Celebrity makeup fails

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Thursday, May 29, 2014


THIS is not intended to be mean, but let’s keep things real: even celebrities with their full team of professional makeup artists and hair stylists still have their share of makeup mishaps. But if celebrities who are looked at by millions of people can survive an embarrassing makeup moment, you can too.

Here are a few “oh no” moments and how to avoid them, even if we regular people don’t have to worry about paparazzi.

Angelina Jolie

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Her skin looks beautiful and radiant—until the flash from the cameras highlights the white powder on her face and chest that can’t be missed.

How to avoid it: At night, do not use products that have SPF in them, because they have the tendency to turn white in flash photography. For any cosmetics, always blend them in so they’re not just sitting on your face.

Tyra Banks

There’s nothing wrong with pairing a smokey eye with a bolder lip, but eyeshadow shouldn’t go all the way to your temples unless you’re going to a costume party. The sides of her face also look much darker than the center.

How to avoid it: Don’t pull dark eyeshadow too far beyond your eyebrows or all the way to the bridge of your nose. Brows should be balanced out for any makeup look. To avoid a bad contouring job, never go too many shades lighter or darker than your natural skin tone.

Kelly Osbourne

The glittery eyeshadow with harsh edges, flat white skin and unnaturally lined lips do nothing to flatter Kelly’s face.

How to avoid it: Use a lighter hand with glitter eyeshadow. If working with black cream, try applying with a brush to give you more precision than fingers can. Makeup should act as an enhancement, not a mask; pick a foundation that still looks like skin even if it’s matte. When lining lips especially with a bright color, don’t try to change your lip shape too much.

Taylor Momsen

Dramatic black liner can be cool and channel your inner rocker chick, but going this far out is a bit much. Only pandas and raccoons can look cute with this much black shadow and liner.

How to avoid it: Apply just enough to flatter your eye shape, and always blend edges really well so you don’t get harsh circles like Taylor’s. Mixing in some brown, gray or other dark colors helps a smokey eye look less Goth.

Overall lesson learned here: Don’t cover up a beautiful face with too much makeup. If you happen to have your own makeup fails, it’s not the end of the world. Just laugh it off; I know I sure did while researching for this story!

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 30, 2014.

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