Oops, you did it again. The dollop of pomade was way too generous. Will you even learn? Now you have a few options. Option one: Tell people you are trying to revive the grunge look and leave your hair stringy and matter to you scalp. Option two: Re-shower and be one hour late to your meeting. Option three: Fix it with one of the trick you’ll learn in this chapter. If you’ve ever ruined what was becoming a flawless makeup application by putting way too much concealer on a zit or by creating lashes so clumpy they could be used as pipe cleaners, you’ve come to the right place. First we’ll teach you how to fix it, then we’ll teach you how to prevent it from happening next time. Buh-bye, beauty boo-boos!


At best, foundation is an invisible layer that hides any imperfections, smoothes out discoloration, and creates a seamless look on your face. At worst, it can look like a thick mask of makeup. You know you’ve made a foundation faux pas if your complexion doest come close to resembling the texture of your natural skin or if you can see the dreaded line of demarcation anywhere on your face, especially on your jaw. If it’s the former, here’s what to do: After application, wet your fingertips a tiny bit and run them over your face so you don’t see any real texture.

Another way to tone down foundation overload is to apply a dime-sizes amount of moisturizer onto a foundation brush and work the brush over your face. It should make the foundation less visible and more complexion-like. Another trick for foundation-happy types? Separate a two-ply tissue in half. Place on ply right on top of the face and move it around really gently with your hand. This will remove any extra foundation.


1. Always start with a primer! Primer smoothes out any texture or dry areas on the face. It allows for a very smooth foundation application and the blend becomes much easier. Primer is also like Krazy Glue for foundation; it prevents it from seeping into pores ad from melting off in heated situations.

2. Get ready to apply. Start with a quarter-sized amount of foundation; you can always add more. You don’t have to do a full face either – just concentrate on blotchy areas and spots that need concealing. Tip: Put liquid foundation in the palm of your hand first; the warmth of the skin makes the product more blendable.

3. Apply! Work in an area that has exposure to daylight. Ideally, do it with a window behind you, a mirror in front of you, and the light coming in over your shoulder. Start in the center of you face and blend in a downward motion toward the jaw-line, with small, flicking strokes. Always try to follow the grain of the facial hair so the hair will lay flat against the skin. The entire time you are applying, continue to blend after each stroke. Many women have a makeup face when they look in the mirror, but that’s not how you are in the world, where your face is mobile and active. Smile and open your mouth really wide while you are blending.

Find out how to choose your foundation match!


You made a mountain out of that molehill of a zit on your cheek. Now what? Too much concealer on a blemish is going to give the illusion of volume. Take a tissue and slightly buff the concealer away. If the pimple still has too much product on it, moisten a cotton swab with makeup remover and dab at it until no longer rivals Mt. Vesuvius in height. Now you need to re-cover it. Find a concelear brush with a point, ultra-fine tip, and lightly touch a bit of concealer onto the redness of the zit – not onto any of the raise area – until you’ve hidden any discoloration. Then set with a dab of translucent powder.


News flash! Concealer is always to be applied after foundation. Otherwise it will only get wiped off. And don’t expect it to perform miracles. It’s called concealer – not disappearer. Think of concelear as getting rid of the discoloration of the blemish, not of the blemish itself. In other words, the best it can do is smooth out the color – applying more and more product to it will only call attention to the new frenemy on your face. Another no-no is choosing the wrong color cover-up. Don’t use a concealer color that too light; otherwise, you will be highlighting the pimple.

Pimples are also much more noticeable when they are shiny and have a reflection to them, so the finish should always be matter. Matte it with blotting papers or a loose powder to prevent any oil from coming through, which can also dissolve the concealer. But that said, if the zit in question is dry and cracked, dab it with a little oil-free moisturizer before covering it. After applying the concealer with a fine-tipped concealer brush, blending it with your finger by using a tapping, not wiping, motion. Finally, layer translucent powder over the area with a puff, very gently so as not to pull off any of the carefully laid product you just applied.

Beauty Tip

“If you have a bad breakout, don’t wear red lipstick, because you’ll be repeating and bringing out the color of the blemishes. Wear a soft brown or neutral color instead.”
- Jane Ford


If the product you just OD’d on is oil-based (i.e. serum, styling cream, pomade, shine spray) and you over-applied onto dry hair, douse the spot with baby powder or a dry shampoo. If you used too much hairspray or gel, the best thing to do is to zap it with blow-dryer heat. If you start to see smoke, don’t be alarmed. You are not scorching your locks; it’s just the product burning off.


The biggest error people make is putting product on to the top of the head. Always apply it to the back first, that’s where the density of the hair is, and use what’s left over on your hands for the rest of the head. Use a quarter-sized amount for long hair and pea-sized for short to medium lengths.


If you’ve put too much mascara on your lashes, douse a toothbrush with eye makeup remover and then gently go over the lashes with it. Use a Q-tip that’s been hit with remove and then lightly dab any area on the lid that was marred by runway mascara.


1. Just like your skin needs primer pre-foundation, the lashes really benefit from a mascara primer. Many things happen when you use a lash primer. Because more primers are very moisturizing, your mascara will go on less clumpy. Primers can also make lashes look more voluminous, so you’ll need a lot less mascara in general. Plus, lashes tend to curl a lot better when you’ve used a primer.

2. Curl lashes. Never curl lashes when there is mascara on them. The lashes are drier and very breakable when they have mascara on them, and you are bending the lash in a way that’s unnatural.

3. Apply mascara. Set the mascara wand at the base of your lashes and wiggle it back and forth through the lashes. You want the premier deposit to be on the lash-line not the tip.

4. You always want to look straight ahead when applying mascara; otherwise, it may end up on your lid. Focus on something straight ahead while lashes are midway open. Another foolproof way to avoid getting any mascara on your lids is by relying on a standby office supply. Take one of those mini Post-It notes and lay it down over your eyelid before applying mascara.

5. Immediately comb out lashes with a spooly brush or lash comb following the application. Hey key is to get in there with the comb before the mascara has a chance to dry.

FYI – “The reason women always open their mouths when applying mascara is because when your jaw drops, your eyes open.”
- Jane Ford

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