Don’t Make These Makeup Mistakes!
Uh oh, Demi Lovato, your face is two shades paler than your body! Sandy Linter, Lancôme’s Beauty At Every Age expert, advises, “When foundation is too pale, take a powder blush and deepen underneath your cheek bones and across forehead for some warmth. Then, take a damp sponge and press it into the skin, do not wipe. This should revitalize the color of your skin and make your mistake work.”
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Walking around with clumped together, spidery eyelashes like Kim Kardashian’s would probably get you nothing but weird looks. “Please only ever apply two coats. You need to determine the strength of your lashes as you would you hair. If your lashes are thin, don’t use a lash thickener. Use something milder that will slightly build up your lashes,” Linter says. If your lashes are already clumped, take a spiral brush and remove the mascara by swirling against the lashes.
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Even supermodels like Rebecca Romijn aren’t immune to “clown mouth.” Sarah Lucero from Stila says to “look for a lip pencil in a shade that mimics your natural lip tone and simply sketch around the lip line, adding shape and contour.” If you shade and shape the lips rather than line them, this will keep lip liner looking modern and beautiful regardless of the lipstick or lip gloss shade you choose to wear.”
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“To avoid streaky blush, check your blush brush and make sure it is puffy and the hairs are not separated or damp looking,” Lancôme’s Sandy Linter says. Apply moisturizer and foundation, then let them sit and blend into the skin. Blush brushes should always be puffy and clean looking. If your blush is darker in the middle, that means it has been discolored by a damp brush. The entire piece of blush in a compact should be the same shade.
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To cut down on eyeshadow overload like Eva Longoria’s “way too dark for daytime” look, try this trick Sandy Linter says makeup artists use all the time. “Take a Q-Tip and dip it into a moisturizer or a makeup remover pad. Gently swipe off the tone you need to take down. Then, take your pinky or a sponge tip applicator and just dab on a bit of a neutral tone shadow to soften the look.”
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A glossy pout can make lips look oh-so-kissable, but going overboard can result in a goopy mess. Sarah Lucero from Lancôme says, “You should use a small amount of gloss, and then if you want a lighter nude or higher shine add extra just in the center of lower lips. If your gloss is a sheer formula, then apply it over a matching lipstick for full coverage. You can always wipe off excess gloss around the lip area with your finger or a Q-Tip.”
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If you’ve OD’ed on the tweezing like Nicole Scherzinger, Sarah Lucero says to “Take a matte shadow two shades lighter than your natural eyebrow hair color and create the brow shape you want to see.” If you prefer to fill in your brows with a pencil, Sandy Linter adds, “You must use a brow pencil and not an eyeliner pencil. Brow pencils are hard for a reason–they don’t smudge. Eyeliner pencils will smudge and go on too dark.”
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There are two ways to deal with smudged eyeliner. Sandy Linter says, “You have ‘hot lids’–as in, your lids are warmer and you must use a shadow base before you apply eyeliner.” Alternatively, you can turn your smudgy liner into a smoky eye. Sarah Lucero from Stila suggests “Carrying a small liner brush in your makeup bag and simply blending the smudged liner around your eyes. It redistributes the pigment and cleans it up in a sultry style.”
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When you’re wearing a gorgeous shade like Evan Rachel Wood’s, the last thing you want is clumps and uneven color. “Most likely, it’s your lips,” Linter says. “They’re probably dry and possibly look deflated. I put a clear gloss on my lip brush and then swipe the lipstick and apply.” To smooth your pout, Lucero suggests, “Mix a bit of lip balm on lips after you brush your teeth every morning. It will leave behind a soft, cushioned feeling on lips. “
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Don’t cake on concealer like Kelly Osbourne. If your concealer doesn’t do what it’s supposed to (you know, conceal) or stands out, it means two things: Wrong formula and wrong color. “You have to find a brightening peachy creamy concealer for under the eyes to lift and neutralize darkness like blue tones. Look for a matte texture concealer with yellow and beige tones to use on the face if you need to cover redness and blemishes around the nose and chin,” Sarah Lucero says.
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