Ever since YouTube became the central repository for all of humankind’s knowledge, every guy and girl with a makeup brush has been filming their own how-to tutorial. That’s both a good and bad thing.
It’s good, because we no longer have to go through that ugly trial and error phase to make ourselves look halfway decent. Just buy whatever they’re using, and follow along to the video!
But, if you learn how to apply makeup the wrong way by a beauty guru who doesn’t know any better, then the cycle of makeup mistakes continues to perpetuate, just like the 40 ones listed right here.
1) Putting On Too Much Foundation
To keep your makeup looking natural, use a light touch and apply it to the areas that you’re most concerned about, such as under your eyes, nose, and cheeks. Blending, not caking, is the key to a flawless face!
2) Using The Wrong Eyeliner
Here are some helpful eyeliner tips:
- Lighter complexions should stick with brown liner.
- Pick a lighter, more subtle shade if you line underneath your eyes.
- Use a nude liner on your waterline – black will just make your eyes look smaller.
- For a more natural look, line 3/4 of the upper lid and skip the inner corners.
- Use pencil or kohl liners – they look more natural and you can blend them, unlike liquid liners. Or better yet, just use eyeshadow to line your lids!
3) Too Much Mascara
4) Ditch The Shimmery Shadows!
You can still add a little bit of glam, just reserve the shiny stuff for the inner corner of your eye and use matte shades on the rest of your lids.
5) Unnatural Eyebrows
If you want your brows to look fuller, use an angled brush dipped in powder to fill in what you’re lacking – with a light touch, of course!
If you’re lost and clueless as to what your brows are supposed to look like, visit a professional to get the perfect shape that flatters you. And remember, “natural” never goes out of style.
6) Concealer Confusion
If you’re using a powder foundation, apply the concealer first. If you apply it after the fact, the concealer will look mottled and clumpy.
Here’s another concealer tips to live by:
Don’t slather it directly onto onto your dark circles – it’ll just make you look older! Instead, put a few drops on top of your cheekbone (just beneath the undereye area) and gently blend upwards.
7) Not Blending Everything
Special brushes and egg-shaped sponges are popular choices for blending away the harsh lines on your face. And don’t forget that you can also use your fingers as a blending tool – just make they’re clean to prevent blemishes.
There are a ton of tutorials out there that can show you how to blend makeup the right way. Watch and learn, ladies!
8) Using Terrible Lighting
Applying your makeup next to a window with natural light is best, but when it’s cloudy outside, a “warm” white light from an LED source is a good substitute. It can mimic the color spectrum of natural sunlight and evenly distribute the “rays” across your entire face.
9) Applying Makeup On Dry Skin
10) Over-washing Your Face
Harsh cleansers, soaps, and scrubs that strip away the beneficial oils your skin naturally produce can leave it looking dry and flaky. If you want naturally glowing skin, then treat your face like a baby’s bottom and only use products with gentle ingredients!
11) Going To Sleep With Makeup On
It’s okay to do this on rare occasions, but there’s no excuse for regularly going to bed with a full face of makeup when the bathroom sink is right there! If you don’t want to wake up to an unsightly blemish in the morning, remove all traces of makeup before you hit the hay.
12) Spritzing Too Much Perfume
13) Dry Shampoo Mistakes
Dry shampoo absorbs the oil in your hair so it doesn’t look so greasy. But, if you use a can of spray shampoo, give it time to do its job and let it dry completely before styling.
Don’t spray it too close to your scalp or hair or you’ll have a wet, over-saturated mess. Keep the nozzle about six inches away from your head to make sure all the dry shampoo particles are evenly distributed on your strands.
Don’t use it indefinitely! Dry shampoo should be used like a bandaid and not an everyday beauty routine. You still need to wash your hair with real shampoo one or two days after you apply it. Otherwise your hair will build up with chemicals and start to feel and look pretty gross.
14) Forgo Those Flashy Fingernails
15) Brow Bone Highlights
16) Clown Cheeks
Also, don’t apply blush to bare naked skin. Without the smooth canvas that foundation or primer provides, the color may end up looking dry and patchy.
17) Powder Puff Girl
18) The Mortician Look
19) Lip Liner Fail
Lip liner is meant to give definition to the shape of your lips, and when properly applied no one is supposed to even know it’s there.
20) Bronzer Blunders
21) Letting Your Friend Do Your Makeup
22) Not Using Eyeshadow Primer
23) Not Using Face Primer
24) Constantly Touching Up Your Lipstick
25) Trying To Play Up Your Eyes & Lips At The Same Time
26) Treating Glitter Like It’s Makeup
27) Matching Your Eyes And Lips To Your Clothes
28) Sleeping On Your Side Or Tummy
It might take some time to get into the habit of sleeping on your back, but your future 60-year-old face will thank you.
29) Using The Wrong Foundation Shade
If you’re unsure if your foundation is a match, a beauty adviser and places like Sephora or Ulta can help you choose the correct shade. And remember, if it’s warmth and color that you’re after, that’s where blushes and bronzers come into play.
30) Not Blending Eyeshadow
31) Waterproof Mascara Woes
32) Goopy Lip Gloss
33) Dry, Chapped Lips
34) Using Dirty Makeup Brushes
35) Swatching Makeup On Your Wrists
If you really want to know what a color will look like, swatch the testers along your jawline and then use a makeup remover wipe to clean your face.
36) Contouring Like A YouTuber
While it may look good on camera, in real life contouring like that ends up looking like a streaky mess. All those celebrity photos with contour jobs gone wrong prove that it’s just better to stick with the basics.