The Worst Beauty Mistakes I Made as a Beginner

Makeup has no rules, but it certainly has a theory.

Marcus Ohlsson

In case you couldn't tell, I'm a girly girl. A Bratz-adoring, wig-loving, makeup-wearing girly girl.

My family sometimes reminisces on when I was four and would count down the years until I could wear makeup at fourteen. Seeing my grandmother sell Mary Kay and my mom wear her brown lipliner and frosty eyeshadow for work made me so ready for the day I could do the same.

It all came full circle when I started 8th grade and found myself at a Walgreens with my mom, picking up makeup for the first day of school. Disheveled and anxious for the days ahead, 8th grade me was intimidated by the same frosty white eyeshadow my mom was so fond of in 2006.

I've come a long way since then, but now that I've evolved past my beginner phase, I can share my experiences so you don't have to go through the same embarrassing phase of novice mistakes and awkward makeup photos. In this article, I'll be helping all my future beauty gurus with some of the worst beauty mistakes I made as a beginner.

Check it out:

1. Not using primer/setting spray

This is one of the most important steps in your makeup routine, and if you don't do it, you're missing out: here's why.

Primer provides a good base for your foundation. No base, no solid foundation and no protective layer between your skin and makeup. Luckily, primer also has more functions than just providing you with a flawless base. Depending on which primer you buy and your skin concerns, primers also serve as a way to mattify your skin, give you an illuminating glow, or block out blemishes. There are even primers for your eyes and lips to give your eyeshadow a vibrant pop or protect your lips, respectively.

While primer establishes a solid base for your makeup, setting spray tops it off. When I didn't use a setting spray, my makeup rarely looked as good as it did at the beginning of the day.