I love playing with makeup. It wasn’t always that way though. I didn’t really start learning about makeup until after high school. My absolute love for makeup didn’t start until my twenties! Before that, I wore it but had no idea what I was doing. I had my share of makeup fails, that’s for sure! Keep reading to find out what they were!!
My 6 Makeup Fails
- Wearing the wrong products for my skin type. Over the years, I’ve learned that cream compact foundation doesn’t work for me and wears off of my skin by the middle of the day. Well, in high school I didn’t get that memo. I just wore the same foundation that my mom wore, which would’ve been fine, but she has a different skin type than me and does well with cream foundation. Not me! And by cream, I don’t mean liquid foundation. I mean the ones that come in stick form , compacts, or jars.
- Not filling in my brows. I didn’t put effort into my brows before. AT. ALL. I never filled them in and they looked so weak. There was just something always missing on my face. I don’t have the most sparse brows, but they also aren’t the thickest brows that walked the planet. You can see some pale skin behind them when worn natural. Brows frame your eyes and I think it’s important to make them look strong (just not overdone). Filling in my brows made all the difference once I made it a part of my daily makeup routine. Here’s a post showing before and after filling in my brows. You’ll see a huge difference!
- Wearing foundation that was too dark for me. This was probably my biggest makeup fail! I didn’t bother getting color matched for foundation when I first started using it, causing me to blindly pick the wrong colors. And boy did I! Even the first few times I got color matched, I was matched with foundation that was too dark and orange for me because it was matched to my face that already had too dark of foundation on it! When I applied it at home it looked fine, but in natural light I could see how much it didn’t match my neck and chest. I looked horrible!
- Not wearing concealer. I didn’t know the importance or magic of concealer in the beginning. I could’ve definitely used a good concealer, but my makeup routine was sooo basic. I didn’t feel a need to add another step to my morning; I was already up early enough as it was! Even if I had worn it, I was clueless about what kind to get or color to choose. Under-eye concealer vs. all over concealer? I had no idea back then.
- Lack of lip products. A good lip color or gloss can bring lips to life and complete a makeup look. I know that now, but no so much before. Much of the time, I didn’t wear anything on my lips, making them look dry and lifeless. I probably owned a couple of lipsticks that were never touched and gloss that just went to waste (I still don’t really care for gloss). Now I just can’t handle not having some sort of color on my lips. How the tables have turned!
- Too much blush. I was way too heavy-handed when applying blush which made it look very unnatural. Maybe I was overcompensating for the lack of color on my lips! Who knows. I had one blush and crappy brushes (now I use this amazing brush) along with no skills. It made for a bad outcome.
As I said, I had quite a few makeup fails as a beginner. It happens to all of us at some point. Honestly, my lack of makeup skills made me a little self-conscious in high school. It wasn’t a total confidence killer, but it would’ve helped to have a few more skills back then. Once I started gaining interest in learning about makeup, things started to change and the makeup fails lessened.
How I Got Better at Doing My Makeup
Right after high school, once I got a job and earned my own money, I started experimenting with makeup brands at the mall. My friends and I frequented the Benefit counter to get our brows done and try the newest products. Confession: I spent a little too much money on this habit. It became a weekly routine almost. And so, I started to become interested in the world of makeup.
When I was 19, I discovered the beauty community on YouTube. This sparked a greater love for all things beauty. I watched tutorials and hauls and I discovered the popular beauty brands everyone was loving. I learned about products, how to apply them, what I should use, and more. I spent the next few years growing my skills and gaining even more interest in makeup. During that time, I also found beauty blogs and realized what a wealth of information they provided too.
In 2011, I started my blog. I still didn’t have all of the knowledge or skills to be considered a beauty expert, but I threw myself into the beauty world because I had grown a real passion for it. So how did I increase my makeup knowledge and get better at doing it? Reading, watching videos, and practice. Lots of practice! Once you learn about products and how to use them, practicing is the way to perfect your skills. Time also plays a part because you don’t just pick up skills as soon as you start practicing them. It takes time and patience (especially with winged eyeliner!).
Discuss with me
What makeup fails did you experience as a beginner? How did you get better at it?
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