Your makeup should accentuate your natural beauty, not detract from it. Fortunately, every woman can learn how to use makeup to her advantage. By recognizing the following mistakes and implementing the tips and techniques, you can achieve a youthful and vibrant look.

Choosing the wrong shade of concealer or foundation

The purpose of foundation and concealer is not to make your skin look darker, it is to create a smooth complexion and cover up any blemishes that you may have. Therefore, it is important to choose a foundation and concealer that matches your skin tone. It is best to pick a shade that matches your jawline, that way you don’t have any noticeable makeup lines.

Using too much powder

The main job of face powder is to help set your foundation and to decrease any shine on your face. It is supposed to make you look like you don’t have any makeup on. However, using too much powder will make your face look flaky and dry. Similarly to foundation and concealer, it is important to find a shade of powder that matches your skin tone. Always use a large fluffy makeup brush to apply your powder. To apply, simply dip the end of your brush into you powder. Tap the brush on the side of the container to remove the excess. Don’t apply the powder to your entire face. It should only be used under your eyes, on your forehead, and down the bridge of your nose to your chin.

Selecting a lip liner that does not compliment your lipstick

Lip liner is supposed to accentuate your lips and aid in keeping your lipstick in place. However, lip liner should only be about one shade darker than your lipstick. Applying a lip liner that is too dark will actually make your lips look smaller. In order to achieve a natural look, you should use a soft-tipped pencil. This will bring out the definition in your lips, but in a subtle way.

Applying black eyeliner too heavily

The main purpose of eyeliner is to boost the shape and size of your eyes. Unfortunately, applying a very dark eyeliner to your lids will actually make your eyes look smaller. For a more natural look, try using a soft brown, plum, or copper color of eyeliner. If you do want to use a dark eyeliner, avoid lining the inside corners of your eyes. This will help to make your look less dramatic.

Wearing the wrong color of eye shadow for your eye color

Your eye shadow should bring out and complement your eye color. Unfortunately, some women don’t know that certain colors do a better job at this than others. For example, women with blue eyes look best in gold, peach, beige, gray, and copper colors. Individuals with brown eyes should try different shades of green, blue, and purple. If you have green eyes, the best eye shadow colors are: slate gray, purple, and taupe. Finally, people with hazel eyes should choose colors such as: light green, bronze, and purple.

Applying too many coats of mascara

Similarly to eye liner, mascara is supposed to draw attention to your eyes and to make your lashes look longer. However, mascara should only be layered twice. If you apply any more than this, your lashes will look clumpy and spidery. One way that you can make your lashes look fuller, without clumps, is to apply your mascara to both the top and underside of your lashes.

Every woman has made some makeup mistakes at one point in her life. Fortunately, you don’t have to be a makeup or beauty expert in order to achieve an elegant and natural look. By avoiding the above mistakes, you can look your best every day.

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