Mistakes that are ruining your eye makeup

Let’s be honest, we all make mistakes when it comes to makeup! There is nothing worse than receiving the dreaded notification when your BFF tags you in the photo’s from the night before and you realise that your gorge smoky eye actually looks like a Marilyn Manson impersonation.  But do not fear, we are here to give you a few tips that will have your makeup looking on-point in no time!

1# Over-lined eyes

We love eyeliner, it can quickly take your look from low-key to oh-so-glam in seconds. However it is very easy to get carried away adding way too much eyeliner to your eyes actually makes them appear much smaller, NOT COOL! For a more subtle look opt for softer shades such as a soft brown pencil for under the eyes, to give a gorge smoky hue.

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2# Creased lids

We’ve all been there, after spending what seems life forever expertly applying that smoky eye you’ve finally perfected only for it to crease after a couple of hour. The solution? Applying a base of course! Prior to applying your shadow smooth a thin primer as a base over your lids for a crease-free look all day!

3# Sleeping with your makeup on

I’m sure you’ve heard it a million time before, but sleeping with your makeup on really is awful for your skin! Not removing makeup prior to bedtime can lead to premature ageing, dehydrated skin and irritated eyes.

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4# Curling your lashes after applying mascara

Curling your eyelashes makes your eyes appear larger, your lashes longer and overall transforms your face – amazing, right?! However, it is important to only curl your lashes before applying mascara to avoid clumpy, spider-like lashes.

5# Wearing waterproof mascara everyday

Waterproof mascara is great for those times you want to avoid your makeup running down your face, however it is bad to wear it everyday! Worn too often waterproof mascara can dry out your lashes causing them to become brittle and break off.

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6# Not cleaning your brushes regularly

It’s something we all know we should do regularly, but often ‘forget’ or avoid doing. However not cleaning your brushes is as bad as not brushing your teeth (gross).  Ideally your brushes should be washed after every use, however we know this is a lot of effort and who really has time for that! So we recommend cleaning them at least every couple of uses to keep them bacteria free and avoid causing unwanted breakouts!

7# Keeping makeup for too long

All makeup has an expiry date and no matter how attached you may be to that super-duper mascara you’ve bought that cost nearly a full days wage, you shouldn’t hang onto it too long! So next time you riffle through your makeup bag, double check how long each product is recommended to be kept open for… an easy rule to follow is anything you’ve used for over 6 months should definitely be in the bin!

8# You’re applying too much

Yes, we are going to say it, but it’s true… less is more! When it comes to the perfect smoky eye it is key to start with a little product and build gradually until you get the desired look. Try opting for shadows which are highly pigmented, this means a little goes a long way and the colour is much more long-lasting for a look that will take you into the early hours.

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9# You’re not blending enough

The blend is EVERYTHING! What separates the amateurs from the makeup-pro’s is mastering the perfect blending technique. Really working the product into the skin avoids harsh blocks of colour, using a soft blending brush the shadow should look seamless on the lid.

10# Not setting your concealer correctly

Ever suffer from your makeup sliding off creating dark rings under your eyes, yeah we feel you! This is because you haven’t set your concealer correctly… or at all! Once you’ve finished your eyes sweep away any loose product and dab on a little concealer. To finish set the concealer with a powder, this can be a loose or pressed powder that will hold the concealer in place and prevent any mascara slipping off. Wah-Lah! Perfect eyes that will last all day!

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