We Are All Guilty
None of us are perfect – especially when it comes to makeup those little makeup no-nos that we have all been guilty of at one point or another. This is just a little video to help us laugh a bit at ourselves and help us keep in mind things to avoid before heading out into the world.
How To Avoid Makeup Mistakes
Of course, this topic wouldn’t be especially useful without talking about how to avoid these major makeup mistakes. Here’s a rundown of the mistakes shown in the video and how to overcome them.
- If you want to wear bright makeup then go for it, BUT pick 1 feature- eyes, cheeks, OR lips- not all of the above.
- If you love blue eyeshadow, then wear it in moderation- you can apply on the outer part of the eye or smudge along the lashline, but not all over the eyes. If you must wear the blue eyeshadow all over the lids, then put a neutral color in the crease to tone it down.
- Choosing a dark blue vs a bright blue also works- it isn’t as overpowering but still has that blue color you are aiming for! Here’s my list of Top 10 Blue Eyeshadows
- Rule #1: For all that is holy, DON’T APPLY BRONZER ALL OVER YOUR FACE. Just because you want to look tan, doesn’t mean bronzer all over will make you look like a golden goddess….
- Apply a darker bronzer just under the cheek bones and a bit on the forehead, or if it’s a lighter colored bronzer, you can apply on top of the cheekbones and down the nose.
- Make sure your bronzer is just 2 shades darker than your skin- any darker than that, and it starts looking orange and fake. My favorite bronzer is NARS Laguna Bronzer
- The trick to avoiding sticky lips (guys #1 pet peeve with makeup is kissing sticky lips), is to find the correct lipgloss. My favorite non sticky ones are the NYX Mega Shines, MAC lipglasses, and NARS lipglosses.
- Don’t apply too much lipgloss. If it starts dripping down your lips, you know it’s time to back away from the lipgloss tube….
- After you apply your lipstick, stick a finger (clean fingers only please ;) ) in your mouth, close your lips around it and pull your finger out. It will take off the lipstick on the inner part of the lips that rubs off on your teeth.
- Apply blush a little bit at a time- you can always add more, but it’s very hard to take away.
- Choose a blush that is 1-2 shades darker/brighter than your skin. So, if you have medium color skin, go for a medium pink or a medium coral color- if it’s a bright pink, you’ll have the clown look. If it’s a pale pink, it won’t show up much. (I’ll do a video soon on my favorite blush shades for every skin color)
- I get the most questions on this one, but it truly comes down to one thing: DON’T APPLY TOO MUCH POWDER. Powder is a wonderful product- it gives a matte look to the face and makes your foundation last longer, but it can also be your worst nightmare since it’s easy to apply too much and get a “cakey” looking complexion. Apply powder only where you feel you need it- generally on the T zone (nose, chin, and middle of forehead). If your skin is dry, you may not need powder at all.
- To apply a thin layer of powder, I prefer using flat powder puffs instead of brushes as you can control how much powder you pick up. Pat the powder on instead of swiping, and it will apply a thin layer without messing up your foundation underneath.
- Throw away your mascara that is more than 3 months old. If it’s older than that, it can grow bacteria and start to get clumpy.
- If you want to apply 2 coats of mascara, do it quickly as once it dries, it’s easy for it to clump on your lashes.
- When you pull the mascara wand out of the tube, scrape the excess off the end of the tube so you don’t apply too much mascara at once.
- If you want your lips to look fuller, apply a light colored lipgloss instead of lining outside your lips. This looks more natural and doesn’t age you as much!
- Avoid dark color lipsticks. Just like wearing black makes you look slimmer, so does wearing a dark red lipstick make your lips look slimmer. Stick with lighter colors like pinks and even peach- avoid the burgundy or dark red colors.
- If your eyebrows are very light or super thin, you can still fill in with an eyebrow pencil, BUT use sparingly and apply in short strokes just where the “bald” spots are. For the rest of your brows, use a matte eyeshadow or brow powder with a small angled brush- it looks less harsh and more natural. (I will do a video on this soon- I promise!)
- If your hair color is light, you want your brows to be 2 shades darker than your hair color. If your hair is dark, your brows should be 1-2 shades lighter.
- This usually is the result of too light a foundation… It can be very hard to notice until you walk outside in natural light or see pictures of yourself and see the clear difference in color between your face and your body color (I am guilty of this one in the past!) Do your best to do your makeup in natural light or a well-lit room so you can see exactly if your foundation matches your body.
- I always blend my foundation down the neck some- this way if it doesn’t completely match my skin color, it’s less obvious.
- Mix your foundations. I keep at least 2 colors on hand to mix on those days that I may have gotten a slight tan- I keep one in my lightest skin color (what my skin looks like in the winter months), and one 2-3 shades darker than that. I can then custom mix and get the perfect color by adding more dark or lighter foundation.
I TRULY hope you all had fun with this video- it was meant for just that: to be fun! Even though this is a short video, it took a whole team of people and many many hours of work to put this together. A huge thanks goes out to these people for all their work on this! It was so much fun to do- we all had a blast :)
Creative Director: Marlena from Makeup Geek, LLC
Editor and Videography: Nicola Trombley from Makeup Geek, LLC
Casting and Photography: Lauren Coughlan from A Beautiful Mess Photography
Jay: Noah Coughlan (see info on his race for a cure here! )
80’s Eyes: Valerie Collins
Overbronzer: Jennifer Dahl
Sticky Lips: Jackie Powell-Hogg
Lipstick Teeth: Ashley Reeder
Clown Blush: Nicola Trombley
Cakey Face: Nichole King
Spider Lashes: Paige Solomon
Overdrawn Lips: Leah Purnell
Overdrawn Eyebrows: Paige Solomon
Pasty Face: Victoria Linne
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