It seems like every time I open my Instagram, I see a girl doing a sped up makeup tutorial during which she makes some funny faces and paints herself with layers of cosmetics paired with some bubbly music. The final result is always the same: the girl does her glorious reveal and strikes some poses in slow motion. Ugh, I hate it- because unless you are well versed in the art of cosmetology, you’re just lost trying to mimic what someone did, usually professionally. If you don’t watch the right tutorials, or get help from a friend or an expert that can show you how to properly apply makeup, you could end up looking foolish, which we see far more often than not. Here are some common make up mistakes and how to avoid them.
Fifteen years ago, my sister taught me how to contour my face. I used to get laughed at for how long it took me to do my makeup, but as soon as I blended it all together, the end result was stunning. Now, you can barely buy makeup without having to blend it in some way, shape, or form. The mistake many women are making is that they aren’t blending their contour, highlighter, and/or foundation enough. These things all really stand out and could make what could have been a beautiful application of cosmetics into what looks like the Barnum & Bailey’s Circus. Make sure you know how to blend your makeup properly and you’re using the right tools. For most of us, we use a blending sponge but we also use an array of different brushes. Find out which ones do the best job by testing them out on your hands. Be mindful of your saturation when using a sponge for blending, If the sponge is too dry, your sponge will absorb all the makeup, and may possibly tear, and if too wet, your makeup might dry with streaks. A dampened sponge is ideal.
Over-doing Your Brows
2016 was the year of the eyebrow. In the 90s, the thinner your brows were, the better. Now, everyone is clamoring to be the next Cara Delevingne. Some girls, however, are over doing it. If you can’t tell who they are, then I’m sorry honey, but it might be you! Darker, thicker eyebrows are totally in, but the one thing you want to avoid when shaping and structuring your brows is to paint them on too thick or too close together. Dark pencils, when used without blending, make your eyebrows look fake, out of place and just plain bad. You want to be able to see the hairs while also making them sleek and luxurious. Find the balance with an eyebrow kit with a stencil, pencil, gel and powder to achieve the best brows in the business.
Mashing Different Styles Together
Not everyone can pull off dark lips. Some people do their cat-eye liners like they’re Cleopatra reincarnated! Some of these looks go together, and some don’t. You have to find the happy medium. It all begins with the look that you want to achieve. Are you going out to the club? Your makeup should reflect a night out. But if you’re going to work with heavily smudged smoky eyes and a sharp contour with bright purple matte lips, you are doing too much. My advice? Organize your makeup in styles and looks, not by cosmetics. That way, you’re keeping your dark shades and dark eyes together, and your bright and colorful looks will be in the same place. Always remember, less is more. It's easier to build up than to remove or erase! Additionally, it's wise to emphasize only one feature on your face as a focal point. A nude lip and dramatic eye go together like "drunk and disorderly".
Adjust Your Lighting At Home
I think this may be the most important piece of advice on this list. Honestly. There have been plenty of times I’ve been in my house, done my makeup and gone outside, almost instantly realizing that my makeup looked like it had been done by candlelight. This is so easily avoidable by having a great mirror with wonderful lighting. Without the right illumination, your blending, brows and cosmetic style could potentially be disastrous. I suggest in investing your money into buying a nice lighted mirror to avoid any and all future makeup mistakes. You can find a list of some of the most recommended mirrors here.
You don’t have to be afraid to do your makeup, and you certainly don’t have to put a video on how you did your makeup for everyone to see, but if you do, follow these guidelines for a beautiful and flawless look!
Veronica "Wildchild" and her sister Alyson are the writing duo behind Wildchild Society's blogs..