For most of us, make-up is a habit that is part of our morning routine. And while some of our habits are good to repeat every morning, others may be worth avoiding. Let’s take a look at the 7 most common make-up mistakes and some tips on how to change our “bad” habits.
1. Choosing a foundation that doesn’t match your complexion
Foundation, which we could call our healthy-glow ally, is an integral part of our beauty routine. Whether you’re a fan of liquid, powder or BB cream foundation, its purpose remains the same: to unify your complexion. And by unifying, we don’t mean “looking like we’ve just returned from a 15-day holiday in Bora Bora”. No. We choose a foundation of the same colour as our skin and according to our complexion. Pink if your skin is pink and the veins are bluish or golden if your complexion is more yellow/gold and the veins are green.
Make-up tip: To choose the right foundation, choose the colour that is as close as possible to your skin colour. Try it on the side of your jaw and as close to daylight as possible. If you hesitate between two colours, you will prefer the lighter of the two.
2. Use a bronzing powder on the whole face.
Bronzing powder, as the name suggests, is used to give the complexion a beautiful natural tan. It is therefore important to insist on the “natural” side. Too much bronzing powder used all over the face instead of compact or loose powder will not give the desired healthy glow, but will turn our complexion orange in less time than it takes to tell. After the foundation, we therefore choose to apply a veil of loose powder (transparent or the colour of your complexion) to avoid shine, mainly on the T-zone. Then, if desired, a bronzer is applied on those parts of the face that are supposed to catch the light and therefore tan in the sun: the top of the cheekbones, the top of the forehead and a little on the nose.
Make-up tip: To apply your bronzing powder in a natural way, take a large brush and apply the powder in a 3-shape starting from the top of your forehead, going back to the top of your cheekbones and ending at the jawbone. A little bit on the nose and stop there. Also avoid choosing a colour that is too orange if your complexion is pinkish.
3. Abusing the blush
The use of blush is to apply a touch of light and radiance to the cheekbones. Here again, this should be done in a natural and imperceptible way. So keep your hand light at the risk of looking like a Barbie doll. For an optimal effect, you should also choose it according to your skin tone: pink or orange.
Make-up tip: choose the colour of the blush according to your skin tone. To apply it, use a suitable brush (bevelled or not depending on your preference of application) and stretch the material upwards. If you have applied too much blush, iron with a light veil of powder on your cheekbones.
4. Put too much black on your eyes
Often, by applying black to his eyes, we tell ourselves that our gaze will be intensified by it. However, this depends on many other factors. Depending on the shape of our eyes, whether or not we have dark circles, or our age, we realize that black on our eyes is not always a good idea. Indeed, too much black on the eyes tends to shrink or lock up the look. With age, too much black applied to the eyes will also have an aging effect and will make the eyes look stern rather than luminous. On the other hand, a pretty, fine line of eyeliner or a look underlined with a fine pencil stroke will always be at its best.
Make-up tip: Avoid locking the eyes above and below with black over the whole eye, it locks the look in and makes it lose its intensity. We also prefer a thin line to underline the look rather than a thick one.
5. Make up the eyelids with the same colour as the eyes.
One of the most common mistakes is to believe that by making your eyelids the same colour as your eyes, it will make them look better. On the contrary, making them up in this way will make them look less intense. The ideal is to make up your eyes with a colour that is opposite to the colour of your eyes on the chromatic circle. Blue eyes, for example, will go perfectly with a pretty taupe or a blush with a golden sheen, while green eyes will wear plum colours perfectly.
Make-up tip: combine eye shadow with a colour opposite to your eyes for an optimal result. We also think about our skin tone when choosing the shade: in cold tones if our skin is pinkish and in warm tones if our skin is golden.
6. Confusing daytime make-up and evening make-up
Even more than accentuating the look and the mouth at the same time, the mistake is to make up during the day as one would make up to go to an event in the evening. The intense look, the pronounced smockey eyes or the carmine mouth are best reserved for the evening. During the day, prefer a pretty gradation on the eyelid and a fruity mouth.
Make-up tip: For a make-up adapted to the day, put the emphasis above all on the complexion. A pretty complexion, a little lipstick and mascara and you’re done. If you’re a fan of intense lipstick, then keep a light hand on your eyes, especially for daytime make-up.
7. Do not remove make-up before going to sleep.
Fatal mistake, not removing make-up before going to sleep is the one to be absolutely banished. Indeed, the skin needs to breathe and regenerate itself during the night. Make-up clogs the pores and, in the long term, skin problems can appear. Therefore, this step should not be skipped under any circumstances. Even if you go home in the early hours of the morning, you go through the make-up removal box.
Make-up tip: Choose a make-up remover adapted to your skin type and finish with a night cream for greater effectiveness.