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Say Goodbye to “Oopsies”! Check out 5 Common Makeup Mistakes + How to Avoid them



Makeup-for-black-women-007Every now and then when we are in a hurry to get out of the house and wow that audience but still look pretty, we may slip up on a couple of things; especially with our makeup. These are things which sometimes can be avoided even though some of them are just inevitable.

Mistakes are a part of the human psyche, it is inevitable because humans aren’t perfect. So don’t feel bad when some of the mistakes listed below apply to you (I have been caught making some of them too).

Without further ado, here are some common makeup mistakes we encounter everyday:

Square and Over-drawn Eyebrows: It took us a while to get over the over-plucked brows, and even though the trend is fast moving towards bold brows, we now face the problem of over-drawn and square brows. Brows are meant to look like they grew out of our skin and not like they were put there artificially. Always remember; they are sisters, not twins.


Using the diagram above, map out your brows. A indicates where your brows should begin, B for where your arch should be and E for where your brows should end. Remember to brush out the start of your brows when you are done to avoid them being square. Brushing it out also gives it a natural and grown out finish.

Obvious Lip Liner: After fighting the black lip liner battle, the next makeup mishap we discovered was the un-blended lip liner. Truthfully in my opinion, the ombre trend is not helping matters as more and more people are trying to achieve the perfect two-toned lip. One thing to know though is, leaving the outermost lip liner not blended is not a step closer to the trend. Just because Naomi Campbell wore it way back, definitely doesn’t mean you should wear it in the 21st century.

A lip brush helps to wield control over lip products, so use it to completely blend out the edges of lip liner. When in doubt, just use a lip liner in the same shade as the lip colour you intend to use.

Concealer Brows: Every makeup enthusiast knows that concealer can be used to give the brows that perfect and clean look. However, this can very quickly go awry when the concealer is not blended properly, leaving  a white cast on your brow bone. Even makeup artists have been known to go wrong here.

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Avoid the uncertainty of all this by using the same foundation used on the rest of the face to define the brows and set with the face powder. Every eyebrow tutorial ever made which recommends using a concealer to define the brows finishes with blend out the concealer. Otherwise, use a concealer shade similar to the foundation shade for perfect harmony.

Grey Facial Cast: In this era of liquid and gel foundations, finely milled powder and complexion adjusting skin bases, it is still common to find wrong foundation shades being used. When purchasing a foundation or powder, ALWAYS match the jawline, the neck and the chest as a test run. Shade matching should be done in natural light and not indoors for the best result.


Also note that Titanium Dioxide, which is the white mineral pigment used in foundations, powders, concealers etc. is an SPF ingredient. It is the cause of the white flashback in photos, resulting in a white face or a grey cast (even when the right foundation shade is used). Therefore, for photography, it is advised that flash not be used but the picture be taken in natural light.

Highlighting & Contouring: So this seems to be the most recent trend in the Nigerian makeup industry. While I am all for enhancing one’s natural features using makeup, going extreme is a big no, no.


To highlight the face using concealer, I always recommend the same shade as the skin or one shade lighter (especially for darker skin) and this is usually enough to define the highs and lows of the skin. If you want to go further and contour, then a foundation product one or two shades darker is perfect. As always, be sure to BLEND these out perfectly.

In keeping with the trends, accurate interpretation is needed to ensure that one’s best foot is always put forward.

I know Rome wasn’t built in a day and it may take some of you some time to get these techniques down, but one step at a time and eventually you be rocking perfect makeup every time. Do you have any makeup mistake remedies, don’t forget to share them with me. Have a great day ahead.

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_____________________________________________________________________________________  Barbara Onianwah is an Advertising and makeup professional. She spends her days as a Client Service/Digital Marketing professional in one of Nigeria’s advertising agencies and her nights as a Social Media & Makeup afficionado who straddles between using the internet to build her personal brand – Barbara & 1923 and helping various clients build their online presence.

She is also a proficient beauty writer and writes for WOW magazine and You can find her on her blog | Twitter – @piriye | Instagram – barbara1923 |Pinterest – Barbara1923.

| The Restless One | Lover of GOD & Change | Content Creator | Barbara Onianwah spends her days working in Marketing Communications and her nights as a Social Media & Beauty aficionado who straddles between using the internet to build her personal brand – Barbara & 1923; and helping various Clients build their online presence. To find her, visit her blog - OR follow her on Twitter – @piriye | Instagram – barbara1923 |Facebook & Youtube – Barbara & 1923.


  1. tobee

    November 25, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    Thnks barbara fr d tips,wl adhere.

  2. ij

    November 25, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    lord knows i HATE those youtube eyebrows

  3. Ncyluv

    November 25, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Great tips, i recommend you do what enhances your beaty and
    not what is trendy.

    • memebaby

      November 26, 2013 at 2:21 am

      thank you!! this nike eyebrows just started trendy and women were still putting on pretty faces..all of a sudden, “if I do not have those brows and sharp nose my makeup is not on point”…

  4. Ncyluv

    November 25, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Great tips, I recommend you do what enhances your beauty
    and not what is trendy. Trendy is overrated!!!!!!!

  5. Tokunbo

    November 25, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Great tips Barbara thanks a lot… Met you at LAIF awards
    wink wink keep guessing. i’ll send a FB message.

    • Barbara

      November 25, 2013 at 6:19 pm

      oh no *covers face*, hope it was during one of my good moments. Will be expecting the FB message o

  6. Chic

    November 25, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    I thank God for the black french MUA at work many many
    years ago who taught me the A, B and E of eyebrows start and

  7. kiki

    November 25, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    The concealer brows has got to be the most common oopsie in
    recent times. Every where you go, you see “expertly made-up” ladies
    with a thin white line defining their brows and I always knew there
    was something wrong with that look. I even had an argument with a
    friend of mine regarding this issue who claimed that the concealer
    line must show in order to make the brows pop. right!!. Thanks for
    the article Barbara. great tips for makeup buffs like me

    • Barbara

      November 25, 2013 at 6:19 pm

      huh! Pop? What does that even mean? lol

  8. jucilicious...

    November 25, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    nice tips,esp the first on the ‘eyebrows’i aint a fan of the ‘nikeshapedeyebrows’..

  9. Tokunbo

    November 25, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    @Kiki hahahahahaha at concealer line makes the brows POP… that must be the dumbest rationale for that oopsie ever. i follow some Indian make up artists on facebook and instagramm and we see expertly done brows with NO concealer line showing. na wa o

    • Barbara

      November 25, 2013 at 6:21 pm

      I am yet to see one of them with a white line beneath or above (that is the worst though) their brows. They blend to within an inch of the brow’s life

  10. lael

    November 25, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    This writer just nailed it! thank you!!!
    i dislike the concealer thingy. i never use it and i always end up having the perfect brow.

    • Barbara

      November 25, 2013 at 6:21 pm

      Thank you @Lael

  11. aunty

    November 25, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    here’s hoping the black, over “concealed” brows would stop
    … watching…

    • Barbara

      November 25, 2013 at 6:22 pm

      Fingers crossed here too. Know I will get criticised for putting up these oopsies though.

  12. Leah

    November 25, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    Love it! Everyone is walking around these days looking the same. People are really over doing it with the concealer, contouring and heavy foundation. Makeup is supposed to enhance not make one look like an art project.

    • Barbara

      November 25, 2013 at 6:23 pm

      hahahaha. Laughing at ‘…looking like an art project’

    • labelle

      November 26, 2013 at 6:10 am

      Lol @ art project.

  13. Xtsy

    November 25, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Hv u got you tube videos?

    • Barbara

      November 27, 2013 at 6:33 pm

      I do have a couple but I must warn you that while it took me years to take good pictures, it seems like it will take me longer to get the videos right *covers face*

  14. Miss Mo

    November 25, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    Lmao @ art project… nice 1

  15. labelle

    November 26, 2013 at 6:09 am

    What kills me is the excessive under-eye highlighting set
    with ‘banana powder’ as if they did not see the other colours in
    the range. And I pray and pray these over concealed brows with 50
    shades lighter than your skin tone, stop. I don’t mind concealed
    brows as long as it’s not obvious, hence using the same shade of
    concealer as your skin time so it’s a clean look, not a surprised

  16. faceofcilla

    November 26, 2013 at 7:14 am

    Good job Barbara keep it up! Naija has come a long way with
    makeup but there is always room for improvement 🙂

    • Barbara

      November 27, 2013 at 6:35 pm

      thank you @faceofcilla, the industry has grown so much I am in awe but happy that I was a significant part of it. My father says, “once you stop learning, you start dying” and I agree with him.

  17. faceofcilla

    November 26, 2013 at 7:14 am

    Good job Barbara keep it up! Naija has come a long way with makeup but there is always room for improvement 🙂

  18. Dee

    November 26, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    Waiting for that ‘nike brow’ to die a natural death…….some ladies just look ridiculous wiv it

  19. damsel

    November 27, 2013 at 6:46 am

    Wow and wow!  learnt a lot. Thanks

    • Barbara

      November 27, 2013 at 6:35 pm

      Hello @damsel, you are very welcome

  20. holla

    November 27, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Thanks a bunch 4 dis post I know next to nothing *covers face* abt make up n eye brow shaping.I just developed an interest with this article.

    • Barbara

      November 27, 2013 at 6:36 pm

      Hello @holla, o waoh, that’s great to hear. You will get the hang of it in no time at all don’t worry.

  21. bunmi

    November 28, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    thanks for the post. got 1 or 2 things from it..personally foundation makes me sweat n also get darker after awhile so i just use my powder but it also doesn’t give me the flawless finish i desire…is there any advice i can get please.

    • Barbara

      December 2, 2013 at 9:08 pm

      Hello @bunmi, foundations, concealers and powders go through the oxidization process and then they get darker and redder. However, this process is more in some brands than others so I would advise that you try other makeup brands.
      Also, have you read the Clean Beauty post I wrote a while back? here is the link, the tips there are what you need for that flawless, effortless, finished look

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