It’s Friday night…
You have five or ten more minutes before you are supposed to leave for a girls night out or date night. You just got done applying your foundation and the most awesome smokey eye look. Then BAM! Your eye starts to water. *UGGGGGH* if you think you are the only one this happens to, guess again! We’ve all suffered a time or two (maybe more) from the annoying things that happen when we do our makeup. I’m going to tell you my top five most annoying things that happen to me and what you can do to fix them. Or at least make it not so bad.
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I can not tell you how many times I’ve been in the bathroom for 30+ minutes doing my makeup. Either for work, date night, or a Friday/Saturday night out getting the perfect look. Then all of a sudden one of these five things starts to happen and it sends me into a tailspin. Worst case scenario I’ve actually washed off my whole face!! Reapplied my foundation and opted for some mascara and maybe a kitten wing or something simple. After dealing with these so many times I’ve finally figured out a counter attack for each. I can prevent or lessen the damage from each so my night isn’t hindered.
1. Eyeshadow fallout
This is probably the easiest fix out of them all. All eyeshadows range in the amount of fallout they produce. From none at all to so much, you’re basically using enough product between your look and the fall out for two eyes. This can either be because the pigment you are using is very high or because the product is cheap.
The first way to combat this is to tap the excess pigment off your brush before applying it to your skin. This can reduce the problem by 80 – 100%
Another really simple way to reduce the hassle of fallout is to do your eye make up BEFORE your foundation and concealer routine. This is will allow you to take a makeup remover wipe or baby wipe and simply wipe it all away. This also leaves your skin clean and ready to have primer and makeup applied. These Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes work great!
This is probably the more advanced way to counter this problem. That is to ‘bake’ your under eye area. Baking is when you take a loose setting powder like the Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder and pack it onto your skin. I find it easiest when I use a damp sponge of some kind. This not only helps set your concealer but allow allows the fallout to be swept away with the loose powder when you blend it away.
2. Watering eyes
Oh, the temper tantrums I have thrown because of this! Haha. Either because I accidentally poked my eye or I don’t know because my eyes HATE ME! They will start to water after my eye makeup is all done even worse after I’ve gotten my eyeliner one. Lets not even get into how many times I’ve possibly done my eyeliner to get the perfect cat-eye F@!$!! *Goosefraba*
I’ve noticed that if I attempt to do my make up to soon after putting in my contacts this can happen. The fix? simply rearrange your morning to have something like breakfast in between the two. Or put your contacts in way earlier in the day if you going for a night out.
Allergies play another big role in possibly making this crap situation happen. Eye drops 30 minutes before doing your makeup should help reduce this.
Now, this isn’t so much a solution as it is what do I do if it’s already happening?! Every time I’ve dealt with this I’ve noticed it stops 10 minutes or so after I leave the house. For whatever reason, maybe the air dries my eyes, maybe its run its course I don’t know. However, the best thing to do is DON’T TOUCH! It makes it’s sooo much worse. I’ve found if I just leave it alone the damage is minimal and after I’m out I can touch up the bit that has messed up and no ones the wiser.
3. Waterline…too wet to apply eyeliner
If you don’t know what a waterline is it’s the lower area on your bottom lashline closest to your eyeball. You might be thinking, but its a WATERline. Yeah, I know but depending on the brand of eyeliner pencil or khol that you use this can make it a pain in the ass to get that dramatic dark look achieved.
What has always worked for me is to take a q-tip and gently wipe or preferably pat the waterline. I prefer these pointed Cosmetic Q Tips. The pointed end comes in handy for a plethora of reasons, and the duel end is sturdy to wipe away any mistakes. Careful with this method, however. If you wipe too hard and irritate the eye you could run into issue number two on this list. The best solution is to avoid it all together, Always On Gel Liner by Smashbox has never given me an issue.
4. Cakey Foundation
We’ve all been through this makeup disaster. At first, your foundation goes on so nice and smooth, but by the time it takes to finish your eye makeup or 30 minutes into your night, it looks cakey and blotchy. *YUCK!* There are a few ways to help alleviate this, 2 of the 3 happen before you even pick up the makeup bottle.
I can not stress this solution enough. If you aren’t doing it and even if you don’t suffer from cakey makeup you should! That is to have a skincare routine that nourishes the skin long before you apply makeup and long after you take it off. Particularly one that focuses on hydrating your skin.
FUN FACT: Cakey foundation from having dry skin is due to your skin soaking up all the water inside the foundation.
If you suffer from dry skin you should look into a daily moisturizer that’s light enough to use in the morning and at night. I recommend First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer. I SWEAR by this stuff, it even turned my hormone wrecked skin around a full 180 while I was pregnant. Even if you don’t have chronic dry skin you should look into it.
Have you ever heard of less is more? Well if not, less is more as they always say! What I’m talking about is instead of piling on your foundation all in one go layer it thinly. In the beauty world, this is call building coverage. Apply a thin layer and if you need more coverage put on another layer. If you are using the correct type of foundation, medium to full coverage, you probably won’t need more than that. Any hard to cover areas can be treated with concealer.
This one is simple. Use good tools. I recently reviewed a set of makeup brushes that you can read about here. The round face brush of the set works really well and at a fantastic price. If you are looking to splurge some you can always opt for the cult classic Beautyblender which is my personal favorite.
5. Seeing Red
Red lipstick is every girl’s makeup bag mandatory must have. Whether its to pair with awesome cat-eyes for a classic pin-up look. Or with some dark smokey eyes for that mysterious sexy glam. Problem is if you aren’t careful you can go HOT to a hot mess in seconds.
Remember when I mentioned ‘baking’ in the first solution about eyeshadow fall out? Well, its gonna come in handy again. Before applying your lippie use a makeup sponge and pat some Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder around your lower and upper lips. This will help any color you get outside the lines to stay off your skin and come off a lot easier.
If all you really have is a tiny bit of color to touch up or remove then taking a small concealer brush and carefully lining outside your lip line with a thick consistency concealer should do the trick. Bye Bye Under Eye full coverage concealer from IT Cosmetics is great! You don’t need a lot at all so it lasts awhile. Again, the brushes I mentioned here come with an awesome little brush that is perfect for this kind of thing.
I hope these solutions help you when applying your makeup like they have for me!
Tell me, what are some makeup annoyances of your own and how do you solve them in the comments below. Don’t forget to help your friends out as well and share these awesome tips!!