A lot of us are keen to learn everything about beauty and make-up, but the sheer volume of information can be intimidating and daunting for some of us. We’ve all had those nights where we sleep in our make-up or haven’t washed our make-up brushes in over a month! I have been guilty of some myself! While some of these are obvious no-no’s, there are some common mistakes you may not realise you’re doing.
1 Going To Sleep with Your Makeup On
This is fine every now and again but if done repeatedly it can cause damage to the skin, causing make up to settle in your pores, stretching them out resulting in rough, aged skin. Night time is when the skin renews itself so wearing make-up at night prevents the renewal process.
2 You’re Not Using Products to Suit Your Skin Type
Don’t settle for any old cleansing, toning and moisturising routine – addressing your specific skin type and concerns is a must, because using the wrong products for your skin can exacerbate the problems you already have. Think about what products you buy and be careful to choose your products carefully rather than sticking to that same cleanser that you have been using for years.
3 Not Cleaning Your Make-Up Brushes
Admittedly this is a time-consuming process that every make-up artist agrees is probably the least favourite part of their job. Dirty brushes are the ideal breeding ground for bacteria that can lead to acne and other infections. It can also affect make-up application, as the bristles become overloaded with pigment making precise application difficult. Washing your brushes once a week is recommended.
4 Ditch the Applicators That Came With Your Eyeshadows
Most eyeshadows come with handy mini applicators, making it easy to apply on the go. But, for a blended finish, you really need to use a make-up brush. Sponge tips provide a lot of pigment at once while a brush allows you to gradually add product and blend as you go.
5 You’re choosing the wrong shade of foundation
I always recommend testing foundation on your cheek, which will give you a more realistic idea of whether the foundation matches or not.
6 You’re using too much powder on the wrong places
I am a fan of powder to mattify the skin and set your look, but you don’t need to use it all over your face. It can end up making you look older. Try dusting just a little bit of translucent powder over your T-zone to reduce shine without making it too matted.
7 You’re not blending your foundation into your neckline
It seems like a rookie mistake, but it still happens a lot, and results in a mismatched face and neck. Make sure to blend your foundation into your jawline.
8 Using A Bobby Pin Incorrectly
What? There is a wrong way? Yes, there is a proper way to use bobby pins. I only learnt this a few years ago!
The correct way to use a bobby pin is to insert it into your hair with the wavy side down. The wavy side is designed so it will grab your hair and situate it properly. The flat side, is what pushes the hair into the groove, holding it in place. So there, you have it, simple yet powerful.
9 Neglecting Your Neck
A lot of people forget about their neck when applying products to their face. Treat your neck, the same way you would treat your face. Go right down to the collar bones with your products.
10 Using Expired Makeup
Holding on to your favourite makeup can be a big no, no. Unfortunately, makeup and skincare does go off!