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Top 5: Beauty Blunders

Fleur Stevens lists the beauty fails we’d all rather forget

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Beauty faux pas—we’ve all had them. Remember when you used foundation as a lipstick? Or the time you didn’t stick your false lashes on properly and they fell off mid-sentence? Yes, it happens to the best of us, even celebrities. Here are my top five beauty blunders.

1. The foundation/dark liner lip

Photo: diaryofacosplayer.blogspot.com

Photo: diaryofacosplayer.blogspot.com

Let’s start with the dreaded foundation lip. Who in the world thought this trend was a good idea? I think the most awful part about it is that girls smother it on chapped lips! While foundation may hide flaws on your skin, it most certainly doesn’t hide them on your lips! Sorry girls, but this is a definite no-no in my book. Whoever started this look needs to be stopped by the beauty police.

Photo:  msquinnface.com

Photo: msquinnface.com

Second is dark lip liner. This was a popular trend in the 90s, and celebrities such as Gwen Stefani and Pamela Anderson were avid wearers. It may not seem like a bad idea, but trust me—it’s a beauty disaster waiting to happen. Not only can this look make you appear older, but it is just so dated. If you’re a lover of dark lips, why not just put colour all over? Or at least BLEND it with the lighter lip colour for an amazing 3D effect. Don’t be a beauty victim; give your lips the attention they deserve!

 

2. Over-plucked eyebrows

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Photo: tribeofmannequins.wordpress.com

They say the eyebrows are the windows to the soul… okay, so it’s actually the eyes, but to look into one’s eyes, one must also look at the eyebrows so why wouldn’t you want them to look nice and polished? This beauty faux pas has to be the worst.  I mean, aren’t we all supposed to be fawning over Cara Delevingne’s bold eyebrows? If you want to draw them in, fine, but at least make them look natural by using a pencil which is a similar shade to your brows, a light hand and follow your natural brow. Don’t draw on brows that make you look permanently angry, shocked or confused.

 

3. Not gluing on false lashes properly

Photo: Flickr user, alamodestuff

Photo: alamodestuff @Flickr

Falsies are great because, let’s face it, the majority of us don’t have naturally thick and full eyelashes. It’s a burden we just have to bear. However, one thing I can’t stand is when girls do the eye twitch. By this I mean blinking repeatedly until they either excuse themselves from the room, or they simply rip the false lash off right there in front of you. I know false lashes are a pain to put on—the glue never sticks, they never blend in with your natural lashes—but still, you wouldn’t go out with half your lash dangling on by the tiniest bit of glue, would you? Well, some girls do. To make sure this never happens to you, follow these simple rules: apply the lashes using tweezers (helps precision), always use a generous layer of glue (don’t be stingy) and apply some liquid liner over the top (to help blend the lashes in).

 

4. Overly dark foundation

Photo: bugsbeautyblog.com

Photo: bugsbeautyblog.com

Girls, we all love a tan but applying a foundation shades darker than your natural skin tone isn’t going to achieve the natural glow you’re after. The downsides of this look outweigh the benefits. Doing this not only makes you look like you’re caked in foundation, but it also makes your face a different colour to your neck.  I was once one of these girls, desperate to cover my blemished skin. However, looking back, I wish I had just showed the world my natural face. The key is BLEND! Blend down to your neck, or better yet, go for a foundation that matches your natural skin tone! Let your inner beauty shine through.

 

5. Hair disasters

Photo: mystylebell.com

Photo: mystylebell.com

Most of us have seen the YouTube video where the girl burns her hair off with a curling iron? If you haven’t, go and watch it. It taught me one thing: do not leave any hot items in your hair for too long. Your hair is just as sensitive as the rest of your body, and you wouldn’t leave a hot object on your hand for a long period of time, so what’s the difference? Be sure to use heat protectant! It will save you from a thin-haired future.