Weird Makeup: Fast Facts

  1. If it looks like you're wearing a mask after you put on foundation, you're probably not blending it right. Try one of these remedies:
    • Blend the edges of the foundation away with a dampened makeup sponge.
    • Don't stop the foundation at your jaw line -- continue the coverage past your jaw and blend it into your neck.
    • Thin the consistency of your foundation with water or moisturizer.
    Learn more about foundation demarcation lines.

  1. Testing a foundation on your hand in the store probably won't give you a good match for your face, despite the advice from your mom or girlfriends. Your hands are washed and exposed to more ultraviolet light than your face, often making them darker or redder than your facial skin. As a result, that color that matches perfectly on your hand is likely too dark for your face.
    Learn more about foundation mismatches.

  1. Before the invention of blush, women used to pinch their cheeks to get that rosy glow. Though you can now avoid such pain, comparing a blush to the color of your pinched cheeks can help you find one that's the perfect match for your skin.
    Learn more about applying blush.

  1. Trying out every makeup tip in the latest beauty magazine can seem like a good idea, until the final result ends up garish, not glamorous. By playing up one feature at a time like bold eyes with a neutral lip -- your face will have the magazine look you hoped for.
    Learn more about spotlighting your makeup.

  1. Contrasting your eye shadow, liner and mascara color with your eye color will make your eyes stand out more than if you matched them. For pairings that pop, keep the following in mind:
    • Brown eyes should try deep blues and greens.
    • Blue eyes should try chocolate and natural browns.
    • Green eyes should try deep purples.
    • Hazel eyes should try rich greens.
    Learn more about matching your makeup colors.

  1. Lower-lash mascara is the biggest culprit of those dark streaks that can run down your cheek after crying, sweating or getting caught in a rainstorm. Cover just your top lashes if you expect to be in a wet situation.
    Learn more about streak-proof mascara application.

  1. Pumping a mascara brush into its tube is a makeup no-no. The pumping act forces in air, which can dry out the mascara and cause flakes.
    Learn more about avoiding mascara blobs.

  1. All-in-one concealers should be avoided -- in fact, you should probably have several types on hand:
    • Different concealers for each season to match your skin as it changes color
    • A yellow concealer for blemishes
    • A pink or peach concealer for under the eyes
    Learn more about keeping concealer concealed.

  1. Oil-free foundation can be a makeup must for your lips. If your lipstick tends to stray from your lips onto your face, apply some oil-free foundation to your lips beforehand to help keep the lipstick in place.
    Learn more about preventing lipstick bleed.

  1. The warmth of your hands [Warm hands?] can help you apply makeup better. Rolling a lip, eye or brow pencil between your palms before use softens the tip and makes application easier.
    Learn more about brow pencils.

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