Together, we can all say, “What were we thinking?” at one point or another… but what about those daily little mistakes we’re making? Yes, there are ones that you probably don’t even know you’re doing in your everyday routine. Here are five mishaps that are stopping your makeup from becoming next level:
Not using an eye primer The benefits of a pre-foundation primer have been drilled into us pretty hard by now, so why do so few of us utilize one for the eye, too? A primer creates a barrier between product and skin, not only to keep it on for longer, but also for skin protection. Shadows, crèmes, pencils, and gels can be drying on the lid so for the best canvas possible, longevity, and brighter colors, apply a skin-smoothing white/lighter colored primer.
Not blending eye makeup Do you shy away from even trying a smoky eye look now because you just can’t get the colors to blend right? For the perfect blend with no muddiness between the shades, you can’t just use the same brush that you applied them with. Application brushes contain more densely packed fibers so that you can press color onto the lid for longevity and higher color concentration. A blending brush features soft bristles in a dome shape, perfect for sweeping color outwards, blending up into the crease, gently merging two shades and diffusing the edges.
Not using tape to get the perfect cat eye Liquid eyeliner is tricky, but if you’re spending four hours every Saturday night trying to match up your flicks to the perfect symmetrical degree, you are wasting your time. Even top makeup artists cheat with Scotch tape! It’s one of those ahh haa tricks that once you start, you’ll never stop.
Not using the right under-eye concealer Are you still using one concealer for under eyes and your blemishes? First, gross, because your blemis concealer shouldn’t touch anywhere else on your face, but next, the two actually have hugely different uses. Under-eye bags should be covered with a light reflecting concealer that’s going to brighten the eye area. Of course, if you have heavy bags you can choose a tinted concealer based on your undertones, but this should still contain light reflecting particles. Much of under-eye darkness is a result of shadows, so a great trick is to also apply concealer in the space running underneath the start of your brow, next to your nose.
Not using the right eye makeup remover Are your lashes not as lush as you would like? Is your face breaking out on your cheeks or around the eye area? You are probably not using the right eye makeup remover. I highly recommend using a Vitamin E oil. My fav being Aveda's Beautifying oil. Not only is it amazing for sensitive skin and removes anything waterproof in like, one millisecond, but it is also the most gentle remover for the delicate eye area and extremely hydrating! Watch how fast your lashes thicken up when you switch! If you are still using baby oil, stop now. Heavy removers like this leave behind a “sludge” residue that sits on the top layer of your skin and can travel down on other parts of your skin causing pores to be clogged. Also, any moisturizer or eye cream you spend the next five minutes carefully patting into your skin just can’t get through the heavy, oily film.
Hopefully these tips help you take your daily makeup routines to the next level of amazingness : )