Rules are made to be broken, right? I'm a firm believer that with a few minor guidelines, there are really no rules when it comes to makeup. You do what works for you. Makeup is trial and error a lot of times. Are there looks that are no good, application techniques that will age you, and colors that are not flattering? YES, but that's why I'm here to guide you through your cosmetics journey and answer your questions in this safe internet space. Namaste.
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Here are a few makeup myths that make me cringe when I hear and see clients adhering to them. Consider yourself debunked.
8. To make blue eyes stand out, wear blue eyeshadow.
The matchymatchy trend in eyeshadow is OUT! I was soo guilty of this 7 years ago. This is not to say that I do not condone wearing color on the eyes, I definitely do! This is to dispute that wearing the same color shadow as your eye color (green eyeshadow with green eyes or brown shadow with brown eyes etc.. ) will make the eyes pop. If you want to get to that pop and bring out your eye color, contrast (and eyeliner see #1) is the name of the game.
Brown eyes - try a navy eyeliner like Laura Mercier tightline cake eyeliner in Bleu Marine
Blue eyes - golds, coppers, and bronze shadows will bring out those baby blues. Try any ofthe 3 Urban Decay Naked Palettes (These are amazing for any eye color, really)
Green eyes- Try a pop of violet or plum Try Urban Decay's 24/7 Glide on eye liner pencil in Delinquent or pop M.A.C. eyeshadow in Sketch in your outer corner.
While I have you here, please don't match your shadow to your shirt either.
7. You need to be brand-loyal.
If you want to be brand-loyal, by all means please be! Even when working for a specific brand it is incredibly difficult to use only one brand of cosmetics. Are there certain products that work best paired together from the same brand? Sure! This can be assessed on a case by case basis, but chances are you are going to find that some things from a particular brand will work for you, and some won't. Try stuff out and don't be afraid to experiment!
6. Wearing makeup will cause breakouts.
Not true. Poor hygiene is likely the cause. Offenses like sleeping with your makeup on, using dirty brushes, and using old product that you should have thrown away months ago are most likely the culprits. Also being sure that you are using the correct products for your skin type will help, especially if you have acne prone skin to begin with. Make sure you are taking your makup off thoroughly at night, cleaning your brushes regularly, and tossing product when it needs to go.
5. Oil free = Oil Control
This is a super common misunderstanding. Just because a product is oil free does not mean it will help keep you from getting shiny throughout the day. Ask for products that are oil controlling or help with shine control. These usually have some sort of oil absorbing ingredients that will help keep you shine-free throughout your day. Try a mattifying translucent powder or an oil control setting spray like Urban Decay's De-Slick Finishing Spray.
4. Wearing a darker foundation will make you look tan.
Wrong. It will make you look like you are wearing the wrong color foundation. To add warmth to the skin and avoid an unattractive foundation line try using a bronzer around the edges of the face and slightly down the neck. This will add some color to your face in a gradual way. Make sure your bronzer is skin tone correct or you could end up looking like you rolled in a bag of doritos. Try Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powders.
3. You have to spend a fortune to look good.
In case you missed it, check out my post about cosmetics splurges vs cosmetics saves here. We've already established that I am a snob and have a lot of department store makeup/skincare. There are some things that I just can't let you cheap out on and buy at the Drugstore. I do not believe that just because something is expensive it guarantees better quality or results. There are plenty of less prestigious cosmetics brands that I think are just as good or better.
2. Concealer should be a lot lighter than foundation.
This depends on what you are doing with the concealer. If you are using it under the eyes, the concealer should be max 1 - 1.5 shades lighter than your foundation otherwise you are rapidly approaching the raccoon look which is not a good look for you, sorry.
If you are covering a blemish on the face the concealer should be as close to matching your skin tone as possible. Otherwise you are drawing more attention to the area with a lighter color.
1. Wearing dark/thick eyeliner will make your eyes look smaller.
This is by far the worst. myth. ever. started. I'd like to know who started it so I can punch them. Not really, but it's really frustrating. Eyeliner can be scary, yes if you're not used to wearing it, but my friends, it is the fastest way to thicker looking lashes, larger looking eyes, and that 'POP' you're all looking for. When applied correctly, dark liner will actually make your eyes look more open and awake. The darker and thicker the better. Don't be scared. Take the plunge to the dark side.