Beauty School: Let's Learn From My Past Makeup Mistakes

Beauty School: Let's Learn From My Past Makeup Mistakes

Everyone commits beauty sins. But the good news is that we can all relish in (and learn vicariously from) MINE, right this very second. You ready? Good.

1. Not Washing Cosmetic Gunk Off Before Heading To Bed

After a late night out, you might just want to pass out in bed, without even changing out of your dress. But no matter how flawless your makeup was throughout the day, do not, not, go to bed without washing it off! I learned this the hard way. 

There’s the obvious reason is that you don’t want black mascara smudges on your pillowcase, do you? However, sleeping in your makeup can also cause breakouts, which is never a fun thing to deal with. Unless you and I just have very different hobbies. Ahem.

Brianna said it best a few months ago. Besides, what's so great about preserving a smudgy eye makeup look anyway?

2. Limiting Lip Liner To The Edges Of Lips

A common misconception is that lip liner is only to be applied on the edges of your lips, so that you can neatly color within these forged lines. Actually, lip liner has a much more important use! 

Instead of reapplying your lipstick every couple of hours—à la old me—fill in all of your lips with the lip liner and then apply a similarly hued lipstick on top of this! The color will glide on more smoothly. Even if your top layer of lipstick fades, your pout will still have a pop of color. 

3. Trying To Cover Dark Eye Circles In A Very Un-Strategic And Amateur Manner

Personally, I hate wearing a lot of face makeup (i.e. concealer and foundation) on a daily basis. But what I hate even more is having dark under eye circles, so I’m not about to leave the house without covering them up!

You might think that you could just swipe on some concealer right on top of your dark circles and be done with it. You'd be able to join Shriya-a-few-years-ago in the makeup no-no corner* though because this tactic leads to patchy looking skin.

To makes the concealer blend in more naturally with your skin, apply it in an upside down triangular shape below your eyes and blend carefully upwards, ideally with a makeup sponge. This brightens up your peepers really nicely and seamlessly while not forcing you to cake on an entire face full of makeup.

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*I'm really sad that this isn't a real place.

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