Mother/daughter makeup tips: How to fix the most common problems

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Time for mothers and daughters to unite in the quest for easy, natural makeup application. Celebrity makeup artist Mary Beth York shared five simple tips.

Problem #1: Too harsh of eyeliner. Maybe black liquid which looks "needily" and harsh. Lining inner rims of eyes, makes eyes look "beady" and dirty.

Fix: Using a tiny angle eyeshadow brush and eyeshadow liner upper right along lash line and using a lighter color shadow underneath.

Problem #2: Thick, clumpy mascara (very much a trend right now and one that mothers hate)

Fix: Mascara should be a formula that stays soft on the lashes. Two coats of a lighter formula accentuates lashes without looking like a Vegas Showgirl

Problem #3: Wrong color of foundation and too heavy of coverage -- most formulas are too yellow or orange.

Fix: If using a liquid foundation, the key is to blend it in with a sponge, not your fingers. Look for a formula with a hint of rose, which looks fresher or have one custom blended. Another option is to try a tinted foundation that is oil-free, with SPF and a light hint of color for natural looking coverage

Problem #4: Cakey powdery finish results from using pressed powders with application sponges or cotton pad. Again colors are usually too yellow or orange. The cake finish accentuates pimples and break outs.

Fix: Use a big powder brush with a pressed powder that has some pink in it. The bigger the brush, the more sheer it goes on. A matte powder is best since shimmery ones will again hilight break outs.

Problem #5: Drug store "pimple creams" and washes strip the skin of natural oils. This causes the skin to produce more oil, and leaves you very surface dry. Makeup will not blend in over top.

Fix: Use a very light oil-free moisturizer under makeup. Teens often skip this step because they are worried it will make them break out but the opposite is true. Also, using a scrub daily with salicylic acid will buff and polish the skin, help clear up break outs and leave skin smooth for easier blending of foundation or tinted foundation/primer.

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