20 Beauty Mistakes You’ll Be Surprised You’re Making

We all try to look our very best! However, not all of us are aware of the best techniques, the best looks for face shape, coloring, or skin type, or the science behind beauty. Instead of remaining oblivious, improve your appearance and personal style by making sure you’re not committing these 20 beauty mistakes.

#1: You’re not using the right moisturizer.

skin moisturizer

Moisturizer should match your skin type.If you have oily skin, an oil-free moisturizer is your best bet. For dry skin, a richer moisturizer may be necessary. If you’re prone to acne, a moisturizer with salicylic acid or a similar ingredient could be helpful. If you use a water-based foundation, a water-based moisturizer should go underneath.

#2: Your eye makeup doesn’t suit your eye shape.

eye makeup

Not doing your eye makeup to flatter your eye shape can exaggerate flaws. If your eyes are close together, dark colors should mostly be placed on the outer portions of the eye. If your eyes are small, avoid dark eyeliner that encircles the eye. If your eyes are hooded, avoid a thick line of eyeliner on your top eyelid.

#3: The color of your lipstick is washing you out.

putting on lipstick

Those with warm coloring look best in warm-toned lipsticks, and those with cool coloring look best in cool-toned lipsticks. If there’s a lot of contrast between the colors of your skin, eyes, and hair, you probably can pull of bright, intense colors. If your coloring is muted, you may want to stick to muted lipstick colors.

#4: You’re not wearing the right bra size.

purple bra

Your band size should be equal to the measurement of your ribcage just below your breasts. Your cup size is the difference between your bust measurement and your ribcage measurement, converted into letters. For example, if your bust measurement is 2 inches great, you’re a B cup. 3 inches greater is a C cup. 4 inches greater is a D cup, and so on. Don’t add inches to your band size, as this is an incorrect calculation that will lead to you wearing a poor-fitting, unsupportive bra.

#5: You don’t know how to walk in heels.

woman walking in high heels

Lots of girls love heels. However, not all of those girls can walk in them without looking like a newborn giraffe. Practice walking in heels around your house before you go out in them, and maybe ask an unbiased observer if you look awkward walking in them. If you can’t get the hang of it, try wearing shorter heels, or maybe just flats, to avoid looking silly.

#6: You don’t exfoliate.

woman exfoliating face

Using an exfoliating bath tool, body scrub, or other exfoliation method can make a world of difference in the softness of your skin. By exfoliating your body regularly, you can get rid of any unsightly rough skin, and become super-soft instead. Exfoliating will also help body acne, if you tend to get it.

#7: You aren’t shaping your eyebrows very well.

Too-thin, sperm-shaped, or lumpy eyebrows are not flattering on anyone. There are lots of guides on YouTube and elsewhere that can tell you how to shape and fill in your eyebrows in a natural-looking, flattering way, so there aren’t any excuses! Having good brows really makes a tremendous difference to your face.

#8: You’re using too much perfume.

womans perfume

One or two spritzes should be enough, unless you’re using a less-potent body spray, in which you might want a couple more. There’s a saying, “your perfume should be discovered, not announced”. Less really is more! Especially since some people are sensitive or even allergic to perfumes.

#9: You’re not dressing for your body shape.

womans body shape

A loose, high-neckline top might look you look dowdy if you’ve got a large bust. The wrong footwear can make your legs look stumpy. And so on. There’s nothing wrong with having any particular body type, but by learning how to make it look its best, you can improve your personal style tenfold. There are tons of guides online for this!

#10: You’re not wearing colors of clothing that look good on you.

clothing colors

A bad color for you can place all the attention on the color of your clothes instead of your beauty, while a good color can make you look healthy and radiant. Ask for others opinions to get a better idea of what colors look best on you and also make sure you’re wearing the right color for the right season and/or occasion.

#11: You’re wearing too much makeup!

too much makeup

Caked-on foundation, too much powder, excessive eye makeup, and overly-darkened brows are some common mistakes that even experienced make-up lovers make sometimes. The mantra “less is more” definitely holds true. In addition, make sure different elements of your face aren’t competing with each other. A bold brow, bright lip, heavy blush, and colorful eyeshadow all at the same time aren’t a good idea unless you’re doing drag, so choose one element of your face to focus on at a time, while keeping the rest of the face toned down.

#12: Your hair is over-processed.

woman with bad hair

Now, we’re all for dying our hair, getting perms, and using heat tools to style our hair. The problem arises when we do these things too often, and without the proper precautionary measures. A deep conditioner is helpful for everyone, and always use a heat protectant when curling or straightening. Not protecting your hair will leave it looking dead and limp, with split ends galore. Not a good look!

#13: Your hair color and eyebrow color don’t match.

eyebrows and hair color

Dying your hair a new color is a great way to change up your look. However, it’s important to consider how natural it’ll look on you. Those with naturally blonde eyebrows may not want to dye their hair black, and vice versa. However, the exception is that if you dye your hair darker, you can still look natural if you fill in your eyebrows to match your hair, as well as wearing some mascara to give the appearance of darker lashes.

#14: You’re not wearing an eyeshadow primer.

eyeshadow primer

Eyeshadow can be a a ton of fun! If you’re new to makeup, you may not have realized the importance of eyeshadow primer. Eyeshadow primer will keep your eyeshadow from creasing, make it last longer, and make the colors more vibrant. This all is especially important if you have oily eyelids, or are planning on wearing the eyeshadow all day long.

#15: You’re using harsh skincare products on your face.

Skin care woman putting face cream

Exfoliating scrubs are considered by most skincare experts to be too harsh, as well as at-home ingredients such as baking soda and lemon juice, which can seriously mess with the pH level of your skin. If your skin burns, itches, or turns red, that’s a red flag saying that what you’re putting on your skin is too harsh and irritating. Pick out gentler products to make sure your skin stays content.

#16: You’re stressed and unhappy.

Let Yourself Worry

We know hearing “Smile!” from a strange man on the street is incredibly annoying. However, a smile really is beautiful. By managing stress and staying optimistic, you can radiate joy to those around you.

#17: Your cleanser isn’t right for your skin.

woman cleansing face

Even those with acne-prone skin should use a gentle cleanser. If your skin feels tight or peels after cleansing, something’s wrong. Try baby shampoo for a simple, cheap, and gentle cleanser.

#18: Your makeup isn’t well-blended.

blending makeup

Make sure to blend your foundation into your neck to avoid a line. Blend your eyeshadow, blush, and contour well, too. The only time there should be a clear line of where your makeup stops and starts, should be your lipstick.

#19: Your foundation isn’t the right color for you.

applying foundation

Find out whether you’re cool, warm, or neutral-toned. Not wearing the right color of foundation can make you look too yellow or too pink. And that looks very strange indeed. One way to find out what tone you are is to take note of what kind of jewelry looks best on you. If you look best in silver, you’re likely cool-toned. If you glow in gold, you’re probably warm. If you can go either way, you might be neutral.

#20: You’re taking it all too seriously.


Beauty “rules” are really just guidelines. If someone else says your lipstick clashes with your hair, but you love the way it looks, keep on rocking it. Beauty should be about having fun and expressing yourself!