4 Common Makeup Mistakes to Avoid

As a makeup school, we see many mistakes made over the years with each new cohort- through no fault of theirs! Many makeup wearers start in their teenage years and formed lasting habits. Whilst these habits might work great for their skin, it doesn’t always translate well for others. In this blog, we will be discussing tips to avoid these makeup mistakes.

Makeup is an art form that is ever-evolving and improving, so techniques and products can become outdated quickly. Makeup artists and trends can be fast-paced and confusing to novice makeup wearers. This leaves room for a lot of mistakes. However, the most common makeup mistakes we’ve found are easily fixable by swapping products or using different techniques.

As always, all of our tips come from professional makeup artists working in the industry!

The Makeup Mistakes to Avoid

Firstly, you’re not prepping the skin properly:

A big makeup mistake we find from makeup wearers every is skin prep or the lack of! Applying your makeup on dry skin is a big no and honestly doing so causes numerous problems.

The reason why? Primer helps reduce the appearance of redness, protect the pores of the skin and smooth out skin appearance/texture before the foundation is applied.

Skipping primer can cause the makeup to look uneven and cake. It can even affect the appearance of the foundation’s colour by making the foundation look a lot lighter. The barrier the primer provides between skin and foundation helps the makeup to look more flawless and last longer on the face. Moisturising before putting on primer is just as important because makeup is naturally drying. This is also important for the health of the skin, it is the biggest organ in the body!

Secondly, you’re buying products based on social media recomendations rather than professional:

With the rise of social media, many beauty companies use social media to market to their consumers and also debut any new products they have. Companies also use social media to send PR packages to influencers to promote their products to their audience.

New products tend to “trend” on social media with thousands of people talking about them. Now, this is not necessarily a bad thing, however, it is detrimental to people who are not aware of how products are formulated for different skin types. This mistake is easy to fix, consumers should try and know their skin type before buying products. This will save time and lots of money!

Thirdly, not cleaning makeup brushes often:

If you’re doing your makeup regularly, your makeup will inevitably build up on your makeup brushes and sponges. The key is to prevent this from happening, as this becomes a breeding ground for bacteria and dirt to cause problems on the face. It also negates washing the face before applying makeup. You’re washing one type of dirt off to put it back more on the face.

Creamy makeup products are more susceptible to bacteria as it thrives more in moist environments. This causes acne, breakouts and, in more extreme cases, viral illnesses. We recommend washing brushes every 7 to 10 days, if your brushes are used solely on your face. However, if you are a makeup artist, your brushes are to be washed between every client.

Finally, Wearing too many products that highlight the face:

Now, this is a makeup mistake we’ve seen more recently and is one to avoid! In current years, the luminous glowy look has grown increasingly popular. From foundation formulas to products designed for highlighting, using all of them at once is a no go. Too much highlighting causes the face to appear shiny in an oily way instead of a dewy way.

Most makeup artists suggest applying highlighting products in small and strategic areas around the face. Specifically where light naturally hits the face, such as cheekbones, parts of the forehead and nose. An easy way to apply some highlight is by using the pointer, middle and ring fingers to apply on the parts of the face that needs to be accentuated.

Elevate Your Makeup Game By Avoiding Common Makeup Mistakes

Have you found these tips on makeup mistakes to avoid helpful? At LSBM, we believe in cementing the foundations of makeup before students move on to the more fun and creative elements. All of our MASA courses cover a two-week introduction to the principles of makeup. The introduction period will cover important aspects that are required from makeup artists globally, such as:

  • Health and Safety
  • Hygiene 
  • Understanding skincare 
  • How to prep the skin before makeup application
  • Colour Theory, understanding the colour wheel, how to combine colours and colour correction
  • Face Chart Design

If you are interested in finding out more about our MASA courses and how they can elevate your makeup game, then get in contact with us today!

Give us a call on 020 7776 9766 or email us at contact@beauty-school.co.uk



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