Makeup is an important part of a woman’s daily routine. Now we’re not talking about your special wedding/party makeup but your everyday regime. While applying makeup can be an exciting change in an otherwise mundane routine, it can also bring with itself some disasters for your skin’s health. Here are six makeup mistakes that you need to lookout for before picking up that brush.
#1 Are your makeup brushes clean?
Makeup brushes don’t appear as dirty as they actually are. Even the most organised women pass out on this step once in a while but we’re here to tell you not to. Makeup brushes pick up all the bacteria from your skin and provide it a safe haven to grow. And with every stroke of it on your face, you transfer the bacteria to your skin. We often find women complaining about acne, zits and small whiteheads around the cheekbone; dirty brushes are the reason behind that. Set a routine to clean your brushes at least once every week like every Sunday or on your day off.
#2 Has your makeup expired?
Yes makeup products are very expensive, and we try to use some products sparingly, which is absolutely fine. However, do you remember how long that eye shadow palette has been lying in your drawer? If the answer is no, it’s probably time to toss it in the trash. Expired makeup can cause all sorts of irritations and infections to your skin. Next time you’re using any makeup product, make sure it hasn’t expired.
#3 Wash your hands before using your fingers to blend that concealer
Just like makeup brushes, your hands should be absolutely clean before you use them for blending that makeup. Our fingers pick up bacteria from phone screens, doorknobs, laptop keyboards and many other surfaces. There’s no harm in using your fingers/hands to apply your makeup but wash them before they get on to your face.
#4 Check your full face in daylight before stepping out
We often check our faces in the mirror before stepping out of the house to see if all the makeup is in place. What we forget is that people will be looking at our faces out in the daylight and it may appear very different outside. Check your face and makeup in daylight whenever you can and adjust your makeup accordingly.
#5 Use concealer after the foundation
It’s tempting to get right on to the concealing part especially when it comes to those stubborn red marks. But here’s the deal; using concealer before the foundation is pointless because the layer of foundation that you’ll apply after the concealer will just rub the concealer away. Primer – foundation – concealer is the way to go.
#6 Applying a lip primer before the colour
Now now, I know how ridiculous this sounds. Lip primer just sounds like an added step after face and eye priming but ladies, it’s equally important. A lip primer fills into the lines on your lips and makes the colour appear fuller and even. It also minimizes the chances of getting the chapped-lips look. Just use petroleum jelly and leave a layer of it onto your lips while you finish your makeup. Apply your lip colour towards the end and be pout-ready!