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The 5 Most Common Makeup Mistakes
(And How To Avoid Them)

  • By: Allison Saunders

  • Bad makeup
    Orange face, white neck. Brown neck, pink face.

    We all know someone with no perception of how her make-up really looks on her own face.

    She's sweet, really sweet. But she's a joke in your circle of friends. Oh, no. It isn't you, is it?

    Well, even if you don't wear "clown makeup," chances are you're making some mistakes with your makeup. Take stock to be sure that you don't fall into any of the makeup traps below.

    Mismatched Foundation

    Your foundation should not be a different color from the rest of your body. Really, it shouldn't. This is an easy problem to fix. March yourself down to the make-up counter at your favorite department store and let the salesperson do her job. It's her job, after all. Don't be intimidated, you don't need to buy the whole product line.

    Blue Eye shadow

    Blue eye shadow works for some people. Little girls in dance recitals. Guests at 1970s-themed parties. Ethereal looking supermodels. If you aren't one of the aforementioned people then don't wear it.

    Enough said.

    Dark Circles Under Eyes/Obvious Under Eye Concealer

    This is a chicken or egg problem. You're right, the circles aren't great. But neither are orange crescents under your eyes. Play around with a few shades of concealer to see what really works best for you.

    Different products work differently on different people. Just because one brand works for your friend, doesn't mean it'll be flattering on you. Make sure you're getting enough sleep and talk to your doctor. Sometimes those circles are a sign of allergies or a vitamin deficiency.

    Obvious Lip liner

    This is a look. It's just not a flattering one. Lip liner is intended to add dimension to thin or small lips, to lengthen the wear of your lip color and to prevent your lipstick from ?bleeding? onto your face. It is not intended to create a visible outline.

    Inferior products in your dressing area

    Most of us are not starlets with dressing rooms and make-up artists at our disposal. But that doesn't mean we don't deserve to look like starlets with dressing rooms and make-up artists.

    Invest in good lighting around your vanity. Stock it with quality make-up brushes and limit your make-up collection to products you'll actually use. That way, your budget can be used to buy better cosmetics.

    You're worth it

    Add a couple of extra minutes, a wee bit more effort and a little money into your daily makeup routine. It's not vain to spend a few dollars on or a few minutes at your vanity. Put on your prettiest smile, bat your beautiful lashes and show the world that you like who you are.

    Put your best face forward... you don't have to hide behind crow's feet and lip lines..

    Allison Saunders is a MAC qualified Make-up Artist and the author of an amazing new course, "Hollywood Makeup Secrets" a step-by-step simple system for maximizing your inner and outer beauty potential. You can learn more about Allison, and subscribe to her free newsletter by visiting: (c)2005 All Rights Reserved
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