Design & Style, Business

Makeup Mistakes

Bobbi Brown

Lesson time 7:19 min

Bobbi discusses some common makeup mistakes—including using too light of a foundation and washing out the color of your lips—and does a live demonstration of how to fix them.

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Topics include: Makeup Mistakes


[MUSIC PLAYING] - There's some really easy ways that you could fix makeup that's gone bad. Sometimes you try a new look. It doesn't work. Instead of washing it all off, there's ways to maybe fix it. What's wrong with this look? The brows, way too dark. No one should ever use black shadow. And there is some kind of a highlighter under that's really yellow and not right for her skin. And I'm not sure what's on her lip. There's something very pale and pink. And I, personally, don't think it's that pretty. So first, the brow-- I'm using a cotton swab. And I am, hopefully, going to be able to take off the eyebrow, which I believe was just a black shadow. It is way too dark. It looks too hard. So my suggestion is go for the darkest brown you could find. Even if you have black eyebrows, go with a really dark brown. Sometimes you see a trend. And the trend might be overdone brows. Please leave it as a trend. It's why I'm not a big fan of trends. This cotton swab is soaked in micellar water, which, honestly, is the greatest way to take your makeup off in a hurry. It's not oily. And it just really takes everything off quickly. Already it looks better. And even though she does have black eyebrows, there's brown in her hair. So I would definitely much rather use a brown. So first off, I am going to use a brown shadow, still filling in her brow, still making it right for her, looking good, still filling in the hole but not overdrawing it. I'm brushing it up. This is way softer. Also the shape of the brow, this was just done too thick. You cannot draw shadow where there's no hair. So that was definitely overdone. Still strong on her brow, but see how much better it looks? But I'm also going to further lighten it by adding just a little bit of face powder to really take the edge off. Again, it's face powder that is her skin color. OK, see the difference? Next, I am going to replace this yellow shimmer with one that looks way better in color and way better in placement. So again, this is just micellar water on a sponge. Let that dry for a second. I am just using a complexion pencil just to even out the skin. So here I am. Color-- now, what she had on was yellow. So I think, if we're going to add something, I'm going to add something a little more coppery. And it's going to go right on high on the cheek. It was down there before. No, it needs to go high up here. Let's see. Yeah, kind of a big difference. That's just way too much and in the wrong spot. OK, see the difference? And I don't know what was bugging me more, the eyebrows or the lips. This lipstick is too matte. It is way, way too white. And honestly, it took all the beautiful, natural color off her lip. So this is just a balm. And I'm taking it all off with the balm because, when you want to do a nude lip, you want to do the color of her lips. And because a lot of women have two tone lips, I would never want to use a pale pink lipstick and take away the...

About the Instructor

Bobbi Brown’s philosophy is that makeup should be quick and natural, and it should enhance who you are. A beauty industry icon, Bobbi shares her expertise in step-by-step tutorials, using models with a range of skin tones. You’ll learn how to choose the right foundation, do a smoky eye and a statement lip, and take your look from day to night. But most of all, you’ll learn how to feel confident in your own skin.

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Bobbi Brown teaches you the tips, tricks, and techniques for applying simple, natural makeup that makes you feel beautiful in your own skin.

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