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Beauty blunders to avoid

#1 User is offline   Mona 

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Posted 04 September 2010 - 12:00 PM

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Makeup blunders are common but you should avoid those to look beautiful.

* Ok, so that blush looks fantastic in the magazine advertisement on that model with the drop dead gorgeous looks, but too much blush can actually make you look like someone has dropped a color palette over your face! The blusher you use should give you a natural look - rosy and pretty! Look for soft pinks or peach that makes you look youthful. The area of application also should be done appropriately; smile a little and tap the blush onto the cheekbones. Dust only a little, save your generosity for something else.

* When you try to hide your blemishes, have you realized you are actually highlighting them? This is another common makeup blunder that you need to carefully think about; wearing no makeup would actually be better than giving prominence to your blemishes. If you must apply a concealer, always match it with your foundation. Blend shades well or better still, create your own.

* Well, you have spent loads of precious minutes applying that magnificent branded eye shadow, but, hey, hang on! Have you checked out all the dust that lies beneath your eyes and on your cheeks? One way to avoid this would be to do your eye makeup before you apply the foundation. Avoid rubbing off this dust, as this would embed it further into your skin.

* You walk into this party feeling great about yourself and a second later you feel years older when a person walks up to you and says, ‘You look a little tired today’. Alas! All those layers of makeup have gone waste! Tut tut! Sometimes, wrong color choices in your color palette can add age to your face rather than making you look youthful and fresh. Shades of blue and grey if applied incorrectly can be one of the biggest makeup blunders you can make. Even if these shades are in vogue, stick to the basic colors unless you love drawing attention for all the wrong things.

* Well, being a workaholic will definitely give you dark circles under your eyes, but you need not advertise this to the world, by applying too much concealer. Instead, moisturize the area under your eyes and use a light and creamy concealer in small amounts. Blend well.

* Even if you love applying lipstick, if you have chapped lips, avoid using lipstick at any cost. Use a lip balm instead, which would keep your lips moist and soft as well. Some lip balms are available in tints of fresh colors and fruity flavors as well.

* Even if you have spent hours applying the eye shadow, forgetting to apply mascara or feeling too lazy can result in more makeup blunders! Eye shadow particles can sit prettily on your lovely lashes and this certainly is not going to enhance your looks in any way! Ensure you use the mascara on your upper and lower lashes to give a good definition to the eyes.

Incorrect Foundation Hue

Picking the right color of foundation to suit your skin tone is of utmost importance. If you pick a color that is too light for you, you will either look like a porcelain doll or a clown. On the other hand, if the shade is too dark for you, you will look like a burnt gingerbread man.

If you want to know what color suits you best, you need to test it on your skin, preferably on your face. It is not ok to test it on the back of your hand because there is a big chance that the tone of your face is not similar to that of your hand. The best place to test if the foundation shade is right for you is by applying it on your jawline under natural light. If you have to, go far out from the makeup counter lights and check if the color truly matches your complexion.

Noticeable Blush Stripes

If you want to look like you stepped out of a music video from the 80s, then by all means do not blend your blush and ensure that a streak of makeup can be prominently seen from your cheeks to your ears. However, if you want to appear chic and updated, you should prefer a more natural look.

Instead of sweeping a thick red or dark brown blush on your cheeks, you should use rose or copper blush. Furthermore, it would be best to barely dust the apples of your cheek with some blush while bringing the brushstrokes up towards your ear. Lastly, don't forget to blend your blush so as to avoid the dreaded blush stripe.

Penciled-In Eyebrows

Not so long ago, thin eyebrows were to die for. It was not surprising to see that even teen stars in Hollywood back then were sporting super thin brows. However, the movie and television industry probably realized that very thin eyebrows are not very attractive, unless a woman wants to look older than her real age. You see, thinning eyebrows is actually a sign of aging.

If you have naturally thin eyebrows or you are already showing some signs of becoming old, then it is all right to color your arches with makeup. Just make sure that you follow the arch of your brows with your pencil and after drawing the line, smudge your eyebrows a little bit with a brush so that the lines won't look as if your two-year-old daughter drew them up with her lead pencil.

Partially Lined Eyes

Another makeup blunder that has persisted through the years is the partial lining of the eyes. This practice is not only out-of-date but it also defeats the purpose of the eyeliner. The reason why women put a line on their eyes in the first place is to enhance the eyes and give them more emphasis. Partial lining, whether on the top or bottom eyelids, will make your eyes look smaller.

It is important to note that eyeliners are easy to smudge. Thus, you need to be sure that your liner is waterproof or of good quality. You do not want to attend an important meeting with dark circles around your eyes. Incidentally, if the dark circles are caused by sleep deprivation or stress, then you need to do a more proactive approach. Use a concealer to minimize the dark appearances or deal with the problem by using eye gels and creams; having raccoon eyes are definitely unflattering.
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Posted 04 September 2010 - 12:26 PM

Celebrity make-up blunders

1) Heavy eyeliner: Katie Price

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Raccoon eyes should remain on raccoons. Katie’s heavily caked-on eyeliner makes her look clown-like and just plain scary. Ideally, eyeliner should only be worn along the top lash line and as close to the lashes as possible to make the eyes look rounder and more open.

2) Shiny foundation: Victoria Beckham

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Never one to shy away from the spotlight, Posh may want to think twice next time about getting too close because it sure is bright. Her foundation looks thick and cakey and is much too shiny. Foundation needs to match your skin tone. If it is darker, it will only make your skin look dirty, or ghostly if it is too light.

3) Too many bright colours: Mary-Kate Olsen

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Sparkling orange eye shadow and neon red lips don’t look good on Mary-Kate and they probably wouldn’t on anyone else either. If it were one or the other it would be a different story, but together they clash and completely distract from her sexy outfit (and the man she brought with her).

4) Not enough colour: Michelle Trachtenberg

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Too much blush is always a problem, but so is not wearing any at all. To avoid looking like you have just risen from the dead, you should apply a subtle shade to the apples of your cheeks. Always make sure that it looks natural and is not too red or over-applied.

5) Excessive eye shadow: Una Healy

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The Saturdays formed two years ago, but Una’s eye make-up is straight out of the 80s and should have stayed there. The combination of purple eye shadow on top and turquoise under her eyes is way too much. Eye shadow should only be applied on and above the lid, and if you use two shades, they should be blended at the crease.

6) Eye shadow under the eyes: Ashlee Simpson

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Horrendous hair colour aside, Ashlee looks like she hasn't gotten any sleep for days. Her eye shadow is the same shade of brown as any dark circles that would appear, and it doesn't help that the colour completely engulfs her eyes. The only thing that should go right under your eyes is concealer, because it will cover any dark spots and brighten up your face.
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Posted 04 September 2010 - 12:37 PM

7) Bad tan: Amanda Bynes

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One too many trips to the tanning bed will have you looking like Amanda, and the Oompa Loompa look is definitely not in style. Neither is cancer, which is too often a direct result of excessive exposure to ultraviolet radiation. Instead, opt for tanning lotion, bronzer or other self-tanners that will give your skin a much more natural, sun-kissed glow.

8) Bad skin: Amy Winehouse

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Aside from her outrageous trademark eyeliner, Amy’s blotchy, blemished skin doesn’t go unnoticed. She is in desperate need of foundation and concealer, and maybe a trip to the dermatologist.

9) Dark lip colour: Lauren Conrad

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The rule has always been that you are supposed to emphasize one feature instead of wearing heavy make-up all over your face, but Lauren gets it wrong with lip colour that is much too dark for her skin tone. The rest of her make-up is nice and simple, so her lips could have been coloured with a lighter shade of red or pink and still remained the focus of her face without being too harsh.

10) Thick lip liner: Dolly Parton

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Dolly is the queen of flamboyant style, but her beauty regimen may need a tweak or two (or more). Lip liner needs to be close to your natural lip colour, not a visible outline around your mouth. It should blend in with your lipstick or gloss for a more pulled together look.

11) Blue make-up: Jennifer Lopez

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Unless you really are in the circus or some other sort of theatrical act, any kind of blue make-up like Jennifer’s here usually doesn’t look too chic. Her indigo eye shadow and eyeliner make her eyes look sunken in, and you should never have to match the colour of your clothes to your make-up. Her gown is blue enough.

12) Nude lips: Kim Kardashian

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Where is the colour? Although routinely a beauty icon, Kim looks washed out in a black ensemble and pale, ashen make-up. Her lips are barely visible in nude gloss and would look noticeably fuller with a slight splash of colour.
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Posted 07 September 2010 - 06:18 AM

Makeup is great if you know how to use it. Try too much and you look sloppy, use too little and you look bare-faced. Everything should be done perfectly with lots of attention given to all details. Only long-time practice can help you find you best makeup.
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Posted 03 February 2011 - 09:30 AM

too much moisturising cream on your legs can add some strange shining to the skin and it doesn't look sexy

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Posted 03 February 2011 - 12:45 PM

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4) Not enough colour: Michelle Trachtenberg
Too much blush is always a problem, but so is not wearing any at all. To avoid looking like you have just risen from the dead, you should apply a subtle shade to the apples of your cheeks. Always make sure that it looks natural and is not too red or over-applied.


and what about natural makeup?! i think sometimes it is ok not to wear makeup at all, innit? :unsure:
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