The Biggest Makeup Mistakes, According to Major Makeup Artists

October 31, 2019
By: Alanna Martine Kilkeary | Makeup.com by L'Oréal
The Biggest Makeup Mistakes, According to Major Makeup Artists

We’re the first ones to champion a no-rules approach to makeup; you do, you! That said, if you’re still learning how to apply makeup products or aren’t living for your daily beat, there are some pro tips that can make the process a hell of a lot easier. To identify some of the biggest makeup mistakes people make, we tapped a few of our favorite major makeup artists and asked them to reveal the application faux pas you may not even know you’re guilty of doing. Keep reading to get schooled on applying makeup the right way. 

Makeup Mistake #1: Not Prepping Your Under-Eye Area for Concealer

Giorgio Armani Celebrity makeup artist Tim Quinn says his biggest makeup application pet peeve is seeing people apply concealer to bare skin. “I advise using a serum or eye cream and massaging it around the eye for a few moments prior to application of concealer,” he says. “This will help solve the issue of the concealer creasing and looking dry.” He also suggests choosing your concealer shade wisely and opting for a brightening formula like the Armani Beauty High Precision Retouch Concealer. “Use a shade lighter than your foundation and blend it together well, making sure to also carry the shade down along the nose in a bit of a triangle.”

Makeup Mistake #2: Putting on Too Much Foundation Maybelline New York Lead Makeup Artist Grace Lee routinely sees people layering on too much foundation. “It makes me crazy when people with good skin put on a mask of foundation on their skin,” she says. “Foundation should enhance skin and cover blemishes, not act as a full-on mask.” In order to alleviate this makeup faux-pas, Lee suggests making sure you’re blending and sheering out your foundation each time you apply it. “It’s important to apply a thin layer and then build on where you need extra coverage,” she continues. “The Maybelline New York Fit Me! Foundation is perfect for this because it gives a beautiful skin-like finish but still covers where needed.” 

Makeup Mistake #3: Buying the Wrong Products Because of #Instagram Pressure Urban Decay Global Makeup Artist Steve Kassajikan says that the biggest makeup mistake he sees clients making is buying makeup because it looks good on others, even if it doesn’t suit their skin type. “A certain foundation or concealer that works for one person might not work for another based on their skin type and needs,” he says. “Whether your skin is oily, dry or acne-prone makes a big difference on how makeup will sit on your face and look once applied.” Instead, Kassajikan recommends treating your skin like skin by focusing on target areas that need coverage. “The Urban Decay Stay Naked Foundation is great for building coverage, so you can choose where and how much you want,” he adds.

Makeup Mistake #4: Not Blending Your Contour The makeup mistake that irks NYC-based makeup artist Mary Irwin is when guru’s don’t blend out their contour enough. “First off, make sure you’re doing makeup in good light,” she says. “Ideally you want natural light or something that mimics it. Secondly, get the best brushes you can afford. The little brushes that come with the container are never great. And third, start with less color than you think you need and make sure it’s blended in well.” One of our favorite brushes to get the job done is the Lancôme Dual Ended Cheek & Contour #25 Brush.

Makeup Mistake #5: Not Prepping Your Skin Before Makeup “Proper skin prep is the biggest mistake I see people making,” says fellow NYC-based makeup artist Kasey Spickard. And he’s right — good makeup starts with good skin. “Make sure you are properly exfoliating and hydrating your skin,” he adds. “So often, I see dry, flaky, cakey makeup.” This means that you’ll want to physically or chemically exfoliate on a regular basis and apply moisturizer before your makeup application. Doing so will leave your skin bright, smooth and plump — the perfect canvas for whatever makeup look you’re creating.