Makeup Alert: Ten beauty mistakes you’re making
And how you can avoid them.
There’s no dearth of clever makeup, tools and accessories. Today everyone can sculpt, contour and line to perfection and there’s no dearth of smart tips, tricks and DIY manuals to make the best of your features. But despite all these handy beauty collaborators, most women make makeup and grooming mistakes almost daily. According to a recent study nine out of ten women make beauty faux pas regularly. Here’s Nykaa to the rescue! We’ll show you how to smart your way through beauty boo-boos from bronzers and brushes to concealers and liners. Welcome to beauty bootcamp!
Mistake: Not washing makeup brushes
This is a no-brainer. While your brushes may ‘look’ clean, using them without weekly cleanups can lead to bacteria buildup. The result: breakouts and blemishes. Avoid this by giving your brushes a weekly clean up with a gentle clarifying shampoo or baby shampoo. Dip them in warm water for a few minutes and then gently shampoo.
Nykaa suggests Johnson & Johnson Baby Shampoo No More Tears.
Mistake: Choosing the wrong under-eye concealer shade
Using the wrong color can actually highlight the very problem you’re trying to camouflage. The trick is to find the shade that works for you. Test the concealer on the back of your hand. If it’s too light, chances are it’s the wrong shade for your skin tone. Find an orange-based shade to cover under-eye circles because orange works magically to fade bruises and darkening. Then gently dab it on the under-eye area, working from the outside to the inner corners, and not the other way around. Only then apply foundation or a dusting of yellow based face powder to set your makeup in place.
Nykaa suggests Lakme Absolute Face Stylist Concealer and Rimmel Hide The Blemish Concealer.
Mistake: Using a warm-toned bronzer to contour
Of course the sun kissed look is in and you might think sporting a golden glow (like Victoria Beckham) is the way to go but one look at her and you’ll know that her warm glow actually looks pretty unnatural, even scary. If you want a better defined jawline or slimmer cheeks use a matte bronzer in a cool undertone for less obvious definition. If you can’t be parted from your shimmer bronzer, first dip the brush in translucent powder and then in the bronzer. The combination will result in a perfect, subtle sun-kissed effect. To avoid an overkill, contour wheatish complexions with a warm toned foundation alone.
Nykaa suggests Revlon Photoready Skinlights Face Illuminator and NYX Professional Makeup Matte Body Bronzer
Mistake: Applying foundation with a flat brush
The only thing worse than applying foundation with your fingers is using a flat brush. Both will give you an ugly, streaky finish, a far cry from the matte, flawless coverage you’re looking for. Instead, use a small, fluffy brush for airbrush perfection. Squeeze a couple of pumps of liquid foundation into your palm, twirl the tip of the makeup brush around to get the perfect amount of formula on and then apply it in circular motion to gently buff the product onto your skin.
Nykaa suggests Real Techniques Foundation Brush and Kent TWMU8 Foundation Brush.
Mistake: Applying the wrong shade of blush incorrectly
It’s true that blush can add a rosy, youthful glow to the sallowest complexion but most women tend to choose a deeper shade than they need thinking it can double up as a blush and contouring formula. It just ends up looking like a muddy, dull blob on your cheeks. Too light and it looks like a faded color wash that ages you terribly. To find just the shade for you, pinch your cheeks and then try and match the natural color you get when you actually blush. Start by applying it at the height of the apple of your cheeks and blend back and up towards your temples. Applying blush above and on the cheek bones—and not under them—can help lift and define your features.
Nykaa suggests Max Factor Flawless Perfection Blush and Colorbar Cheekillusion Blush New.
Mistake: Not having a separate blending brush
Most women apply eye shadow and then blend it with the same brush they use to apply it. If you’re one of them, stop right now! What happens when you do that is that you get a sludgy mess on your lids instead of a beautiful effect with soft, sexy edges and gradation of color. The trick is to first apply eye shadow color on lids and then blend using a clean blending brush to get that gorgeous smoky effect. Using a brush with residual shadow will simply end up adding color in places you don’t want it. Instead use a clean, fluffy brush and blend in shadow in a windshield wiping motion.
Nykaa suggests Colorbar Ready To Wink Perfect Eye Makeup Kit.
Mistake: Plucking eyebrows too close to the mirror
Rare is a woman who doesn’t stand inches from the mirror to pluck stay hairs from her eyebrows. What happens when you do this is that you end up looking at each hair on your eyebrows rather than the overall shape of your brows. The result: thin, over arched, over plucked, uneven brows that can spoil your whole look. Instead pluck obvious strays and then step back to look at them from a distance before continuing. Better still, have them done professionally.
Nykaa suggests Colorbar Wow Brows Flat Tip Tweezer or Bare Essentials Precision Tweezers.
Mistake: Applying mascara in a single upward stroke
Applying mascara in one upward stroke might make you feel like a time saving pro but it never gives the same results you can get by applying the formula starting from the base of your lashes and wiggling the wand in small strokes back and forth from the bottom of lashes to the tips. Applying a single coat of mascara in one upward stroke doesn’t maximize the lengthening and volumizing capabilities of the product. Instead, for a really lush, voluminous look apply at least two coats, combing your lashes through in between coats for a sexy, fringe effect.
Nykaa suggests Maybelline Volum Express Hyper Curl Mascara or L’Oreal Paris False Lash Architect 4D Mascara.
Mistake: Setting your makeup with too much powder
This is a common beauty faux pas especially by women plagued by oily skin who think translucent powder is their best friend. All that it does is leave your skin dry and white as it settles into fine lines and wrinkles, destroying your natural radiance. Besides, piling on powder to prevent shine can make your face cakey and creased. Worse, it clogs pores causing breakouts. There’s a better option. Say hello to makeup setting sprays, lightweight, comfortable and non-comedogenic formulas that can be sprayed on to set makeup. These nifty formulas control shine by absorbing excess oil and keep your makeup in place all day.
Nykaa suggests NYX Professional Makeup Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray Matte Finish or H2O+ Oasis Mist.
Mistake: Using white liner to make eyes look bigger
White liners in the waterline have been touted as the instant solution for opening up your eyes and making them look brighter. Instead, they actually make them look unnatural and almost eerie. It’s a dated, odd look and a far better way of making your eyes pop is using a peachy-beige/flesh colored eye pencil that looks far more natural. This is a godsend for women with small eyes. Apply beige eyeliner to your lower inner rim to open up eyes and then use a black liner along the length of the upper and lower lash lines, connecting the lines at the outer corner.
Nykaa suggests Maybelline Color Show Eye Liner in Shiny Beige