Makeup is hard, guys. There’s primer, foundation, eyeshadow, face setter and now this strobing thing? With so many products on the market, it’s almost impossible to keep up with the correct methods and make sure everything works together. No one wants to be the victim of makeup mistakes, so we’ve compiled a list to help you walk away from the mirror with confidence.
I know it’s tempting to pile concealer over those dark circles, but you have to resist! Chances are you’re doing it wrong. Firstly, NEVER apply your concealer before foundation (guilty). Doing your foundation first will allow you to assess what areas need more coverage, then you can apply accordingly.
Secondly, DON’T apply a thick line to your circles or creases. Instead, tip your head back (this allows you to see where the light falls under your eyes, so you know the best places to highlight) and draw a triangle with the point toward your cheek. This will create the illusion of a natural face lift and draw the focus away from any dark circles lurking underneath.
Don’t smile. Yes, I said it. Smiling when applying your blush can make you look older, as your cheeks will drop after application leaving your cheeks looking saggy. Instead keep a natural face and blend upwards.
PLEASE don’t fall into the trap of over-drawing your lips. Leave that to Kylie Jenner. To enhance your look, trace your natural lip line and EVER SO SLIGHTLY above it.
In terms of the actual application, trace the middle of your lip (Cupid’s bow) and underneath on the bottom lip. Next, draw a sideways V in each corner and connect the lines for the most evenly shaped lines. Also ensure that you are blending your liner after application and never apply a liner that is a darker tone than your lip colour.
Your brows aren’t a colouring book. Going thick and dark with your eyebrow filler will just make everything look heavy-handed rather than defined. Stick to short, feathery strokes when filling in your brows, and step back from the mirror every so often to make sure you’re not overdoing it.
I know what you’re thinking: “How could I possibly be applying mascara wrong?”
Well, that was before the curly wand mascara brush was invented. The whole purpose of the bend in the wand is to gently curl your centre lashes while adding volume to your outer lashes. So instead of holding the curve towards your eye, hold the bend upwards. This way the curve in the wand will do all the work and hey presto, your lashes will be twice as luscious.
After creating a flawless canvas with your foundation, the last thing you want to do is look like a fluorescent light. A big no-no is applying your highlighter last, as it creates an in-your-face look. Instead, apply a light layer above your cheekbones, above your eyebrow and down the bridge of your nose before your blush application. This will create the illusion of a natural lit-from-within glow.
Contrary to popular belief, bronzer should not be solely restricted to the cheekbones. To achieve a bronzed goddess look without the “I’ve just stepped out of a solarium” vibe, you need to apply your bronzer to three key areas.
Firstly, SWEEP over the apples of your cheekbones. You want the brush to touch the peaks of your face. Secondly, blend into your hairline starting from the centre of your forehead and moving out. Last but not least, soften any harsh contrast between your foundation and neck by brushing a little bronzer from under your ears to your chin.
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