Putting bronzer on your whole face.
If you want to fake a sun-kissed glow, use self-tanner on your face, not bronzer — your pale hairline and neck will be a dead giveaway. Lightly apply a subtly shimmery bronzer to the bridge of your nose, cheekbones, chin, and forehead to mimic a real tan.
Matching foundation to the back of your hand.
This seems like a no-brainer, but we’ve all done it. Why would we test foundation on our hands when we’ll be wearing it on our faces? Your face and hand are often not the same colour as they don’t receive the same amount of sun exposure. Try foundation on your jawline for a perfect match.
Sleeping in your makeup.
Yes, you know that this is bad. After all, it’s probably why the beauty industry invented cleansing wipes! But it doesn’t just cause breakouts — falling asleep with a dirty face can make you look older sooner. Makeup settles in your pores and stretches them out, which is permanent over time. Enlarged pores = rough, aged skin. Trust us, if we knew all along that a clean face was the key to keeping our skin dewy and youthful, we would have created better habits long ago.
Wearing waterproof mascara every day.
Unless you’re a very sweaty individual or a synchronized swimmer, you shouldn’t wear a waterproof formula regularly. It’s very drying on the lashes. And since these mascaras are hard to remove, you’ll probably rub your eyes a lot during the cleansing process and end up losing some lashes.
Not using primer with glitter eye shadow.
If you hate glitter eye shadow because of all the fallout (translation: glitter all over your face post application), you’re doing it wrong. Dampen a brush with redness-relieving eye drops, swirl it in your shade of choice, then apply to the lid. Sounds weird, but glitter is more likely to stick using this technique. Any stray glitter particles can be snagged with a strip of tape.
Not setting your concealer
If you think you’re done hiding your blemishes or under-eye circles with just a dab of product, think again. Even with primer, concealer can shift and reveal your darkest (or reddest) skin secrets. Lock the look down with a light dusting of translucent powder.
Curling your lashes with mascara on.
This is a huge no-no. Not only will you ruin your previously perfect mascara application, but the curler can stick to your gunky lashes and yank them out.
Applying your makeup in the wrong lighting.
It might feel silly to do your makeup sitting on your porch, but that could give you your best results! Always aim to put your face on in not just a well-lit room, but in a space with lighting most similar to your destination. If you’re heading to your sunny office after a slapdash makeup application in your dark bathroom, we guarantee your co-workers will see your blending errors.
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