I did not grow up in a household that taught me anything about makeup. My mom just wasn't really in to it and I didn't have any sisters or family members to teach me. It wasn't until late high school that I started to really learn about makeup and go beyond the cheap/funky eye shadow palettes into more "normal" looks.
And oh-my did I make some mistakes...
Here's three mistakes I made early on and how I fixed them:
1. Using the wrong tools.
Early on in my make up days (before the beauty blender was a thing) I had a very limited collection of make up brushes. I'm honestly not sure where I even acquired some of these brushes... but lets just say they were not well made. While great make up brushes/tools can cost you occasionally ridiculous prices- you don't have to pay an arm and a leg to get great tools. My favorite reasonably priced brand for makeup tools:
Real Techniques- This brand makes reasonably prices brushes and sponges that rival many of the higher end tools in my collection. I will never buy a beauty blender again because I believe the Real Techniques sponge is just as good.
2. Not using moisturizer/primer.
In the early days of attempting to wear foundation, I remember complaining to my friends about my foundation not lasting through the day. Some of that can probably be attributed to crappy foundation and the mistake mentioned above BUT it can also be attributed to a lack of moisturizer and/or primer. This one is an easy one to fix... Use moisturizer and primer before you put your foundation on!
I ventured into moisturizer before I got to primer. In the early days I used the Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer which was a solid everyday product. Today, I still stick with a drug store moisturizer in the Neutrogena Hyrdo Boost Water Gel. I love this foundation because it sinks in to the skin super quickly and the hyaluronic acid does an incredible job of locking in hydration.
I've used a ton of different primers over the years and to be honest I don't have one that I would call my ALL TIME favorite. However, I do have a few that are strong. Starting with drug store- I think the Maybelline FaceStudio Master Prime Primer, Blur + Smooth is a solid affordable option. Moving a bit further up the price scale, I have always enjoyed the Benefit The POREfessional Face Primer. The Too Face Hangover Replenishing Face Primer is a great primer on days when you want even more hydration and when you want to smell some delicious beachy coconut.
3. Failing to blend.
I used to be extremely guilty of only bringing my foundation to my jawline in my younger years. I would get a nice strong line on my face and when I opened my mouth or laughed I showed off a horrible foundation line. Another relatively easy solve here: do your best to match your foundation to your face/neck. This isn't always possible because (if your like me) the rest of your body tans but your face and neck do not. Two solves for that: (1) the lazy choice (and the one I choose most of the time) drag your foundation down your neck. I like using a blending sponge to do thing in order to blend seamlessly. (2) Use a self tanner- I like the gradual self tanners for face like the Jergens Natural Glow Healthy Complextion Daily Facial Moisturizer. I put this on a night in order to let the gradual tan build a bit over night and after a few nights, you will wake up with a nice healthy glow.
I could easily keep going- and maybe I will in another post- but for now I'll stop reliving my makeup mistakes. What mistakes did you make when you were learning about make up?
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