Makeup tips are not hard to find – the internet is a bottomless pit of ideas, tips, and tutorials. While those are great, it also helps to have a makeup artist’s opinion – especially one who knows our Asian face type better. Hence, we asked celebrity makeup artist Cat Yong for some advice. But instead of tips, we got her to tell us common makeup mistakes that people make. Are you guilty of committing any of these?

Going overboard on the highlighter

Highlighting is one way to get a glowy finish, but it’s easy to go overboard. “Always apply as minimally as possible when using a highlighter or any other illuminating product,” says Yong. If you have normal, combination or oily skin, the excess sebum will give your skin additional shine. Add your excessive highlighting to the mix and it’s not a good look. Apply with a light hand (even though highlighter pans are huge).

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Skipping your skin prep

When time is not on our side, we tend to skip a step (or two) just to make sure we’re out the door as soon as possible. Toner, moisturiser and primer especially, tend to be the forgotten ones. According to Yong, “These are a must before makeup!”If you head straight into the foundation without these products, the lack of hydration will make your foundation look dry and cakey on the skin. These products act as a protective layer on your skin. Invest in multi-tasking products (such as a sunscreen primer) and you’ll have extra time as well as perfect-looking makeup all day long.

Too much foundation and powder

We understand that you’d want your foundation to stay on in this humid weather. “Going overboard with foundation and powder is a very common makeup mistake,” says Yong. “It makes your face look cakey, dry, and just heavy-looking.”

You can avoid all that and still ensure that your base lasts by applying a thin layer first and slowly building on coverage. As for the powder, go for the baking technique to seal it all in.

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Va-va-voom eyelashes

It’s natural to think that your eye makeup will only be complete with a pair of false lashes. Just look at social media or beauty guru’s makeup tutorial — they all end with a pair of false lashes.”Not every makeup look needs false lashes,” says Yong. A good mascara should be sufficient. If you really need false lashes, go natural-looking ones instead of the overly thick lashes. Also, be sure to apply mascara after glueing them on, so your real and false lashes look like one.

Dark lip liner

Even with the wide range of lip liners in the market now, people still tend to go for a liner that is too dark. Wearing a darker lip liner may be a 90s trend, but it’s been 20 years now and we think it’s about time to get a lip colour and liner that matches. “Unless it’s the look you’re going for, a darker lip liner is outdated and old school,” says Yong. Choose a lip liner that matches your natural lip colour or lipstick as close as possible. You shouldn’t see any line at all when you’ve done it right.

Jolin Lee
Unlike most modern-day millennials, Jolin does not need caffeine or alcohol to power through the day (and night). Her eye for beauty is as sharp as her eyeliner flick, and she can spot your unblended eye makeup from a mile away.