Mistake 1: Too much make-up
Applying too much foundation
and mascara are common
mistakes. Foundation must
never give the impression you
are wearing a mask – too
much can also emphasise fine
lines and wrinkles. Too much
mascara can look unnatural
and become messy by the end
of the day.
Invest in a good foundation or
concealer and apply only
where necessary. Give your
eyes and lips a natural look by
day, and ensure that your
mascara doesn't leave clumps.
Mistake 2: Not blending make-up properly
When it comes to eyeshadow,
the rainbow effect is taboo, as
are hard lines around the eyes
and lips. If you try to create
'contours ' with bronzer or
blusher, or try to emphasise your
cheekbones in this way, chances
are the result will be a grubby-
Take a critical look at your
made-up face: Are any lines visible?
If so, blend them for a softer effect.
Avoid liquid eyeliner unless you
are able to apply it extremely neatly.
Alternatively, use a small, stubby brush
to apply eyeshadow instead of eyeliner
for a softer effect. When applying blusher,
concentrate on the apples of your cheeks –
the colour will emphasise the rounded part of
your cheek and naturally accentuate the hollow
Mistake 3: Neglected teeth
Your smile is often the first thing that people notice on meeting
you. Teeth that are well cared for are not only healthy but
will take years off your appearance.
Floss and brush regularly, and have broken or chipped
teeth attended to. If your teeth have yellowed, consult
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Mistake 4: Unkempt or over-plucked eyebrows
Eyebrow fashions change as
often as hemlines do – don 't
follow the latest eyebrow
fashions slavishly. Never pluck
your eyebrows too heavily –
sometimes they don 't grow
back or they grow back in
Our solution: Maintain eyebrows of fair
thickness and pluck in a neat,
natural line. Fill any gaps with
brown eyeshadow and a fine
brush, but ensure that there
are no obvious lines.
Mistake 5: Make-up that is too bright
Brightly coloured eye make-up
and mascara may be the height
of fashion but is not intended
for everyday use, because it
looks hard and unnatural.
It can also make you look
older. Forget about the
old-fashioned idea of
matching your eyeshadow
with your eye colour. Shades
of bronze and brown flatter
all eye colours.
Leave the bright-blue
eyeshadow, eyeliner and
mascara to the teenagers
and rather go for neutral
brown, grey-brown, beige and
bronze, which always look
more stylish. Experiment with
different shades of lipstick, but
avoid colours such as shocking
pink and make sure that the
shade suits your complexion.Click here for 5 More Beauty Blunders to avoid
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