Makeup touch-up tricks most people don’t follow


Is there anyone who doesn’t want to look fresh as a daisy in makeup, throughout the day? I understand that sudden horror when you check the mirror and realize your forehead is emitting a blinding shine and your eye makeup has melted down to the raccoon status?

Here are some touch up tips and tricks which even the most gorgeous makeup wearers often miss out!! The correct application of a right primer and makeup products in the first place can help the makeup to stay fresh and prevent it from budging.

A couple of useful reads:

“Sweat-proof your makeup!”

“How to Apply Makeup Primer Like a Pro”

Before stepping out, make sure you have packed your re-touch kit smartly.

Makeup Touchup Primary step: Pack smart!
To look your best all day long, toss a touch-up kit in your purse. I recommend tools that have a variety of uses, such as:

  • The eyeliner and eyeshadow and mascara
  • The lip liner and the lipstick
  • The concealer
  • The blush and highlighter
  • Lip balm and a light oil-free moisturizer
  • Makeup remover wipes.
  • Pack of tissues and oil blotting papers
  • Q tips
  • Clean sponges and basic brushes
  • Setting spray

The touchup tips

  • Eeks! My face is oily!


Solution: If you have oily skin, lightly dab away the excess oil with a tissue or oil-blotting papers. For an even longer lasting oil absorption effect, lightly pat or dust matte oil absorbing powder over oily areas (yes!! this can go over foundation!).


Once the excess oil on your skin has been absorbed, use a fresh sponge/brush  to smooth out the foundation and blush. Use a gentle buffing motion, making sure to smooth things as you go but not a strong sweeping motion and it will rub off, smudge and slide off all of your makeup. Women with dry or normal skin should also follow this step.

Focus the touchups on and around the center of the face, as makeup tends to slide and travel outward.

Common mistakes: Piling layers foundation, compact and other products on the oily face with the expectation that this will absorb the oil and make you look fresh. No, it won’t. Unless you remove/absorb the oil completely before a layer of makeup, the new layer will not refresh you look and on the contrary, will cake and clump to make the situation worse! Trust me, 8 out of 10 people don’t do it right.

  • The grand reappearance of dark spots and under eye circles.

Solution: Before you add any additional products, you need to make sure that your canvas is taken care of. Blot the face to remove/absorb all the excess oil and sweat. If the coverage from your foundation or concealer has worn off over blemishes or discolorations, reapply and blend on those areas, making sure to avoid your blush area. Start with a little product, blend with stippling motion and then build up the colour if required.

Common mistakes:

  1. As mentioned earlier, most of us don’t blot the face before reapplication.
  2. Often we overuse foundation and concealer in the retouching process. The extra product cakes up. Remember, compared to fresh application, we need lesser amount of product in the touch ups. Color grabs on more easily over makeup that has been on the face awhile.
  3. Avoid rigorous movement of sponge or brush while reapplying. Use light buffing motion to blend seamlessly.
  • Lipstick – Going, going, gone… rush to reapply.

Solution: Remove ALL of your lipstick or lip gloss so you can start afresh. Apply a light layer of lip balm if lips feel dry. Remove the excess balm with a tissue and reapply the lip colour. This removes the traces of lipstick or stain and the clumpy dead cells to make the canvas smooth and moisturized for a fresh layer of colour.

Common mistakes:

  1. Putting a fresh layer of colour on the old, patchy layer of lipstick makes the color and effect worsen. It will never look fresh if you don’t start afresh.
  2. Make sure the foundation and other makeup around your lips are touched up. Often the surrounding areas and specifically corners of the lips are accumulation point of curdled makeup. Clean up and retouch for a complete, polished look.
  • Eyeshadow has creased


Solution: Blot the area gently with a tissue or blotting paper and then use a brush or sponge to smooth out the color. Apply a powder over the area to even out the shadows and add whatever color is needed to make your eye makeup look balanced.

Common mistakes:

  1. Not using primer before the primary application of the shadow.
  2. Adding more shadow on top without removing the oil, can make it look blotchy. Instead, gently even out the creased makeup on your lid before a light re-application.
  3. Judge before reapplication. Don’t pile up more shadows unless absolutely necessary; a too-heavy load will make creasing easier. Often a light dusting of translucent powder after you gently even out the existing color can fresh your look.

Some more tips to make application of eye shadows easier!

“6 Must-know tricks to keep your eyeshadow from creasing”

  • Raccoon eyes! Smudged eyeliner


Solution: Don’t panic. With a Q-tip, gently wipe away the extra part. If you feel it’s dry and difficult to rub, dip the tip of the wand very lightly in a moisturizer, pat away any extra moisturizer and use the tip to gently wipe away the smudged part. If you carry makeup remover wipes, this entire step can be done easily with a wipe, folded to form a sharp corner to remove the smudges. Once the area is dry, reapply a light layer of concealer, foundation and setting power on the area if required.

Common mistakes:

  1. If you have a long day in the cards, try to use smudge-proof variety. I personally prefer water-proof liner when it comes to long-lasting makeup.
  2. Do not apply a fresh layer before clean up. Again, use sparingly.

So, now! let the world see your perfect face, always! Hope this was useful!

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