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Tuesday, 25 February 2014

fix it : makeup mistakes

how to fix makeup mistakes

Lets face it, none of us are perfect. I’m always making mistakes when doing my makeup. From clumpy eyelashes, getting mascara on my nose, smudging my lipstick and to weeping over my concealer crease lines. I've decided to do a few "makeup mistake" fixes. Split into two categories : quick fixes and stop it. One is how to fix the mishaps on the spot and then the other is to prevent them in the first place. I'm splitting this into two posts so in a week or two I'll pop up some more. For now here are 4 makeup fast fixes!

Smudged Lipstick

Quick Fix: Take a damp cotton bud and lightly trace around the lip line. Alternatively take a flat concealer brush with concealer or foundation on and run it around the outside of lips. This will quickly correct any bleeding or smudges around the mouth and clean up the area at the same time.

Stop it: If you’re finding your lipstick is bleeding into fine lines around your lips, I recommend using a lip liner or a lip primer. By using a lip liner around the lips, this will create a barrier around the lips so the lipstick won't feather. It’s also worth noting that matte lipsticks are less likely to bleed than other formulas so if you’re really having issues then go matte!

Too much Blush

Quick Fix: Take a clean powder brush to buff off the excess in small circular motions. Try not to blend the colour with the same blush brush over the cheek area in an attempt to sheer it out as it can apply even more colour. By using a clean brush, you can use small circular motions and work slowly to blend it out.

Stop it: Choose a good quality blush brush that doesn’t pick up too much colour in the first place. Always start off by applying a small amount of blush and blend it out. It’s much easier to apply product that remove it once it’s on the face. So always think "less is more!" when it comes to applying makeup. Another top tip is to tap off the excess off before applying it to the face, or even dab it onto the back of your hand. This will soften and sheer out the colour before popping it on your face.

Concealer Creasing

Quick Fix: Tap out any creases in the concealer with a clean ring finger, then apply a light dusting of powder to set to concealer under the eyes. I like to use a small fluffy powder brush (eye blending brushes are awesome here) to add a little powder, try not too add too much as it can look cakey! A small brush will minimize this!

Stop it: Try prepping the eye area with a good eye cream or moisturiser before applying concealer. This is a key step so try not to apply too much. A light wash is more than enough, wait for it to sink in then add concealer. Make sure you pick a concealer suitable for your skin type as well, drier skins will benefit more from creamy concealers, but then thicker textures can look cakey. It’s worth shopping around for the right one for your needs.

Clumpy Mascara

Quick Fix: Take a clean mascara wand or mascara brush and comb through the lashes to brush out and remove clumps of mascara. Wiggle back and forth from the base of the lashes to try and separate out the lashes.

Stop it: It is really hard to remove mascara once you reach the point of no return, so it’s important to make sure your mascara brush doesn't have too much product on to begin with. Start at the base of the lashes and move back and forth up the lashes. Try not to over apply mascara, I know how tempting it is to add and add more layers. Additional layers can cause clumps and the lashes to stick together. If your mascara is still really clumping then maybe it's time to get a new mascara. As they get older they dry out and become harder to apply, so changing your mascara every few months will help prevent this.

Do you have any makeup fix tips?

49 comments

  1. Handy post, thank you for sharing! I always make mistakes when I'm in a rush

    Sophie
    http://what-sophie-said.blogspot.co.uk/
    xxx

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  2. The mascara tip was really helpful.Thank you ♥


    Lovely blog
    With Love,
    http://curlyscribbles.blogspot.in/


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  3. This is a super handy post perfect for those panic moments!

    Emily xx
    www.beautybyemily.co.uk

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  4. Great tips! The mascara issue is such a pain! Always find t so hard to chuck them out.

    Aimee - AroundTwenty xx

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  5. Im always applying too much brow powder and a great way to fix it is by taking a cotton swab with bioderma! Great post xxx


    Berrie-Blogs |Beauty Blog

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  6. Great post Lily! Such useful tips, I always manage to smudge my lipstick. x

    The Beauty Scrapbook

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  7. I think I am familiar with all these make up boo-boos lol I'm def taking note of a couple of tips on here. About applying mascara, I also learned that when I apply mascara in a zig-zag motion from the base up, it helps separate the lashes and avoid clumps. :-) I'm looking forward to more posts like this!

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  8. That's such a helpful post! I use the same tips, but normally in the morning when I still am half sleeping it's just not possible to avoid mistakes :D

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  9. Oh I love little makeup tips. I use the mascara one so often unfortunately but a life saver nonetheless xxx

    Verity | Life of Verity

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  10. In LOVE with this blog post Lily, so helpful and useful :) x

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  11. Great tips, really handy! Especially love the blusher one x x

    Claire | AgentSmyth

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  12. Great tips! Another tip I have for mascara on the nose/eyelid is get a clean spoolie and sort of scratch it off. Works and you don't then need to smudge it and get a bigger line!

    http://thebravestindividual.blogspot.co.uk/

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  13. Love this - mascara is my biggest make up mistake! I good way I've found is to bounce the wand on the very very tips of the lashes for length rather than recombing the wand through as it leaves no clumps


    Katydesu.blogspot.co.uk

    Katy xx

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  14. Great advice! I've never ever tried a lip primer- anyone have any recommendations?
    Xx

    www.beauticianviews.blogspot.co.uk

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  15. these are so helpful! I'm always getting mascara clumps and concealer creases

    xx Milly

    www.lovemilly.blogspot.ca

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  16. I always use the concealer trick if I make a little mistake with a bold lipstick! It also defines the edges of your lips that much more.
    Amber
    Lovely Notions

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  17. Love this post! Some really great advice :) Sophie Clare x

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  18. Great tips! :)

    egtx3.blogspot.co.uk
    xo

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  19. Any tips for removing liquid eyeliner easily? Especially the new Bourjois one. As much as I love it, it smudges terrrrribly :( xx

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    1. Set your eyeliner with a black powder to stop it smudging! And bi-phase makeup removers (like this one (www.boots.com/en/Nivea-Daily-Essentials-Double-Effect-Eye-Make-Up-Remover-125ml_1288099/) are amazing for removing eyeliner/mascara really fast without tugging on your skin!

      Georgina at itotallypaused.com

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  20. love your helpful handy posts, this is such a great post!

    Biancarosa // xoxo

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  21. I recently discovered it's crucial for me to use a small shadow blending brush to apply setting powder under the eyes. Great tip! x

    morerebe.com

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  22. Concealer round the lips is my go to for lip smudges, it's also great for giving a bright lip an extra pop.

    Georgina at itotallypaused.com

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  23. The concealer trick is my go to whenever I have a bold lip! x

    Charli | Secrets Behind The Closet Door

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  24. Such a handy post, I'm forever smudging my mascara!

    http://starsandspaceandstuff.blogspot.co.uk/

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  25. I'm guilty of so many of these. I always have to go for concealer around the lips because I can't find a lip liner that takes my fancy.

    Grace x
    grace-gibson.blogspot.co.uk

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  26. Love the eyeshadow brush tip for setting concealer, I think I might go a little overboard with a bigger brush sometimes x

    Victoria | SocialVix

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  27. Great tips :) I find cotton buds are great for getting rid of mascara that sometimes smudges on to your eyelids as well! x

    Sarah @ sarahlouxo.com xx

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  28. This is a great post! I'm always getting into a pickle with silly makeup mistakes. Will bear all these tips in mind.

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  29. mascara on my nose is the worst!
    Really great tips :)

    vanillia96.blogspot.com

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  30. Great tips Lily! I recently purchased a clear lip liner to stop my lipstick from bleeding xx

    kizzyhearts.blogspot.co.uk

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  31. I'm definitely familiar with these, especially when I'm in a rush. I have a love/hate relationship with concealer. It's one of my most used products because I suffer from blemishes, but at the same time it's such a chore to apply right & make sure it stays put

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  32. Fab tips! Liquid liner is the one that alwayyyys gets me, dammit!
    TINY TWISST - www.tinytwisst.com

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  33. Such a useful post - bookmarked for future reference!
    Megan x | MeganRoisinn

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  34. Thank you Thank you!
    Turns out a need a new blush brush :) x

    http://junelorraine.blogspot.com

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  35. this is brilliant! xx

    http://simplybeautythings.blogspot.co.uk/

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  36. beautiful!
    xx
    daniella
    simplybeautifulelegant.blogspot.com

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  37. I always make mistakes when I am in a rush! Such a useful post, thank you! xx

    http://aletterfromem.blogspot.co.uk

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  38. Thanks for your sharing of common makeup mistakes. I really like your sharing this. It was great. Thank you.
    Para jugar

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  39. This is a great blogpost idea. Thanks for sharing.

    I'm finishing up my February Flake-Away series including my favourite cleansers, moisturisers and makeup along with a few DIYs. Check it out over on:

    www.sophschoices.co.uk

    Sophie

    x

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