Makeup has always been tricky for me. It has the ability to accentuate your features or completely change the way you look and that's a bit scary to think about. However, I do enjoy wearing it and experimenting with different products and brands, especially in the past few years. I've gotten a bit smarter about what suits me and what doesn't so I'll typically find something I love and stick to it for longer than I'd like to admit. Although, there have been some makeup mishaps in my past and I thought I'd share them for anyone currently struggling with the elusive art.
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NOT MATCHING MY SKIN TONE
I'm sure this has been an issue for anyone starting off with makeup. While I'm privileged in that my skin tone is common among many makeup brands, there are occasions when I've gotten a bit too much sun or not enough that my skin colour is completely foreign to myself and my favourite products. Since returning from the Dominican Republic at the end of January it's been difficult matching the powders in my collection and finding foundations that match my skin. I'm no stranger to the pink-face foundation look and I vowed I would never go back to it.
Everyone's skin tone is so unique and to try and mimic it with products is going to leave a lot to be desired. However, after years of struggling with this, I think I've found what works best for me and what I plan on sticking to in the future. To avoid the overdone look I'll use some concealer on any dark circles or blemishes and then set it with a powder to blur the rest of my skin.
NOT PREPPING WITH MOISTURIZER
I'm going to be honest, I only realized the importance of this step recently and it really does make a difference for both your makeup and your skin. Keeping your skin moisturized is so important, especially in the winter months, and yet it's taken me almost 7 years and a lot of sporadic breakouts to learn this lesson. Not only does my skin feel incredibly dry when I don't prep with a bit of my Pond's moisturizer, but it also leaves my makeup to settle in dry spots and look cakey. Realistically, there are still days that I forget this step in my morning makeup routine, but I am much more aware of it and the affect it has on my face.
NOT WEARING EYELINER FOR MY EYE SHAPE
I have gone through some crazy eye makeup looks in the past, from purple eyeliner on the bottom waterline to thick charcoal-silver on the lid. I'm not going to say I regret those looks, but what I do regret is the lack of skill in applying them. I have an eye shape not typically represented by this generations celebrities. I'd say it's pretty close to Christina Ricci; wide, almond-shaped and slightly protruding. This has made it difficult to emulate the many intricate eyeliner trends that seem to effortlessly suit so many others. I usually end up making my eyes look to small, to close together, or too droopy; not ideal when I want my eyes to be a focal point.
After years of practice and really studying my face and what looks good on me, I've found a liquid eyeliner style that accentuates my eyes without making them look overdone and oddly shaped. It's been a struggle, but I've finally accomplished it!
THINKING I HAVE TO BE A MAKEUP ARTIST TO WEAR MAKEUP
My young adulthood spent struggling with an inferiority complex on many different levels. When it comes to makeup I've always felt so uninformed an unqualified that there are times when I can feel like a clown wearing it. This is all in my own head, I realize that, but it's hard to get out of that mindset when you see Instagram makeup artists and Youtube beauty gurus highlighting to the gods and cutting their cheekbones. It makes my measly old makeup routine seem like child's play.
I'm sure many people feel this way so that's why I'm here to tell them (and myself) that you can put whatever you want on your face. You might feel judged or looked down upon by those who might have a steadier hand or more ingenuity, but the only thing that matters is how you see yourself. I've spent many years worrying about how I appeared to others and if it looked like I was trying too hard that I lost sight of how fun it is to apply makeup and try out different looks or colours.
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What makeup mistakes have you made?