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5 Common Makeup Mistakes to Avoid

We've all been there. You planned to save money by doing your own makeup for a wedding or party, but you were less than happy with the end results. These five common makeup mistakes can be easily remedied with a trip to a professional salon when you need to look on point.

Failing to Prep Skin

Makeup should only be applied to clean, moisturized complexions. When you skip hydration, you can experience flaking, difficulty blending and even oxidized makeup that appears as an unintended color on your skin. For best results, choose a moisturizer that doubles as a primer to keep foundation in place throughout the day. In addition to using a moisturizer with SPF daily and a rich night cream formula, exfoliate your skin at least once a week.

Improper Blending and Contouring

Improper Blending Contouring fails are a common issue when products designed to highlight certain facial features aren't blended properly, leading to a clear line of demarcation between the foundation, blush, highlighter, and bronzer. A visible cut-off point at the jawline can make the foundation look like a mask, so be sure to blend the shade down to your neck for a more natural appearance. Lighter products such as tinted moisturizers are usually easier to blend than full-coverage foundations. 

Excessive Concealer

Too much concealer has the unfortunate effect of highlighting the features you're trying to downplay. When you use concealer on dark circles, dab just a few dots underneath the affected area and blend upward. For pimples and other blemishes, start with just a thin layer of concealer rather than caking it on. Add setting powder, and then layer more product as needed by adding just a smidge at a time until you've reached the desired level of coverage. Avoid using the same color of concealer for everything. Try yellow-toned formulas to even skin tone, peach formulas for dark circles and green color correctors to take the redness out of pimples. Top the colored concealers with a foundation that matches your skin tone for a seamless effect.

Too Much or Incorrectly Applied Blush

When blush is placed too low on the face, it can create a clownish effect rather than the effortlessly rosy glow that you're trying to achieve. To get it right, smile and apply blush to the apples of your cheeks, then blend toward the temples for just the right touch of natural flush. Avoid bold hues for blush and stick to a shade that closely mirrors the color that appears when you actually have a flushed face. For fair skin, try rosy pinks and peaches. Medium complexions can also get away with mauve. If you have a dark complexion, you'll look beautiful in bronze, berry or even orange blush depending on your undertones.

Using the Wrong Shade of Foundation

Color matching foundation to your skin can be tricky. While working with a professional ensures the perfect hue, try this trick when you're choosing between a few different shades. Apply each color to your jawline, then go out in the sun and look in a mirror to see which looks most natural. Avoid testing shades on the back of your hand, which is usually redder than your face. Don't forget to change your foundation with the seasons, since your skin can be up to four shades darker during the summer months. Finding the right shade of foundation often requires trial and error, so you will likely need to experiment with different products until you find the hue that works best for you.

Avoid Makeup Mistakes for Special Events or That Special Night Out 

Avoid a makeup fail by scheduling professional application at Johnny Rodriguez The Salon for your next big event, date or job interview. Our award-winning team of makeup artists, stylists and other aesthetic professionals provides services at two convenient locations in Dallas and Legacy West in Plano. Call 469.522.3649 or visit us online to book your makeup application appointment today.

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