakes that women commonly make and how to rectify them:
COMMON MISTAKE 1: I have seen many women accentuate their cheeks like two tomato blobs that stand out from a mile!
CORRECTION: Blusher always needs to be selected according to the skin colour. One should normally blend with two colours to highlight the cheekbones.
COMMON MISTAKE 2: Always test a foundation on the jaw line of your face. Foundation should be one shade lighter than normal skin colour.
CORRECTION: Always spot your face, neck and ears with a foundation matching your skin tone and blend gently.
COMMON MISTAKE 3: Vaseline or cream under lip colour is an absolute No! It'll only make the lipstick smudge and stain teeth.
CORRECTION: Line the lip with a lip pencil and then apply lipstick on with a lip brush. Fill in the colour all over and then press a thin tissue on closed lips and dab tissue with a translucent powder. Apply a second coat of lipstick. This will help the lipstick last longer.
COMMON MISTAKE 4: Most women neglect the lower eye lash when applying mascara.
CORRECTION: Always mascara the upper and lower lashes to make the eyes look larger and more defined.
COMMON MISTAKE 5: Many women use talcum powder instead of compact powder or loose translucent powder ending up looking ghostly!
CORRECTION: For the face and neck it is important to use a compact powder to keep make-up in place.
COMMON MISTAKE 6: Lipstick used as an entire make-up kit for eyes, cheeks and lips.
CORRECTION: Never make an entire make-up kit with your lipstick. Use separate make-up for different areas of the face.
COMMON MISTAKE 7: Never draw a stern line with eye-liner to define the eyes.
CORRECTION: Always smudge the eyeliner very gently with a fine tipped sponge or an eye-pencil to give the eyes a softer effect. Wait 30 seconds and then smudge.
COMMON MISTAKE 8: Never use the same colour eye shadow all over the eye till the brow.
CORRECTION: Basic eye make-up should always be done with three shades the main lid, the crease and under the eyebrow. Always use a very light shade below the brow to make the eyes look larger. Use a darker colour if you want to define the crease and a lighter one on the main lid.
COMMON MISTAKE 9: Do not apply eyebrow pencil as if you are ready for theatrics, many women draw severe lines and darken the eyebrow too much.
CORRECTION: One could use a dark brown eyebrow pencil or even black eye shadow applied with a sponge applicator. Eyebrows need to be filled in for gaps and defined for shape.
COMMON MISTAKE 10: Concealers should conceal flaws and not stand out like white patches!
CORRECTION: Always dot the concealer very carefully and remember it should always be a shade lighter than your foundation. Make sure you blend in the concealer to match your skin tone, otherwise you'll end up with white patches.