Ever since YouTube became the central repository for all of humankind’s knowledge, every guy and girl with a makeup brush has been filming their own how-to tutorial. That’s both a good and bad thing.
It’s good, because we no longer have to go through that ugly trial and error phase to make ourselves look halfway decent. Just buy whatever they’re using, and follow along to the video!
But, if you learn how to apply makeup the wrong way by a beauty guru who doesn’t know any better, then the cycle of makeup mistakes continues to perpetuate, just like the 40 ones listed right here.
Don’t cake on the foundation like the Beauty Gurus of YouTube show you how to do in their makeup tutorials! All that special lighting they use makes their skin and pores look flawless, but that illusion unravels as soon as they walk out the door and out into the real world.
To keep your makeup looking natural, use a light touch and apply it to the areas that you’re most concerned about, such as under your eyes, nose, and cheeks. Blending, not caking, is the key to a flawless face!
Although black eyeliner looks great on darker complexions, a thick and heavy cat-eye look is not for everyone. If you’re pale as a ghost, it’ll just make you look like you’re wearing theatrical makeup!
Here are some helpful eyeliner tips:
Remember when pencil-thin eyebrows were all the rage? Now it seems like everyone is penciling in heavy, perfectly shaped caterpillars on their foreheads!
If you want your brows to look fuller, use an angled brush dipped in powder to fill in what you’re lacking – with a light touch, of course!
If you’re lost and clueless as to what your brows are supposed to look like, visit a professional to get the perfect shape that flatters you. And remember, “natural” never goes out of style.
Are you supposed to apply your concealer before your foundation, or the other way around? All the beauty advice out there can be so confusing, but it all boils down to which type of foundation you’re using.
If you’re using a powder foundation, apply the concealer first. If you apply it after the fact, the concealer will look mottled and clumpy.
Here’s another list of concealer tips to live by:
Don’t slather it directly onto your dark circles – it’ll just make you look older! Instead, put a few drops on top of your cheekbone (just beneath the undereye area) and gently blend upwards.
Blending can make the difference between a beautiful makeup job and one that looks like it was done while you were half-asleep and applying it in the dark.
Special brushes and egg-shaped sponges are popular choices for blending away the harsh lines on your face. And don’t forget that you can also use your fingers as a blending tool – just make they’re clean to prevent blemishes.
There are a ton of tutorials out there that can show you how to blend makeup the right way. Watch and learn, ladies!
Smooth, moisturized skin is critical to making sure that your makeup looks like a masterpiece every single time! Remember, your face is a canvas, and you don’t want to “paint” over something that’s dull, cracked, and tired looking.
Every great eye look starts with eyeshadow on the lids, but don’t stop the magic right there! A single color on the lid is pretty boring, but if you add a golden or silvery highlight on your brow bone, it can make your eyes really pop!
Don’t make the mistake of applying blush directly to your cheeks Tap the excess powder off the brush first, or you may end up looking like Ronald McDonald.
Also, don’t apply blush to bare naked skin. Without the smooth canvas that foundation or primer provides, the color may end up looking dry and patchy.
Face powder is great for giving your makeup a polished look and for blotting excess oil from your nose. But, as you age, the powder can settle into fine lines and emphasize all the things you’re trying to hide. Just use it on your T-zone or use a very light touch with each passing birthday.
Young people can get away with wearing dark lipstick shades, but it’s only because they’re young and we tend to forgive them when they sport tacky blue, purple, and black hues on their lips. If you want to enhance your beauty and not scare all the little kids in the neighborhood away, avoid dark lipstick trends like the plague.
If you don’t want your lips to look like an unfinished page in a coloring book, don’t make the mistake of lining them in a shade that doesn’t match your lipstick.
Lip liner is meant to give definition to the shape of your lips, and when properly applied no one is supposed to even know it’s there.
If you’re chasing after a beachy sunkissed tan look, don’t make the mistake of brushing bronzer all over your face. Limit its application to places where the sun naturally gives you a glow, like your cheekbone, top of your forehead, and jawline. Anywhere else, and you’ll just end up looking like an Oompa Loompa from Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory.
Sure, your eyes may look fantastic right after you apply shadow, but with each passing hour your carefully applied lids will start to slide off or fade away. That’s why everyone needs a good primer for their lids! It can stop the shadow from settling into the eyelid crease and basically make the color last into the wee hours of the night.
If you want your makeup to stay in place all day without fading, smearing, or drowning in an oil spill, then you need to set your face with a good primer before you even think of touching foundation or concealer! Primers fill in pores and smooth out fine lines, which makes it easier for your skin to look flawless.
Don’t smear your lips with a fresh layer of lipstick every time you go to the bathroom. It’ll just end up looking cakey and messy. Unless you’ve just eaten a greasy burger, a light dab on your lips should be enough for a quick touch up.
You have to choose one or the other! If you try to make both your eyes and your lips the center of attention, your face will just end up looking like a corny circus act. Pick one feature that you want to go bold with, and use subdued hues everywhere else.
Glitter is not makeup! Sure, it’s fun to sprinkle yourself with a bit of glitter for a summer music festival, but that’s where it should stop. Glitter doesn’t do anything to enhance your looks, and in the worst-case scenario it can actually scratch your cornea and make you go blind!
It’s always a good idea to stay within the same (or complementing opposite) color family when it comes to your makeup and outfits. But, there’s no need to make your entire face and body look like it came from the same monotone paint factory!
One of the most common mistakes that women make is choosing the wrong foundation shade. Your foundation should match your skin tone exactly, which means you shouldn’t choose something that’s too light or too dark, or use a warm peachy color when your undertone is a cool pink hue.
If you’re unsure if your foundation is a match, a beauty adviser and places like Sephora or Ulta can help you choose the correct shade. And remember, if it’s warmth and color that you’re after, that’s where blushes and bronzers come into play.
There’s nothing wrong with packing on the eyeshadow if you’re going after an intense, smokey eye look. Just don’t forget the number one rule of wearing eyeshadow – blend, blend, and then blend some more for good measure! If you apply a lid, contour and highlight It’s important to blur the lines between all the different shades you use on your eyes.
If you slather on gobs of lip gloss, all that dewy, wet shine will only make it seem as if your lips are melting off your face. Use the wand sparingly – you only need a little bit of shine to give your lips the illusion that it’s fuller than it really is.
Nothing can ruin the look of kissably soft lips than flaky skin that looks like a snake getting ready to shed. Get in the habit of applying lip balm at night to keep your lips moisturized, and if they do become dry and chapped, a gentle sugar scrub can help remove the icky flakes.
You know how self-professed makeup gurus like to brush dark contour colors into the hollows of their cheeks, across their forehead, on the outside of their nose, and right along the jawline? Or what about baking concealer all over their face to help brighten it?
While it may look good on camera, in real life contouring like that ends up looking like a streaky mess. All those celebrity photos with contour jobs gone wrong prove that it’s just better to stick with the basics.
If you apply lipstick to bare lips, it won’t have any staying power and will fade away before your lunchtime meal even has a chance to rub it all away. If you want to make your lipstick last, dab some primer onto your lips and keep some in your purse for on-the-go touchups.
Applying an undereye concealer that is way lighter than your foundation can end up highlighting your dark circle. A better way to conceal your dark circles is to find a product that matches your undertone. Better yet, use a color corrector first before applying a concealer that matches your skin tone perfectly.
If you want eyelashes that look longer, fuller, and downright flirty, then don’t apply more than two coats. Otherwise, you’ll end up with that clumpy, spider lash look.
Shimmery and glittery eyeshadows may look glamorous on Instagram, but in real life it can emphasize wrinkles and crepey eyelids, making you look older than you want to.
You can still add a little bit of glam, just reserve the shiny stuff for the inner corner of your eye and use matte shades on the rest of your lids.
Lining the entire rim will make your eyes look so much smaller. If you really do need to line the bottom and top lash lines, consider lining the only 2/3 only. You can also add a bit of shimmery champagne shadow in the corners to add drama to your eyes.
This technique will just cause your lashes to flake. Plus, it can make them fall out, too.
As a rule of thumb, consider curling your lashes before you apply any eye product. Make sure to curl and lift your eyelash curler to get the best results.
Dampening your makeup sponge will make blending a breeze. It’s a total game-changer if you ask any beauty junkie.
Filling in your brows will make them more defined. Forgetting to brush them after will create an unnatural finish. Seriously, no one wants to see really sharply drawn arches.
Try to wear the right amount of eyeshadow based on the occasion. If it’s daytime, try not to wear anything too dark. You might want to keep the colors on your eyes at a minimum as well.
Overplucked brows are so updated. If you’re still sporting thin brows, get a matte eyeshadow that’s two shades lighter than your natural eyebrow hair color. Use it to get the proper brow shape and thickness.
A blush color that doesn’t match your lip color or cheekbones can look too harsh. Pick something light and you’ll see a huge difference.
Expired makeup products can be less effective. Plus, using them can also cause eye infections and skin irritation. So if you have been keeping products for a long time and you can’t remember when you bought or opened them, just throw them out.
Using just any primer won’t cut it. If you want your foundation to last, make sure to use a primer that matches the type of your foundation. For example, use a water-based primer for a water-based foundation.
Not setting your makeup will just put all your effort to waste. To ensure that everything stays in place, lightly dust a finishing powder. Using a setting spray helps, too.
If your tanning lotions and tan creams are making you look orange, something’s not right. Your skin should look tan and not like carrots.
To make sure you get the perfect tan, wear gloves when you use tanning creams. Check and make sure that there are no streaks over your entire body. Plus, check if you are using the right color for your skin. Test on a small area of your legs first before applying on your whole body.
For blondes, taupe brow products will work well. You can also use a brow pencil that’s two shades darker than your natural hair color. For redheads, go with medium brown or taupe but never red.
Wearing bold lipstick can add a bit of confidence but having it on your teeth? Well, that’s a different story. It’s surely not the first thing you’d want others to notice.