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I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again. FILL-IN-YOUR-EYEBROWS. (check out this post). Many people don’t fill in their eyebrows because they never think to, but it is one of the main features that can totally transform your face. I even like to change my eyebrow shape depending on the look I’m going for (either angular or straight). Your brows will never be full or thick enough, especially after all those years of tweezing in the wrong places. You can elongated you brows, fill them in, and widen them all by using either a eyebrow pencil or powder.
For women that DO fill in their brows, the most common mistake is the wrong shade. I usually use the same brow powder, pictures above, on every person I do make-up for (excluding deeper skin tones). Even if you have black hair, you should not use a matte black powder/pencil. It is a fine line between beautiful and cartoonish when you’re using black. I would start with a matte brown shadow that you can build up, or use a light hand. Blondes can use brown also, but use a lighter hand because you want it to look natural.
If you’re using pencil? Same color advice applies, but make sure you are doing light, quick, and short strokes when applying your eyebrow pencil. This is not like putting on eyeliner. You do not simply draw on your brows. This will most definitely lead to cartoon brows. You make them light and follow the natural growth of your eyebrow hairs. Then, you use the spool at the other end of the pencil to soften the drawn strokes. I like to use the spool mostly in the center/beginning of the brow because this area should be the lightest/softest.
If you want your brows to look perfect, try applying some concealer with a brush right under the brows to clean up any powder/liner that strayed from the shape you were trying to create. I like to dip a flat small brush into white eyeliner and apply this under by brows on my brow bone. This highlights the brow bone while cleaning up the brows.
2. Wrong skintone foundation/Visible jawline streak
My biggest pet peeve is when I see a person turns their head to the side and there’s a thick visible line from where their foundation stops. You don’t need to stress yourself out about finding your exact-exact shade, but you should find one that matches your skin’s undertone and general light/deepness. The important part is when you’re applying. You want to bring the foundation all the way down past your jawline and onto your neck. You are blending out, not just painting on. I use a buffer brush so I stipple the foundation liquid all over my face and then blend it into my skin in circles and out. Blend it into the hairline, the ears, and around the jaw down to the neck.
In order to get my right shade I usually mix foundations. When I am getting a bit more sun I mix my MUFE HD foundation with a shade darker foundation, when I am my usual pale self, I mix it with my Etude BB cream. I then apply my MUFE Duo Mat powder foundation which is a shade warmer than my skin.
You must realize that your face will most likely be paler than most of your body, this does not mean you have to get a foundation shade that exactly matches it. I tend to get foundation that is a bit darker because you want your face to have the same general color as your body. Especially in flash photography, if the foundation has Titanium Dioxide (usually found in SPF). The Titanium Dioxide will cause a white cast to your face and make you look like casper, so have a foundation on hand for days where you know you will have pictures taken.
recommend: Makeup Forever HD Foundation
3. Wrong bronzer
I’ve talked about contouring before and how the main thing to look out for is shimmer. You do not contour your face with a bronzer that has any amount of shimmer. The shimmer is meant to highlight, which defeats the purpose of using a bronzer for contouring. You can use a shimmery bronzer to highlight and create a sun-kissed glow, but your cannot use this to create shadows. You want a totally matte brown bronzer that you can blend and build up as needed. Hoola has been my staple bronzer for years, but I recently started using UD Naked Flushes palette bronzer for convenience.The palette comes with a highlighter that you can apply to the tops of your cheekbones and a very pigmented blush that goes well on the apples of the cheeks.
The bronzer goes under your cheekbones, along your jawline, and at your temples. I tend to put the bronzer along the edge of my entire face, but by blending it down from the areas with the most bronzer. It should make the shape of a 3 on the side of your face. You can find the hollows of your cheekbones by sucking in or poking around with your finger. Make sure that when you are applying the bronzer on the hollow of your cheeks, that you stop around the apples of your cheeks or where the pupils of your eyes are. The bronzer should not cut into the apples or reach all the way to your mouth/nose.
4. No primer
The first luxury cosmetic product I ever bought was the UD Primer Potion and I’ve continued to buy it for 4 years now. Even if I’m only applying makeup for a few hours I can’t help but apply this eyeshadow primer on. It locks the shadow in place and make the color stand out better. I’ve fallen asleep once or two times and woken up to my makeup still intact and ready for round 2 with this primer. I orginally bought it because the humidity of Florida would cause the eyeshadow to crease and smear, it fixed that up real quick. If you don’t like UD, I have also heard good things about NARS’ primer.
I’ve also heard that some people use this primer for under the eye to stop creasing of concealer and the smudging of eyeliner. I haven’t done this that much, but I am going to try and perfect this technique and let you guys know how it goes.
5. Smudged eyeliner
Wether is on your top lid or waterline, eyeliner always seems to smudge. The worst is when it’s bleeding under your eyes and you get that raccoon effect. I find that gel liner works best for the waterline (both top and bottom) and won’t wind up transferring to under my eyes. For lids, I don’t even both with pencil. I go straight to gel or liquid liner. Most every time I try and use pencil for my lid it will smudge and transfer on to the top of my lid and cause this weird semi circle to form. Another trick you can try it to apply the eyeliner to your bottom and smudge it out with which ever color you used on the crease of your eye. Sometimes I just skip my eyeliner all together and line the bottom of my eyes with some eyeshadow. It doesn’t stay as well, but it also doesn’t smudge. Maybe the primer will help with this?
Well now that you know these mistake you have no excuses! Go forth and prosper with your flawless makeup
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