Cosmetics can do so much right for your face, but things can also go wrong. Be on guard against these makeup mishaps. By Shea Rasol.
1. The powder explosion
We know that applying compact or loose powder after foundation is a must. But we meant a subtle layer. Before heading out, look at your face from different angles and in different lighting. That way you’ll know for sure if your powder is even or not.
2. The excessive concealer
For those suffering from mild to severe eyebag issues, a concealer can be your lifesaver. The rule of thumb for a perfect shade is 1-2 shades lighter than your original skin tone or the foundation base you’re using. Too different a shade can easily make you look like you’ve applied too much under the eyes.
3. The eyeshadow strikes back
Like peanut butter and jelly, and June and Johnny Cash, many things in this world are better in pairs. Including eyeshadow and its partner: blending. Eyeshadow may be a bit tricky for makeup newbies, but you just need a little knowledge and practice. Even if it takes you a couple of minutes to blend, blend, blend, do it to avoid a disaster in real life and in photos.
4. The curse of the lipstick
I’m sure most of us have been through this. To me, it’s the ultimate makeup disaster because it can make conversations so awkward – especially if it’s someone you’ve just met. This usually happens with moist, glossy lipsticks. The best way to avoid teeth stains is to use a lipliner as a base. Or simply go with a matte lipstick.
5. The cardboard cut-out contour
Contours, yes. Sharp contours, no. We’d all love a structured and refined face that looks good at every angle. With contouring you might be able to achieve that temporarily. But no one should know your contouring story; it should look natural and subtle. So blend the highlight and contour products religiously to prevent any sharp strokes on your face that make you look like a cardboard cutout.
6. The big bed of blush
Unless you’re going to a manga cosplay event where you’re expected to dress up like Japanese comic characters, don’t even think of stepping out of the house with a bed of blush on your cheeks. Indoor lighting is dim, so you can only see how pink your cheeks are when you step outdoors. Don’t apply blush in a circular motion; instead, use a brush to make a slanted comma on both cheeks and let your natural blush work together with your products.