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9 Beauty Mistakes You Didn’t Know You Were Making

1. Harsh Eyeliner (Not Blending)

This is one of my biggest pet peeves. No matter what color of eyeliner you choose, if it’s applied like a marker, it’s going to look harsh. This doesn’t do your beautiful eyes any justice. To achieve a more natural look, use a pencil liner instead of a liquid liner. And, a lot of pencil liners come with a blending brush on the opposite end– use it! Cara from Maskcara has a ton of great beauty tips, and I especially like the way she blends her eyeliner. .
#4. Harsh eyeliner (not blending) | 20 Beauty Mistakes You Didn't Know You Were Making

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2. Using The Wrong Color Eyeliner

Unless you have a darker skin tone, I feel that black eyeliner can be a little harsh, and perhaps best saved for a night out. A light to dark brown looks best on light to medium skin tones, especially if you have blonde hair, and green or blue eyes.

 

Whichever color you choose, take this advice from Cosmopolitan and select a lighter, more subtle color for your bottom lids (if any at all). Keep the liner off of your water line and use a nude pencil there instead to open up your eyes. Also, most women look best with eyeliner only applied to the outer 3/4 of their eyes. There’s no reason to trace the entire eye! It doesn’t look natural.

 

3. Tacky Lipstick

Don’t get me wrong, the right shade of lipstick can instantly give you a confidence boost, but a bold, unnatural color isn’t attractive on most women. It distracts from the rest of your face and can make you look like you’re trying too hard. If you do decide to make a bold choice, keep the rest of your makeup simple, and skip the gloss. A bright lipstick combined with smokey eyes and flushed cheeks can look more clown-like than pretty.

4. Tacky Lipstick

Don’t get me wrong, the right shade of lipstick can instantly give you a confidence boost, but a bold, unnatural color isn’t attractive on most women. It distracts from the rest of your face and can make you look like you’re trying too hard. If you do decide to make a bold choice, keep the rest of your makeup simple, and skip the gloss. A bright lipstick combined with smokey eyes and flushed cheeks can look more clown-like than pretty.

5. Wearing Bronzer All Over

If you’re bronzer-challenged like myself, you may be surprised to know that this stuff is not meant to be swept all over your face. The idea is to apply it to the areas where the sun would naturally hit. Stick to the outer edges of your face– the top of your forehead, cheekbones, and jawline. When done correctly, you will actually be drawing the number 3 on both sides of your face.

6. Drawn-On Eyebrows

I’ve only been filling in my eyebrows for the past few years (they seem to be getting sparser as I age), and have done a lot of experimenting with different products. The last thing I want is to look like I’ve drawn them on! This is a common mistake because it can be quite difficult to get a natural look– there really is an art to this makeup stuff!

The first thing I tried was an eyebrow gel, but found it very difficult to apply without it looking like a hot mess. It certainly didn’t give me the natural look I was going for, so I switched to a brow pencil instead. Better! But I still had to be very careful not to have harsh lines.

 

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