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When you start your makeup artist career, you’ll be full of ambition and energy but light on experience. You’ll pick up much along the way, with every makeup tutorial you watch giving you something else to add to your skills. With this in mind, we will be offering some hacks ourselves - five, in fact!

So, by reading to the end, you’ll encounter details of five common makeup mistakes that newbies make, so you can avoid experiencing them in the first place. We’ll finish by telling you how easy it is to gain new skills at your own pace and arrange your learning around your current obligations with a makeup course from OCA. 

Let’s first dig in and see what morsels of wisdom we can give you…

Mistake #1 - Failing to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

One of the basics that beauty courses cover is the need for tool maintenance and some of your most important tools are your brushes. If you don’t clean your brushes regularly, you’re asking for problems, as they will likely contain bacteria and dirt that can then be transferred from client to client. You don’t want clients suffering from acne and breakouts because of you!

Mistake #2 - Failing to Use Both a Primer

Another basic discipline you'll need to get right to create the awesome makeup looks you’re aiming for is to use a primer before applying makeup. Products like this help to smooth out skin, seal pores and minimise redness and blemishes. If you skip this step, you will almost certainly get an uneven look at your foundation and, ultimately, a much less impressive result.

Mistake #3 - Doing The Lips Before the End

TAFE makeup courses will usually introduce a set procedure for creating any kind of look, and it’s one that’s been worked out over time for a reason. The experts say to leave the lippy until the end, or you’ll often get other products on your beautifully created lip lines. This will make them look less defined and much less ideal in terms of what your client is looking for. 

Mistake #4 - Going Too Light With the Foundation

When creating most makeup looks, you want them to seem like a natural extension of the face’s innate beauty; however, if you go too light on the foundation, it just won’t look right. This is why matching skin tones to the best foundation is a crucial part of the process - one that will need a good amount of daylight to allow you to get it just right.

Mistake #5 - Layering Up The Mascara

One of the most obvious errors a makeup course will teach you about is overapplying layer after layer of mascara. Put too much on, and they’ll become stiff, spidery and unsightly if we’re honest. The gaps in between simply make everything look messy and not at all professional, so it’s very much a case of less being more. 

Be a Better Professional With an Online Makeup Course From OCA

These have been five common mistakes people make, but as you can imagine, there are still quite a few that we haven’t covered here. Thankfully, if you’re looking to boost your beauty skills or want to train to be a makeup artist, it’s easier than you might think, thanks to makeup course training like our popular Makeup Fundamentals course.

Delivered 100% online, CPD-approved and video-based for a highly engaging learning experience, the online training we offer at OCA is your key to a long and rewarding beauty career. So, if you’d like to know more, just take a look at our website where you’ll find everything you need to know, as well as details of our easy payment options.

However, if you’d prefer to talk to us directly about anything discussed here or our full range of training that covers 20+ professional sectors, just call us on 1300 611 404, and we’ll help in any way we can.

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