10 makeup mistakes that age you
Lipstick on your Teeth
It’s one of those bloopers where we rely on the kindness of other people to tell us about it! Try this tip and never suffer this embarrassment again.
Solution: It’s caused by excess lipstick, so between coats, blot your lips with a tissue. This prevents layers of creamy build-up that can transfer onto the teeth. It also helps your lippy to wear better, keeps the colour true and prevents bleeding.
bh loves: L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Matte, $24
Drawn on Eyebrows
When it comes to eyebrows, there’s a trick to drawing them on so that they don’t look, well, drawn on!
Solution: Rather than one solid line, use light, feathery strokes to mimic hairs and always use a spoolie brush afterwards to remove excess product. Consider having your eyebrows tinted to capture lighter hairs and make them look fuller.
bh loves: Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil, $46
That five o’clock shadow around the jawline where foundation stops and neck begins can ruin otherwise beautifully applied make-up.
Solution: Invest in a fluffy, buffing brush to go over your face with in circular motions after applying your foundation. It will blend any edges and ensure your make-up looks seamless.
bh loves: Nude by Nature Buffing Brush, $35
Lashes more flat than fab? There’s a good chance there’s too much black ink on the tips, rather than at the base, which can weigh them down and make them fall flat.
Solution: Mascara should lift the lashes, so apply plenty of formula right at the roots and then wiggle the wand out so less mascara ends up on the tips. This helps to create amazing curl, thickness and definition that will last all day.
Caked on Powder
Powder is a great way to set foundation in the morning, but reapplication during the day can cause it to become rather caked looking, especially in more oily areas such as the T-zone.
Solution: Rather than using more powder, try oil-blotting papers to absorb excess sebum from shiny spots throughout the day and maintain fresh-looking make-up.
Finding the perfect foundation shade is no easy task. Many people go wrong by colour-matching on the back of their hand, which is a different shade to the face.
Solution: The best way to find a colour that blends seamlessly is to swatch the shade directly onto your face near your jawline and examine it in natural light.
Who hasn’t experienced this one – eyeshadow pigment falling from the lids onto the lower lash line, blemishing perfectly applied foundation and blush.
Solution: Apply eye make-up first and foundation last. This way, any fallout can be easily removed with a cotton bud dipped in micellar water, before following with foundation.
Train Track Liner
Eyeliner is a fantastic way to give your eyes definition but when it’s not drawn close enough to the lash line, it can look a little like train tracks.
Solution: Tilt your head back so you’re looking down into the mirror, which keeps eyelids exposed, allowing you to see what you’re doing. Aim your liner right into your lash root line, drawing tiny dots between lashes and blending rather than attempting a solid line if you have an unsteady hand.
After carefully applying make-up and leaving the house, have you ever caught a glimpse of your reflection and noticed too-pink cheeks and over-the-top bronzer? These are the consequences of getting yourself ready in the home that’s not well lit.
Solution: Don’t do your make-up in a dark bathroom. Instead, flip out a compact or hand mirror and stand by the nearest window – bright, natural light is a must.
bh loves: Manicare Mirror 5 Makeup, $16.50
Crunchy Helmet Hair
Mastering a bouncy blow-dry at home is one thing, but setting it in place by blasting the top layer with strong hold hairspray can make it look stiff and unnatural.
Solution: Switch from a heavy-duty hairspray to one with a light, flexible formula. Then, holding sections of hair up, lightly mist each section from about 30cm away for a natural hold that will last.
bh loves: Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray, $45