So I have showed you all some makeup How-to’s. Now I think is the time for me to tell you guys the exact opposite- “makeup don’ts”. The following are the top 5 Makeup mistakes we all commit, including celebrities.
1. Wrong foundation shade/Too much foundation.
Many women of color choose foundation with the wrong undertone, or choose a completely unsuitable shade either because they are unaware or they choose lighter shade to make themselves look fair [I call it the ghori syndrome].Then of course there is the application of too much foundation or powder hoping it would make you look lighter-Another infliction of the ghori syndrome.
WRONG SHADE of Foundation
Too much foundation/powder [who else thinks she need lesson in accessorizing too?]
ADVICE: Please, please leave the “gori syndrome” behind. Be comfortable in the skin you are. Being fair is not what makes you beautiful. Take care of your skin that is what matters. Cleopatra was not a ghori.
Solution: Test the foundation on your jaw line- Not the inner part of the arm. Always check the color in natural sunlight. You can always ask for samples if you are unsure. If you are not scarred or has really bad skin there is no need to cake on that foundation. You can even opt for a tinted moisturizer. Powder is for keeping your face oil free and matte. It is necessary but DON’T press it on, pat it on or Use a fluffy brush and brush it lightly all over the face.
2. OVERDONE LIPLINER/WRONG COLOR LIPLINER
This mistake is commonly seen among older women. But there are younger women who commit this too. There are those who think that lining outside their lips can make it look fuller, and then there are the ones who line their lips in a whole different color from their lipstick. This is a certain no-no. And also if you just line your lips outside after sometime you will be left with an outline around your lips with no lip color inside the lines.
Solution: If you use a lip liner in the same shade as your lipstick then it can make your lips look fuller. You should always use a color that matches your lipstick different colors are not good-never! When you line your lips make sure you fill in using the lip liner before putting on lipstick. Lip liners are always more long-lasting than lipsticks and even when your lipsticks fade after a while the lip liner will give your lips color. Remember-lip liners should match OR be 1 or 2 shades darker than the lip color.
3. PLAYING UP MORE THAN ONE FEATURE.
Even if you are really gorgeous, there is no way that anyone can pull of a look highlighting more than one feature on your face. The common thing people do is do a Smokey eye AND a bold lip or use way too much blush with heavy eyes or lips.
SOLUTION: Try to know what your best feature is and play that up. If you have pretty eyes opt for a Smokey eye to draw attention to your eyes and then keep the rest of your face neutral with a nude or transparent gloss and a light touch of peachy blush. If you have good full lips then play that up with a bold lip color and keep the rest of you face minimal just apply lots of mascara and a hint of blush. Never apply heavy blush with heavy lips or eyes. If your whole face is kept minimal then you can do it to give your face a young and innocent look.
4. THICK EYELINER ON TOP AND BOTTOM LASHLINE
If you are not going to perform at a Bharathanatyam concert, then don’t use thick black liquid liner on top and bottom lash line. Kajal is ok. Maybe a thin line using liquid liner is ok too. Lining top and bottom lash line is just going to close up your eyes and make it look teeny. It will bring attention to your eyes sure, and then when they take a look again they will run off scared.
Solution: Line your top lash line only, and then use a kajal or an eye pencil to line the inner rims. Never ever attempt the above Bipasha Basu look. An alternative is if you used eye shadow then you can use the darkest shade you used and use it on your bottom lash line.
5. BAD SKIN COVERED WITH MAKEUP
Makeup can make you look good. But that does not mean it is a magic wand. It can only make those things look good which are at least normal. You can just not take of your skin and hope that makeup will cover everything up.
Solution: Take care of your skin. Even if you don’t have the perfect skin, at least try to make it look half decent. Follow a skincare regime, and drink lots of water and eat nutritious food.
AND NOW THE WORST OFFENDER:
I think she has combined the above ideas of bad makeup for inspiration, then added her own touches and voila! The monstrosity!
[My eyes! My eyes! ]
Today’s Pick is Maria La RosaFlorencia Straw Basket – Dark Dijon