Accomplishing a gorgeous makeup look doesn't really require a diploma in makeup artistry. You just need a little practice by following makeup tutorials and by ditching certain bad habits. Although these mistakes seem minor, they leave a large impact on your finished look. Read on to learn which blunders you need to avoid.

1. You don’t use primers.
Primers are important when you want your makeup application to last. Face primers smoothen the skin’s surface, controls oil, and extends the wear of your foundation. Eye primers are amplify your eyeshadow’s color and staying power.

2. You don’t apply makeup in natural lighting.

Natural light helps you see the real shades of your makeup. When you do your makeup under a mix of yellow and white lights when you're indoors or under sunlight, you won’t ever be shocked that your foundation looks too pale or your blush makes you look like you’ve been slapped on the cheeks. Also, you can spot your face’s natural contours, so you’ll know which areas to define and highlight.

3. Your brow makeup is too strong.

Yes, we’re all for bold brows, but if your arches look like two black furry critters resting on your forehead, it’s time to revamp your brow game. Use light, feathery strokes when filling in your brows with a taupe eyebrow pencil. Still clueless? Watch this tutorial that perfectly teaches you how to score perfect brows.

4. You don’t blend.

Flawless makeup is all about proper blending. You shouldn’t see the harsh edges of your eyeshadow application, blush, and contour. Also, your foundation should appear seamless. Achieve impeccable makeup application with the right makeup tools: a buffing brush or a sponge for the face and a bullet eyeshadow blending brush for the lids.

5. You use old makeup.
Unfortunately, good things don’t last forever, and makeup is also filed under this thought. Expired makeup cultivates a galaxy-worthy colony of bacteria that will cause infections and rashes on your face. Plus, makeup doesn't work as they’re supposed to be when they are past their prime.

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