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Let’s face it – we all want to look our best most of the time, especially when we have important meetings in the workplace or a big interview. In our desire to look flawless, we can get carried away and as a result, we look ridiculous instead of professional. Daytime makeup should be subtle yet effective, and it takes a special skill to be able to apply it so that you look like you aren’t wearing any. Both nighttime and daytime makeup have their secrets that even the most knowledgeable of us forget about. 

Not wearing sunscreen

We can’t stress enough how important it is to wear sunscreen whenever you leave your house. Even if you’re only going to be walking a short distance, sun exposure can do great damage to your skin, and it’s imperative you protect it as much as possible. If you don’t want to apply sunscreen before you put on your daytime makeup, you can always get a foundation with SPF. This will save you some time because you won’t have to wait for your skin to soak in the sunscreen, and you won’t have to worry about coverage. There are also lipsticks and lip balms that contain SPF too, so your sensitive lips are protected too. 

Too-bold eyebrows

While bold brows have taken over the show these past few seasons, there’s definitely a time and place for them. If you have naturally thick and bold eyebrows, there’s no need to fill them in with pencil and brow powder, or they will stand out on your face too much. If you want to fill them in because they’re weak and/or pale, don’t overdo it – you can use simple brown or black eyeshadow and a small brush to “tame” them. Eyeshadow isn’t too dark, and it will give them that natural look without making your entire makeup look too over-the-top.

Dark lips

Even though dark lips have been very popular over the past few seasons, they are still considered “too much” for a daytime look, especially in school or in the office. Darker shades are sexy and seductive, and with the rest of your look and outfit being modest and discreet, they can really make you stand out, and not in a good way. Daytime is for lighter and brighter colors, different shades of nude, or even tinted lip balms. If you’re itching to wear something darker, try to keep it classy and classic as much as possible – cherry lipsticks or even wine-colored ones won’t seem too out of place if you combine them with a bit of eyeliner and the right outfit. 

Smokey eye

Smokey eye will probably never ever go out of style – it’s sexy and makes your eyes stand out on any and every occasion. On the other hand, a smokey eye in the classroom or the meeting room is simply too much, as it’s almost exclusively makeup look that’s worn in the night or on special occasions. Instead of wearing too much eyeshadow, you should find quality eye makeup online and get a few simple products that will give you a discreet but distinctive glow. It’s better to rock your daytime look with well-groomed brows, pretty lashes, and a touch of shimmery eyeshadow than to step out of your house in the middle of the day with too-bold brows, smokey eyes, and too-long false lashes. 

Common mascara mishaps

Long and pretty lashes are one of those universal signs of beauty these days, and it’s not surprising to see women paying so much attention to them before they leave the house. While false lashes are simple and convenient, they are rarely a part of ‘daytime look’, so ladies try to compensate by applying several layers of mascara instead. Sadly, this means that your lashes will be sticky and heavy, and you might even get that “spider eyes” look that not attractive in the slightest. Also, you should always curl your lashes before you apply mascara, as your lashes are supposed to be clean; otherwise, you could smear the mascara or even pull some of your lashes out.

Contouring mistakes

Everyone wants to be able to contour their face just like Kim K, but let’s face it – hardly anyone can afford her makeup artist, and not everyone has her face shape. Before you start contouring, you need to make sure that the pattern you’ll be using is the right for your face shape. What is more, contouring is usually a nighttime makeup look, so you might want to stick to a bit of bronzer and blush for a more natural look instead. A touch of highlighter on your cheekbones is all it takes because you don’t want to look like you’re ready for a show when you’re going to the office.  

Remember, you don’t have to be a professional to enjoy applying makeup and experimenting with different looks. Even novices can have great results if they take the time to learn some of the most common and useful makeup tips and tricks. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different products and styles, and when you find what works best for you, stick with it. After all, practice makes perfect, and if you dedicate time and effort to master subtle daytime makeup style, you will always look flawless. 

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Liam Smith
Liam Smith is a young and aspiring Australian blogger with a passion for everything related to home, design and lifestyle. He has a B.Sc. in Interior design and is an avid reader.

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