From make up on your teeth, to blotchy foundation which gives you that attractive “cakey” look, there’s a whole litany of ways in which putting your face on can go wrong. Fortunately, where there’s a will there’s also usually a way. Here are five clever solutions to those common and incredibly frustrating make up problems. You’re welcome!
1. Lipstick on your teeth
This might be an old trick, but sometimes the oldies are the goodies. Lipstick ends up on your teeth when you accidentally paint your inner lip. To avoid the problem, pop your finger in your mouth, purse your lips around it and pull it out. This will remove any lipstick which has migrated to the inside of your lip.
2. Greasy eyeshadow
Natural oils in our skin may keep our faces healthy but they can wreak havoc with eyeshadow, especially over the course of a long day. To keep your eyeshadow in place, don’t use foundation or primer first, these products are full of extra oils which will hold your look in place for a short period before making the situation much worse. Instead choose a gel liner which matches your eyeshadow and apply it as an undercoat for good stay-in-place coverage all day.
3. Unnatural eyebrows
A strong eyebrow is an on trend look right now, but how can you get the look while still looking natural and not like an angry cartoon character? The trick is to mimic your eyebrow hairs. Using a sharp eyebrow pencil that matches your eyebrow colour, flick gently through your eyebrows in the same direction as the hairs to create a strong yet natural look.
4. Caked on foundation
Want to avoid that blotchy, caked on look foundation can give you? Start with a small amount of translucent foundation, beginning at the centre of your face and working outwards. This will give you light, consistent coverage – blotch free!
5. Flaky mascara
It looked great in the morning, but by lunchtime your mascara has shed little black flakes all over your cheeks. To nip this in the bud make sure you choose a mascara with hydrating ingredients and never use a mascara for more than 3 months. Every time you use your mascara, you expose the mixture to the air, gradually drying it out. Always having a fresh tube handy will stop your lashes from flaking.
Do you have any top tips for avoiding annoying make up problems? Which make up nuisance do you struggle with? Share your tricks and pet peeves with other readers below.