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Make-up blunders you’re probably definitely making

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None of us are perfect. None of us are saints. We all mess up at times. And it’s totally okay – it only makes us human.

Now that the mushy, encouraging stuff is out of the way, it’s time to be frank. Because tough love is the only way change is going to happen. Like the time you wanted to get in touch with your ex, but your best friend was all, “If you text him, I’m going to break your knee caps.” Remember how that worked?

Anyway, back to the tough love stuff. Whether you know it or not, there are a multitude of make-up mistakes that you almost definitely make every day. And the madness has to stop.

They say that identifying the problem is the first step in fixing it. So here we go. For every one of these that applies to you, give yourself a point.

“I NEVER WASH MY MAKE-UP BRUSHES”

Do you know what kind of dirt and bacteria can build up in those bristles? Without proper and regular cleansing, your make-up brushes are basically becoming a breeding ground for a whole bunch of nasties that will be put directly onto your pretty little face. Which means you’re more likely to suffer from pimples and breakouts.

The fix:  

Cosmetica Brush Cleaner and one night a month to wash those precious brushes of yours. Crank up the tunes and keep washing until the water runs clear.

“I ALWAYS CAKE CONCEALER ON MY PIMPLES”

Oh dear. Don’t you know the saying, ”Less is more”? See, the more you concealer you put on your pesky little pimple, the more you’re drawing attention to it. Plus, if you’re not using the right formulation, that glob of concealer is likely to crack, and it’s like, hey presto, look at the giant friend on your chin!
 

The fix:

First minimise any redness or inflammation by icing the area and treating it with redness-reducing eye drops. Then ever so lightly dab some Revlon PhotoReady Concealer on the area. Don’t dare think of using a shade lighter than your skin tone – this will only make it looks more obvious.

“I’VE HAD MY MASCARA FOR, LIKE, TWO YEARS”

Fun fact: mascara has the shortest life span of any make-up product. If you’re still using your mascara after about three months, you’re putting yourself (and your eyes) at risk of exposure to bacteria. That means things like conjunctivitis can develop, and absolutely no one looks good with a red, goopy eye.

The fix:

It sounds borderline OCD, but stick a small label with the date you opened your mascara somewhere on the packaging. That way you’ll never be left wondering if you opened the mascara one month or one year ago. Do it for the safety of your peepers.

“THIS IS THE SKIN TONE I WANT TO BE”

If you think that purchasing a foundation a shade or two darker than your skin tone is an instant tan in a bottle, then you, dear friend, need to throw out every single foundation you own. Your foundation shade should almost be invisible when put on your skin and should most definitely not end at your jawline.

The fix:

Test the foundation shade before you buy it – don’t just guess from looking at the bottle. And don’t test it on the back of your hand either. Swatch the shade you think you are from your cheek vertically down until past your jawline. Then swatch the shade lighter than it, and the shade darker than it. Pick the one that melts into your own skin tone.

“THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS TOO MUCH TRANSLUCENT POWDER!”

Yes, there most certainly is. Too much powder can leave your skin looking dry and cakey. And even a little bit white and flat, too. Oh, and if you’re sporting some wrinkles, the powder will settle in and enhance them even more. Yikes.

The fix:

A light dusting of Estée Lauder Lucidity Translucent Loose Powder is all it takes.

If you need any more, you may need to reconsider your foundation.

“LOOK! MY BROWS LOOK JUST LIKE CARA DELEVINGNE’S”

We all know that bold brows are back in a big, wonderful way, but if you’re trying to achieve thicker brows by penciling it all in with the darkest brow pencil you can find, then we have a problem on our hands. That look is little less chic, and a little more scary.

The fix:

Using a Models Prefer Retractable Eyebrow Pencil opt for a shade lighter than you’d think and fill in your brows with gentle strokes. Try and emulate what your actual eyebrow hair would look like. Then groom with a spoolie.

So how many points do you have? As your punishment, for every “Yes” that’s a month that you shouldn’t buy another new beauty product.

No one said tough love was easy…

How many of the beauty sins have you committed? What’s your biggest beauty blunder?

Henry Sapiecha