You know your makeup is struggling to keep up with you today. It’s 90 degrees outside, you’ve been working since 5 a.m., and you’re exhausted. You’re just not looking your best. Then your friend wants to go out for drinks and take a hundred pictures to post online.
Now not only do you know your makeup is bad, everyone in the world knows it’s bad. Forever.
We’re only human, and mistakes are bound to happen. But we’re here to ensure that the days of making these makeup mistakes are long gone.
Soon, you’ll be the one saying “bring on the selfies!”
Mistake #1: Having too much makeup
Yes, there is such a thing as having too much makeup! But let me explain.
You have makeup for work, makeup for a night out, makeup for the gym, makeup for a date night in. Whew! That’s a lot of looks to prepare for. It’s no wonder your makeup bag is overflowing with products.
But when you have too much makeup, a few things can happen.
You may not use it in time, and it expires or goes out of style. Do you want to be using last season’s mascara when the Lash Intensity Mascara is calling your name?
So make sure you’re buying things you can use more than once. Pare down to just the essentials. That will help you keep up with the latest in makeup trends, and you'll have room for new items.
Shopping trip, anyone?
Mistake #2: Not doing your makeup every day
You’ve heard the saying “practice makes perfect,” right? Well the same could be said about makeup!
When you get into the habit of wearing makeup everyday, you’ll be surprised at how quickly you’re able to apply it. Pretty soon the time it takes you to get ready in the morning will be cut in half, and you’ll have so much more time in your day.
You’ll also get better at figuring out what works and what doesn’t. Maybe this lip gloss doesn’t work with that eye shadow, but with a little more experimenting you can easily find the right combination.
Mistake #3: Not keeping your makeup organized
How long do you spend rummaging through your makeup looking for that one lip gloss? Be honest. It’s a long time, isn’t it?
I’m definitely guilty of throwing way too much stuff into my bag and then spending way too long digging something out. But remember how your parents used to say “do as I say, not as I do?” You probably thought you’d never have to hear that again, but I’m bringing it back!
A lack of organization not only means more time looking for what you need, it also means you’re bound to forget stuff. Maybe you took your lip gloss out and set it somewhere you wouldn’t forget. That means, of course, you’ll forget it!
This applies to your personal and professional life. Having your demo materials unorganized could make you seem less professional to your customer. It’s important to have everything in order for them, so they have a smooth transaction. If everything has its place, and you keep up with it, you’ll always have what you need handy.
Mistake #4: Using old makeup
OK, so we know we told you to stick to your essentials, but we didn’t mean to keep them forever.
If you have makeup brushes that have been there since the last time a Clinton ran for president, it’s probably time to toss it.
You’ll want to make sure you’re keeping your supplies current, clean, and bacteria-free.
Mistake #5: Wearing the wrong shade
So you’ve found your Mary Kay consultant, organized your makeup bag, and thrown away old makeup. You should be all set, right? Well, sort of.
The next biggest mistake you can make with makeup is not taking the time to find the right foundation for your skin tone. Think of it this way, do you really want your face to be a completely different tone from your neck?
No way! I mean just watch this video where the men in our office did the girls makeup.
And once you’ve found the right shade, make sure you blend. BLEND, BLEND, BLEND! Blending in your foundation helps give you a beautiful and even coverage all over your face.
Think you need a little more help picking out your foundation? Read this previous blog to find out all the secrets to flawless foundation.
Mistake #6: Not having a Mary Kay Consultant
Have you ever walked into a huge makeup store and felt like everyone there cares about your makeup needs?
Yeah, neither have I.
But that’s exactly what you feel when buying from a Mary Kay Consultant. Can’t remember the name of the foundation you loved so much? No worries—your Consultant will know exactly what it was!
You’ll also get to develop a personal relationship with your Consultant. They’ll know your makeup and skincare needs as well as you do, and you’ll always be in the loop on new products.
Makeup is a lot more complicated than we think sometimes, and there’s a million ways to do it wrong. But with these tips and your Consultant’s number on speed dial, you should be well on your way to being a makeup expert.
So tell us, any old high school photos you wish would go away? If we missed any makeup mistakes, share them with us in the comments section below or on our Facebook page!