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Fix common makeup mistakes
April 5, 2015, 1:49 pm

With great power comes great responsibility, and that applies doubly to wielding a makeup brush or a liquid liner pen. Makeup mistakes happen to the best stylish women, from the total rookie to the seasoned makeup artist. Fortunately, the most common ones also happen to be easily fixed, so even the most serious makeup mishap can be corrected in no time at all.

Here are some tips.
Thin lashes: Spidery lashes are actually kind of trendy right now, but if the look isn’t working in your favor, then don’t stress. Your best tool is a lash comb, but if you don’t have one yet, grab some tweezers or a pair of brow scissors. Carefully use the tip of either tool to separate the lashes from one another. Don’t even think about re-curling or applying another coat of mascara; it will just make things worse.

Excess lipstick and staining: You encountered a sudden case of shaky hands while applying lipstick, and now there is way more on your face than there should be. This happens all too frequently, and you have to use a Q-tip with water or makeup remover to clean up smudged or errant lipstick and that results in more smears.

The method will also take off any makeup you have applied before it, which is pretty undesirable when you have just spent fifteen minutes working on applying concealer. Instead of trying to forcibly remove the color from your skin, use your regular concealer and a brush to cover up your lipstick mistakes. The stains will be hidden in no time and with ease.

Overuse of blush: Your blush looked great in your bathroom mirror, but upon leaving the house you quickly discovered that you look like a clown in all other lighting. Instead of rubbing the blush off, which will mess with your foundation and concealer and could result in irritation, just swirl your regular powder or better still, a translucent formula over the area. It will just help to blend the color onto your face for a more natural finish.

Thick brows: You got a little overzealous with the brow powder and have accidentally given yourself crazy eyebrows. To fix the problem, take your usual brow comb or spoolie and gently brush your brows upward and outward to blend. If the color smudges outside the lines, just use a Q-tip, ideally one of the ones with a pointed tip, to clean it up.

Smudged liquid eyeliner: If you weren’t already convinced that Q-tips are the solution for pretty much every beauty woe imaginable, this should seal the deal. A pointed cotton swab dipped in a small amount of makeup remover (don’t wet it too much) will clean that cat eye right up and, probably make it a little more defined than you could with a liner pen and your free hand alone. If you are concerned about disturbing concealer, mascara, or other makeup around it, you can also use a small concealer brush to clean up the line.

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