Most of us wear makeup every day, whether it’s just a little mascara and some concealer or full-on contouring and strobing. Yet even in the day of extensive YouTube tutorials and Instagram makeup stars, where it feels like makeup info is available 24/7 at our fingertips, apparently there are areas where we could all use some help with our technique. At least, that’s what we learned when we recently interviewed several makeup artists about the mistakes they see the most often on the job.
A common theme shared by the makeup artists we spoke to? Overdoing it. Apparently we could all stand to dial back on the foundation, powder, contouring, and highlighter—despite what those Instagram makeup tutorials tell us. “A common mistake I see is too much makeup! Less is more,” says Derek Selby, makeup artist and global ambassador for Cover FX. So maybe before you add another few dots of concealer under your eyes, think before you apply. (Keep your makeup in place all day with Au Naturale Finishing Powder from the Women’s Health Boutique.)
Here are the other mistakes we’re making with our makeup—and how to fix them:
“Over-using concealer like they do on social media. Concealer is to be used extremely lightly and only to correct. Not put on in stripes and triangles all over under the eyes. That looks too cakey and will disintegrate very quickly, and looks horrible unless you are under bright beauty lights.” —Matin Maulawizada, celebrity makeup artist
“There is nothing worse than seeing a nasty line around the face of deeper makeup and a stark, lighter neck. This is an easy fix! We are living during a time when makeup and makeup instruction are EVERYWHERE! Sadly, in recent years this instruction has been to load up on foundation, contour, highlight, and powder—making skin look almost mask-like. Remember to only apply foundation where needed and thoroughly blend! This includes bringing the foundation down to the neck, chest, and often-forgotten ears.”—Ami Mallon, global corporate educator for Osmosis Colour