We all want to look our best, and many of us put a lot of time and effort into making that the case. Alas, our effort doesn’t always yield results. So what gives? In many cases, a person won’t reach their full beauty potential not because it’s just not meant to be, but because they’re guilty of making one, two, or more of the common beauty mistakes that people make. In this blog, we’re going to outline some of the most common mistakes, so you can make sure that you’re not committing any of them. If you are, then you’ll know what needs to change -- and from there, it won’t be long before you’re looking your best.
A Lack of Skin Prep
You wouldn’t expect a painting to look its best if it had been painted on an uneven canvas. Yet that’s what many people end up applying their makeup to: an uneven face. If you’re not yet using a makeup primer, then it’s time to invest. These wonderful pieces of kit help to even out the skin on your face, so you’ll have the perfect platform upon which to apply your makeup. It won’t just look better, either: it’ll also ensure that your makeup stays on longer too, and seal in any other products you’re using. Essentially, it’s good for a whole host of things and should most definitely be part of your routine.
Dirty Makeup Tools
If there’s one makeup crime that many people are guilty of committing, it’s using dirty makeup tools. Again, you couldn’t expect a paint’s color to come looking as radiant as possible if it had been applied to a canvas using a dirty paintbrush, so why expect anything different from a makeup brush? Those things are pretty easy to clean, so be sure to make sure they’re looking as new after each use. You can use a cleanser to clean your tools. And your sponges? They’re cheap enough that you may as well invest in a big pack. By doing so, you’ll be helping to ensure that your makeup always looks fresh -- and it can even help to prevent outbreaks, too.
There’s no shortage of makeup products available to purchase. But of course, quality can vary greatly. If you’re buying a no-brand, low-value makeup item from a store that does not specialize in makeup, then you can’t be too disappointed if it doesn’t look as good as you’d hoped. So make sure that any makeup you buy is worth its weight in gold. There are some things in life that you shouldn’t cut too many corners with, and that includes all things related to your style! Low quality clothes equal problems, low quality makeup products equal problems.
Not Protecting Their Skin
Most people associate a sun-kissed look with beauty. And it’s not hard to see why -- that sun-glow is irresistibly appealing, and gives an image of health and vitality. However, there’s a dark side to the sun, too. While a light tan can make you look great, it’s always possible to overdo it -- and that can cause major problems for your beauty, on both a short-term and long-term basis. On a short-term basis, you might have to deal with a burn, which will ruin all your vacation photographs and may also make you want to hide away in your room. On a longer-term basis, it’ll cause wrinkles as well as other skin problems.
The best approach is to protect your skin by wearing SPF products. And this means all year round, not just during the spring and summer months -- the sun isn’t as powerful during the winter months, but it’s still strong enough to have an impact on your skin. In fact, it’s arguably more dangerous during the winter months because it’ll be causing damage under the surface without burning you, so you might not even know that your skin is being damaged.
Yes, you probably need to exfoliate. But you don’t need to clear absolutely everything away from your skin, especially not on your face. There are some good oils mixed in there too. Gentle exfoliating is the way to go, not sanding everything away!
Forgetting to Hydrate
There are plenty of products that’ll help you to get your dream skin, but don’t forget that you’re also a human being, so what works for us humans will be beneficial too! If you want to have radiant looking skin, then it’s important to make sure that you’re drinking enough water. Did you know that 80% of Americans say they don’t drink enough water? That’s a shockingly high figure! If it’s something that you often forget, then download one of those apps that remind you to take a few sips. There’s an app for everything these days!
Forgetting to Cleanse After a Workout
It’s hard enough to fit time into the schedule to go to the gym; it’s next to impossible to find the time to work up a sweat and engage in a full makeup routine before continuing with your day. However, while you might not have all the time in the world, it’s still important that you’re spending some time ensuring that you only get positive effects from your time at the gym. At a minimum, it’s important that you’re using cleansing wipes to clean your face. They’ll help to get rid of the sweat, dirt, and grime that builds up on a face during a workout.
Not Finding Their Style
There are plenty of excellent makeup styles out there, but they won’t all be right for you. Some won’t suit your complexion, while others won’t suit your style. If you want your makeup to look great, then it’s important to find your own style. This is often a process and won’t happen overnight -- in fact, you might have to take some wrong turns before you land upon the right one.
Failing to Progress
But once you’ve found your style, that doesn’t mean that you should rely upon it for forever and ever. Instead, look at reviewing and updating your makeup style from time to time -- it won’t just help keep your look modern and fresh, but it’ll also make things more enjoyable for you. Variety is the spice of life!
Using the Wrong Lighting
Lighting can have a huge impact on the appearance of a person. Indeed, a person will look drastically different if they’re photographed in a room with low lighting, as opposed to a room with high lighting. While you might prefer to sit in atmospheric lighting once you’re all glammed up, when it comes to applying your makeup, it’s important that things are as bright as possible. You’ll get the truest sense of what your makeup looks like if you’re putting it on under natural light, but of course, that’s not always possible. In that case, a makeup light will do the trick. Take our advice with this one: applying makeup in low lighting can cause errors that you might only realize once you’re out in the real world.
Your makeup kit can be your best friend, or it can be your enemy. As with all tools, it’s how you use it that determines whether it’s good or bad for you! If you take the tips that we’ve outlined above, then you’ll be able to avoid the many mistakes that people tend to make, and ensure that you look as fantastic as possible, whether you’re just going to the office or getting all dressed up for a big event.