If you’re a beauty addict, you’ve probably tried every make-up trick under the sun.
And don’t get us wrong, we’re all for a bit of experimentation. But did you know that there’s probably A LOT of things you’re doing wrong?
In a genius new interview with famed make-up gurus, Allure has rounded up the top five things they really wish we’d stop doing.
Eek. Guilty as charged.
1) Wearing too much foundation. ‘One thing that I’ve noticed lately is women using foundation that’s too heavy for their skin’, Vincent Oquendo, who works with Ciara and Uma Thurman, says. ‘In my opinion, the beauty of a makeup look is showcasing your radiant skin. I like to use a lightweight tinted moisturiser and spot-check with a fuller-coverage concealer. If you get shiny, carry oil-blotting papers to keep the skin fresh and radiant.’
2) Messing up your mascara. ‘I constantly see women who apply so much mascara but then don’t clean up the eye area properly’, says Carissa Ferreri, who works with Gina Rodriguez. ‘You’re then left with mascara smudged all over the lid. After applying mascara, I like to wait for it to dry before taking a dry Q-Tip to wipe away excess product that may have transferred onto the eyelid and underneath the eye. It only takes a few seconds, and it makes such a difference.’
3) Wearing boring lipstick. ‘I wish women would choose brighter colours for their lips’, Molly Stern, who works with Cara Delevingne and Reese Witherspoon, says. ‘Too many woman think they’re playing it safe by choosing nude colors or shades with a berry undertone. The result oftentimes makes women look drab. Don’t be afraid to pop some color on the lips. Giorgio Armani Rouge d’Armani Lipstick in Sheer Pink 501 gives a bright veil of fuchsia and L’Oréal Color Caresse Wet Shine Stain Coral Tattoo gives a hot-persimmon sheen to the lips that lasts.’
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4) Going too heavy with the eyebrow pencil. ‘One trend I’ve been seeing that is bad is what I call the stencil brow’, says Quinn Murphy, who works with Gigi Hadid, Lily Aldridge, and Olivia Palermo. ‘It has hard, square edges and an unbelievable arch. The brows are a vast mountain of little hairs. The best way to draw them on or fill them in is to use a lighter color than your hair and use featherlight strokes in the direction your hairs naturally grow. And it doesn’t need to be the same opacity everywhere—usually the brows are more transparent on the inner edges.’
5) Too much make-up, full stop. ‘I see more and more women wearing more and more make-up’, Beau Nelson, who works with Nicole Richie and Christina Hendricks, says. ‘Though I’m a huge supporter of wanting to look the way you want to look, I’m concerned that a number of women are simply following an Instagram trend. To me, that much makeup doesn’t even look good in pictures with professional lighting, let alone in full daylight or under fluorescent office lights.’
Well, we’ve been warned!