I’ve learned a lot about eye makeup since I started blogging 5 years ago and I’ve come a long way. Today I’m sharing 6 eye makeup mistakes you don’t want to make.
1. Not using eyeshadow primer.
Eyeshadow primer provides you with an even canvas to apply not just eyeshadow, but it helps your eyeliner to be budge proof, too. If you’ve got oily eyes, like I do, make sure you blot off any excess oil on the lids, then apply your eyeshadow primer before you apply any other makeup. My favorite eyeshadow primers are Too Faced Shadow Insurance, Urban Decay Anti-Aging Eyeshadow Primer Potion, and Jesse’s Girl Eyeshadow Primer. See my review of Too Faced, Urban Decay and Jesse’s Girl.
2. Applying mascara to your lower lashes.
I used to think that you must always apply mascara to your upper and lower lashes, no matter what. Now I think it looks better to only apply mascara to the upper lashes. Of course, I also cannot advocate enough that using a metal lash comb really has made a difference in how my lashes look. They’re no longer clumpy due to the lash comb.
3. Applying the wrong color of concealer.
I’ve been guilty of the reverse raccoon eyes! Don’t apply too pale a shade of concealer. And be sure to blend. I love using a wet beauty blender sponge to make sure I’m using the least amount of product to cover up the dark circles and then blend with the rest of my makeup before I set my concealer. You can also try color correcting concealers. Mint is supposed to cover redness. Lavender is supposed to brighten skintone. Peach is supposed to be good for dark circles.
Check out my video on my favorite concealers and how to use them. You can see more here.
4. Applying concealer without setting it.
If you’re going to wear concealer under the eyes (and anywhere else), you need to set it. Otherwise it will crease or make a mess. You also want to make sure you’re not using too much concealer, as that can draw attention, too.
5. Sharpee brows.
Seriously, unless you’re doing a drag queen look (which, if you are, that’s awesome), don’t go for the ‘I just drew my brows on with a marker’ look. When you’re filling in your brows, whether you choose to use a gel or mousse or powder or pencil, make sure you focus the color on the outer half of your brow. Then fill in the inner half lightly. You may have naturally thick brows or naturally thin brows, but make sure you give them a little bit of love and attention to help them frame the eyes. My favorite brow product is the tarte brow mousse. See my review. However, I recently picked up the tarte brow pencil, and really love it as well, so it may nudge the mousse out of first place.
6. Sleeping in your eye makeup.
This is a terrible thing to do! That’s why everyone harps on it. Don’t sleep in your makeup. You can irritate the delicate skin around the eyes. If you have rosacea or eczema or any other skin condition, sleeping in your makeup can exacerbate it. So really, no matter how tired you are, you want to avoid this.
Finally, I wanted to share how far I’ve come with my makeup application skills since 2008. I’ve watched many great people on Youtube and read lots of books and tutorials, and finally, I’ve practiced for hours to improve my skills! The picture from June 2008 is one of the very first eyeshadow looks that I ever shared online. I was wearing Aromaleigh Coco Mauve (similar to Makeup Geek Insomnia). The only thing I like about that picture is my hair. In the recent picture from my Velocity Voodoo tutorial, I like everything except my hair. I also feel like my photography skills have progressed a lot, too.
Since you asked for it, below is a list of people that I watch on Youtube for Beauty. I do watch others, too, but below are the main channels.
People I watch on Youtube for Beauty
- Vintage or Tacky
- Kandee Johnson
- Julia Graf
- Midnight Vampage
- Goss Makeup Artist
- It’s Judy Time
- Goldie Starling
- Makeup Geek
- The Pink Lady J
- My Eyeshadow Consultant
- Boy with Makeup
- Biohazardous Beauty
- Nikkie Tutorials
- Judi XO
- Queen of Blending
- Enkore Makeup
- Michelle Phan
So what are your tips for eye makeup mistakes to avoid? Do you ever go back and look at how far you’ve come with your makeup skills? Who are your favorites to watch on Youtube for beauty?