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These 8 Common Mistakes Are the Reason Your Makeup Doesn’t Look Flawless

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Sometimes the smallest adjustments can make the biggest difference to the overall look of your makeup. I see a lot of common mistakes that people don’t usually realize they’re making- but they’re so quick & easy to fix! So I’m here to save the day & help you learn how to make some simple changes to finally get that flawless full face of makeup you’ve been wanting.

To learn all my in depth tips & tricks for flawless makeup application, you can listen to this podcast episode and then watch this video:

Mistake #1: Skipping Eyeshadow Primer

Part of my soul dies every time I watch someone put on eyeshadow without applying a lid primer first. It’s quick & simple af so there’s no excuse for skipping this step! Eyeshadow primer is an absolute must if you want pigmented, blendable eyeshadow that lasts for hours.

Two of my favorites: Too Faced Shadow Insurance & MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pots.

Mistake #2: Using Your Darkest Eyeshadow First

This is a recipe for disaster. Laying down dark eyeshadow colors without first applying transition shades will make smooth blending pretty much impossible.

Instead, start with a color that’s slightly deeper than your natural skin tone and apply it all over the crease area of your lid. Work up to your darkest shade by continuing to add slightly deeper shades on top of eachother- until you’ve gotten to that darkest one! Blending all of these shades together will make your look much more cohesive and seamless.

Check out some of my all time favorite eyeshadow palettes in this blog post .

Mistake #3: Angling Your Wings to the Side

Ughhhh this one kills me. The point of winged liner is to give your eyes a more lifted appearance. But when you angle your wing straight out to the side (or even slanted down- yep I’ve seen this too, 911!!!), this creates the opposite effect & makes your eyes look droopier than they are!

Heck to the no. Make sure to stare straight forward when angling your wing so you can be sure it’s pointing diagonal & slightly upward.

Mistake #4: Forgetting to Fill In Your Wing

Ok this one is equally as bad as the last one. True winged liner is in the shape of a wing, not a straight line. After you trace the initial line, you want to connect that to the liner on your lash line and fill it in- almost like a tiny triangle!

Not sure what the heck I’m talking about? I got you- check out this video:

Mistake #5: Mismatched Primer & Foundation

Thinking about your skin type along with the properties of both your primer and foundation is so so important! They all need to complement each other.

For example: If you have dry skin, you don’t want to use a mattifying primer with a mattifying foundation. This will cling to dry patches on your skin & suck the life right out of you!

It definitely takes a few tries to find a foundation and primer combination that works perfectly for your skin, but start with the needs of your skin first and work from there.

Dry skin? Try a hydrating primer with a foundation that has a natural to glowy finish.

Oily skin? A mattifying primer will work great for you. This may even mattify your skin enough so that you can use a foundation with a radiant finish. If not, stick to a matte foundation as well.

Be careful to not use too many products with the same properties (i.e. dewy primer with dewy foundation or matte primer with matte foundation) unless your skin really needs it. This can be too much and leave you with an extra oily or extra dry looking face, which we never want!

Mistake #6: Skipping Setting Powder

Even if you have dry skin, I highly recommend at least setting the concealer under your eyes with a powder (I set both my under eye area & entire face). This will prevent the makeup from settling into your fine lines and creasing. Not a cute look for anyone! It’s also the biggest differentiator between makeup that lasts for 3 hours and makeup that lasts for 10 hours.

Again, consider your skin type when choosing a setting powder. If you’re super oily, make sure your powder is matte, and if you’re normal to dry, use a powder with a nice radiant skin-like finish. Just a little bit goes a long way!

Mistake #7: Ignoring Bronzer Undertones

Undertones aren’t just for foundation and concealer- make sure to take your undertones into consideration when choosing a bronzer too!

Quick reminder: Warm= Yellow undertones, Cool= Pink undertones, Neutral= in between.

If you feel like your bronzer is looking too orange on you, you likely have cool to neutral undertones and are using a bronzer that is too warm toned for you.

Same with the flip side- if your bronzer is looking muddy on your face, you likely have warm to neutral undertones and are using a bronzer that is too cool toned for you.

Mistake #8: Clashing Your Blush, Lipstick & Eyeshadow

While the undertones of your blush and lipstick don’t have to be identical to your eyeshadow, making sure they are similar can help to create a more cohesive makeup look.

For example, if your eyeshadow look is with super warm toned oranges and browns, choosing a warm toned blush and lipstick will complement your look perfectly!

When in doubt, neutral undertones always work with everything.

Are you guilty of making any of these mistakes and didn’t know it? Which tip are you most excited to try?





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Abbey Yung is the Creator of the platform Ask Abbey- a Blog, Podcast & YouTube Channel. She is also the Creator of the E-Book series called The Healthy Lifestyle Project. She's obsessed with all things health, fitness, wellness, makeup & skincare. Anything that can make us feel our best & look our best, she's all for. She loves researching, testing out what she finds & sharing only the best of the best. Growing up, she wishes she would've had a one stop shop to ask questions & find answers on these topics, so that's why she created Ask Abbey. You ask, she'll answer. xx


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