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5 Common Makeup Mistakes

From Sparkle&mine blog with Timeout4me additions:

I've made a quick little list of all the mistakes I've found to be the most common with women today. I have been guilty of every single one of these at one point or another, and even to this day I am far from perfect when it comes to applying makeup. Nevertheless, I'd like to think that I've learned from some of my mistakes over time and picked up a few helpful tricks as well! Please keep in mind that everything said here is simply my opinion, and there are always exceptions.

With all that out of the way, let's jump into it!

1. Caked On Foundation
When your skin is acting up, it's tempting to just slather on full-coverage foundation like it's a mask. The problem is, you're covering up all the good along with the bad! Think of foundation as nothing more than a way to even out your skin tone. Concealer should be doing all the heavy-duty covering on blemishes and other areas that need it. To ensure your foundation doesn't go on too thick or cakey, try mixing it with moisturizer before applying for a more sheer finish (or just buy a sheer coverage formula to begin with).

I Recommend: Mixing my Mineral Foundation with my Aloe Vera Moisturizer to create your own smooth foundation. You might also try my makeup procedure. I put on my moisturizer and then immediately follow it with a light brushing on of my light/medium foundation. The foundation, which has a matte finish, hides most imperfections and doesn’t cake, thanks to the moisturizer.

2. Harsh Eyeliner
When applied correctly, eyeliner is a great way to define your eyes and really make them pop. However, overdoing it can actually make your eyes look smaller and just way too harsh. To avoid making this mistake, stay away from black liner (especially during the day) and opt for shades of brown, gray, or even a muted purple instead. Another great way to keep eyeliner from looking too harsh is to use eyeshadow applied with an angled liner brush to your lower lash line instead. A lot of makeup artists use this trick because it creates much softer definition.

I Recommend: my all-natural mica eyeshadow. Mix a small amount with water to make a darker shadow that can be used as an eye liner.

3. Overdrawn (Or Ignored!) Eyebrows
Eyebrows make a huge differencein the look of your whole face. Don't believe me? Google "celebrities without eyebrows"...it will change your life. The best way to bring natural definition to your brows is to fill them in with a matching brow powder or eyeshadow and an angled liner brush. Eyebrow pencils typically come out looking way too harsh if they are not wielded by a pro.

I Recommend: Since I don’t make brow powder, try your OTHER favorite online shop or try a bit of my darker foundation--no glitter in it so you won't look costumy.

4. Mismatched Foundation Shade
Another foundation sin made it to the list! We've all seen it and we've all been that girl at least once- the one that has a clear line of foundation that makes her look like a floating head. Finding an exact shade match is noteasy by any means, but it can definitely be done.

I Recommend: Let me custom blend an all-natural powder foundation for you. I’ve recently added foundation to my shop. It comes in three shades: light, medium, and dark. I then send you micas so you can adjust the shade to your liking.

5. Skipping Skincare
If you ignore everything else I've said, please, please, please listen to this. Before you even pick up that primer or go near foundation, make sure you've taken care of your skin. Typically, that means cleansing, exfoliating,and moisturizing. This ensures you start your makeup routine with a smooth canvas, and keeps products from sticking to dry, flaky skin. I used to avoid moisturizer like the plague because I had oily skin and I thought any added moisture would just make it worse. However, all skin needs hydration and there are plenty of oil-free formulas out there!

I Recommend: My three-step beauty regimen. There’s one for oily skin, and one for dry/normal skin.
I hope this was useful. Please let me know if I can help you in any way. I would love to recommend some products that might perk up your face…and day!

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