How to fix makeup mistakes without starting over – tips from a makeup artist

Regardless of whether you’re getting ready for a normal day or a big night out, a makeup blunder can set you back a significant amount of time.

Makeup artist Saffron Hughes of FalseEyelashes.co.uk tells us: ‘Makeup mishaps can be extremely frustrating, especially when you are in a rush.

‘One tiny slip of the wrist can ruin your whole eye makeup look or leave you with bronzer across your face.’

To help us avoid time-consuming makeup mistakes from now on, Saffron has put together some top tips on how we can fix common makeup blunders without starting all over again.

Clumpy mascara

Saffron says the first port of call for fixing mascara clumps is making sure your mascara is still in date.

Mascara only lasts three months, so if yours is older than that, the clumping could be down to it being past its best.

‘If your mascara is not past expiry,’ she adds, ‘wet your clean spoolie with a little micellar water.

‘With the wand, begin combing from base to tip of lashes, wiggling as you go to catch any clumps on the brush.’

Wet mascara

Getting wet blobs of mascara where it’s not supposed to be is a major pain, because one small dot can turn into a big smudge if you’re not careful.

Saffron says: ‘The best way to fix wet mascara is by dipping a cotton bud into micellar water.

‘Gently hold the cotton bud over the blunder, and gently twist to wipe away the black blob.

‘You may have to reapply some eye makeup, but it is better than taking the whole look you’ve spent hours perfecting off.’

Messy eyeliner

Perhaps the most annoying makeup blunder a person can make, smudged or uneven eyeliner is a major pain to fix.

To minimise the damage to the rest of your makeup, Saffron suggests doing your eyes before the rest of your face so that erasing mistakes doesn’t cause any more collateral damage to your makeup.

She also recommends: ‘Dip a cotton bud in eye-makeup remover. Run it over the back of your hand, so that it is not too wet before tracing over the problematic eyeliner to remove it.

‘Dab it dry with a tissue before fixing your eyeshadow underneath, then reapply your perfect winged eyeliner.’

She adds: ‘Make sure the cotton bud is not too wet as this can spread the
makeup problem rather than remove it.

‘This is also why I recommend doing the base first, so you don’t take off any foundation if you have to correct mistakes.’

Creased under-eye concealer

There’s a fine line between adding enough concealer to your face to cover what you want hidden and adding too much and getting creasey.

To fix this under your eyes, Saffron suggests using a fluffy eyeshadow brush or your finger to softly smooth out the creases.

She adds: ‘As soon as the fine lines have disappeared, set with your compact powder.

‘To avoid this happening again, during your makeup application, dot the concealer over the darkest areas only.

‘These are usually the inner corners of your eyes, before setting with powder.’

Cakey or uneven foundation

Whether you like full coverage or a foundation that’s barely there, no one wants their skin to look cakey or patchy.

‘Cakey foundation can easily happen if you apply too much foundation,’ says Saffron.

‘It can be hard to predict the amount of foundation we need; it is something that comes with practice.

‘So if you find yourself having applied too much foundation, simply wet a clean sponge and squeeze out any excess water.

‘Dab the sponge across the face to pick up any excess product and blend the foundation that is on your face.

‘Once you’ve achieved your desired look, use setting spray to lock in the makeup and bounce the damp sponge over your face one last time, so everything appears seamlessly blended.’

Too much blush or contour

Blush and contour are tricky to get right at the best of times – it’s easy to veer from too little to way too much.

If you find you’ve gone a bit heavy-handed with blush, Saffron suggests: ‘Use the same beauty sponge or makeup brush you used to apply foundation and go over the blush to “knock” down some of the colour.’

‘If you’ve applied too much powder contour,’ she adds, ‘you can do this same trick or use a loose translucent powder to tone down the colour whilst blending.’

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