Common Mistakes to Avoid When Applying Eye Makeup

Published on: May 26, 2023

If you fail to recreate eye makeup looks from the internet, this article will help you identify ten mistakes to avoid while applying eye makeup.

The internet has been going crazy with the graphic liner and eyes make up looks lately. They say eyes are a reflection of your soul, and the primary function of eye makeup is to enhance their shape and features. So, if you are planning to jump on the trend of recreating the most stunning eye looks, the list below mentions the ten most common mistakes you should avoid for a flawless eye makeup application.

  1. Not Prepping Under Eye Area
    The skin cells under and around the eyes are only a few layers thick compared to the rest of the face, which is why you should always prep the skin under your eyes. Make sure you use a gentle cleanser for your face, and don’t rub too harshly around the eyes. If you have a special event coming up, you can start incorporating an eye cream into your skincare regime a few days before to reduce puffiness and redness and brighten the area.

  1. Not Knowing The Shape Of Your Eyes
    Most people get disappointed when they recreate an eye makeup look from the internet, and it doesn’t look half as stunning on them as the model in the picture. The reason why your recreations look hideous as compared to the reference is that you fail to consider your eye shape. There are plenty of videos on the internet to help you determine your eye shape without charging a single penny. So, figuring out your eye shape must be on top of your agenda for a flawless eyeshadow application.

  1. Not Using Eye Primer Before Applying Concealer
    Skipping primer around the eyes is another mistake that the majority of people make. Eye primers are specifically formulated to suit the skin around the eyes and are a no-brainer for applying flawless eye makeup. Eye primers help fill the fine lines and wrinkles so that the eyeshadow goes smoothly onto the skin. It minimizes the appearance of pores and helps keep products in place for longer durations. 

  1. Using The Wrong Shade Of Concealer
    Concealer is a necessity for applying eye makeup, as it helps cover dark circles and pigmentation and brightens the eye area. Make sure you use a lighter concealer shade while working with lighter shades from the eyeshadow palette. The shade of your concealer determines the visibility of the eyeshadow product. As explained, a lighter canvas helps colours to pop, whereas a darker canvas is helpful in recreating a sultry, smokey eye effect. 

  1. Not Grooming Your Brows
    There is no point in recreating a stunning eye makeup look if you haven’t groomed your brows. Well-groomed pair of eyebrows helps enhance your facial features and takes your eye makeup look a notch higher. Make sure you keep a pair of tweezers handy for a cleaner look. Always fill in your brows using the correct shade, as it can make or break the makeup look. While filling in your brows, make sure you are starting off with a little product and building it up until you are happy with its thickness and shape. 

  1. Concealing Without Hydrating
    If your makeup turns dry and flaky after a few minutes of its application, chances are your skin is dehydrated. Putting eyeshadow on top of dry and dehydrated skin will make the eye makeup look patchy and uneven. If you want a flawless look, keep the areas around your eyes hydrated. You should invest in a good quality eye mask or eye crème to hydrate your eyes regularly. Hydration is especially crucial while working with powder eyeshadows, as the particles won’t stick to the skin’s surface, resulting in a cakey look. Concealer goes on smoothly over prepped skin, which ensures the eye makeup lasts long.

  1. Applying Eye Shadow After Your Base
    You should start with your eye makeup before applying foundation if you are working with powder formulas. If you start doing your eye makeup after your base, i.e., after applying foundation and concealer, it becomes difficult to get rid of the fallouts without budging the foundation. So, make sure you do your eye makeup before moving on with foundation, concealer, blush, etc. 

  1. Not Investing In A Good Set Of Brushes
    You have a smaller surface area to work with while doing your eye makeup, which is why you should invest in a good set of brushes for your eye makeup. Makeup brushes for your face get designed to cover larger areas, such as the forehead and cheek. Makeup brushes for eyes have an angular tip to concentrate the product on regions that are difficult to reach using brushes with a flat base. Blending the eyeshadow pigment is key to achieving flawless eye makeup, and using the right brush ensures your blending game is on point for the best eye makeup. 

  1. Going Overboard With The Product
    Remember, it is always easy to go back and add more pigment than to do an hour-long arm workout to blend the pigment. Make sure you start off with a little product and slowly build on the pigment. Taking off an entire layer of eyeshadow is a waste of time and money. Always tap your brush on the eyeshadow palette before putting it on your lids to remove the excess pigment. 

  1. Applying Eyeliner And Mascara After Applying Eyeshadow
    Any eye makeup look is incomplete without applying eyeliner and mascara. Eyeliner helps you add depth to your eyes, and mascara makes your lashes appear fuller. If your goal is to achieve a smokey eye look, applying eyeliner and smudging it over the lids might help in recreating the look. However, if you are working with lighter colours and want your liner to peek out, apply eyeliner and mascara after doing your eye makeup.

That’s it for this article. We hope you find the above tips helpful while doing your next eye makeup look!

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