Top 5 Make Up Mishaps

Top 5 Make Up Mishaps

You could call this advice gone horribly wrong! Those tried and true makeup rules could actually be backfiring.

Studio 5 Beauty and Style Contributor Holly Stone breaks down the top five make-up mishaps…and how to fix them!

From a make up tip to a makeup mistake! This happens when common interpretations of make up tips actually end up looking terrible, if followed without inserting YOU into the picture. Tips are more like guidelines – not rules! – and guidelines allow for variations to achieve the end result. It is important to take YOU into considerations before following a tip. Look at your skin tone, your skin type, your lifestyle and your overall desired outcome before applying a tip step by step. You may need to make some changes before the look is right for you. So go ahead: variate and deviate, tweak and transition, adjust and amend to make any make up tip the most flattering tip for YOU!

Makeup Tip: Be Brown

Brown is most natural. Brown is subtle. Brown is easiest. Brown is safe.

Makeup Mishap: Brown isn’t always best.

Have you ever had someone exclaim “you look tired” and you actually got a good night’s sleep? It is probably the brown make up. Shades of brown with red undertones can actually make you look tired. Grey browns will age you faster than time itself because dull colors take away the brightness of youth.

If this is YOU:

· you have natural darker circles around the eyes

· you have age spots

· you have maturing skin

· you have a lot of freckles

· you want to look awake or “bright eyed”

Opt for:

· Khaki Greens, Coral and Melon colors. My picks: Smashbox Eyeshadow, Ulta, $16 and L’Oreal Shadow Box, Target, $7.99

Makeup Tip: Go Matte

Matte colors are neutral. Matte is softest look. Matte is closest to “real”. Matte is minimal.

Makeup Mishap: Matte is flat.

There is no dimension or “pop” from matte shadows or lip colors. Shine gives dimension, dimension radiates light, light brings to life.

If this is YOU:

· you have darker eye color

· your hair and skin tone don’t have contrast

· you have minimal fine lines and wrinkles

· you have smaller eyes

· you have smaller lips

· you have dull complexion

Opt for:

· A semi-gloss lipstick. My pick: Sephora Brand Lipstick, $12, Sephora.

· A sheen shadow. My pick: Bare Escentuals High Shine Eyecolor, $16,

Makeup Tip: Plus Powder

Powder sets. Powder minimizes mistakes. Powder finishes. Powder won’t crease. Lastly, dust with powder.

Makeup Mishap: Powder is louder.

Powder shows skin imperfections, fine lines and wrinkles. It can make you look dull or chalky. Dry skin beware. Powder makes it even drier. If you have any varying texture in your skin, powder will find it and FLAUNT it. Opt for fresh instead of “finished”. Let your skin shine through by priming perfection, not powdering it to doom.

If this is YOU:

· you have maturing skin

· you have a lot of skin texture

· your skin lacks luster

· you have dry skin

· you want radiance

· you don’t want creasing

· you want to “set it”

Opt for:

· A light weight primer to smooth out any texture imperfections . My pick: Cover Girl and Olay Simply Ageless Primer Serum, $13.00, all drug stores.

· Use something that will “set” your make-up. My pick: Benefit Stay Don’t Stray Primer (neutral nude), $24, Ulta

Makeup Tip: Blush Them Apples!

Apply blush to apple of cheek.

Makeup Mishap: The apple is on the bag.

The cheek begins to sag right below the apple (smile lines) and a darker color there will surely emphasize any lines. Blush placed on the apples can also make you appear fuller in the face. Instead, find the high plane of your cheek bone and apply a cream blush to your hairline. One swipe of the stick, one dab with your finger, one final goodbye to the sags. Voila, an instant face lift instead of an apple face.

If this is YOU:

· you have natural expression lines around the mouth

· you have maturing skin

· you have signs of aging

· you have a fuller cheek area

· you want a face lift

Opt for:

· A blush that goes on smooth and blends like a dream. My pick: N.Y.C. Blushable Creme Stick. $3.99 drugstores and ULTA .

Makeup Tip: Let’s Line

Line eyes and lips to create a frame. Lines define. Lines dramatize.

Mishap: Lines line up.

Any hard line becomes visual and draws attention to itself. It will accentuate any misdeed around it. In flattering make up application, lines should be blended out so they no longer look like a line but rather a trace of artistry. Lipliner still showing? You just aged 10 years! After lining lips, fill in entire lip with same lipliner for lovely lips . Tatoo? Match the liner with same color tones lipstick and fill in. At the end: blend, blend, blend, blend, blend…

If this is YOU:

· you like to wear make up

· you would like to learn how to apply make up

Opt for:

· A great blending brush! My pick: Sephora Collection Professional All Over Shadow Brush, Small #22, $13 Sephora

· A waterproof, extremely long-wearing lip liner. My pick: Make Up Forever Aqua Lip Waterproof Lipliner Pencil , $17 Sephora

Holly Stone is no stranger to business and the beauty industry. Starting as a model at the age of 14 she decided that she preferred to be behind the scenes rather than in front of the camera. She choreographed fashion shows, selected models for events and assisted her agency with make-up.

Her skill for make-up artistry quickly became recognized and the demand for her talent launched a career that would take her all over the country. She received a bachelor’s degree, and took a position as VP of Merchandising for There she learned the business skills of resourcing, buying, marketing, and negotiating. She moved on to train in Los Angeles at AWARD, a leading make-up artist school in the west.

Today, with her business skills and her passion for the art of make-up, she manages a successful career as an educator and a veteran make-up artist of 16 years. She works in various media with actors/actresses, models, brides, and photographers. She is a consultant to several cosmetic distributors, spas, and salons where she teaches application and technique. She is a nationally recognized educator of cosmetic application and is a personal image consultant to people ranging from high position corporate figures to the every day woman.

Holly is the owner of Re-Creation Studio, School of Media Make-up Artistry. For information about her classes, visit

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