1. Not removing make up properly
One of the cardinal sins of make up and skincare is not taking it off properly. So many beauty bloggers have sworn off face wipes – and it’s easy to see why. A face wipe might be a good starting point, but a secondary cleanse gets every last scrap off. I use Olay Cleansing Milk to make sure that my skin is super clean.
After a long hard day of sitting under your make up, your skin is crying out for hydration. Nighttime is key for moisturising – this is the time to put on a more heavy-duty moisturiser.
3. Not incorporating a primer into your beauty routine
I’ve spoken before about the benefits of using a primer, and I’m not about to stop singing their praises. Better looking make up and better looking skin. What’s not to like?
4. Skipping the eyebrows
It amazes me what a common one this is, seeing as I personally wouldn’t go out of the house without my ‘eyebrows on’. It may be daunting at first, but defined eyebrows really do change your overall look. If you’re an eyebrow newbie, just make sure you use the right colour, and apply with gentle brush strokes that mimic the natural hair.
5. Relentlessly following trends
It’s always better to think about what suits you and your face rather than religiously following make up trends. Sure, Cara Delevingne might look fabulous in bright blue eyeshadow, but it’s not an easy look to pull off. Leave the wacky make up on the catwalks.
6. Using dirty brushes
It’s not the most thrilling task in the world, but it needs to be done. If we stopped to think about how much bacteria our brushes were actually harbouring, we might wash them a lot more often. You can buy special brush cleaners but you can get away with using baby shampoo if you’re saving the pennies.
7. Going too heavy on the base
Something that is incredibly common is wearing a super-heavy foundation. Unless you’re having some serious skin problems, you probably don’t need to be wearing such a high-coverage base. Let your natural beauty shine through and use a light foundation such as Max Factor’s CC Cream.
8. Skipping the toner
Toning is an important but often-missed step in your skincare routine. It’s simple – cleanse, tone and moisturise. Toning removes any last bits of makeup and closes pores. You don’t need to buy anything super-expensive. Something like Simple’s toner does the trick.
9. Wearing the wrong lip colour
It’s so easy to buy the blood-red lipstick that Kate Moss was rocking, but you need to be honest with yourself – does it really suit you? If you can, always try to try on a lipstick before buying – usually they’ll be happy to do this at make up counters. Consider whether your skin tone has cool or warm undertones and go from this.
10. Not blending properly
Whether it’s your concealer or your eyeshadow, blending is key to a natural but polished look. Always try to look at your base in good light, and invest in a fluffy blending brush for your eyeshadow. You’ll be amazed at the difference it makes.
11. Not giving your skin a break
Of course, make up is fantastic, but your poor old skin needs a break every now and then. When you get home from school or work, take your make up off at the first possible opportunity – your skin will thank you for it.
Of course, we all make mistakes, and I personally have made every single one on this list! Practice makes perfect, and as they say – hindsight is a wonderful thing.