10 Common Beauty Mistakes & How to Avoid Them

True or false: Lining your waterline with black eyeliner makes your eyes look bigger.


You can avoid this makeup mishap and others like it—ahem, streaky foundation and feathered lipstick—by following the advice below. Continue reading and you’ll never be caught with lipstick on your teeth again.

Beauty Mistakes

#1: Not blending properly

Blending is the cornerstone of proper makeup application because it applies to absolutely everything: eye shadow, foundation, blush, etc. Keep your makeup game strong by following the advice in our makeup blending guide.

#2: Forgetting to use a lip primer

To prevent lipstick from bleeding, line your lips with an invisible, wax lip liner. We recommend the 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in Ozone by Urban Decay, because it holds lipstick in place while making your Cupid’s bow appear perfectly drawn!

#3: Applying too much brow product

In your attempt to achieve Cara Delevingne brows, don’t go overboard with the brow product. We suggest going no more than one shade darker than your natural brow color. And use an ultra-fine brow pencil to give the illusion of real hair.

#4: Not setting your makeup

This is probably the most crucial (yet oft-forgotten) step in your makeup routine. If your foundation evaporates into thin air within a few hours, it’s likely because you didn’t set it with a powder or spray. For a soft, powdery finish, dust on a translucent powder like the Loose Setting Powder by Dermablend. If you prefer the dewy look, use a setting spray like All Nighter by Urban Decay to give your foundation serious staying power.  

#5: Using an unflattering shade of blush

You may love the color red, but that doesn't mean you should wear it on your cheeks. Fact: Certain shades of blush look better than others on different skin tones. Check out our list of top blush mistakes for a complete breakdown of which shades tend to flatter which skin tones.

#6: Going overboard with the under eye concealer

It is possible to have too much of a good thing. Take concealer, for instance—apply too much of it and boom, you’ve just added 10 years to your face. For a list of other beauty mistakes that make you look older, read our related story.

#7: Not moisturizing properly

Dry skin doesn't make for a good canvas. If you fail to moisturize properly and jump straight into applying makeup, you'll end up with skin that looks tired and dehydrated. To avoid this, try adding a hydrating serum to your moisturizer every morning and before bedtime. You can also fake a full night of sleep by steering clear of these other beauty blunders that make you look tired.

#8: Using black eyeliner on your waterline

While using black eyeliner can make your eyes stand out, if applied incorrectly, it can also make them look squinty. For beautiful, big doe eyes, avoid using black eyeliner around your waterline and opt for a nude-colored liner like the Wonder Pencil by NYX Professional Makeup.

#9: Neglecting your bottom lashes

To look alert, apply a lengthening mascara to both your top and bottom lashes. Mascara hacks are essentially the working girl’s best friend. Late night at the office? No problem, there’s a spoolie for that.

#10: Not fixing your mistakes

Mistakes happen, but they don’t have to ruin your day. Wipe off that botched cat eye liner with some coconut oil and start anew. The key to mastery is recognizing your mistakes and learning how to fix them. With that, we created this makeup fix-it ticket just for you.

Which of these common beauty mistakes are you guilty of? Sound off in the comments below!



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