It’s the worst nightmare for any makeup artist, professional or prospective, that they might be making common mistakes when doing what they love most. Don’t be that person! These errors could be technical, like pulling the face in the wrong direction for easier access might inadvertently leave the crispness of lines looking shattered. Or in knowledge, like choosing the wrong colour lipstick for somebody’s natural skin tone. But fear not, for all of these slips have straightforward correctives – exactly the type of useful information that anyone in the industry needs!
1. Choosing the wrong foundation shade.
This is probably the trickiest aspect of makeup application – even for experienced professionals. Choosing the right colour for the foundation is critical for making everything click together. It can be the difference between looking swag and looking off your game. But many people get it wrong, not drastically maybe, but enough to hold them back. Simply put, there’s a lot of scope for mistakes – and the ‘right’ colour can be open to interpretation too. The best solution is just to test different colours on your chest or neck. It’s best not to do this on the wrist, arm or face because that’s where skin colour fluctuates most, according to how much sun there is. Take care, and maybe seek a second opinion from a trusted makeup artist as well – just to be sure.
2. Applying foundation with a sponge
With a sponge, the results can be uneven and less precise. Or, worse, leave a flaky texture. Also, sponges soak up the product, meaning they are both unattractive AND inefficient. It’s a definite no. The answer is simple though: use a soft brush. It’s classic, tidy and still superior.
3. Over-exaggerating your eyebrows
Heavy brows have been the most on-trend look for a few years now, and yet people still over-egg the pudding by being too bold. Remember: makeup is meant to augment your features, not hide them. Don’t go crazy with a dark pencil because the result always looks fake. Instead be subtle. There are a few super clever techniques, honed by professional artists, like removing any stray hairs and making sure all the strands point in the same direction. These little tricks can lift eyebrows and give them the strength and structure others will die for.
4. Heavy eye shadow
There’s nothing wrong with heavy eye shadow per se, only sometimes it can be too heavy. You don’t want to overwhelm your natural radiance. The key here is blend: make the colour transition from skin to product smooth and faultless. There’s not much worse than seeing blocks of colour dominating everything else, otherwise what’s the point! It might seem obvious, but its best to use a contouring eye shadow brush. Then carefully pull outwards to soften those edges – your face should be seamless.
5. Too much blush
Blush is meant to be the cherry on top of everything else, not the substance of your look. In that spirit, be conservative, and err on the side of caution rather than excess. As before, blending is the way forward: blur the colours into each until its seamless. Because ‘natural’ is the key word! When every technique and product is flowing together the effect is beautiful and elegant and just how you should want it to look. Good luck out there!