Friday, January 30, 2015

Beauty Blunders: Makeup Mistakes and How to Fix Them

It happens to the best of us--one minute you're applying makeup like a pro, and the next thing you know your face looks like a six-year-old colored all over it with magic markers.

No need to fret! I've compiled a list of the most common mistakes along with quick ways to fix them (without sudsing up and starting from scratch!)

Tone down cheek color
I know I've definitely thrown on way too much blush without thinking. It's one of the most annoying things, and I used to just wash my skin and start all over again every time I did it. Luckily, that isn't the only way to make your face look less clown-esque. When you've put on too much powder blush, sweep a clean, fluffy brush across your cheek, then wipe it on a towel to remove the excess.  Continue brushing and wiping until you get the right intensity. For cream blushes, lightly smooth on a dab of lotion to water down the color. If neither way works, just add a swipe of foundation or translucent powder on top and blend it in.

Soften eye shadow
Go too dark or intense? Layer a lighter shade on top to make harsh shadow look much less extreme. A great go-to hue is shimmery taupe--it neutralizes most colors. Or if you waaay overdid it, brush your foundation on top of the bright shade to tone it down.

Remove heavy lipstick
If you've overloaded your lips with color (or used the wrong shade entirely), apply a clear gloss or balm over it, then blot with a tissue to dilute it. Repeat until you've subdued or removed the offending layers.

Fix eyeliner smudges
Run a cotton swab over liner to soften the color, or dip it in makeup remover first to fix a crooked line. If this happens often, there are also cotton swabs that come pre-soaked in makeup remover for quick fixes. You can find them at most drugstores.

Remove mascara mishaps
If your lashes look a little clumpy, put a very small amount of moisturizer on your fingers and pinch the larger clumps. This will release the buildup immediately and will allow you to apply a new, lighter coat of mascara on top.

Stay fabulous!

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