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7 Makeup Don'ts for a Beginner

Updated: Jan 24, 2022

Makeup offers a fun and beautiful way to express yourself, but when you’re a beginner, the whole prospect of “doing your makeup” can feel intimidating. Are you struggling with where to start? Do you need help choosing the right makeup for your skin tone and type? Would you like to know how to correctly apply makeup so that it flatters your features?

If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, this guide is for you. Below, we’ve listed beginner-friendly tips that are guaranteed to improve your makeup application.

1) Don’t Buy a Lot of Products

When you’re a beginner at makeup, the last thing you need to do is go out and invest in a huge assortment of products. It’s quite easy to spend hundreds of dollars on makeup, and then be miserable with everything you’ve purchased.

Start off with the basics. When you’re a true beginner, start off with three products that you love and expand from there. For eg. mascara, blush, and lipstick.

2) Don’t Apply Makeup to a Dirty Face

Applying makeup to a dirty face is asking for serious skin problems like acne and breakouts. Never apply cosmetics on top of other cosmetics that have been sitting on your face for hours. Give your skin some time to breathe in-between applications.

3) Don't use dirty makeup brushes

It's easy to neglect makeup brushes. Unless you schedule a time each week to clean them, you’ll never even think about your makeup brushes until it’s time to apply your products. But, using dirty makeup brushes can introduce bacteria to your skin.

To clean your brushes, fill a small bowl with warm water and a couple of squirts of your shampoo. Next, gently submerge and swirl your brush in soapy water. You can also loosen dried-on makeup with your fingers. Then, rinse the brush under warm water and lay it on a clean towel to dry.

4) Don’t Skip Your Eyebrows

Eyebrows are an important part of your face but are often overlooked. When done well your brows will perfectly frame your face. Make the time to fill in your brows. You can use a matte eyeshadow to fill in the sparse areas of your brows. Don’t go too dark, though! It can create an unwanted cartoon villain effect. Go for a subtle color that’s the same shade as your brows or maybe a shade lighter.

5) Don’t Create Fake Brows

While you shouldn’t skip your brows, you definitely don’t want to draw on dramatic fake brows. Huge, drawn-on brows come across like furry caterpillars. It’s never a good look. Instead, work with the eyebrows that you have and just focus on making them a little more defined, especially if you’re wearing foundation.

6) Don’t Sleep in Your Makeup

Not only can sleeping in makeup clog pores, but it can also actually make them bigger! Makeup can stretch pores while settling into them. Sleeping with makeup on your skin can also dry it out because your skin doesn’t have the ability to rebalance itself.

7) Don’t Pump Your Mascara

Pumping the mascara wand is a common trick that’s thought to get more mascara out of the container. However, it’s an all-around bad idea. Pumping your mascara wand actually introduces more bacteria into the mascara container. It also causes the mascara to dry out faster. And, to make matters worse, it can lead to clumpy application. Instead, if you’d like to get more mascara on your wand, simply swirl the wand gently in the container first. And remember, mascara expires after three months.

We offer one on one personal makeup sessions online on zoom as well as in-person classes if you are based in Pune. Send us an email at to book a slot for yourself. A complete product must-have list will be provided before the class so you can have everything on hand and practice alongside me.

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