Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Makeup mistakes and how to correct them!

Hello beauties!

We have all made these mistakes at some point. Too much foundation, or the wrong shade. Bright, streaky blush. Too much lipstick, that stuck to our teeth. Walking around with smudged mascara. Well, today it ends! :) I'll post the problem and the solution and we'll combat this problem!

Midas' golden touch gone wrong.
 Too much bronzer / Too orange bronzer / Shimmery bronzer.

Probably the most important and most ignored rule in makeup is less is more. You'll see this rule popping up in most makeup mistakes. In this case, remember the following : shimmer over your entire face is never a good thing, except when you're a fairy, at a fashion or fantasy shoot, or at a halloween party. Or maybe if you're related to Midas, which is unlikely.
Shimmer will age you in the wrong quantity. Look at this picture. CZJ is an awesomely beautiful woman, but here she looks old and worn. The shade is also too orange for her skin tone.
How to fix : use the brush / sponge you applied your foundation with, and lightly brush it over the bronzer, blending it in circular motions. Or, lightly powder over it using your translucent powder.
How to avoid : Lightly dip your brush into the bronzer, and apply with light strokes to the areas you want it. Rather start with less product and build it up. Blend with your fingertips.

Bella Cullen shortly after her transformation.
 Lipstick teeth.

Oh, the horror. Your teeth should never be red. Unless if you're a vampire or some other blood sucking, flesh eating monster. This is never an attractive look!
How to fix and avoid : Apply your lipstick, blot with a tissue and then place a tissue lightly over your mouth. Holding the tissue in place, dip your big fluffy brush in translucent powder, and run it over your lips softly. The powder will set the lipstick and keep it in place all day long. You can also apply some petroleum jelly to your teeth with a cotton bud.

Exhibit A
 Too much eyebrow makeup.

Even Ang can look horrid... Yup, this is a problem. Too dark and drawn in eyebrows can age you ten years, see exhibit A. They're supposed to frame the face, not form a balcony... Please, please read my post on eyebrows if you don't know how to fill in brows.
How to fix : Lightly rub a clean cotton bud over your brows, following the direction of the hairs. The bud will lift off some of the product. Also, translucent powder over the brows will lighten them up a bit.
How to avoid : Less is more. Use a shade that is similar your hair colour, but is about a shade lighter. Never use a colour darker than your hair, except if you are doing a costume or fashion look.

On my way to the circus.
 Too much blush / Shimmery Blush / Clown blush

This makes me think of Marie Antoinette at a big event. Does anyone blush like that? The shimmer part falls in nicely with the bronzer, it ages you if your whole face shines. That's what highlighter is for!

You can fix and avoid this in the same way you can fix and avoid too much bronzer.

Ps. This picture was obviously taken for a glamour shoot, but it illustrates the point perfectly.

Creasy creasy
 Creased eyeshadow.

It's like double eyeliner in some cases. But who can be blamed in our South African summers? It's hot, so our shadows crease. But it's still a makeup no-no! And it's not easy to fix, except if you're planning on carrying the exact same eyeshadow and a brush with you all day long.
How to avoid : USE A PRIMER. You can get good quality eye makeup primers for under R100. Apply the primer and blend it over your eyelids. Apply the eyeshadow over the primer. Any cream products should be set with powder. You can apply translucent powder over your eye makeup after you're done. It'll absorb the oils your skin produces during the day and keep the lids crease free.

Top deck lips.
 Dark lipliner and light lipstick.

This should be a felony. It's like floodgates for the lipgloss. This was apparently fashionable when Noah set the ark to sail. It hasn't been since then though, so please, PLEASE don't do this!
How to avoid : Use the same shade liner as lipstick. Apply the liner around the lips, then fill them in completely. Apply your lipstick over the liner. The filled in liner will wear away much slower during the day, leaving your lips filled in much longer. You'll need to take the liner and lipstick with you and fill it in after a few hours, but it's a small price to pay for lasting lip colour!

Mascara mayhem

Smudged mascara.

This one happens to all of us, and the more rushed you are, the more likely it is to happen. And the irony is, it's one of the easiest mistakes to avoid!
How to fix : If you make a smudge, ignore it for a while, and continue with the rest of your makeup, allowing the smudge to dry. Then simply take a cotton bud, and lightly press or roll it over the smudge. The mascara will lift off easily! If it is more stubborn, dip your cotton bud into makeup remover, and then lightly press it to the smudge. You'll need to lightly blend the rest of the makeup together over the bare spot if you used makeup remover.
How to avoid : Simply place a tissue over your eyelid, using it as a barrier between your lids and lashes. Apply your mascara and remove the tissue. You can also try applying your lower lashes' mascara first, and them moving on to the upper ones once they're dry. This was your lower lashes won't smudge below your eyes. Try looking down into a mirror when applying mascara to your top lashes, and keep looking downward until they've dried.

Plastered on foundation
 Too much foundation / The wrong shade.

I've done an entire post about this. Please read it! This is another makeup mistake that will age you, as well as clog your pores and create chaos on your skin.
How to fix : If you have applied too much, moisten a makeup sponge in water, pressing out the excess. Lightly run it over your face. The sponge will pick up the excess foundation and solve your problem quickly.
How to avoid : Once again, less is more. Rather build up the product layer for layer, than slapping it all on at once.

Too much eyeshadow

Blue eyeshadow is back, but in moderation. As we are going into Autumn here in SA, darker, more subdued colours are filling our palettes, and the brights should be put away for Spring. This picture captures almost all of the makeup mistakes in one scary photo. I remember the Drew Carry show, and I remember this woman. Even on TV, this was unacceptable! Please, don't even do this kind of makeup for a party!!! :)
How to fix : If your hand was too heavy with the eyeshadow, Use a clean makeup brush to remove some of the excess, and apply some translucent powder over the lids. Use circular motions to blend the shadow towards the edges of your eyes, from where you can blend it out with your foundation brush.
Avoiding this is OBVIOUS!! Haha!

I really hope you learned something and you know how to fix and avoid these makeup mistakes. There are some more that I didn't cover, like a too light concealer, bright white eyeshadow and too much highlighter. If you want to see more, or have requests, please let me know. Also, please remember to vote in the poll. I'm going to run the polls for two weeks in the future, since some of you felt the polls were over too quickly.

Stay beautiful,


  1. This was an interesting post! Thanx for all the tips! xx :)