Mistake No. 1: Wearing the wrong foundation shade

isn’t supposed to give your skin a bit of a tan,” Patel says. After
all, that’s what bronzers are for. Instead, “it’s supposed to create a
perfect, smooth complexion and cover-up any imperfections. This is why
you should always use a foundation which blends in with your skin.”
Patel recommends testing on your jawline (not your hand!) before buying,
and when possible, ask for a sample first. That way you can try it at
home — and look at your skin in various lighting situations — to make
sure the shade you choose looks natural.

We confess: “Being naturally light-skinned, I’m always trying to
look more tanned,” says assistant editor Jane. “So sometimes I pick a
foundation that’s a bit darker than my skin tone, which (of course)
leads to my face and neck being two totally different colors. I think
it’s time to embrace my natural coloring. Who wants to look like Snooki
anyway, right?”

Mistake No. 2: Applying makeup on dry, flaky skin

describes the results of slathering on foundation over chapped skin as
“horrific,” and we have to agree. Foundation will only emphasize the
flakes by sitting on top of them instead of blending in with your skin.
Fix the dryness by exfoliating regularly (to get rid of flakes) and
following that up with a rich moisturizer. Smoother skin means a much
smoother application and finished look.

We confess: “I’m in my 30s, and I don’t exfoliate as much as I
should,” says executive editor Meghan. “While most experts recommend I
do it at least once a week, preferably twice, I’m probably more in the
exfoliate-twice-a-month category. As a result, I’ve fallen prey to
putting makeup on too-dry skin — and I end up looking less than cute.
Note to self: Take an extra couple minutes to exfoliate twice a week
before bed. It takes more time to fix makeup that looks awful after it’s
been put on parched, flaky skin.”

Mistake No. 3: Wearing blue eyeshadow

eyeshadow works for some people,” Patel says. “Little girls in dance
recitals. Guests at 1970s-themed parties. Ethereal looking supermodels.
If you aren’t one of the aforementioned people, don’t wear it. Enough
said.” Harsh, but truer words have never been spoken.

We confess: “In middle school, I had a friend who was born with
dark brown/black hair and light blue eyes that I was super jealous of,”
says intern Stephanie. “She wore electric blue eyeliner and managed to
make it look so edgy that I wanted to give blue a try too. I tried a
bright blue shadow instead, but as a girl with black hair and brown
eyes, the color is all kinds of wrong on me. Luckily, my mom was quick
to point out that I looked like a clown before I headed off to school
that day, and I haven’t touched a pale blue palette since.”

Mistake No. 4: Trying to “plump” your lips

probably heard, or tried, the trick of lining just outside your natural
lip line to make your lips look bigger. But it’s way easier said than
done. One wrong move and you’ll end up looking like Pamela Anderson
circa 1993. If you are going to attempt it, Patel says to use a lip
liner the same shade as your lipstick on the outer line of your lips,
without passing over it. Fill in your lips as well — that way if your
lipstick fades, you don’t wind up with only a line around your mouth.

We confess: “The makeup artist for my wedding drew lip liner
outside my lips — I guess it was to make my lips look fuller, but all I
kept thinking was ‘porn star,'” says editor in chief Beth. “Not exactly
what I was going for. When she packed up and left for the day, I dialed
it way back with a Q-Tip and vowed never again.”

Mistake No. 5: Over-tweezing (or ignoring) your eyebrows

[brows are] well groomed they can enhance your eyes and your entire
look,” Patel says. So head to a professional to get an ideal shape.
While you do want to tame overgrown brows, Patel stresses that you don’t
want to tweeze too much. “As we get older, our brows naturally become
sparser, so if you tweeze your brows too thin they might never fully
grow back,” she says. So just stick with cleaning up the area around
your brows and follow their natural arch for your best shape.

We confess: “I’ve totally over-tweezed my eyebrows,” says
associate editor Alexis. “What usually happens is this: I try to clean
up the strays and notice a few stragglers on the end. I remove a few
hairs from the end, and then think it looks uneven. Before I know it,
half my eyebrow is missing. On both sides. This is why I get them
threaded — professionally.”

Mistake No. 6: Wearing an entire eye palette on your lids

because your compact came with four or more colors packaged together
doesn’t mean you have to paint them all onto your eyelids at once,”
Patel says. Instead, she recommends wearing no more than three shades at
a time: a medium one on your lids, a lighter one near your brow bone
and a dark one as liner. But for everyday, you really only need a sweep
of one shade across your lid.

We confess: “Yes, I had delusions of grandeur and thought I could
get all fancy on my eyelids,” says senior editor Sarah. “I had a
different shade of liner on my top and bottom lash lines, a brow
highlighting shade, crease shade and at least two shades on my lids. Had
this been done by an actual makeup artist I’m sure it could have been
quite beautiful — but since I’m so not one — it looked like a hot
mess. The only saving grace: I had enough time before going out to wash
it off and start over.”

Mistake No. 7: Trying to “sculpt” your face

we would all love chiseled cheekbones and a dainty, ski-slope nose, but
if nature didn’t deliver, makeup isn’t going to help. Patel says
contouring is best left to professionals, and only for photography or
film. “No matter how skilled you are with the makeup brush, it’s nearly
impossible to use dark colors that aren’t glaringly obvious when viewed
in person, especially in broad daylight,” Patel says. “Focus instead on
pretty, soft makeup that plays up your best features.”

We confess: “OK, so I have a round face and therefore use
whatever means necessary, i.e. makeup, to help slim it,” says associate
editor Anna. “It’s safe to say I have gotten a little heavy-handed with
the bronzer under my cheekbones on more than one occasion.”

Mistake No. 8: Using pencil on your eyebrows

penciled eyebrow looks painted and weird (hello Joan Crawford),” Patel
says. Nevertheless, many women still go this route to fill in brows. A
better option: “Choose an eyeshadow color that matches your hair color
and apply with a thin, stiff, angled brush using tiny strokes,” Patel

We confess: “I used to use pencil to fill in my brows and I
recently switched to a waxy powder,” says Meghan. “I can’t tell you the
difference it makes! With the pencil, you could totally tell that I did
some filling in work. This waxy powder is so much easier to use, easier
to fix if I mess up, and looks way more natural.”

Mistake No. 9: Wearing black eyeliner in the daytime

is a general rule: dark colors shrink and recede,” Patel says. “Light
colors advance and bring forward.” That’s why she recommends skipping
black eyeliner (especially underneath eyes) during the day, so your eyes
look more open and awake.

We confess: “Yikes, I do this almost every day,” says Sarah. “I do like how the liner defines my eyes. I think I look tired without some
liner on. But I will admit that black can be a bit harsh for daytime,
so maybe a switch to brown liner is in order. Same effect without the
goth undertones.”

Mistake No. 10: Wearing glitter

thing that bothers me the most about glitter in makeup, besides the
fact that it shouldn’t be worn by anyone over the age of 14 (fabulous
club kids get an exception here), is that it travels on your face,
leaving strange sparkly spots where they shouldn’t be,” Patel says.
Instead of chunky glitter, she recommends shadows with finely milled
shimmer — used sparingly, of course.

We confess: “I got super into glitter in junior high when I discovered Tony & Tina, this fabulous
line that specialized in glitter-packed makeup,” says assistant editor
Sharon. “While their products were amazing (sadly discontinued), I
unfortunately used glitter on more than one area at a time. So …
glittery eyeshadow, glittery eyeliner, sparkly blush, and
glitter-infused lip gloss. Yowza. In hindsight I probably looked like I
got into a fight with a tub of glitter — and lost.”

Mistake No. 11: Going nuts with “luminizing” products

particles have been added to everything in the past few years, most
notably foundations, powders, and highlighting products,” Patel says.
“One or two such products can make a woman look fresh and glowing. Too
many can make her look very, very strange.” Think glowing head on a
matte body, or like you spent your morning leaning over an oil vat —
not exactly sexy. Patel suggests limiting your illuminating products to
these areas: cheekbones, inner eye corners, and (if used sparingly)
under the eye.

We confess: “I had this great Stila luminizing powder — I wore
it everywhere, every day,” says Beth. “It was part of my uniform. Then I
caught my reflection in really strong daylight one time, and I realized
how it was highlighting every bump, scar, and wrinkle on my face. From
then on, it was a nighttime thing only — and even then, only when I was
going to a darkly lit place.

know after reading this we will realize we’ve made some makeup mistakes
and with this little info we will be able to correct it. Thanks for
reading today’s makeup Tip.

          More to come……………



Folasade Olatunji, an award winning Radio/Television Presenter, Red Carpet Host, Model and Blogger who started her career with Tv3 Nigeria, operated by Disc Communication Company as a Presnter in 2006, is a Native of Ogun State, born and breed in Lagos, studied Business Administration at the Fedral Polytecnic Ilaro and recieved Diploma in Presentation at the Pencil Film Institute (PEFTI).

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