The 3 biggest makeup mistakes solved.
Kate Winslet has the white eyeliner, manicured brows and sheer foundation down to a fine art. Photo: Getty
They say old habits die hard, but the beauty of these makeup blunders is that they’re relatively easy to fix. Here are a few tiny tweaks you can make to your everyday makeup routine that will make a world of difference to your look.
Beauty Blunder # 1: Loading up on foundation
Most love affairs with foundation start as a teen when you tend to slather the stuff all-over in a desperate bid to conceal breakouts and redness. But fast forward to now, and piling on foundation will exaggerate fine lines and leave the skin looking washed out.
The fix: The trick to avoid looking like you’re wearing a mask is to apply a pea-sized amount of product only to the areas where the skin needs the coverage the most, like the forehead, nose and chin, before buffing the remaining product out to the cheeks and jawline. Then leave it to settle for a few minutes before going back to tackle trouble spots, usch as dark circles or blemishes with a liquid concealer.
Beauty Blunder #2: Double black liner
It may be the icing on the cake when it comes to setting off a smoky eye, but when worn solo on the bottom lash line, black eye liner closes in the eye area and can look especially jarring against blue and green eyes.
The fix: When it comes to faking bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, nothing peps tired eyes like a wash of white liner across the bottom lash line. Or if you’re still craving a little more definition, working a brown or grey pencil across the bottom lashes will create the same intensity, without the harshness of a straight-up black.
Beauty Blunder # 3: Abandoning the brows
Nothing anchors the face and frames the eyes like a full set of brows, so before you even think about tackling your eye makeup, it pays to fill and define the brows first.
The fix: Swap your current eyebrow pencil for a brow powder one shade lighter than your eyebrows. Unlike waxy crayons that tend to slick down the brows, powders are handy at creating soft feathered strokes right in at the roots for more natural-looking definition and fullness.
Over to you now…
Are you game enough to put your black eye liner on the back burner?
Have you tried the white eye liner trick?
Are you a brow pencil or powder fan?