Makeup has no rules. I’ll say that over and over again, but it does have a theory. By theory, I mean that there are essential steps to take to get the same finish as your makeup artist. From the time were teens, we start experimenting with makeup and forming our routines – but how many makeup mistakes are you making?

Not Prepping Your Skin

I can’t stress this one enough! Skincare is a must before makeup. Prepping your skin first can eliminate the need for primers, give you a flawless finish, and help your makeup last all day. Always make sure you’re using products based on your skin’s needs.Your skincare should be done so well, it shows through your makeup. For more tips on this, read my post about skin prep for makeup here.

This photo is from makeup school, when I didn’t understand proper skin prep. You can see the patchiness around her cheeks & it looks like the makeup is sitting on top of her skin
This is years later. That glow isn’t from highlight – its from properly prepping her skin.
Using the Wrong Foundation Finish

Get familiar with your skin type and tone. The foundation that worked for you five years ago probably doesn’t work now. Our skin changes throughout the years. You may not be acne prone anymore, or your oily skin is dry or dehydrated now. Match your foundation finish to your skin type! Dry skin typically can’t handle matte finish foundation, and a dewy finish won’t last on oily skin. If you’re unsure, try a satin or natural finish foundation like Nars Radiant Longwear or Elcie Micro Silque (my two favs) – they can be manipulated for your skin type based on skin prep & finishing powders.

Too much – of anything

The key to not looking cake-y is using minimal product and building it up where you need it. Layering is important for the makeup to move with your skin, and for your face to last you long periods of time. Most people don’t need a full coverage foundation, or all that contour on their faces anyway. All that makeup looks good on camera, but without the studio lighting it doesn’t look so great.

Using Bronzer and Contour for the Same Purpose

Bronzer and contour are not the same. Bronzer is to warm up the face, and contour is to sculpt the face. You should be placing bronzer in areas the sun would hit your face – top of the forehead, high points of your cheeks, and a tiny dusting on the bridge of your nose, anywhere you would naturally tan the most. Contours are to deepen or sharpen areas of your face – below your cheekbones, on your temples, and your jawline.

Have you made any of these makeup mistakes? They’re more common than you think. Hopefully you found this helpful and these tips can help you up your makeup game!