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More Makeup Mistakes

Several beauty blunders were covered in a previous article called "Common Makeup Mistakes." You'll find a link to the original article below this article.

There's a long list of mistakes that people make when applying makeup. From choosing the wrong colors to applying cosmetics incorrectly, most of us have made mistakes with makeup at one time or another. Fortunately, there are solutions to most of the mistakes we encounter that can help prevent repetition of the same errors.

Permanent Markers Used as Brow Makeup
Although drawing on brows with a popular brand of permanent marker is a popular trend for some women, it should be avoided. Why? Permanent markers are not makeup and should not be used to draw on eyebrows or enhance existing brows. Doing so produces unnatural and unattractive results. Aside from the unnatural look, using black on the eyebrows ages the person wearing it.

Instead, choose a good brow makeup. Eyebrow pencils, gels and powders all yield much better results than a permanent marker. And they easily wash away with cleanser and water. They're readily available on the market.

Caked-up Foundation and Powders
Caked-on, masklike foundation detracts from the natural beauty of the skin. In fact, it can emphasize flaws like large pores, fine lines, and wrinkles.

The "cakey" look occurs for a number of reasons. But the most common one is applying too much foundation or choosing a thick, full coverage product that's just too heavy. Following that up with a layer of powder only worsens the problem.

While some need to use full-coverage makeup, most don't. Even those with a few blemishes don't need a full-coverage makeup.

A better option is to find a foundation with the least amount of coverage needed. Those who are not sure how much coverage they require should talk to a makeup artist or beauty consultant.

Mascara Clumps
Clumping is great for cat litter, but not for mascara. Clumpy mascara is a common problem. Some products do it more than others.

To get rid of the clumps, apply mascara and then use an eyelash comb to remove clumps before the mascara dries. Once dry, it becomes difficult to remove clumps.

Though many make mistakes applying makeup, there are ways to avoid most problems. All that's required is a little know-how and practice.

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