Last blog post covered a variety of makeup mistakes regarding foundation and skin. So, this week I wanted to go over some of the common eye makeup mistakes, whether it’s eyes, brows, or lashes. There’s a lot to work with, which means there can also be a lot of pitfalls too! And just like last week, each problem will be followed by tips to avoid making these mistakes in the future.
Makeup Mistake- Clumpy or Flakey Mascara
The Problem- You could be applying too many coats, or you could be applying the second coat too long after your first coat has dried. Or you might not be combing through your lashes properly.
The Solution- Assess your lashes first and figure out what type of lashes you have. Are they straight or do they curl? Are they thin or thick? Not all mascaras work for all lashes, so you’ll have to do some experimenting to find the right one for you. When you’re applying mascara, always apply to both eyes and then come back with a clean wand and separate the lashes, followed by the second coat of mascara. You want to avoid the first coat being too wet to the point where it gets weighed down, but also not dry enough to where you get too much build-up of mascara.
Makeup Mistake- Over Tweezing or Over Drawing Eyebrows
The Problem- Either way your brows will not look natural.
The Solution- Put down the tweezers, and step away from the mirror! The best way to tweeze is to only do a few and then step back and check how it looks from afar. It’s easy to get obsessive over tweezing your brows, but it doesn’t lead to good things! The best way is to get them shaped professionally, and then you can do the maintenance yourself by following their shape. If you’re drawing your brows, it’s important to practice having a lighter touch. Always start out lighter and then build up. Don’t forget to go back and comb through your brows so you’re not getting a pencilled in look. Remember, step back from the mirror. Pause. Then proceed… cautiously.
Makeup Mistake- Lining Halfway Under the Eye
The Problem- Essentially this technique ends up cutting off your eye shape.
The Solution- If you have close-set eyes, this technique can work for you because it gives the illusion that your eyes are farther apart. But you have to be delicate when you do it. “What if you don’t have close-set eyes?” I asked our lead makeup artist. Her response- “It makes you look like an alien.” Well. There’s that. “Plus it’s a rather dated look that’s reminiscent of the 90s.” Ok so all in all, let’s avoid this mistake, shall we?
Makeup Mistake- Lining Entirely Around the Eye in Black
The Problem- It can make your eyes look smaller. Avoid this look unless you have large eyes and can pull it off. It’s ok if you’re doing an all-out smokey eye look, but if you’re not doing dark shadow, it’s a makeup no-no for you to entirely line your eyes in black.
The Solution- Apply a black liner on top to define the eye and use a different color underneath, like brown or blue. Or if you’re using a liquid eye liner on top, use something softer for your bottom lash line, like pencil or powder liner, for a change in texture.
Makeup Mistake- Creased Eye Shadow
The Problem- Maybe the weather is hot and/or humid and it’s causing your eye shadow to crease. Maybe you have oily eyelids. Whatever the case, the real problem is you’re not wearing an eye shadow primer.
The Solution- Wear an eye shadow primer. It will keep your eye shadow from creasing, even for people who don’t really have a problem with it. Plus it helps your eye shadow colors blend on and last longer throughout the day.
Not gonna lie, I have been guilty of at least one of these. Possibly two. Who’s counting anyway? 😛