Nine common makeup mistakes (and how to fix them!)

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Nine common makeup mistakes (and how to fix them!)

The Mistake: Skipping skin prep.

The Fix: "Clean the skin with a gentle hydrating cleanser to remove all makeup and dirt. I also recommend exfoliating at least twice a week."—Nina Soriano, professional makeup artist for Cargo Cosmetics

Clarins One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser, $35
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The Mistake: Skipping moisturizer.

The Fix: "Hydration ensures better foundation application and keeps your skin looking healthy and natural."—Romy Soleimani,  beauty director at large for Beauty.com

Origina Ginzing Energy Boosting Moisturizer, $26.50
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The Mistake: Choosing the wrong foundation shade.

The Fix: "Test a color on your jawline first and blend the foundation through. If you can, check the result in natural light. If you're still unsure, try it on your chest. If you can't see any trace of color,  you've found the right one!"—Nina Soriano, professional makeup artist for Cargo Cosmetics

Diorskin Nude Glowing Makeup SPF 15, $49
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The Mistake: Wearing too much foundation.

The Fix: "Wait until you have your eye makeup, brows, lips etc., done before you apply any foundation. This way, you use less."—L’Oréal Paris consulting makeup artist, Billy B

L'Oreal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Makeup, $11.49
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The Mistake: Using too much powder.

The Fix: "Less is more! The brush you use is key: Powder brushes are specifically designed to give skin a light dusting and to blend the product into the skin for a smooth finish."—Nina Soriano, professional makeup artist for Cargo Cosmetics

Sonia Kashuk Core tools Powder Brush - NO 100, $11.99
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The Mistake: Wearing too much blush.

The Fix: "First, pick a color that is similar to your natural rosiness. To apply, concentrate the color at the center of the apples of your cheeks. Then blend with a brush or your fingers until it looks like the color is coming from your skin."—Romy Soleimani, beauty director at large for Beauty.com

NARS Blush in Gaiety, $29
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The Mistake: Choosing the wrong lip liner.

The Fix: "Instead of matching your liner to your lipstick, use one that is the color of your lip. The result is a younger, modern and less made-up look."—L’Oréal Paris consulting makeup artist, Billy B

Becca Nude Liner Plump & Define Lip Pencil, $23
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The Mistake: Not setting eyeliner.

The Fix: Even if a liner says it's smudge-proof, oftentimes, due to heat or oily skin, it does anyway. Set the liner by applying eyeshadow of the same color over the pencilit will last longer."—L’Oréal Paris consulting makeup artist, Billy B

Benefit Cosmetics Smokin' Eyes..., $36
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The Mistake: Applying mascara with a simple swipe.

The Fix: "It takes more effort than that! Start from the outer corner of the eye at the root of the lash. Then gently push the mascara brush into the lashes, and in a slight zigzag motion, work your way to the tip of the lash. Continue this motion as you work your way from the outer corner of the eye to the inner corner, making sure each lash has a decent coating. The bulk of the mascara should go at the root of the lash so your lashes look fuller and thicker."—Nina Soriano, professional makeup artist for Cargo Cosmetics

Cargo Texalash Mascara, $20
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Even though I've been using makeup for 10 years, new tricks always better my technique. For example, I only recently began employing a brush to apply most of my eye makeup (instead of my fingers) and I'll never go back.

While there's arguably no wrong way to do your makeup, I asked three makeup artists to share their best tips.

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