11 Makeup Mistakes You Don't Realize You're Making
How do we know? Because we were making them too -- until we got this advice
Mistake No. 2: Applying makeup on dry, flaky skinPatel describes the results of slathering on foundation over chapped skin as "horrific," and we have to agree. Foundation will only emphasize the flakes by sitting on top of them instead of blending in with your skin. Fix the dryness by exfoliating regularly (to get rid of flakes) and following that up with a rich moisturizer. Smoother skin means a much smoother application and finished look.
We confess: "I'm in my 30s, and I don't exfoliate as much as I should," says executive editor Meghan. "While most experts recommend I do it at least once a week, preferably twice, I'm probably more in the exfoliate-twice-a-month category. As a result, I've fallen prey to putting makeup on too-dry skin -- and I end up looking less than cute. Note to self: Take an extra couple minutes to exfoliate twice a week before bed. It takes more time to fix makeup that looks awful after it's been put on parched, flaky skin."
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