The Most Regrettable Makeup Mistakes…And How to Fix Them

by Cara Brook

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Whenever some new drastic trend comes along, I have to wonder, are we going to regret this one later? Are we going to cringe when we see our ombre hair in photos? Are we going to be wishing be didn't go so bold with our lip colors? But in the end, I can't see the future, so I don't know which ones we will regret later on because I think they all look great now!


The problem is...I'm pretty sure everyone thought these were great at the time as well:

- Unblended brown lip liner (as shown above)
When I see photos of this, I just want to reach into 1991 and blend!!!! I think I know where they were going with it, a little lip contouring perhaps? Which can be done well, as long as you use a fleshy tone lip liner and blend until the line disappears. That's the way to do it so it looks natural, and I don't think natural can go out of style.

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- Contouring with bright pink blush
If you remember the 1980s, you know what I'm talking about. I know our hearts were in the right place and everything, but contouring is supposed to be about creating a shadow, and shadows are generally not fuchsia. Now we know that you should be contouring with something a little more neutral, like a gray-brown bronzer or a contouring cream.


- Black, Taylor Momsen-style smoky eyes
Some types of makeup can look sort of pretty in a perfectly posed photo but don't translate into real life. This is one of those. It just ends up looking like you are rebelling against overbearing parents. You can get drama in your smoky eyes by covering a wide area around your eye, but do it with something a little softer, like a bronze-y brown or a smoke gray. It's so much more flattering!

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When confronted with something as amazing as bronzer for the first time, it's understandable you might go a little crazy. But now that we've had time to get used to the concept, I think we all agree that less is more! A little bit on the cheeks and forehead is plenty to get a sun-kissed glow.


Cara Brook of Maskcara was the winner of the 2013 Allure Beauty Blogger Awards and is now contributing to the Daily Beauty Reporter. Could you be the next big winner? Enter now!

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