Even though I’ve been using makeup for more than 15 years now, I often make mistakes. Like, almost every time I do my makeup, something will go wrong, and I end up with mascara smudges or clown cheeks. Well, I’ve always been a clumsy girl, and I don’t see that changing any time soon. On the bright side, though, I’ve become quite good at fixing my worst, and most common, makeup blunders. Here’s what I do:
Liquid Eyeliner Gone Awry
Oh, liquid eyeliner, how I hate to love you! You look so intense and glossy, and define the eyes so well. But to apply you properly is so hard! Seriously, if I had a cent for every time my liquid eyeliner application has gone awry, I’d be rich. But hey, if I still have problems applying liquid eyeliner, I’ve become a pro at fixing awry lines. Just dip a q-tip into a creamy makeup remover (I rarely use oil-based ones as they tend to leave an oily residue that prevents the new line from adhering well to the lid) and erase the mistake.
2. Clown Blush
This is something that often happens to me when I use a new, pigmented, blush for the fist time. Luckily, it’s easy to fix. Grab the sponge or brush you’ve used to apply foundation and gently dab it over the excess blush. The residue of foundation left on your tools will help tone it down. If you apply foundation with your hands, try this other trick instead. With a new, clean brush, pick up a bit of translucent powder and dust it over the blush. This trick works for overdone bronzers too. Just don’t use too much powder, or it’ll look cakey. And then, you’ll have to fix that too!
3. Mascara smudges
This is why I tend to avoid mascaras with big wands. When I use them, a bit of mascara ends up on my skin. Every. Single. Time. Sometimes, that happens even when the wand is thin. I’m just clumsy like that. When it happens, let the mascara dry first. Then, with a wet q-tip, press on the area. Swirl it gently and lift it off.
4. Clumpy mascara
Don’t you just hate it when a volumizing mascara makes your lashes thicker by clumping them all together? Lengthening mascaras can clump lashes too, making your lashes look horrible. When that happens, grab a lash comb (or, if you have it, a clean mascara wand) and comb your lashes to separate them and remove all the clumps.
5. Heavy concealers and cakey powders
Does your concealer have a very heavy texture that looks unnatural on? Slightly dampen your fingers (you can also use a sponge, if you prefer) with water and smooth it out. If, instead, you’ve applied your setting powder or foundation with a heavy hand and now your face looks like a heavy, cakey mask, fret not. Spray it with a mist atomizer (in alternative, your fingers or sponge will work, but be careful they’re damp, and not too wet), and, again, smooth everything out with a sponge.
What’s your most common makeup mishap, and how do you fix it?