The sheer volume of information on makeup tips can be daunting to learn, and it is natural that some important tips can get lost along the way. It is easy to make some big makeup mistakes without even realizing it. Well, that stops now. Once you read which mistakes you have been making, you will be more careful in the future. Here are some beauty mistakes you didn’t even know was bad.
Not cleaning your makeup brushes: Even most ardent makeup lovers confess that the time-consuming brush-cleaning process is their least favorite part of the job. But even if you don't care that dirty brushes can make you break out, don't forget that they are affecting your makeup application. Not only will the colors be all muddled together, but a precise technique is rendered way more complicated — the bristles are already overloaded with pigment, blurring that perfect cut crease to oblivion.
Matching foundation to the back of your hand: This seems like a no-brainer, but every woman has done it. Why would you test foundation on your hand when you will be wearing it on your face? Your face and hand are often not the same color as they don't receive the same amount of sun exposure. Try foundation on your jawline for a perfect match.
Sleeping in your makeup: This is why the beauty industry invented cleansing wipes. This habit doesn't just cause breakouts — falling asleep with a dirty face can make you look older sooner. Makeup settles in your pores and stretches them out, which is permanent over time. Enlarged pores equal rough, aged skin.
Applying concealer wrong: While it seems like it would make sense to just apply concealer on top of your dark circles, applying it in an upside-down triangle shape below the eye creates an overall brightening effect that looks much more natural.
Applying lip liner just to the edges: Unless your desired look is a throwback to the '90s, don't do this. Even if you apply lipstick on top, your lip color will fade, leaving an unflattering ring around your mouth. Instead, forgo liner entirely or fill in the lines for a durable, last-all-day pout.
Wearing waterproof mascara every day: Unless you are a very sweaty individual or a synchronized swimmer, you shouldn't wear a waterproof formula regularly. It is very drying on the lashes, and since these mascaras are hard to remove, you will probably rub your eyes a lot during the cleansing process and end up losing some lashes.
Using the wrong blush formula: If your blush looks unnatural, reconsider switching from cream to powder or vice versa. While powder tends to last longer, cream leaves the most natural-looking flush — but both skin type and season come into play when picking a formula. Cream blushes will likely slide off oily skinned beauties especially in summer, while powder can call attention to dry or wrinkled skin.
Adding nail polish remover to thin out older lacquers: This is serious sabotage — and also why some salon manicures never seem to last. The chemicals in remover break down polish, making the bottled shade unusable. Use a nail polish thinner instead.