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Makeup Mistakes: Lippy in All the Wrong Places…


Photo by: Nicholas Goldsworthy (www.ngdphotography.co.za) Model: Kirsten Maarschalk Makeup: MissFitz (www.missfitzstudio.co.za)


We’ve all had the embarassing scenario at least once in our life when we are wearing lipstick but instead of looking like an adult ready for a night on the town we look like a 4 year old playing dress up with mum’s lipstick! The tiny lines that are around your mouth provide the highway that lets your lipstick jump its border to neighbouring territory where it is now classified as an illegal.

These lines are a natural result of aging, but factors such as smoking and sun damage can hasten and increase them. An emergency fix to this problem is to use a damp paper towel to wipe away all of the lipstick. Use foundation or powder to conceal the stain around your mouth. Then brush a thin layer of lipstick on the center of your lips, staying away from corners and edges of your mouth.

To prevent bleeding lipstick, try this in the future:

  • Look after your lips, put moisturizer or lip ice on them and then apply loose powder over this to prevent colour spreading to areas its not welcome.
  • To help keep lipstick in place, try a full mouth applicaiton of an oil free foundation before applying the lippy.
  • Proceed by applying lip liner around your lips to create the ultimate bleed barrier.
  • Use a brush to paint on the lipstick, start in the center and work outwards with small, precise strokes.
  • Press your lipstick onto your lips with your finger
  • Apply a thin layer of tissue over freshly applied lipstick and pat some powder onto the tissue, this will make the lipstick last even longer

Remember, lipstick was out of fashion for a few years – it has really come back with a vengence now – so get practicing into old habits of wearing and touching up lippy, instead of gloss all the time.


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Makeup Mistakes: Black Tears & Blobs

So, its Monday morning in sunny South Africa pouters, did you prehaps overdose on your antidepressants this morning? ha ha…. I thought this post would be adequate for today, in case you are crying for the ghost of weekend past.

There is no shame in crying your eyes out at the movies, or after a bad breakup or just because it happens to be Monday 😉 however there is much shame in looking in the mirror after before said incidents. Streaks of mascara running down your cheeks is a whole other horror story which I’m going to try and tackle for us, as for some it may be an every day problem and others may just be an once in a while problem. We’ve all had it. We all hate it (Terms and conditions apply on this one, emo kids lurve it).

Mascara smudges all the time, it even flows freely after getting wet sometimes even when you are convinced you bought the waterproof variety, yes its noticable and dependant on your tolerance to being embarassed it can be VERY embarrassing. I personally don’t care, but I know a lot of people that do….

For an easy quick fix, blot the mascara away before it dries without wiping the rest of your face off by placing a tissue under your lower lashes until your tears have been run dry. The tissue will catch any run off and help your lashes dry. If you still have mascara on your cheeks, I suggest investing in some good anti depressants 😉 (I joke!) mix some water or moisterizer with your foundation and use it to blend away unwanted colour.

To avoid this problem in the future, try skipping the mascara on your lower lashes. They’re the ones most likely to cause run-off in rain, high humidity or emotional situations.

When thick, clumpy mascara chunks up on your lashes and glues them together, you may wonder if it’s the fault of the brand, the brush or your technique. The answer is it could be a little of all of those. Thick mascara can get lumpy on the lashes. If it’s a tube you’ve been using for a while, it may be drying out and getting flaky. You could be accelerating the problem if you pump your brush into the tube. Pumping forces air into the tube, drying the mascara and causing flakes.
Try this approach to prevent blobs:
1. Before applying mascara, if you have very straight lashes, try to curl them with an eyelash curler and then proceed to comb your eyelashes to separate them.
2. Roll your brush over paper towel to remove excess mascara before applying it to your lashes. Don’t use a tissue or toilet paper, it is far too fine and breaks easily.

3. Use a single, slow-motion sweep of the brush over your lashes instead of many short, quick strokes. If your mascara is getting toward the end of its life span, while applying with a slow-motion sweep jiggle the brush from right to left but not too much.
4. Stop after one coat.
5. Comb your lashes again to break up and remove any mascara clumps.

6. Repeat, until desired length & thickness is achieved. Just be 100% sure you give each eye the desired attention it deserves – don’t give one set of lashes more attention than the other.

Bat those lashes, and have a fantastic week!!!



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