Let’s be honest, we’re not perfect and we all make makeup mistakes. They can stem from way back when you learned what a pair of tweezers were used for—and they can haunt you forever. Scroll down and click through the gallery to see these 9 makeup mistakes you might be making and how to avoid them!

Stop Using The Eyebrow Pencil

A penciled eyebrow looks painted and weird , many women still go this route to fill in brows. A better option: Choose an eyeshadow color that matches your hair color and apply with a thin, stiff, angled brush using tiny strokes. We can’t tell you the difference it makes! With the pencil, you could totally tell that I did some filling in work. This waxy powder is so much easier to use, easier to fix if I mess up, and looks way more natural.

Picking The Wrong Shade of Foundation

Foundation isn’t supposed to give your skin a bit of a tan. After all, that’s what bronzers are for. Instead, “it’s supposed to create a perfect, smooth complexion and cover-up any imperfections. This is why you should always use a foundation which blends in with your skin. Test on your jawline (not your hand!) before buying, and when possible, ask for a sample first. That way you can try it at home — and look at your skin in various lighting situations — to make sure the shade you choose looks natural.

Using Black Eyeliner During The Day

Here is a general rule: dark colors shrink and recede. Light colors advance and bring forward. That’s why we recommend skipping black eyeliner (especially underneath eyes) during the day, so your eyes look more open and awake. Black can be a bit harsh for daytime, so maybe a switch to brown liner is in order. Same effect without the goth undertones.

Contouring Your Face Too Much

Yes, we would all love chiseled cheekbones and a dainty, ski-slope nose, but if nature didn’t deliver, makeup isn’t going to help. Contouring is best left to professionals, and only for photography or film. No matter how skilled you are with the makeup brush, it’s nearly impossible to use dark colors that aren’t glaringly obvious when viewed in person, especially in broad daylight. Focus instead on pretty, soft makeup that plays up your best features.

Using More Than Two Eyeshadow Colours On Your Lids

Just because your compact came with four or more colors packaged together doesn’t mean you have to paint them all onto your eyelids at once. Instead, wear no more than three shades at a time: a medium one on your lids, a lighter one near your brow bone and a dark one as liner. But for everyday, you really only need a sweep of one shade across your lid.

Overdoing Your Eyebrows

When brows are well groomed they can enhance your eyes and your entire look. So head to a professional to get an ideal shape. While you do want to tame overgrown brows. You don’t want to tweeze too much. As we get older, our brows naturally become sparser, so if you tweeze your brows too thin they might never fully grow back. So just stick with cleaning up the area around your brows and follow their natural arch for your best shape.

Using Glitter

The thing that bothers us the most about glitter in makeup, besides the fact that it shouldn’t be worn by anyone over the age of 14, is that it travels on your face, leaving strange sparkly spots where they shouldn’t be. Instead of chunky glitter, we recommend shadows with finely milled shimmer — used sparingly, of course.

Applying Makeup On Dry and Flaky Skin

The results of slathering on foundation over chapped skin as “horrific,” and we have to agree. Foundation will only emphasize the flakes by sitting on top of them instead of blending in with your skin. Fix the dryness by exfoliating regularly (to get rid of flakes) and following that up with a rich moisturizer. Smoother skin means a much smoother application and finished look.

Using Blue Eyeshadow

Blue eyeshadow works for some people. Little girls in dance recitals. Guests at 1970s-themed parties. Ethereal looking supermodels. If you aren’t one of the aforementioned people, don’t wear it. Enough said.” Harsh, but truer words have never been spoken.

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