June 10, 2016

10 Makeup Mistakes You're Probably Making

Until recently, I hated makeup. I didn't hate makeup per se, but I hated doing my makeup. Plain and simple: I sucked. I couldn't match my foundation color to my skin and my everyday routine consisted of putting a too-dry, too-thick BB cream on my face and going my way.

When I was in NYC in October, I got offered by an employee in Bloomingdale's to match my foundation. I normally ignore the offers while I walk through the beauty floor, but I needed a new foundation so I sat at the NARS counter as she did my makeup, taught me and basically sold me the entire collection. One small fortune and a ton of compliments later, I was inspired to actually learn how to do my own makeup. Over the last few months, I've become obsessed with makeup. I save every article I come across with different products I want to try: both high-end and drugstore, I pin makeup tips and looks constantly, and I scroll through Sephora on the reg.

But like 2013 Caroline thought, makeup is a lot harder than it looks. Pinning something to your board isn't enough and it's 100% trial and error, but watching YouTube videos, reading articles online and having ideas of what you wanna create definitely helps. What I've noticed is that people tend to make the same mistakes (myself included) when it comes to makeup, and hopefully this helps you figure out why you don't look like you rolled off your Pinterest board.

// you don't moisturize: applying makeup on skin that's too dry is just a no-no.. and the main reason is because doing this may shorten the life of your look. You killed your winged eyeliner and your contour is on fleek, as they say, but failing to moisturize can cause the makeup to crack, come off easily or look heavier than it may be. Moisturizing is as important of a part of your makeup routine as applying your foundation or throwing on mascara.

// you wear the wrong shade: we've all done this at least once in our life.. we're at the drugstore and don't have time to differentiate between light 3 and medium 1, and honestly they kinda look the same, so you just pick it up and go. Right? Wrong! Next time you're picking out a foundation or tinted cream, spend that extra time color matching, because we all know that clear line that appears when your color is just one shade too dark or light.. Are you able to try out the foundation before you buy it? Swatch it on your neck, NOT your arm! It'll give you a closer match to your true shade!

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// you aren't using primer or finishing spray: this one is just common sense.. why would you beat that face and create a remarkable piece of artwork without putting some finishing spray after, or priming it before? Using one or both of these products extends your makeup, prevents it from smudging, rubbing off or sweating off, and keeps you looking fresh all throughout the day.

// you skip blush: i used to do this one alllll the time because I never knew how to properly apply blush. Unfortunately we all need a little bit of color, especially after putting foundation and concealer on our faces, and skipping blush gets you one step closer to looking like you just saw a ghost! (especially for my fellow pale girls!) Do some research, find the best place to apply blush for your face shape, and never go back!

// you're using the wrong brushes: you do NOT need to use a brush for the purpose written on the packaging, BUT there are certain brushes that work better for certain products or features than others. Have a brush and don't know what to use it for? Google it! There's guaranteed to be at least 4 YouTube videos using the same (or similar) brush to give you an idea of what to use it for!

// you think you need to spend a lot of money to look good: while you may think that the only way you can do your makeup well is by shelling out hundreds on high-end and designer makeup brands, that's not the case! Especially in 2016, more and more drugstore brands are rolling out products that actually beat out high end products in color, consistency and wearability. Watch any YouTube makeup artist and they will name at least five products you can pick up at your local Walgreens, Target or even Walmart, and most of them are under $10 or $15. (I'll definitely be sharing my favorite makeup products under $15 soon!)

// you're using old products (especially mascara): my eldest sister is the best example I have for this one.. I was doing her makeup one day and she brought out all of her makeup, and I'm talking some of the best of the best makeup products. I took one look at everything and had to let her know that having Chanel makeup is great and all, but products tend to expire.. so dishing out hundreds of dollars on makeup is great if you're into makeup, but if it's gonna sit in your drawer for three years, your makeup looks aren't going to come out the way you want. Yes, it's true.. makeup products expire.. one makeup artist even told me she switches out mascara every month (although I replace mine every two to three months.. whoops!)

// you waste too much product: use your fingers to blot concealer rather than a brush or sponge.. it saves you SO much product and money in the long run! I read about this method online and always had it stuck in the back of my mind, until one day I actually tried it. Not only did I use half the amount of product that I normally used, but I also covered the area more evenly. Don't believe me? Watch Wayne Goss the makeup artist who swears by this routine.. the tap tap tap concealer method.

// you aren't cleaning your brushes often enough: this one is so so so important, not just for the application of your makeup but for hygiene purposes. Putting off cleaning your makeup brushes is one way to clog your pores and end up with unwanted pimples. Plus, clean brushes apply makeup soooo much better and easier, and just feel so much better on your skin. And the best part is that you don't need to shell out tons of money on unnecessary makeup brush cleaners, you can totally clean your brushes using products you likely have at home already. I'll be sharing my DIY brush cleaner soon!

// you're simply wearing too much: the golden rule in makeup has always really been 'less is more'. Now, don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with wearing a lot of makeup, but in the last year I've really learned to embrace my natural beauty. Now, instead of leaving the house with a face full of makeup, I may just use tinted moisturizer and some mascara, or BB cream and a swipe of gloss.. learning to love yourself without makeup is just as important as nailing the makeup looks you see on Instagram. But that doesn't mean I don't go all out when I want to either.. there's nothing wrong with either!

At the end of the day, makeup is all about expression and freedom and having fun.. so have your fun experimenting, whether you use Urban Decay, Dior or Maybelline, or if you're lucky enough to get your hands on Jaclyn Hill's Champagne Pop collection. (But seriously guys, I NEED ALL OF JACLYN'S PRODUCTS!!!)

Did I miss any mistakes people make? Agree with these? Sound off in the comments below!

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  1. These are all really good tips that make a huge difference when applying makeup. I am always looking for better ways to apply and wear makeup!

    Courtney Drew

  2. Yikes, I make a lot of these mistakes! I'm definitely going to have to start paying more attention to my makeup routine - thanks for the tips girl!
    -Anna | www.fivefootandfabulous.com

  3. I am SO GUILTY of not cleaning my brushes enough. These are GREAT tips!

  4. I have been guilty of all of these at one point or another. i'm ashamed for how long it took me to start moisturizing.

  5. LOVE this! I usually only wear makeup on the weekends so I am not super skilled but all of these tips are so helpful.

    xoxo, Jenny

  6. Great post! I don't normally do a full face of makeup, but it's good to know these tips for when I do! I also just started moisturizing, so I'm excited to see the results of my skin after doing it for a while.


  7. These are wonderful tips!! I love love love makeup but haven't had the time to wear it often lately which makes me sad. :-(

    xoxo A

  8. Moisturizing frequently changed my skin!! I think so many people skip out on this and it's so important!!

    xo Ashley

  9. These are great tips! I love makeup and need to watch more YouTube tutorials!

    The Blush Blonde

  10. I am likely a serious make-up offended when I wear it! Love these tips...will have to remember them.

  11. I love the idea of getting dolled up and putting make-up on, but I just don't know how to put it on. ...Maybe I'll learn one day! haha
    Amy | Pastel N Pink

  12. Guilty for not cleaning my brushes often and wasting product :( these were all points I need to think more about when going through my makeup routine!

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