It can be quite a sting, to be told that we may be doing things wrong. But we could always do with a little constructive criticism every now and then. And who better to teach us the better way of doing things than the experts themselves? This week on the Beauty Takeover, we’ll take a look at what these celebrity makeup artists have to say when it comes to the do’s and don’ts of makeup.
1. Go Easy On The Foundation
“I’m all about looking like the best version of yourself, but it’s also nice to look like a human and not an illustration.” Fiona Stiles
What looks good in photos may not necessarily look as good in real life, under harsh daylight. Celebrity MUA Fiona Styles thinks that apps like Facetune and filters are giving people unrealistic expectations of how they should look. They compensate by piling on layers upon layers of foundation and concealer just to achieve that airbrushed effect. But in reality, it looks cake-y and heavy and unnatural. By easing up on the foundation, you’ll be getting a more natural and long-lasting finish.
2. Stick To Tried And Tested Products That Work
“Don’t try anything new when you’re in a rush.” Jamie Greenberg
Especially when you’re in a hurry or have an important meeting or a special event coming up. The last thing you want is to have an itchy and blotchy allergic reaction on a day that you want to look and feel your best. Keep your new untested products for another time when you don’t have any special occasion to attend. Stick with the fail-proof products you know work best on your skin type!
3. Stop Using The Wrong Shade Of Foundation
“A lot of people tend to match their skin to their neck, but your neck may be lighter and your chest darker.” Jamie Greenberg
We always read about matching foundation to our jawline, but that only works if your neck and chest are of the same colour as your face. But that’s not the case for most of us, as the neck tends be lighter than the chest. The face on the other hand tends to be darker than the rest of the body as it’s the closest to the sun. A pro tip is to find a foundation shade that matches your chest area and blend it from your face and down towards your neck.
4. Keeping Old Mascara For Way Too Long
“Just buy a new mascara!” Kristina Johnston
We’ve seen makeup hacks where a few drops of water, contact lens solution or eye-drops are added into a beaten and dried-up old mascara bottle to revive it to its former glory. Although the hack works, it opens up the possibility of you getting an eye infection. Do your precious eyes a favour and toss that old thing away. Now’s the chance to try that volumizing one you’ve always wanted!
5. Not Keeping Your Tools And Products Clean
“Never share lip gloss. Or anything with a wand applicator, because you can’t sanitize it once someone’s used it.” Kristina Johnston
This is obvious, but it can be easily dismissed for the sake of convenience. Hygiene is extremely important to prevent buildup of bacteria and the likelihood of getting any kind of infection from your makeup and skincare products. Avoid sharing makeup products like lipsticks, lip glosses, liquid eyeliners and mascaras, unless it’s something that you can sanitize. It’s also important to wash your makeup brushes at least once a month. However, lip and gel eyeliner brushes and makeup sponges should be washed after every use. When testing out lipsticks at the store, avoid applying it straight from the bullet. Other people’s lips have been on that thing! If you’re unsure about how clean it is, test it out on the back of your hand instead, you can immediately wash it off after.
6. Going Overboard With The Brow Pencil
“Pencil is for people who have hair but they want it to look thicker.” Andrea Berg
“One trend I’ve been seeing that is bad is what I call the stencil brow. It has hard, square edges and an unbelievable arch.” said Quinn Murphy, makeup artist to Gigi Hadid and Lily Aldridge. To achieve more natural yet fuller looking brows, try using a powder instead and opt for a shade that is lighter than your hair colour. When using a pencil, use light feathery strokes to mimic natural brow hairs. Keep it more transparent towards the inner edges to avoid getting fierce and boxy looking brows.
7. Tugging Your Skin To Apply Your Eyeliner
“You can hold it (the skin around your eye area), but absolutely never pull.” Andrea Berg
Pulling and tugging at the skin around your eye area will ultimately lead to premature sagging and wrinkles in the long run. Try press the area gently with your finger instead to hold the skin in place, but never ever pull or stretch your skin in any way. To get a better angle, try looking down into a mirror or lift your chin up. Start creating the shape of your wing first and work towards the inner corners of your eyes.
Other pro tips you should know about:
- When sharpening your eyeliner or lip pencil, turn the sharpener instead of the pencil to prevent it from snapping.
- Be a smart consumer. Know your skin type and what you’re allergic to. Knowing the right ingredients will help you find products that are better suited to your needs.
- Don’t curl your lashes after applying mascara as it’s a surefire way to get them ripped out in a jiffy.
- When choosing a contour shade, always go for matte shades, and in colours closest to the natural shadows on your face.
- Always use a lip liner before wearing a bold lip to prevent it from bleeding throughout the day.
- If your foundation feels a little dry on your skin, use a hydrating mist to spritz life back into the skin.
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Happy reading my lovelies!
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