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Makeup is an art form that is ever-evolving and improving, so techniques and products can become outdated quickly.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:

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



As Spring approaches, we can look forward to brighter days, fewer layers, and the fresh Spring air. For most people, Spring is the perfect time to declutter their homes and lives however, many of us will often forget to spring clean our beauty and makeup products.

Well, the staff at LSBM is here today to give you some Spring cleaning tips for your beauty and makeup products.

Beauty Spring Cleaning Tip 1: Throwing away Expired Products

We’ll remember to throw away expired foods and drinks but often forget that foundation we have had for over 2 years. 


It’s time for us to part with those old tubes and replace them with brand new products. With most of us working from home over the last few months, there has been less of a need to wear makeup. It is easy to forget about that mascara we opened before lockdown, which is now probably a breeding ground for bacteria.

Beauty Products Expiry Symbols
Look out for this symbol to work out your beauty products expiry dates.

Wondering how to work out the expiry dates for your makeup and beauty products? On the back of your product, you should see an opened jar symbol with a number. The number identifies how many months after opening the product, the manufacturer advises using it. After this point, there is a high risk of bacteria growing and, you don’t want that on your face! Now you know how to find expired products, time to figure out what belongs in the bin or back in your bag.

Beauty Spring Cleaning Tip 2: Wash your Makeup Brushes

So speaking of bacteria building up, makeup brushes can be another hotspot! Think of all the dirt, oil, and products that have built up on the hairs of your brushes. Experts say that you’re supposed to wash your brushes once a week! While we understand that not everyone has the time to do that or even use them frequently enough to warrant that.

Our expert makeup tutors recommend that you take the time to wash your brushes as frequently as you can! We know that many companies would tell you to rush out and buy expensive brush cleaners. You don’t need to!

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1) Wet your brush bristles with lukewarm water.
2) Use gentle soap and pour it into your palm.
3) Massage the bristles gently into your palm and soap.
4) Rinse out the brush bristles and squeeze out the extra water.
5) Dry out the bristles without a towel and hanging over an edge so that they dry in their correct shape.

And there you have clean makeup brushes to slay that Spring makeup!

Beauty Spring Cleaning Tip 3: Reorganise your Beauty Products

So at this point, you’ve cleared out all the expired products and cleaned your brushes. You now have a good idea of your inventory which makes reorganising a lot easier. Disinfect your makeup bag/makeup drawers before putting your products back in. Before doing that, use this time to put away your winter products! The heavy-duty creams and intensive hydrating formulas can be stored away, instead of taking up space in your makeup bag. Grab the lighter formulas, bright palettes, and fresh lip colours.

So now, you are all set for Spring! Are you interested in more makeup tips why not find out more about our MASA Courses? Or if transitioning your skincare into the different seasons is more your speed, our facial courses are one of the best in the UK!

Get in touch at 020 7776 9766 or email at contact@beauty-school.co.uk

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