Too much eyeliner on the lower lash lineAh, dark eyeliner under the eyes. Too much colour is not the problem here, the smudging is. If you don’t apply an eye primer before application, your favourite black eyeliner will smudge, only enhancing and darkening the appearance of dark circles. You don’t want to look like you’re having the longest day of your life, so keep it light.
Wrong concealer under your eyesConcealer is meant to hide discolouration under the eyes. Using the wrong colour will betray your beauty by darkening the very dark circles you’re trying to cover up. Avoid this by choosing a concealer that matches your skin’s undertones, not just the surface skin tone.
Your foundation is robbing youTake caution – there are so many ways to get foundation wrong. Foundation that is caking, too thick, flat, faded, or the wrong colour gives off a sleep-deprived feel. Your foundation is the only full-face coverage you apply, so any of these faults will make your skin look dull and lacklustre.
There’s no colourNothing makes you look like you just rolled out of bed and started your day wrong like a colourless face. Using neutral colours that are of the same shade, or having no colour at all, is the main culprit here. It gives your skin a milky, pale appearance that makes you look tired and drained. Don’t do it!
Too much powderPowder-based products have the thickest consistency, no matter how smooth they appear to be. Too much powder makes the skin rigid and tight, and thus add to a worn-out look. Heavy powder will also find ways to sit in the creases and lines around your eyes and cheeks, emphasising them and making you look older as a result. Save yourself from becoming chalky and keep it to a minimum or explore the huge range of cream-based products available for a far smoother finish.
If you’re not using products that hydrate the skin, then you need to moisturise before applying makeup. Applying makeup to dry skin will only intensify the dry feeling, making your skin look ashy and thirsty.
And remember, if you’re not using long-wear products, reapply, reapply, reapply. Always match your products to the colour of your underlying skin tone. If you stick to these rules, they’ll keep you well away from the death-bed look.