10 Beauty Products You're Applying Incorrectly
While most of us have overcome our high-school beauty blunders (like heavy eye makeup and caked-on concealer), we're still not using makeup to its fullest potential. Shocking fact: many of us are actually applying our day-to-day products incorrectly. We could all use little a lesson from the books of beauty, and we've got the scoop to help you master the most complicated products in your makeup bag. As good as a beauty school cheat sheet, read on to start primping like a professional.
Does your perfume lack staying power? If you rely on the spray-and-walk-through method, spray your clothes or rub your wrists together, you’re applying perfume incorrectly. The best time to apply perfume is when your skin is hydrated, so either apply unscented lotion to your skin or hop in the shower for a quick hydration boost. Apply the perfume to two pulse points, and give each spot two spritzes of perfume–any less will likely be too little, and any more will be too strong. Avoid rubbing your wrists together as it breaks down the scent, lessening its lasting power.
Save your pout puckering for smooching that special someone, because it has no place when applying lipstick. Instead, let your lips relax and lift into a slight smile. Prime them with a light layer of lip balm, not lip liner, which can look too harsh. Apply the colour with a lipstick brush in small strokes, opposed to straight from the tube, for a more natural look. Follow these tips and your pout will look prettier than ever!
Applying face cream incorrectly can lead to–gasp!–saggy skin and premature wrinkles. We know–those words sound as bad as nails on a chalkboard. So to properly apply your face cream, make sure to dab small amounts of the product onto your skin at a time to avoid having to actually “rub” it in. Instead, use upward and outward strokes, lifting the skin up as you go.
If you don’t have an artist's hand, liquid liner can be intimidating. Up your confidence with this foolproof method. While many of us apply liner in one fell swoop, the proper way to do it is with small dashes along your lash line. Opt for a matte liner and before you begin, wipe the brush on your hand to remove any excess. A dryer brush will give you more control. Once you’ve applied the liner, dip a Q-tip in oil-free makeup remover and smudge it on the liner to fix any awkward strokes.
While some apply blush to the apples of their cheeks, it's infinitely more flattering to brush it up along your cheekbones. The latter method makes your face appear more chiseled and much younger. Your blush should make you feel brighter, not flushed, so make sure to choose a sheer colour that doesn’t go on too heavy.
When applying under-eye concealer, there’s a fine line between looking doe-eyed and looking owl-eyed. Your eye skin requires a different type of coverage than your blemishes. The concealer should be oil-based, to provide moisture, and peach- or pink-based, to counteract the blue tones in your dark circles. Apply a dotted line of concealer starting at the inner corner of your eye. Rub it in with your ring finger (not your index finger) for the gentlest application. For more lasting power and brightness, set with a highlighting powder.
Mascara clumps got you down? That’s because most mascaras are not meant to be layered more than twice, so cap it off at two coats. Before you apply it to your lashes, wipe off any excess onto the top of the tube so it doesn’t go on clumpy, and start at the base of your lashes to build volume. Some pros even suggest waiting until your mascara is a bit old and dry so the brush can help separate the lashes.
Okay, 'fess up: are you practically half asleep when you wash your face at night and in the morning? Your lazy lather is likely leading to some lazy mistakes. For starters, you should be washing your face with circular motions, instead of just slathering it with harsh strokes. This gentle massage will help oxygen penetrate the skin for a deeper cleanse. Rinse off with lukewarm water, not too hot or too cold, which will shock the skin.
Everyone covets the perfect eyebrows, but properly filling them in is tricky business (read: there are about a million ways it could go wrong). It all comes down to one thing: no one should be able to tell that your brows are filled in. For starters, use a brush and powder opposed to a liner, which can look too harsh. Next, most of us are using a filler that’s shade (or two) too dark. Get a colour that’s only a shade darker than your natural eyebrows. To finish, set your brows with a clear gel to fix unruly hairs and keep them perfect all day long.
From cake-face to too tanned, it’s easy to commit a foundation faux pas. Here’s how to use it to achieve a flawless complexion. First, purchase a foundation that's the same colour as your skin–it should disappear on your skin even before you blend it in. Next, prime your face with a primer or moisturizer and let it sink into the skin for five minutes. Apply the foundation with your fingers for less coverage, and use a sponge to achieve heavier coverage. Start in the middle of your face, around the eye area, and blend outward.