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Let’s be honest, we are all still learning how to create a flawless face with makeup and sometimes we can fall into bad habits. Whether it’s filling in your eyebrows too harshly, wearing a foundation that’s not your shade, or wearing lashes that do not complement your eye shape; we have all been there. Makeup should be fun and there are no rules; but why not have a short playbook to reach your potential!

With makeup mistakes to avoid in mind, here are 5 beauty tricks for a flawless face.

Using a concealer shade that is a step or two lighter than your normal skin tone.

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Doing this will cover dark circles and highlight your under eye naturally. Using a dramatic contrast color will take more time to blend and look unnatural.

Apply concealer in a downward triangle.

Doing this will highlight your under eye area and bring that part of your face forward so that you look more refreshed and awake.

Find your shade for your brows, and use a product that is not harsh.

It’s easy to go overboard with brows, I’m sure we have all seen pictures on Instagram. The most common mistake is over correcting your brows when you make a mistake. Using a product that is the color of your hair and that is not harsh will create a more natural look.

Setting & BAKING.

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Though baking has been huge in the drag queen community for a long time, makeup artists and beauty gurus are now learning the importance of it. Baking is using a translucent powder on all the areas of your face that you’ve highlighted and letting it sit for a little while. This will brighten those areas tremendously. Setting your foundation and concealer is important because it will not create lines in your makeup.

Contour with a color that is not dramatically different from your skin tone.

Contouring with a shade that is a step or two darker than your skin tone will be a lot easier to blend, and will look more natural. Though the goal of contouring is to look slimmer in different areas, you do not want to look like a Snickers bar.

By: Shardae Jefferson

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