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Avoid these top makeup mistakes

I know what you're thinking; there's no way you'd be caught dead with drawn-on brows, mismatched foundation or clumpy eye shadow. Trust me, that's what they all say.

To find out what your makeup really looks like to the rest of the world, snap a self-portrait using your cell phone in natural light. (I've seen your Facebook page, so I know that you know how to do this.) Pictures don't lie, so if you discover that you're actually making one of these Top 4 Makeup Mistakes, not to worry, I've got your oh-so-pretty fix right here …

1. Good foundation, poor application

Your foundation may be the best, but if you're a novice at applying it, even the best products can look caked on, or worse, leave a mark at your jaw line.

For starters, use a skin-toned concealer to cover blemishes and other imperfections. Then apply your foundation of choice sparingly using a slightly moist foundation brush. Start at the center of your face and blend outward.

Some women like to use a foundation a bit darker than their natural skin tone to add some color to their complexions. You know who they are. This is what blush and bronzer are for so please, opt for a foundation that matches your face. If not for us, do it for you neck's sake.

2. Penciled in brows

I went through a comical stage with my brows just after college. Apparently I thought the skinnier they were, the smaller my thighs would look. Thankfully I didn't add insult to injury by drawing new brows in with a too dark pencil. Yes, I'm talking to you.

If you can see your brow line at all, you are guilty of making mistake No. 2. The goal is to keep it natural; opt for a brow powder or brow mascara.

Also, pick a hue that's a shade lighter, not darker, than your brow color.

3. Lip liner that misses the mark

I think it's the name — Lip Liner, it's just so misleading. And then there's the fact that so many experts recommend applying lip liner before lipstick, which invariably means that lip liner looks harsh.

If you can see your lip liner at all, you are guilty of making this most-common makeup mistake. Liner should blend flawlessly into your lips.

I find it best to apply liner after lipstick, then blot lipstick and either reapply if you want a matte finish or slick on a coat of gloss. You can save money and embarrassment by picking a nude colored liner and using it with all of your lipstick hues.

4. Makeup that ages you

Whoever invented "frost" was out to get you. For most women over 21, frost-hued makeup, from lipstick to eye shadow, adds years to your face.

And as cheeks start to head south, you can actually retain a youthful glow by applying blush sparingly in a crisp hue of peach, pink or nude to the upper portion of the cheekbone.

Avoid these top makeup mistakes 02/03/11 [Last modified: Monday, November 7, 2011 5:02pm]
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