If you are like us, you have been wearing makeup for several years and probably have a makeup routine you have trusted for the majority of your adult life. Unfortunately, you may be doing a few things wrong. No worries! We’ve all made a few beauty blunders while having no idea we were doing it. But in our opinion, if you are going to go through the daily hassle of putting makeup on, you may as well be making the most of it.
DOs and DON’Ts: Makeup Application
DO: match your foundation to your neckline rather than your cheek. Matching it to your cheek can often make the face and neck two different colors and no one wants that!
DON’T: overdo the eyebrow pencil. Hard edges are not the way to go. Don’t try to change your eyebrows; work with them.
DO: choose eyeshadow shades that will complement your eyes. The opposite of the color wheel will look best. This means if you have blue eyes, you should go with golds and browns. If you have brown eyes, grays and blues will make those peepers pop! Green-eyed girls should wear purples to make their eyes the star of the show.
DON’T: forget skincare. Taking care of the canvas prior to makeup application will make all the difference in the world.
DO: invest in makeup brushes. They create a much softer and less harsh overall look.
DON’T: wear too much makeup. Less is more, especially for an everyday look.
DO: ignore makeup trends. Social media has made this worse. Keep your individuality when it comes to your makeup while staying within the “best practices” guidelines.
DON’T: wear boring lipstick! Choose brighter colors rather than the safer nudes or soft pinks. Add a pop of color to your lips. We can almost promise you will love it!
DO: clean up after applying mascara. Wait for it to dry, then take a wet Q-Tip to wipe the excess off of your eyelids and under your eyes.
DON’T: pile on the foundation. Less is more, even if you need the coverage. A heavy foundation will end up looking cakey, aging you significantly.
DO: change up your routine from time-to-time to keep your look fresh. You don’t want to be stuck in a rut. We know that blue sparkly eyeshadow looked great in high school, but it’s time to move on.
DON’T: forget the SPF. UVA rays are responsible for premature aging. Protect your face with a broad-spectrum sunscreen daily.
DO: pay attention to expiration dates. This is particularly important for eye products. They can harbor bacteria giving you a yucky eye infection if you keep them around too long. Mascara and eye liners need to be tossed after 6 months. Foundations and concealer last 6 months to 1 year. Blush and other powder products give you a good 2-3 years. Lipsticks, lip gloss, and lip pencils are also good for 2-3 years.
Do you have any good makeup tips?
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