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When you are passionate about beauty and makeup, you want to learn everything there is to know about this vast and sometimes tricky field. Nevertheless, are you completely safe from common makeup mistakes? Experts say there is always room for learning more because even professionals get it wrong sometimes. With the endless information you have access to, sometimes you can get confused or obtain contradictory advice. This is why today we decided to offer you a list of five common makeup mistakes you might be making and the necessary tips on how to solve them.

1. Lining Your Entire Eye

Surely, using liner on both lids can make your eyes look dramatic – or so you have heard. In fact, lining your entire eye makes your eyes look smaller than they actually are. Moreover, you may overdo it and look a little out of place when the situation does not call for dramatic appearances.

HOW TO FIX IT: Apply eyeliner only to your upper lid, avoiding applying it on your lower lash line. For a clean, feminine, and natural look, pick a high-quality eyeliner that does not smudge. You will be surprised how many drugstore eyeliners are truly excellent.

2. Using Your Fingers to Apply Foundation

This counts as a mistake because many women are tempted to solve the foundation step in a faster and more comfortable way. However, even if you are on the go and feel that your fingers will do the job quicker, your face will not be happy with it and pay for it later. Moreover, using your fingers may actually lead to product waste.

HOW TO FIX IT: Help your face stay safe from germs, bacteria, and oils and your wallet free from troubles by investing in a high-quality foundation brush. Of course, you have to learn how to use it properly.

3. Wearing the Wrong Foundation Shade

Speaking about the foundation, wearing the wrong shade is one of the most common makeup mistakes women make. Foundation’s purpose is not to offer you a bit of bronze. This is what self-tanner products are for. Foundation is here to offer you a perfect, smooth complexion and to cover up any and all imperfections.

HOW TO FIX IT: Many experts advise you to try out the foundation on the back of your hand, but professional makeup artists beg to differ. You should test foundation on your jawline. Moreover, some even insist that you ask for a sample to take home. This is how you can experiment with your foundation in various lighting situations and angles to make sure the shade looks natural.

4. Applying Makeup on Dry Skin

If there is something worse than not getting the right shade of foundation, it is applying makeup on dry, flaky skin. The result is quite terrible, not to mention it is completely bad for your skin. You surely do not want to look like your face will crack and fall piece by piece in the middle of the day do you?

HOW TO FIX IT: Since it is winter, we will emphasize once again that dehydration and dry skin, in general, are your worst enemies. In order to gain healthy and radiant skin face that allows gorgeous makeup, moisturize your face on a daily basis. Moreover, exfoliate your face once a week to get rid of flakes and impurities. Smoother, cleaner skin means health and much smoother makeup application and finished looks.

5. Plumping up Your Lips with Lip Liner

Surely you have heard that in order to get fuller, plumper lips, all you need to do is line your lips a bit outside your natural lip line. This can go wrong in so many ways that experts are calling it a big no-no. The slightest wrong move and you will look like casting for the adult entertainment cinema if you catch our drift. You can plump up your lips with liner and lipstick, but not the way you imagine.

HOW TO FIX IT: Experts recommend you use a lip liner in the same shade as your lipstick on the outer line of your lips. Do not ever pass over the natural lip line. Use the lip liner to also fill in your lips and color them. This trick is important because if the lipstick fades away, you will still have some color and do not end up only with a line around your mouth. If you want fuller natural lips, apply the lipstick over a thin layer of lip-gloss in the same shade.

Gathering up our brushes…

There are more common makeup mistakes you should avoid. We will probably resume the topic later on with other makeup tips and tricks you should take to heart.