If you went to school around the same time as me, you were probably caking on the dream matte mouse or sporting questionable blue eyeliner on your weekend outings to town. I have some particularly good memories of getting home at the end of the day and realising I had a huge, orange foundation line along my jaw. But today I don’t want to talk about these nightmare-causing errors we’ve all made and will live to regret, I want to talk about the basic makeup mistakes we probably make on a daily basis but can tweak a little, to make a big difference overall.
My pennies were (and still are, actually) quite tight way back when and I couldn’t go round splashing £30 on a foundation. Don’t get me wrong, I think there are some fab affordable drugstore foundations, and when I match when I’ve faked tanned, there’s hardly any difference between those and my favourite high-end base products. However, as anyone with a skin tone that doesn’t fit into the 8 shades more affordable brands bring out will know, it’s almost impossible to find a colour match. Luckily though, the new generation will probably not have this problem, as brands are becoming so much more aware and bringing out darker and lighter shades at each end of the spectrum. So they’ll never have to experience having an orange face and a white neck, but my advice to avoid this would this would be to also maybe have two foundations – one for when you’re tanned and one for when you’re pale (and you can mix them when you’re the in-between colour!)
If you’re super pale like me, you’ll know that as soon as you do a smokey eye with black eyeshadow, you look like a ghost. To avoid this, maybe opt for a brown smokey eye, or try a dark green or dark blue eyeliner. Once they’re on your eyes, nobody can tell they’re not black but there is a subtle enough distance which stops you from looking washed out. Also important is blusher, and I think this no matter your skin tone. Whether you put it higher up on your cheek bones or on the apples of your cheeks, blushers just add a bit of extra dimension to the face and pull any make up look together. Trust me on this one!
If you read my post about my skin last week, then you will know all about my complexion woes by now. It sounds stupid because it’s so obvious, but I never realised that your skin and make-up and so closely related. Basically, unless you’re blessed with perfect skin, if there’s just something not quite right when you apply your makeup and you just can’t put your finger on it, you should think about developing some sort of skin care regime, because chances are that will help you out. For example, the biggest mistake to make is not regularly exfoliating which could cause your foundation to look cakey and bumpy in areas.
If you have read my post about 21 things I’ve learned in 21 years, then you will know I said to never pluck your own brows. If you get your brows threaded or waxed, all the smaller hairs around your brows will also be removed in the process. This leaves your skin super smooth and means make up application around that area is never clumpy and looks much brighter. This is important to know. However, in between those eyebrow appointments, it may be necessary to get rid of one or two hairs, so if you do this, make sure that you only ever take away from underneath your brow and never take from the top. Also, I tend to find that tinting my own brows is a real game changer. I personally love dark brows, but sometimes if I colour them in with a pencil, they don’t look so natural. So, instead, I use Eyelure’s Dybrow in brown. This product is so good because you can choose how dark you want your brows to be, depending on how long you leave the dye on for. Apparently, you can also use this if you have fair lashes, but I can’t recommend that as I’ve never done it. What I do know, though, is that its super easy to apply and once you’ve done it once it will be a breeze.
This one isn’t so much make up related, more beauty in general, but I think it’s really important for most people these days. I won’t lecture you on the damage the sun can cause because I’m not your mum. But what I will say is that it’s really easy to incorporate into your make up regime. For example, there are many foundations, moisturisers, and even powders with SPF in nowadays – 20 should be enough for most people living in England. However, if you’re abroad or very pale then I would suggest getting a pure SPF and applying it before any makeup. I chose this option because I like to pick and choose when I have SPF in my routine. For example, SPF is what causes that white ghost face you get if someone takes a photo of you with flash on, so to avoid that if I’m going on a night out, I simply leave it out of my routine.
So, they’re all the most important ones I think! I really hope this is helpful and if you try any of them, please let me know! Also, if you can think of any extras, tell me in the comments!!