Don’t Make These Makeup Mistakes!

woman putting make up on and it when a bit to far so she looks like its been one by a child. Please note this image has had a half colour and black and white with a sepia toning effect added.

We all know you should never go to sleep without taking your makeup off, you should wash out your makeup brushes regularly, and you should never try to match foundation for your face by testing it out on the back of your hand. But we found some useful tips that you may not know about from today’s top makeup artists, including Elaine Barnett.

Here’s what NOT to do when applying makeup!

DON’T wear too much face powder. According to Barnett, “Powder settles in fine lines, wrinkles, and pores, giving skin a haggard look. Apply powder just where you need it, down the T-zone of your face, and lightly on the cheeks. Or opt out of full coverage face powders all together and try a translucent setting powder (lightly, all over).

Translucent setting powders are just that: they don’t add any color or coverage, they simply matte the skin with a very refined powder that won’t cake.”

Smart Cover’s Compact Finishing Powder will help set your makeup without looking flat and unnatural. It has a no-shine finish and it’s great for touch-ups all day long.

DON’T use the same concealer to hide under-eye circles that you use to conceal other imperfections on your face. Barnett advises choosing a shade for under the eyes that is a notch or two lighter than your skin tone to “give the illusion of a brighter under eye and conceal those dark circles.”

Smart Cover’s Deluxe 10-Piece Starter Kit comes with three shades of our Concealing Crème, Color Corrector and Smart Cover Stick, as well as a Vitamin Beauty Stick, Moisture Primer Lotion, Camouflage Brush, Sponges and Travel Case.  Start with the Moisture Primer Lotion and then target stubborn dark eye circles with the Smart Cover Stick, or just use a lighter shade of the Concealing Crème under the eyes as recommended by the experts.

DON’T overdo it with the bronzer. Instead of covering your entire face with bronzer, try applying Smart Cover’s Believable Bronzer only to your cheeks, forehead and the bridge of your nose to achieve a more subtle and realistic sun-kissed look.

DON’T trace the entire outline of your lips with lip liner, unless you also fill in your lips with the liner as well. This will create a dramatic, long-lasting base for your lipstick. For every day, feel free to skip the liner altogether.

Now that you know what not to do, learn how to make the most of your favorite Smart Cover products with our how-to videos, featuring makeup artist Andrea Guttadauro. You’ll be a pro in no time!