It’s all too easy to get stuck in a beauty rut.
To find yourself relying on the same make-up bag of ancient products which neither complement your features, nor really perform any of their functions effectively.
But where are we going wrong? And how can we ditch these relic-like cosmetics and reverse our rookie errors?
We spoke to some industry-leading makeup artists to discover the mistakes they regularly see people making and the ways to avoid them.
It’s time, finally, to get that long-overdue glow-up.
Trying to create glowy make-up, but instead looking either really shiny and sweaty or using far too much highlighter.
Solution: “Skin prep is crucial to this look, I love using a mist, then a hyaluronic acid serum or a vitamin C serum and then either a vitamin C moisturiser or a radiance moisturiser. Once you have prepped the skin correctly, important that you even out the skin. I love a tinted moisturiser, such as Laura Mercier Illuminating Tinted Moisturiser, then a little bit of concealer, I love RMS “Un” Cover-Up Concealer or Cle De Peau Concealer. Finish with a little setting powder around and under the nose or wherever you get too shiny and here you have it – perfect, natural glowing skin!” – Rebecca Wordingham, make up artist and Creative Director of The London School Of Media Make Up
Purchasing different products for different parts of the face which don’t always aesthetically harmonise and end up going off before you’ve used them up.
Solution: “I recommend using single-function colour make-up – a really good organic lipstick can work on the eyes, lips, cheeks and for contour and it’s also much more likely to get finished up and connects the face together. I like the Duskey Rose lipstick by Absolution Cosmetics as it’s a little matte but also moisturising.” – Crystabel Riley, freelance make-up artist
Painting on dark and over-drawn eyebrows, to the point where you can’t even see the brow hair anymore.
Solution: “Brush the brows with a brow set to give the desired shape and make sure to only fill in only the gaps using a slightly lighter shade product than the brow hair colour to give a softer, yet fuller, finish.” – Hadeel Tal
Using the same colour concealer on all areas of the face – a light, bright colour under your eyes can sometimes make dark circles look worse.
Solution: “Use a more orangy colour under your eyes than you would on the rest of your face in order to counteract dark circles. For lighter skin tones this can be a peachy colour, and for darker skin tones you can colour correct with a bold orange or red.” – Verity Cumming