We all have our makeup routine that we feel we’ll never stray away from. But what if your everyday routine is actually full of beauty blunders? Have no fear: we’re here to help! We took some time to write down the biggest makeup mistakes we’ve discovered over the years and explain why they may be throwing a wrench in your routine.
Here are our top 5 common makeup mistakes, and of course, how to avoid them.
I’ve been that woman. The one who watched one too many Youtube tutorials, scoffed at how evidently easy smoky eyes are to create and proceeded to resemble a sleep-deprived panda by the end of it. The thing about makeup is, a pro can make the trickiest of looks seem virtually effortless to pull off, but when the brush is actually in your hand, the real truth emerges. Which is, perfecting your makeup skills demands patience, practice and a whole lot of experience.
Applying Before Moisturizing
Dry skin is makeup’s worst enemy. Applying makeup directly to dry skin can cause flakiness, which makes it difficult to blend the product into the skin. Before applying any makeup, make sure your face is freshly cleansed and moisturized. A moisturizer that can double down as a primer is the best choice. To remedy your dry skin long term, make sure to exfoliate weekly!
Wrong Shade of Foundation
It’s a makeup mistake everyone has made at some point. Wearing the wrong shade of foundation will automatically give away that you are wearing makeup because your face won’t match the rest of your skin. When choosing a foundation, make sure to shade match by testing on your face rather than your arm for the most accurate results. It doesn’t hurt to buy two colors that seem close to your skin tone, and either choose the shade that looks best in natural daylight or keep both to mix-and-match as your skin-tone fluctuates throughout the seasons.
Using A Foundation Way Lighter Than Your Skin Tone
Using the wrong shade of foundation is one of the biggest makeup blunders frequently committed, one that makes your face look like it doesn’t belong to the rest of your body. Especially for Indian skin tones, a super-light foundation will make your face look ashy, and off-colour, leaving a grey cast on your makeup. An ill-suited foundation shade is also a huge barrier to a natural makeup appearance that we mostly tend to aim for as a work-appropriate look, and can also make your face seem way too over-done, despite your makeup intentions being the polar opposite.
Skipping Out On The Neck Entirely
Yes, the purpose of make-up is to enhance your face, but a common makeup mistake is sticking to just that part and avoiding makeup application on the neck entirely. Your neck is the second most exposed part of your body after your face and also the one closest to it, and not matching the foundation base on your face with your neck can cause your face to look detached from what’s under the chin. It can also make your neck look like it’s older than your face, which is unsettling to just think of. Instead, apply the same coat of foundation, and blend appropriately.
Not Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes For Ages
Ladies, this is one of those makeup mistakes to avoid, that all of us have projected ourselves to at some point, before knowing better. Dirty makeup brushes can pave the way for a number of skin problems, and transfer dirt and bacteria onto your makeup products than to your face, and then back again to the product. Even if you make it a point to thoroughly clean your face before you apply your makeup, the accumulation of bacteria and germs on an unwashed makeup brush will lead to acne, breakouts and in some extreme cases, even viral illnesses. This is especially true in the case of a beauty blender used to apply foundation and other creamy makeup products since bacteria tend to thrive in moist environments. Make it a point to deep clean all your makeup brushes and tools every 7-10 days, and rinse your beauty blender after each use.
Applying heavy mascara on bottom lashes
When you swipe your mascara wand, do you give the same TLC to the top lashes as you do the bottom? If so, take it easier on the lower set, since Taylor says a heavy application will bring everyone’s attention to the wrinkles below your eyes. “Using mascara to accentuate the edges of the eyes can give your gaze extra expressiveness,” she says. “But no matter how small those wrinkles are, thick mascara will make them stand out. Just slightly add one coat to stay safe.”
Slide Into a DM With These Simple Tricks
Sliding into someone’s DMs is no uncertainty an unnerving undertaking. Furthermore, in the event that you don’t have any acquaintance with them by any stretch of the imagination, or you ambiguously do however haven’t informed previously, at that point it tends to be considerably seriously overwhelming. How would you start a discussion? Will they believe you’re you aren’t weird?
Initiating a conversation via social media is an excessively simple and regular approach to become more acquainted with individuals. Furthermore, as large numbers in the world are presently at home under lockdown, dating over DMs is considerably more mainstream, with more individuals going to video dates and concocting innovative approaches to not screw up. Thus, don’t allow lockdown to stop you. On the off chance that you’ve been needing to DM someone for a long time yet don’t have a clue how, this is what to do:
1. Go directly to the point
Establish a decent first connection, don’t be unpleasant, don’t avoid the real issue. Irregular messages from a person as of now excite doubts in these women, in any case. So it is smarter to not burn through their time and yours.
Certainly abstain from essentially saying “Hey” in a first message, it is very inconsiderate and rude. A prescribed method to be immediate is this “Hello, my name is John, may I be able to know you better?”
We know, the thought of sliding into a stranger’s DMs can be alarming. What’s more, the dread of rejection may be keeping you away from simply putting it all on the line. However, in the event that you never attempt, you’ll never know, and you would prefer not to be left with any second thoughts. Also, they could be your soulmate. You both could simply be the next Banky W and Adesua Etomi!
2. Pose questions
In case you’re not on a dating app and are simply sliding into someone’s DMs via online media, at that point the best first message to send is one that remarks or poses a question about something explicit on their profile. For instance, on the off chance that they’ve tweeted about a specific TV show, ask them an inquiry about it. Or then again in the event that they’ve posted an Insta pic of a music artiste they’ve found in show, request their #1 song of the artiste.
3. Avoid Using Abbreviations
Abbreviations are old school, don’t slide into an individual’s DM shortening your words, that is a major mood killer. Notwithstanding your expectation of sending the message, type in full and be keen about it.
4. Don’t over-do it
Don’t over do it-act naturally, act calm and don’t attempt to intrigue or you may wind up doing the most which could be a mood killer. Keep it straightforward… or on the other hand you may lose that individual at a ‘hi.’
5. Be prepared for any outcome
Recall that there is no assurance the individual sees your message and reacts to it, and they don’t owe you their consideration. Be set up to proceed onward in the event that it doesn’t work out with this specific individual. Try not to keep troubling them and getting disturbed about their not answering, it is not attractive.
6. Try not to give them praises straight away
It is fine to make a little compliment about their looks or anything that you saw on their profile. Nonetheless, you will possibly appear to be tenacious and frantic on the off chance that you begin giving them numerous praises. Additionally, don’t tragically admire their appearance excessively much. They can think you are shallow and like them just for their wonderful face or body.
7. Try not to send messages when they are not reacting
We have all had this one individual who continually sends “hello” messages and isn’t irritated by you not answering. This won’t make your squash need to answer and is simply going to put them off considerably further. All in all, if you notice there is no connection, you ought to acknowledge it and proceed onward.
See Celebrities Who Joined Simi’s Challenge #NobodyLikeWoman
Nigerian singer and songwriter Simi has successfully gotten many celebrities on her trending social media challenge #NobodyLikeWoman. Simi’s challenge involves women to share degrading words that people say to them.
The challenge includes these female celebrities sharing black and white photos of themselves with stereotypic statements constantly thrown at them.
Since the challenge started, many individuals, particularly female celebrities have carried on with it. From Adesua Etomi, Tonto Dikeh, Toolz, Annie Idibia and many more.
According to Punch Newspaper in an interview with Simi on Thursday, she started the challenge to help women confront the things that have been said to demean them.
See celebrities who have joined the challenge #NobodyLikeWoman
Adebola Williams Celebrates Goddaughters on International Day of the Girl Child With New Book “African Power Girls”
Media entrepreneur Adebola Williams has released a new book titled “African Power Girls” on International Day of the Girl Child to celebrate his Goddaughters Elaina Acha, Farrah Lewis and Grace Amure.
Debola as he’s popularly called made the announcement on social media alongside the book’s cover and a #MondayMorningMotivation caption that read;
#MondayMusings About four years ago I was looking to gift my Goddaughters a book on great African women.
I wanted a storybook that I could read to them seeding greatness, breaking stereotypes the world will force on them even before they became aware of it. I wanted them to know they came from a line of women who didn’t need permission to take space and Become. I searched desperately from Lagos to Johannesburg with no luck so I wrote one @africanpowergirls!
Happy International Day of the Girl Child friends!!!
Today say a kind word of power to a girl child, make a commitment to fund girl child education, agree to that request from a group that’s focused on building up girls. Share our cover and use this message to remind our girls they have power just like those before them. Book your copies of #AfricanPowerGirls (AfricanPowerGirls AT redafrica.xyz ) and receive the first copies next week. Follow @africanpowergirls for all the announcements.
Invest in a girl today!
And if you can’t find that service you need, create it yourself! Many books are waiting to be written, ideas to be manifested. Don’t wait four years like me, do it now!
#MondayMorningMotivation. Thanks, @johneejay for the brilliantly done illustrations.
Debola also shared a statement to his goddaughters.
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