Makeup is an integral part of life for most women. It’s their armor and their weapon at the same time. According to some studies, a woman spends about 335 hours a year taking care of her appearance. And it’s such a pity when a single mistake nullifies all these efforts and ruins the makeup job, making a woman look messy. But we’ve got no time for regret! We’re ready to analyze the mistakes and come up with the right solutions.
The female half of the editorial staff went through several hundreds of photos of famous beauties, spotted all the makeup mistakes that they had ever made, and took a solemn oath to never repeat them. Now we’re ready to share our findings with you.
Amber Heard is only 32 years old in the photo on the left. But a thick layer of foundation highlighted all the wrinkles on her face, even the smallest ones, making her look 10 years older. In the right picture, Amber went for a more natural look that made her appear younger.
- Moderation will keep you from repeating similar mistakes. Foundation should just highlight your natural skin tone and not cover it completely.
- It’s essential to prepare your skin before you apply any foundation. Your skin should be well-cleaned and moisturized.
- Using a fixing spray or thermal water after applying the foundation can help you “glue” all the foundation layers together in case if you use several beauty products at once.
- For mature skin, don’t use a full-coverage foundation since it usually highlights all the skin’s imperfections.
We don’t know what effect Sienna Miller was going for when she applied this orange bronzer to her porcelain skin. She has a well-defined face that doesn’t require contouring. But we can see the results of such an approach: for 13 years, this photo has been a perfect example of how you shouldn’t apply your makeup.
It looks like Lea Michele’s makeup artist wanted to bring on the shine! And in this case, a 30-year-old actress turned into an elderly woman who sunbathed too much. In the second photo, Lea looks younger and more fresh without any intensive contouring and strobing (the 2 pictures were taken the same year).
Actress Eva Longoria decided to change her typical hot-summer look and went for more aristocratic pallor. But she made a mistake choosing cool shades for this purpose and applied dramatic smokey eyes to match. As a result, this combination made her look unhealthy. Compare these photos yourself: warm colors and a lack of intensive contouring works best for Eva as you can see in the right picture.
- Contouring is no longer a trend, but if you don’t want to give up color correction, choose the right color: it should be one tone darker than the tone of your skin and have the same shade.
- Strobing has also lost its popularity but if you want to add some shine, use a liquid highlighter or a shimmering powder with very small particles.
- And always remember to apply makeup in moderation — bronzers and concealers are great to experiment with but sometimes (and honestly, in most cases) it’s better not to try to change your face too much.