Women apply cosmetics to look better, to enhance their beauty – not detract from it.
Makeup Mistake #1: Dark lip liner and light lipstick
Along with spandex and big hair, Berg says, “this is one look that should have stayed in the 80s.”
Choose lip liner in a shade close to your natural lip color, she says.
Line and color in your pucker, then top with sheer gloss.
If you use dark liner, like a red or berry shade, fill in your mouth completely, and then top with clear gloss, not a light lipstick.
Makeup Mistake #2: Lip liner extending beyond the lip line
What you learned in kindergarten still holds true: Coloring outside the lines is sloppy.
To fake a bigger pout:
3. Color in your lips and apply a lip-p lumping product
4.Finish with a dab of clear or light gloss on the center of your lower lip; it will reflect the light and make your lips appear fuller
Makeup Mistake #3: Drawn-in eyebrows
Women with lush, full brows should skip any added color; all they need are tweezers for stray hairs and some brow gel.
To plump up sparse brows, dip an angled brush into brow powder, says Ashunta Sheriff, a makeup artist for Christian Dior, who has worked with Alicia Keys and Hilary Duff.
Move the brush along the natural line of the brow, extending it to the edge of the eye. if your brows are super-thin, Sheriff recommends making short, feathery strokes with a pencil, then topping brows with powder.
Makeup Mistake #4: Eyeliner drawn way past the outer corner of the top eyelid
The “cat-eye” (or Cleopatra) effect is sultry, but not if you go overboard.
Use a pencil if you’re a beginner; liquid liner is more glamorous but requires skill and a steady hand.
Here’s how to create a perfect eye:
2. At the outer edge, subtly slant the line upward.
Extend the line no farther than a quarter inch past your eye (or just a tad bit farther for a more dramatic look).
Use your eyebrow as a guide: Don’t take the line past its edge.
Makeup Mistake #5: Clumpy mascara
For long, clump-free lashes, follow these tips from Berg:
Before you apply, wipe the mascara wand against the opening of the tube to get rid of any excess mascara.
Wiggling the wand from side to side, from the base of your lashes to the tips, is the way to avoid clumps.
2. Before the mascara dries, comb through your lashes with an old toothbrush or an eyelash comb to separate them and get rid of the gunk.
3. If you want, apply a second coat, then comb through again.
Makeup Mistake #6: Obvious line of blush
Toss out the dinky brush that came in the compact.
A bigger brush will distribute the color more evenly.
“After you dip the brush into the blush, knock it gently on the back of your hand to get rid of excess powder,” Sheriff says.
Smile and apply the blush in short, upward strokes on the apples of your cheeks, blending up to the hairline and ear.
“It will give you a flushed, natural glow,” Sheriff says
If you apply too much, tone down the color with a light dusting of translucent powder.
Finding your best blush color may require some experimentation… or a visit to a makeup counter.
But as a rule of thumb, bright colors are a don’t. When in doubt, stick with a pinky/peach hue with a soft shimmer.
Makeup Mistake #7: Bright blue mascara
Teal or cerulean mascara is young, punkish and more suited for rebellious teens. Indigo and navy, on the other hand, are polished and chic for 20-somethings and beyond.
Dark blue mascara can brighten up the whites of your eyes, which is especially useful when you’re tired or your eyes are bloodshot.
“It’s pretty on all eye colors and flattering to everyone,” Berg says.
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