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Let’s be honest, we’re not perfect and we all make makeup mistakes. They can stem from way back when you learned what a pair of tweezers were used for—and they can haunt you forever. Scroll down and click through the gallery to see these 9 makeup mistakes you might be making and how to avoid them!

Stop Using The Eyebrow Pencil

A penciled eyebrow looks painted and weird , many women still go this route to fill in brows. A better option: Choose an eyeshadow color that matches your hair color and apply with a thin, stiff, angled brush using tiny strokes. We can’t tell you the difference it makes! With the pencil, you could totally tell that I did some filling in work. This waxy powder is so much easier to use, easier to fix if I mess up, and looks way more natural.

Picking The Wrong Shade of Foundation

Foundation isn’t supposed to give your skin a bit of a tan. After all, that’s what bronzers are for. Instead, “it’s supposed to create a perfect, smooth complexion and cover-up any imperfections. This is why you should always use a foundation which blends in with your skin. Test on your jawline (not your hand!) before buying, and when possible, ask for a sample first. That way you can try it at home — and look at your skin in various lighting situations — to make sure the shade you choose looks natural.

Using Black Eyeliner During The Day

Here is a general rule: dark colors shrink and recede. Light colors advance and bring forward. That’s why we recommend skipping black eyeliner (especially underneath eyes) during the day, so your eyes look more open and awake. Black can be a bit harsh for daytime, so maybe a switch to brown liner is in order. Same effect without the goth undertones.

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