Everybody wants to look their best, especially during the summer, when we spend a lot more time outdoors and in the sun. Unfortunately, when it comes to our daily beauty routines, we can all make mistakes from time to time. Read on to explore what style & beauty experts claim to be the most common summer makeup mistakes — and how to easily avoid them!
Mismatching Your Foundation/Concealer
When summer rolls around, one of the worst things you can do for your beauty routine is to continue using the same foundation and concealer you’ve been using for a long time. Not only does makeup expire (old makeup can be packed with all kinds of bacteria!) but, in the summer months, increased sun exposure generally leads to a darker skin tone. If you’re still using that old concealer and foundation, then, you could be using the wrong color foundation for your face or walking around with a facial skin tone that doesn’t match the rest of your skin.
To avoid this beauty faux pas, work on matching your new skin tone with a new foundation or concealer. Or – go fresh-faced! Try our tips for getting fresh summer skin if you’re thinking of forgoing foundational makeup this season.
Using Too Much Bronzer
Summer is a great time to incorporate a little bit of bronzer into your look. When applied correctly, bronzer can give your skin tone a beautifully vibrant glow. But – too much bronzer is a bit of a disaster. When this mistake is made, you can easily end up with an unnatural orange tone to your face. For best results, use bronzer sparingly and apply it gently to the nose, cheeks, and middle of the forehead.
Using Makeup You’ve Had at the Bottom of the Drawer for Years
Back to using makeup you’ve had for years. Many people think that makeup doesn’t expire, but in reality, a lot of makeup changes its consistency and effectiveness within just a few months of opening. This is especially true of mascara, which becomes clumpy and loses its staying power after just a few months. Old makeup can also develop bacteria, which you don’t want to put on your skin or near your eyes. Keep an eye out for bottom-of-the-drawer makeup and be sure to toss anything older than a year!
Leaving Your Skin Exposed to the Sun
These days, many foundations and primers come with built-in sun protection. Choosing makeup that comes with at least some level of sun protection is a must during the summer, especially on days when you know you’ll be spending a lot of time outdoors. Protect your face from the sun and stick to the beauty routine you love by investing in a quality primer or foundation with SPF.
Applying Makeup in Unnatural Lighting
Finally, to ensure that your makeup looks great both in the soft glow of indoor lighting and the brightness of the outdoors, always apply your makeup in as much natural lighting as possible. This can mean simply completing your morning beauty routine at a vanity in front of an open window, doing your makeup in your car before you leave for the day, or even investing in a mirror with built-in lighting that mimics natural light.
Now that you know about common beauty mistakes, you’ll be in a much better place to avoid them. Be sure to follow our blog for more tips on budget-friendly beauty, hair, and style!