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5 Common Eye Makeup Mistakes you Should Avoid Making

Updated on July 8, 2014

As women, we love highlighting our eyes with makeup. Whether it’s just a sweep of kajal, or an elaborate eye shadow look, we take pains to do up our eyes before we step outdoors. However, while applying eye makeup, we sometimes follow certain practices that are actually incorrect. These practices, although minor, can ruin your eye makeup. Hence, to help you avoid making these mistakes, this article highlights a couple of common eye makeup mistakes women make. Give them a wide berth when you do up your eyes.

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Not curling lashes, or curling lashes after applying mascara:

Although mascara is meant to make your lashes appear longer, curlers do a much better job. So, first curl your eye lashes with a curler and then apply mascara to add volume, colour and plumpness. Never curl your eyes after applying mascara, even if you think the mascara has dried as this will only lead to the mascara chipping off or clogging your curler.

Not using water-proof products:

Many of us settle for eye makeup products that are not water-proof. Probably we think we’re saving on the cost or that we don’t really need water-proof products and cajole ourselves into making this erroneous decision. You never know when a sudden shower can drench you or when a hike in temperature can cause you to sweat profusely or when you simply get teary-eyed due to an unfortunate incident. During all these scenarios, you’re eye makeup will go from a smudgy toss. So, always use smudge-free, water-resistant eye makeup products.

L’Oreal Paris offers some long-lasting water-proof products for eye makeup, Check out the products here: L’Oreal Paris Eye Makeup

Applying eyeliner and mascara before applying eye shadow:

Most of us don’t do this consciously. It sometimes happens that you initially decide to go without eye shadow, that the minimalistic-only-eyeliner look is what you want. Suddenly, you realize that a little bit of eye shadow will do wonders for your look. So, you quickly sweep on some eye shadow and hope that it doesn’t mess up your eyeliner. Bad news, as this is surely going to ruin your eyeliner. Hence, always apply eye shadow before you apply a liner or mascara.

Not applying an eye shadow primer before applying eye shadow:

Maybe we’re too lazy, or maybe we just think it’s unimportant, but many of us apply eye shadow without applying an eye shadow primer. This is a grave mistake, especially if you want your eye makeup to last throughout the day. An eye shadow primer prevents creases from forming, keeps eye shadow in place and also helps your eyeliner last longer. Hence, it is an essential eye makeup cosmetic and something that should be used when decking up your eyes.

As a bonus, here is an interesting eye makeup look that you can try out. Follow this tutorial to get this look perfectly: Sonam Kapoor’s Gothic Look

Applying dark eye shadows on the inner corners of your eyes:

Applying dark eye shadow on the inner corners of your eyes will make your eyes look smaller. Instead, apply light, shimmery eye shadows on the inner corners. This will make your eyes look bigger and brighter.

Hope you found these eye makeup tips useful. Are there any tips you keep in mind when applying eye makeup? Do share them with me by mentioning them in the comments section below.


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      3 years ago

      Hi!i would like to purchase a cpluoe of items you have posted. How do I purchase? Also, josie maran argan oil (small) do you have 1 or 2 available?Thanks

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      Cherylann Mollan 

      4 years ago from India

      @DDE: Thank you for your kind comment. :)

      @FlourishAnyway: That must've been quite embarrassing I'm sure! Well, it's okay to give the boys a little shock now and then, at least that will send their hearts racing. :)

      Thank you for sharing that incident and always keep those water-proof products handy.

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      4 years ago from USA

      Not wearing waterproof mascara -- I just cannot imagine. I once made the mistake of buying a foundation that was not oil based. I went with a boyfriend to a theme park and on the first water ride, there was a huge splash. It got my face soaked and he looked at me in horror and said it looked like my face was melting off. I never made that mistake again.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Common mistakes indeed. You explained well with photos thank you


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