These are the mistakes make-up artists want you to stop making

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. 

Mistake #1

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 Wordinghammake up artist and Creative Director of The London School Of Media Make Up

SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic, £135, Shop it here. Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare C+ Collagen Brighten + Firm Vitamin C Serum, £79, Shop it here. RMS Beauty “Un” Cover-Up Concealer, £34, Shop it here. (SkinCeuticals, Dr. Dennis Gross and RMS )

Mistake #2

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

Nudestix Nudies Bloom, £30, Shop it here. The Beauty Archive Rosefall Eyes & Cheek Colour Cream, £36, Shop it here. Absolution Organic Lipstick, £24, Shop it here. (Nudestix, The Beauty Archive, Absolution Cosmetics)

Mistake #3

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

Benefit Cosmetics Brow Styler, £29, Shop it here. Glossier Brow Flick and Boy Brow Duo, £25, Shop it here. Rodial Microblade Effect Eyebrow Pencil, £22, Shop it here. (Benefit Cosmetics, Glossier, Rodial)

Mistake #4

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 

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Concealer, £24, Shop it here. Danessa Myricks Vision Cream Cover Wand, £19.95, Shop it here. bareMinerals Barepro 16-Hour Concealer Cream, £23, Shop it here. (Charlotte Tilbury, Danessa Myricks, BareMinerals )



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