Of course, we all have that one photo from middle school—mine is from 7th grade—that's a clear depiction of our lack of understanding for makeup. For those of us who are not beauty girls by nature, learning that art of makeup application can be a tough process. Things like learning to blend properly, finding your correct shade of foundation or the perfect balance between a bold lip and a smokey eye require practice and patience. We've broken down the six primary makeup faux pas and how you can avoid them.
Using the Wrong Shade of Foundation
Finding the right shade of foundation is tough for most women of color. But sporting a foundation that's even one shade too light for you can make your skin look ashy or washed out. It also pays to be mindful of how much coverage you really need. If you are not light handed, your makeup application may lean towards the heavy side, which will in turn lead to cakey foundation. For a more natural look, spot treat your skin and blend the foundation or concealer using a damp makeup sponge or a makeup brush with a dollop your favorite facial moisturizer. Be sure to blend into your neck to avoid any lines of demarcation. Before you leave the house, take a picture with flash to see if your foundation looks ashy in harsh lighting.
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Repeat after me: "Brows should be feathered in the front." The secret to mastering the art of the brow is found in the density of the strokes used in application. For the most natural looking brow, opt for a pencil; the wax gives off a natural shine and the sharp point best emulates the appearance of hair. If you work better with powders or gels, be sure to use swift strokes in the direction that your brow hair grows.
Too Much Blush
For a perfect flush, lightly swirl your blush brush in a berry, peach or apricot blush. Tap the brush against your wrist to get rid of any excess and dust the color onto the apples of your cheeks. Color should not be extremely apparent, but rather, it should look as though you just have a pinch of color on your cheeks.
Contouring should not be obvious. A simple dust of color 1-2 shades darker than your natural flesh tone along the line of your jaw, down the sides of your nose and in the hollows of your cheek will create a subtle shadow and the perfect contouring affect.
Rocking an Ashy Nude Lip
All nudes are not created equal. Women with warmer complexions should opt for a peachy-pink nude or a berry brown. The lighter the lipstick, the ashier is will appear. If you're unsure of whether your nude is the right shade for you, snap a photo with the flash and see whether your lips look brighter than your complexion.
Choose Between a Dramatic Lip or a Bold Eye
Choose one feature on your face to highlight and let it take the lead. A dramatic eye paired with a bold lip can look costume-y, but done correctly, a subtle smokey eye and a bold lip can look sultry and alluring.