Makeup is incredibly powerful in the sense that it can completely transform the way we look. We use it to highlight our favourite features, add dimension to areas that need a little help and make us look like the best version of ourselves. However, you know you’ve gone wrong when you end up looking more clownish than polished. There’s a fine line between made up and overdone; here, we help you stay within that line.
The Oompa-Loompa effect
Is there anything more embarrassing than an orange-tinged face that doesn’t blend in with your neck and the rest of your body? We think not. Avoid the Oompa-Loompa look by picking the correct foundation shade for your skin tone. While shopping for foundation, swatch two or three shades on your jawline area, and opt for the shade that disappears and blends in seamlessly with your skin. Be sure to step outside of the department store and away from its harsh, fluorescent lighting while testing foundations for the best possible result – natural light is your best bet. Maybelline Dream Satin Liquid Foundation is our pick for flawless yet natural-looking coverage.
A light dusting of translucent powder is the perfect way to set your handy work after you have finished your makeup, however, going OTT and piling on the powder will put you on the fast track to looking like a ghost in no time. We recommend using a large, fluffy powder brush to dust powder only onto areas that need it (i.e. an oil-prone T-Zone) and tapping off excess product before applying it to your face. Try L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable Powder.
A fishy affair
We get it, a full pout is in, but over-lining your lips to the extent that you look like you’ve been socked in the mouth is a big no-no. Here’s the correct way to line your lips to make them appear fuller without it looking obvious: use a lipliner in the same shade as your natural lip colour, starting from the outer corners and tracing along the outer edge of the lips for added volume. Follow with a matching lipstick and a dab of NYX Professional Makeup Butter Gloss in Madeleine in the centre of the bottom lip for extra poutiness.
Have you ever finished a beautiful eye look only to have to start over because clumpy or smudgy mascara ruined it? To prevent your lashes from clumping, pick a mascara with a thinner wand as opposed to a chunky one, as this will be easier to control. You can also use a spoolie or lash/brow brush in between each coat of mascara to comb through your lashes. To prevent nasty smudges from happening, start with a lid primer, such as Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion, and wait for each coat of mascara to dry before applying the next.