10 Mistakes You’re Making With Your Makeup Placement
1. Applying Bronzer to your entire face
Bronzer is meant to accent your bone structure and complexion and not disguise it. Skip to Oompa lumpa look and apply bronzer to the areas of the face the sun would naturally hit. Using very light strokes, first apply the bronzer to the top of the forehead, the cheekbones, and down along your jawline. Done correctly, your bronzer application will be in a “3” shape on either side of your face.
Choose a bronzer. Since the purpose of a bronzer is to darken the complexion subtly, the one you choose will depend on your skin tone as well as how dramatic a change you’re looking for. Generally, it should only be two shades darker than your natural skin tone. Test a little on the clean skin of your face to make sure it “warms” your skin tone without making it look fake.
If you have fair skin, look for a honey-colored bronzer; for a medium complexion, choose a rose-bronze or gold flecked bronzer; dark skin is best enhanced with a tawny or amber bronzer. Choose two separate bronzers for when you’re at your palest in the winter, and for your tanned summer skin. This will keep your bronzer uniform year round.
2. Your dotting on under-eye concealer
Your just stippling a little row of concealer under your eyes, you aren’t maximizing the benefits of this excellent fixer-upper. Instead apply it in a triangle. This shape not only conceals dark circles, but it also instantly creates the illusion that your face is lifted. Think of it as holding a flashlight against your cheek, shining the light right underneath your eye, and drawing the focus upward.
3. Your only applying eyeliner on the bottom lash
Bottom liner may be easier to apply but skipping the top lash can make your eyes appear smaller and give your face an older look, which is probably not the goal your after. Take a few moments to apply a thin line on the top, it will pay off by giving your eyes a more awake and lifted appearance.
4. Your connecting your top and bottom eyeliner
If you want to make your eyes appear larger, try leaving a little gap between the bottom and top eyeliner at the outer corners, connecting them closes off the eye making them appear smaller.
If you want really bright wide eyes, try adding a nude liner along your bottom waterline.
5. Your brow arch is too dramatic
Defining your eyebrows is a great way to a polished look, check out our tips on creating the perfect brow in one of our other posts. Placing your arch, way above your actual brow just looks outdated and unnatural. Some people don’t have dramatic arches, so just follow the curve that is already there to ensure your brow pencil or powder doesn’t make you appear angry or surprised.
6. Your blush is only to the apples of your cheeks
If your blending your brush exclusively to the apples of your cheeks, then you could look more clown like than fresh faced. Instead, apply it to your cheeks and then blend outwards towards your hairline. Apply a bit below the apples of your cheeks for a healthy glow.
7. Your eyeshadow goes all the way up to your brows
The fastest way to look like you belong in the 80’s, is to apply glittery eyeshadow all the way up to your eyebrows. See how the picture below concentrates the eyeshadow on the outer corners of the eye. Looks more youthful and sophisticated.
8. Applying too much concealer
You have heard of the age-old expression, “less is more?” Well that applies to so much to concealer. Sure, this handy product can make you go from looking sleepy to perky in matter of moments, but using too much can make you look overdone rather than awake. Apply a thin layer and blend, if you require more, you can always apply more. Remember, less is more.
9. The tail of your brow is too long
If your drawing your brows on and make them too long at the ends, you risk giving your eyes a sleepy effect and thus drawing your features downwards. Your eyebrows naturally stop at a place that lifts your face up and out, which is what you want to maintain. To figure out where the tail of your brow needs to end, hold a brow pencil diagonally at your nostril and line it up with the side of your eye. Where the pencil hits your brow bone is where the end of your eyebrow should end (or can be extended to) without it looking unnatural.
10. Your brow highlighter is all over the place
Applying highlighter all over the place in hopes it will make your eyebrows and eyes stand out? Instead of being more defined it could just end up looking weird and unnatural.
Outlining your brows with a highlighter can put too much of a spotlight on your arches. Instead, opt for a concealer that’s one shade lighter than your skin to brighten up your brow area