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Beauty Mishaps: Skin

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I’ve decided to start doing a new thing on my blog called “Beauty Mishaps,” where I single out one specific area of makeup application and create a list of mistakes that people typically make when working in that area, and I wanted to start with foundation/skin because that’s one of the biggest things I see with makeup. So here are a few mistakes you might be making with your skin routine, and some methods to keep those in check!

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1. You're applying your foundation right after moisturizing.

We're always told to moisturize before we start applying our foundation, but what we're not always reminded of is that it's crucial to give your moisturizer a good 5 minutes or so to sink into the skin pre-foundation.

Why is this so important? Because if you go straight in with foundation after moisturizing, your moisturizer will create a slippery barrier, causing your foundation to melt off throughout the day.

You don't have to use a primer if you don't want to, but it also helps tremendously to use after moisturizer. The best thing to do is to apply your moisturizer, wait about 5 minutes, apply your primer (don't rub it into the skin, just pat it gently and apply a small amount), wait another 5 minutes, then go into your foundation routine.

Quick tip: If you're in a hurry and just don't have time to sit and wait for your moisturizer/primer to sink in, wash and moisturize your face as soon as you wake up, then go ahead and fix your hair, brush your teeth, get dressed or whatever else you have to do to get ready. That way you know you're not wasting any time!

2. You're applying concealer before foundation.

If you're a big makeup person you already know this is a no-no, but you'd be amazed at how many people out there are applying concealer beforehand. What's wrong with this is that after applying concealer, when you go in with your foundation you essentially wipe away most of the work you just did. Unless you go in with a stippling brush to apply foundation, you're going to end up having to reapply concealer because you wiped away your work, which can only result in major cake-face.

The best thing to do is to apply your foundation and then go in either with a beauty sponge or a small brush and conceal any blemishes. That way you end up using less product, but getting more out of what you do use!

3. You're rubbing your foundation into your skin.

While I personally prefer using a beauty sponge to apply my foundation, sometimes the easiest and most efficient way to apply product is by using your fingers. It's great when you're in a hurry or when you want a more natural effect. However, one mistake a lot of people make is rubbing their foundation into their skin vigorously.

This isn't a great technique because, the thing is, you're creating a layer over your face. Foundation isn't meant to be buffed in so harshly. Not only will it irritate your skin, but it'll also make it more difficult to get good coverage or a good even layer.

If you choose to stick with using your fingers to apply foundation, try applying it in dots all over your face and start with the heaviest amount of coverage at the middle of your face. Gently blend and make sure you get a good even amount of coverage all over.

4. You're not setting your foundation.

I know my dry-skin readers won't agree, but hear me out - I'm a fellow dry-skin girl, but I CANNOT leave my face completely powder free. It's especially important if you use a more dewy foundation and use a lot of cream products.

The thing is, all liquids need to be set, whether it's a liquid eyeliner or a liquid foundation.

If you don't like using powder all over your face (which, honestly, isn't really ever a great idea), make sure to use a light translucent powder over your T-zone, and use patting motions instead of buffing. If you buff powder into your skin, you'll end up ruining all the work you just did on your foundation.

5. You're applying too much foundation.

This is probably the number 1 problem I see most often with makeup wearers. Now, don't get me wrong - I love a full coverage look. I have problematic, acne-prone skin, so I like to use fairly thick foundations.

The problem is that a lot of people expect their foundation to act the same way as a concealer does, which isn't the case.

Foundation is meant to even our the skintone - it's NOT meant to cover every blemish and spot on your skin. That's what concealer is for! If you apply 3 layers of foundation with the intention of covering up every spot, you're going to end up with an obscene amount of product that just looks cakey.

What you need to do instead is apply just enough foundation to get an even skintone, THEN go in with your concealer and spot-conceal any areas you want to cover.

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I'm planning on making a few more beauty mistake related posts, so let me know in the comments what beauty mistakes you most often see (or commit!)

- Kelsey

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