1. Harsh eyeshadow
When it comes to eyeshadow, the key is to BLEND! Even when you think you’re done blending, you’re not! Blend more. There’s a fine line between blending and making your hard work look muddy, but don’t worry because blending is a lot easier than you’d think.
Tip: Blend! Okay, we’ve probably said blend enough but here’s how you can maintain pigment without having sharp lines on those lids. Generally, your eyeshadow should be gradiented, with the most shadow on your lid (not always, because this depends on your look.) Press eyeshadow onto your eyelid just up until your crease, then take a clean, tapered fluffy brush and, in windscreen wiper motions (side-to-side), swipe along your crease. This will begin moving the product towards your eyebrow. Remember, you can always add more but taking away can be messy, so take your time.
2. Contouring in the wrong places
Perfecting your contour often takes practice as we all have differently shaped faces, so you need to figure out what works for you – less is often more with contouring, so take it easy! The idea of contouring is to enhance your bone structure without drawing a fully fledged skull onto your face.
Tip: Take some time to really get to know your face. It sounds crazy, but a lot of us don’t! Notice where your cheekbones are, the bridge of your nose, the shape of your jawline and don’t be afraid to give yourself a poke to figure out your bone structure. Everyone has a different face and there’s no one set of rules as to how you should contour, so it’s important that you embrace your uniqueness! Make sure you’ve got the right contour shade for your face; stay in the range of your foundation color – one or two shades darker for the most believable contour. And, (yep, we’re telling you again) blending is your best friend!
3. Lining your waterline with black liner
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with lining your waterline, however, if you want brighter, bigger-looking eyes – this is counterproductive. Lining your waterline can cut your eye shape, making it look narrower, so if you want to make your eyes look bigger, you should actually use a white pencil eyeliner here.
Tip: Try smudging underneath your lash line with a little bit of brown eyeshadow so that the line extends slightly down to your lower lashes, which makes the line less harsh and opens up your eye. Or, line your lower lash line from the outer corner to the beginning of your iris rather than the whole way across to make your eyes appear wider. If you’re looking for a more subtle, smoked out eye, opt for a dark brown or greyish eyeliner for that effortless rock-chick vibe. And, we’re saying it again – blend!
4. Over over-lining
Overlining our lips is like our secret weapon for getting a plumper pout in seconds, but we have definitely made the mistake of overdrawing the line. Once that line is drawn, it’s already messed with our perfectly laid foundation, so it’s pretty much game over, and we realize we have to spend the rest of the day looking waaaaay more ‘sultry’ than we planned!
Tip: Find a color that is the closest match to your natural lip color. Then, when it comes to overlining, do not think big – building the size gradually is the key to creating a fuller looking pout that isn’t too OTT. So, start by lining your actual lip shape and then overline them just a millimeter over. Finish with some highlighter on your Cupid’s bow and the middle of your lower lip for a sexy AF pout.
Make sure you’re not messing up with your moisturizer either.