Bad Makeup: How To Fix These 6 Mistakes

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You may not be able to apply your makeup like a professional every time, and you're not alone! Even experienced makeup artists can make a mistake now and again. Thankfully, you don't need to start over if your foundation is cakey or you smudge your mascara. 

There is no need to panic if you're in a rush and haven't run into the issue before. There are many different solutions to fixing your makeup mishaps. 

We are going to go over some everyday makeup mistakes you may run into and what to do about them. These fixes are quick and simple and won't leave you feeling overwhelmed if you're not a makeup wizard.

1. How To Fix Foundation and Concealer Problems 

Some of the most common problems people run into is with their foundation or concealer. Maybe you applied too much, or the shade isn't matching your skin the way it should. There are solutions to both of these problems. 

Foundation Issues 

If your foundation is looking cakey, you don't need to wipe it all off and start again. Grab a damp makeup sponge or a clean foundation brush and gently blend out the foundation where it looks cakey. 

The next time you do your foundation, start with a thin layer. If you still need a little extra coverage, apply another thin layer in the areas that need it. However, keep in mind a thin layer of concealer can cover blemishes and other imperfections easier than foundation. 

HIDE Premium Foundation is weightless and gives you a natural-looking finish. It will give you the coverage you desire without looking cakey!

If your foundation is a slightly different shade than your natural skin tone, that's ok! Although not ideal, there are simple fixes. If it's too dark, apply a few dots of a lighter concealer and blend it out with a stippling brush to lighten up the foundation. Make sure you blend it down your neck so you don’t end up with a dreaded foundation line.

If your foundation is too light, reach for your bronzer to add color back to your face. Apply It along your hairline, jawline, and in the hollow of your cheeks to bring definition and distract from the light foundation.

Concealer Issues 

The most common concealer issue is usually creasing under the eyes and in laugh lines. If you apply too much concealer, it can settle into your fine lines and wrinkles. You can take a dry tissue and gently press it onto your skin to remove the extra product. 

You can also set your concealer with a translucent powder to keep it from moving into your creases throughout the day. 

2. How To Fix Your Blush and Bronzer 

You do your makeup in dim bathroom light, and then you step out into natural light and catch a glimpse of yourself, and yikes. You look like a clown because you were a little heavy-handed with the blush and bronzer.

You want to look youthful and healthy, not like you are ready to do a child's birthday party. Your favorite products may be super pigmented, and that means you only need a small amount. You can fix it if you go too far, though. 

Soften everything up by reaching for what you applied your foundation with, a sponge or a brush. Gently dab it over the area, and the foundation leftover will cover some of the pigment. Next, go over the area with a powder brush to make sure you still get an even finish. 

3. How To Fix Your Brows 

While bold bushy brows are all the rage, you can still go overboard. It's a fine line between bold and too bold. You still want your brows to look semi-natural and not like you aggressively drew on your brow arches.

If you take a step back and realize you went a little too far with your brow product, you can soften them up. Grab a spoolie and run the brush through your brows. The spoolie will remove some of the product and make your brows look more natural. 

If you have way too much product on, try getting the spoolie wet. When it's damp, it will remove excess product and diffuse the rest evenly through your brows. 

After you distribute the pigment evenly, you can use concealer to clean up the edges of your brows. Try using a small amount of HIDE Premium Concealer on a concealer brush and trace around your brows. You will have perfect-looking brows that are defined but not too bold!

4. How To Fix Winged Eyeliner 

Eyeliner can be one of the trickier parts of makeup application. If you do a winged liner, it opens the door for even more problems. However, this doesn't mean you have to stay away from the cat-eye look for fear of making a mistake. 

If you draw the line too thick or one side is way too bold, you can carefully remove it. Dip a q-tip in micellar water and remove the eyeliner. You may only need to remove the wing and not all of it. Make sure the area is dry before trying again. 

If you don't have micellar water, you can use a little bit of vaseline. However, you will want to go over the area with the dry end of the q-tip to make sure you remove any residue before you reapply your eyeliner. So clean it off and give it another shot!

5. How To Fix Bad Mascara 

Nothing is worse than smudging your mascara. Maybe you have watery eyes, or you just sneezed with wet mascara on your lashes. It's not a good time. 

Whether it's on your lids or in your under-eye area, it can feel disheartening, especially when it occurs after you've already blended your eyeshadow to perfection or set your under-eye concealer. 

Don't fret. Follow the same steps as with eyeliner, grabbing a q-tip with some micellar water. Try your best to rub it only over the mascara smudge, so you don't remove more makeup than necessary. Next, if it's on your eyelid, grab your blending brush and a little eyeshadow and buff it out.

If you don't have a smudge, but instead a few random mascara clumps in your lashes, it's an even simpler fix. Reach for a clean spoolie and run it through your lashes to remove any clumps and separate your lashes. 

6. How To Fix Your Lipstick 

When the temperature gets colder and the matte lips are everywhere, you may experience flakiness. Dry lips are never fun, and they can ruin a lipstick look. 

Apply a nourishing lip balm every day to provide extra hydration. You also may need to exfoliate your lips on a regular basis to remove dead skin cells. It will give your lips a soft and smooth surface for your lipstick to sit on. You can exfoliate with a mix of sugar and coconut oil. The sugar will help remove the skin, and the coconut oil will moisturize your lips. 

If you find yourself experiencing flakiness and don't have time to exfoliate, mix your lip balm with your lipstick to soothe the dryness. 

In Summary 

There are many possible mistakes you could make when doing your makeup. Thankfully there are many tips and tricks to erasing any accidents. 

Whether you applied too much makeup or you smudged your mascara, there is a simple solution. You can always add and take away in small steps to fix your look.

When you use HIDE Premium products, you'll have one less thing you have to worry about. You will have a flawless finish for the base of any makeup look. 



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