Make-up can be your best friend or your worst enemy, depending on the way you use it. No, we are not trying to scare you, just warn you. When done right, make-up can make you look like a million bucks. On the other hand, when not done correctly, it can also make you look less appealing or even older than you are. It all boils down to how efficiently you use make-up to your advantage. And, in the hot weather, it’s all about knowing the right techniques. Jerusha Chande, Content Head, MyGlamm talks about the five make-up mistakes to avoid in summer:
Using expired make-up
It’s time to check your make-up stash and clear off all the products that have crossed the expiry date. Old and expired products are not safe to use and can lead to rashes, allergies and irritation. Also, they do not give the best results. Always check the make-up products for the expiry date and use them accordingly. Discard all the expired products and restock, even if it’s expensive.
Not cleaning the make-up brushes
Make-up brushes are important tools that give you the right application and finish. Keeping them clean prolongs their life and saves you a lot of trouble of breakouts and infection. Old, dirty brushes are breeding ground of bacteria and germs. Wash them regularly with warm water and detergent and then soak them in antiseptic liquid before drying out completely. Never leave your brushes in damp areas like the bathroom or store them without drying out completely as it will damage the brushes and cause germs to grow in them.
Applying too much bronzer
Bronzer has become the next big thing in the make-up world, thanks to the celebs and the beauty bloggers. But while everybody wants to use bronzer for that sun-kissed look, wearing too much of bronzer and applying it all over the face can backfire. If you use bronzer in more quantity than prescribed, your face may end up looking like sun-tan gone wrong. Use the smallest quantity of bronzer on the jawline, edges of the forehead, temples and sides of the nose bridge for a warm glow that looks natural. You can use more and build it up if required but avoid taking a lot of product at one go.
Too dark brows
Now that we know the importance of eyebrow grooming, overdoing it can also pose a problem. If you fill your brows, whether it is brow powder, pencil or gel – use a product that’s close to your natural hair colour. Using very dark colours can make your brows look fake and unnatural. While filling the brows, use short, feather-like strokes following the natural direction of the hair growth. Avoid a product that looks too heavy or intense on your natural brows.
Picking the wrong blush colour
Bright, flushed cheeks are a sign of good health, and good make-up is all about mimicking that natural blush. Blushes have been a part of every make-up lover’s vanity kit but as we are inundated with a huge choice of colours, it has become confusing. Not all blushes are created equal. Go for a blush that is closest to your skin tone. Fair and medium skinned people can try the rosy pink and peaches. Nude, red and brown coloured blush look best on people with dusky and deeper skin tones.