From concealer hacks to eyebrow shaping secrets, we’ve seen plenty of experts come forward to share their tried-and-tested make-up advice over the years. And we welcome any and all advice, to be honest, because nailing that beauty look can be tricky. However, while we all struggle with different elements of our visage, it’s now been revealed that we’re all guilty of one faux pas in particular.
And, yes, it involves our make-up application.
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So what’s the problem?
“In my opinion, one of the worst mistakes that you can make when applying make-up is not blending correctly,” make-up artist Stacey Whittaker told the Independent.
“It can be time consuming to ensure your foundation is equally blended and your eye shadow has no harsh lines but if you take your time and ensure everything flows together seamlessly, the finished look will be much better.”
And although a work(wo)man should never blame her tools, in this case they’re exactly what’s needed to be able to achieve the best possible end result.
“I always recommend using a stippling brush to ensure foundation is flawlessly blended. This brush is particularly great for cream based products and can be used for both the face and body,” explains Whittaker.
“For eyeshadow, I would always recommend using a large fluffy blending brush in sweeping motions over the lid to ensure all the colours used merge together nicely.”
Fellow makeup artist Maddie Pearce believes we also need to apply the same rule of thumb to highlighting products.
“Another common mistake you see is too much highlight, which can cause alien-like looks. Blend, blend, blend!” she says.
“I think with eyebrows and highlighters in particular, people can fall into the fake tan trap, where you get so used to seeing yourself with it you gradually put more and more on. The brows begin to take on a life of their own and highlighter gets more silver and slowly spreads around whole face rather than delicately sweeping the cheekbone.”
It’s not the first time that a beauty expert has waxed lyrical about the miracles of blending.
In 2014, celebrity make-up artist Pat McGrath – who has worked with famous faces such as Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner to Selena Gomez – told Harper’s Bazaar: “I use my fingertips instead of brushes.
“It creates a better look and allows more control over the pressure against the skin to blend using the heat of my fingertip.”
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