The sexiest makeup is the application no one notices.
But is clumpy mascara, caked foundation or sloppy lip liner
keeping you from looking your best?
Women apply cosmetics to look better, to enhance their beauty -
not detract from it.
Makeup Mistake #1: Dark Lip Liner and Light Lipstick
Along with spandex and big hair, this one look should have stayed in the 80s and 90s. Choose a lip liner in a shade close to your natural lip color. Line and color in your pucker, then top with sheer gloss. If you use a dark liner, like red or a berry shade, fill in your mouth completely, then top with clear gloss, not a light lipstick.
Makeup Mistake #2: Lip Liner Extending Beyond the Lip Line
What you learned in kindergarten still holds true: coloring outside the lines is sloppy. To fake a bigger pout: A. Hug your lip line with the pencil. B. Line just the border, but not beyond. C. Color in your lips and apply a lip-plumping product. D. Finish with a dab of clear or light gloss on the center of your lower lip; it will reflect the light and make your lips appear fuller.
Makeup Mistake #3: Drawn-In Eyebrows
Women with lush, full brows should skip any added color, all they need are tweezers for stray hairs and some brow gel. To plump up sparse brows, dip an angled brush into brow powder. Move the brush along the natural line of the brow, extending it to the edge of the eye. If your brows are super-thin, feathery strokes with a pencil, then topping brows with powder.
Makeup Mistake #4: Eyeliner Drawn Way Past the Outer Corner of the Top Eyelid
The "cat-eye" or Cleopatra effect is sultry, but not if you go overboard. Use a pencil if you are a beginner; liquid eyeliner is more glamorous but requires skill and a steady hand.
1. Draw a line along the root of the lashes from the inner to outer corner.
2. At the outer edge, subtly slant the line upward. Extend the line no further than a quarter inch past your eye (or just a tad bit farther for a more dramatic look). Use your eyebrow as a guide: do not take the line past its edge.
Makeup Mistake #5: Clumpy Mascara
For long, clump-free lashes:
1. Before you apply, wipe the mascara wand against the opening of the tube to get rid of any excess mascara. Wiggle the wand from side to side, from the base of your lashes to the tips, is the way to avoid clumps.
2. Before the mascara dries, come through your lashes with an old toothbrush or an eyelash comb to separate them and get rid of the gunk.
3. If you want, apply a second coat, then comb through again.
Makeup Mistake #6: Obvious Line of Blush
Toss out the dinky brush that came in the compact. A bigger brush will distribute the color more evenly. After you dip the brush into the blush, knock it gently on the back of your hand to get rid of the excess powder. Smile and apply the blush in short, upward strokes on the apples of your cheeks, blending up to the hairline and ear. It will give you a flushed, natural glow. If you apply too much, tone down the color with a light dusting of translucent powder. Finding your best blush color may require some experimentation...or a visit to the makeup counter, but as a rule of thumb, bright colors are a don't. When in doubt, stick with a pinky/peach hue with a soft shimmer.
Makeup Mistake #7: Bright Blue Mascara
Teal or cerulean mascara is young, punkish and more suited for rebellious teens (that was me!). Indigo and navy, on the other hand, are polished and chic for 20-somethings and beyond. Dark blue mascara can brighten up the whites in your eyes, which is especially useful when you are tired or your eyes are bloodshot. If blue still seems too outrageous, go for a more subtle look by applying regular black mascara and just tipping the edges of your lashes with blue.
Makeup Mistake #8: Caked on Foundation
Suffocating your skin with a heavy cover-up will only draw attention to the problem you are trying to hide.
For fine lines: mix a little moisturizer with your foundation, which will prevent the formula from seeping into the lines.
For blemishes: mineral makeup can give great coverage for pockmarks and acne.
Makeup Mistake #9: Foundation Line
To avoid a telltale foundation mask, the first step is to select the right shade.
1. Ask the sales person at the makeup counter to pick out several shades, then test a few on your cheek.
2. Step outside into natural light and use a hand mirror to see which shade looks best on you. Our necks are often a different color than our faces and chests. That is why it is important to blend foundation down into the neck for a uniform color. Use a makeup sponge to create a seamless edge.
Makeup Mistake #10: Lining Eyes Only Halfway
A strong, hard line all the way around your eye can make your peepers look similar and closer together, but lining them only halfway looks silly.
A softer line can make your eyes look bigger.
Line your top and bottom lids at the inner edge of the iris and extend the liner to the outer corner of your eye. Then, gently smudge the line toward the inner corner of your eye to create a softer look.
See you next time,