Sure, everyone has their own unique makeup technique. I don’t know about you, but I’m no pro, so whenever I put on makeup, there’s always a question in the back of my mind: “Am I doing this right?” To be honest, if I could have a glam squad on call at all times, I would since I have very basic talents.
That’s what made me think… What are some of the makeup artists’ pet peeves? What errors do they see others making all the time that make them want to fix it right away? What causes them to cringe? I mean, even if you’re an expert, you’ve got to be inquisitive, right? So I asked a few makeup professionals to find out what the most common beauty mistakes they see people make, as well as their finest makeup advice. Let me tell you, some of their responses were rather startling.
You’ll notice that a lot of them below are about technique. When it comes to cosmetics or the style you choose, do whatever makes you feel confident and attractive. We’re not here to tell you how to put on your makeup. And the artists are in agreement. “I feel like everyone has different styles and rituals around their makeup application, so technically there are no mistakes in makeup,” says makeup artist and groomer Christine Cherbonnier. “But there are a few application techniques that just make life easier—some general makeup hacks if you will!”
Not Prepping the Skin
According to Cherbonnier, omitting skin prep before applying foundation is a no-no. Janice Kinjo, a cosmetic artist and groomer, adds that a primer is essential. “Primer helps makeup last longer by forming a barrier between skin and makeup,” she explains. “Without a primer, your makeup will gradually melt into your skin, necessitating additional touch-ups throughout the day. The best advise is to not skip the primer.” Kinjo advises using DHC’s Velvet Skin Coat.
Not Wetting Your Beauty Sponge
People usually start with eye makeup and then work on their foundation,” Kinjo explains. “This will be a waste of your time.” Do your eyes first so that any fallout from eye shadow and/or messed-up mascara/liner may be readily repaired. After you’ve finished with your eyes, apply your foundation. This will save you time from having to replace your foundation.” Kinjo suggests Dior’s eyeshadow palette.
Cherbonnier also recommends against using brow treatments on top of moisturiser or foundation.
Pe “The most common beauty error is not soaking the Beautyblender,” explains makeup artist Jen Tioseco. “A moist blender is essential for applying makeup naturally and evenly! Fill your blender halfway with water, wring off the excess, and give it one more squeeze with a cloth!
Applying Too Much Concealer
Tioseco also recommends using too much concealer and applying it too high beneath the eyes. “As a result, the concealer cakes and creases in all of the fine wrinkles,” she explains. “Applying in tiny layers is essential, and if you need more coverage, pat the product in rather than swiping! I prefer to push my concealer in with a thick concealer brush like the one from Rare Beauty, then soften my corners with a Beautyblender.
Using Light Foundation and Concealer on Dark Spots
People mistakenly believe that using lighter foundation/concealer would hide a dark area,” Kinjo explains. “Either use the same lighter colour all over or you’ll have a light patch on your dark mark. Instead, apply the same foundation/concealer hue on that region, but layer it thicker for additional coverage. This will maintain your complexion balanced and free of bright and dark spots.