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8 Beauty Blunders: How To Fix Them? (Part 1)

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Even beauty experts make mistakes. Here’s how to put your best face forward.

1.    Fixing your “flaws”

Applying concealer incorrectly and in the wrong shade can make you look older, not younger.

It’s called the “reverse raccoon” and it’s easy to fall into this trap. When you apply a concealer that’s lighter than your skin tone to undereye circles, it actually emphasizes the area. “You’re highlighting the very area you are trying to downplay,” says Riette van Tonder, education executive for Clinique SA. “Always test concealer where you’ll be wearing it before buying it. For correcting underete circles, use just one shade lighter than your skin tone. For addressing raised pimples, choose the same color as your skin, not lighter.”

Description: It’s called the “reverse raccoon” and it’s easy to fall into this trap

It’s called the “reverse raccoon” and it’s easy to fall into this trap

Hiding dark circles under your eyes and hyperpigmentation spots can take years off your appreance, says Van Tonder.

But avoid using too much concealer; also set it with a tiny amount of fine, loose mineral powder so that it doesn’t settle in the lines. Avoid heavier compact powders over the concealer. For best results, use both your fingers and a brush. For application, a brush gives more precision, while a finger is great for blending. Pat the adges with your ring finger – never rub.

Another fallacy is that you can use concealer to cover up your fine lines and wrinkles. The normal foundation formulas will actually settle in the creases, enhancing them as the day goes on.

2.    Foundation faux pas

Getting the shade and texture wrong can make you look unnatural.

We’ve all done it. Bought a foundation that wasn’t right for our skin tones, either a shade too light or a shade too dark. Women usually go too dark for their complexions, says Estée Lauder’s national make-up artist, Kirti Singh.

“The key to creating a natural look is choosing a foundation that matches your skin tone,” she says. “When finding your perfect match, always apply foundation to your jawline to ensure that it tones and blends with your neck.

Description: “The key to creating a natural look is choosing a foundation that matches your skin tone,”

“The key to creating a natural look is choosing a foundation that matches your skin tone”

“There’s nothing worse than wearing a foundation that’s too dark. If it’s a sun-kissed look that you want to achieve, rather dust bronzer onto your cheekbones and jawline.”

Always test foundation in natural light, rather than an artificially lighted store, advises Linda O’Connell, make-up artist for Maybelline.

Van Tonder recommends this technique for choosing the right shade: “Swatch three different shades closest to your natural skin tone across the cheek. Don’t blend the lines. Step away from the mirror and see from a distance which one disappears out of sight first. The correct shade won’t leave a watermark line.”

Description: Swatch three different shades closest to your natural skin tone across the cheek.

Swatch three different shades closest to your natural skin tone across the cheek.

It’s better to go one shade lighter, rather than darker. If your skin is good, let your natural glow shine through.

Your foundation will look its best on perfectly prepared skin, which means proper hydration, pore-minimising serums and a primer to even our skin tone, advises Singh.

3.    Forgoing toner

If your delete this post-cleaning step because you think toner is too drying or harsg, you’re missing out on extra-clean, hydrated skin.

Some skincare professional believe that toner is an optional, non-essential step, unless one has oily skin. This trend towards shunning toner is confirmed bu Dis-Chem owner Lynette Saltzman, who has noticed a drop in sales of toners.

Description: If your delete this post-cleaning step because you think toner is too drying or harsg, you’re missing out on extra-clean, hydrated skin.

If your delete this post-cleaning step because you think toner is too drying or harsg, you’re missing out on extra-clean, hydrated skin.

“It seems that consumers are trying to save money by cutting out toners,” comments Saltzman.

But toner belongs in a daily skincare regime, says Nico Thirion, Johnson & Johnson SA’s national training manager. “Toners have had a bad wrap because alcohol was frequently used in the older type toners. As alcohol removes natural oils from the skin, it can have a drying effect. There seems to be a move away from traditional toners to a new type of skin refresher or freshener.”

Toners are important as preparation for the nourishment and protection of treatment products to follow, such as serums and moisturising cream.

Apply enough toner to leave your skin damp. This makes it 10 minutes more permeable than dry skin, so it’ll better absorb active ingredients in the treatment and prepair product you apply next.

4.    Over-cleaning and exfoliating

You’re stripping your skin of the oils it needs to function properly.

Overcleansing leads to dryness and unbalanced skin pH, says Thirion. Using harsh exfoliators and strong cleaners can compromise your skin’s ability to provide its own moisture needs. “Fortunately, because of the advances in the way cleansers are manufactured now, most cleansers are now pH balanced,” he says.

Description: “Fortunately, because of the advances in the way cleansers are manufactured now, most cleansers are now pH balanced”

“Fortunately, because of the advances in the way cleansers are manufactured now, most cleansers are now pH balanced”

We think that by removing oil vigorously from the skin, we’re “cleaning” it. In reality we’re making the problem worse, encourage skin to work harder to replace it, thereby creating more oiliness.

Exfoliate twice a week, and choose the appropriate product for your skin type. Younger skin responds well to exfoliators or scrubs with micro-sized beads, while more mature skin will benefit from fruit-enzyme exfoliators, which gently slough away dead cells.

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