We've all picked up makeup tips and tricks over the years. Some more helpful than others...and some completely bogus! Here are some of the makeup myths I hear on a regular basis.
Myth #1: A much lighter concealer will cover your dark circles
Answer: Well, not necessarily. A lighter concealer will work great if you want to highlight under the eyes and brighten the face, which is different from concealing. If the circles under your eyes are dark or discolored you may benefit from a color correcter or even a concealer the same color as the rest of your face. Also, the shape in which you apply the concealer can hide more of a dark circle than the actual color. Try applying your concealer in an upside down triangle shape instead of the crescent shape that is under your eyes. Adding angles can create an illusion and cancel out any trace of a dark circle!
Myth #2: If you have oily skin you need to look for oil free products.
Answer: Yes BUT.... Of course adding oil based products to already oily skin can make you look like a grease pit, but also keep in mind that your skin needs its natural oils to stay youthful and healthy! Don't strip your skin of its essential oils with harsh cleansers and alcohol based toners, your skin will produce more oil in the long run! Having said that, buying an "oil free" product may not be as beneficial as you think. Oil free and oil control are two very different things. Sure, your oil free foundation wont add more oil to your skin, but will it control the oil that your skin will continue to produce throughout the day? Most likely the answer is no. Look for products that offer oil controlling agents like Quaternium 22, sulfur, hyaluronic acid, benzoyl peroxide, or tea tree oil. Your skin will not only regulate its natural sebum production, but you also wont be adding any more oil to the skin.
Myth #3: Colors don't show up very well on dark skin.
Answer: Quite the contrary! I LOVE doing makeup on clients with deeper skin tones. Bright eyeshadows always show up beautiful and vibrant against dark skin. It's all about having the right tools. Color wont show up on any skin tone if you aren't using the right brushes and you haven't prepped the skin properly! Always use an eyeshaow base if you want your eye shadow to pop, and invest in a few quality brushes. You'll be surprised!
Myth #4: A lot of black eyeliner will make your eyes look bigger.
Answer: No, no, no! Adding tons of dark color around the eye will actually make your eyes look smaller. If you want to make your eyes look bigger apply a thin line versus a thicker one. Try liquid or gel instead of a smudgy pencil, this will get rid of that smokey effect that can tend to shrink the eye. Depending on your eye shape a wing may be beneficial if you want to elongate the eye. Try light shimmery shadows and focus more on enhancing your lashes than applying eyeliner!
Myth #5: If you have full lips you should avoid wearing lipstick and stick to gloss.
Answer: Just because you have full lips does not mean you'll look silly wearing lipstick! People pay big bucks for full lips, so show off your natural assets! However, if you are self conscious about your full lips go for more neutral/natural shades and avoid gloss. Gloss will reflect light making them look larger. Stick with matte colors and skip lip liner. If you like your full lips then go all out! No color is off limits!
Myth #6: Liquid foundation is cakey.
Answer: This is one that really bothers me. There are so many misconceptions out there about liquid foundations. A lot of people fear that caked on look, and with good reason. But in reality, liquid foundation is not something you should be afraid of! Makeup comes in all sorts of textures, finishes, and coverages. Sometimes powders can be surprisingly heavier than liquid, and what looks like thick cream foundations are usually very sheer when applied correctly! Don't be afraid of the product itself, you just need to learn how to use it properly! Your tools are everything! You can achieve two very different looks with the same product by just switching your brushes!
Myth #7: Face makeup clogs pores.
Answer: Well yes it will, if you don't wash your face! Any makeup will cause breakouts and blackheads if you don't remove it completely and cleanse your skin at the end of the day! Certainly everyone's skin reacts differently to makeup, and we cant promise that everything will work out perfectly, but go see a professional and explain your concerns. Communicate to the makeup artist your skin type and he or she will set you up with a combination of products customized to your individual skin needs. I can almost promise you that you will be pleased with the result!
Myth #8: Mineral is better.
Answer: That depends on what you're looking for! Mineral makeup is great for drier skin types. It typically allows the natural oils of the skin to shine through the makeup and gives more of a luminous finish. If your skin is more oily and you prefer a dewy glow over a matte look, then you might prefer mineral as well. I personally love using mineral makeup on more mature clients, and clients who have naturally good skin. If you prefer a matte look, your skin is super oily, or you need a full coverage then mineral might not be the best choice. Also, if you have very sensitive skin you may not be able to wear mineral powder due to the high content of Mica. Mica is a form of crushed mineral, or rock, that is found in mineral makeup and many other powders. Sometimes sensitive and acne prone skin can become more red and irritated from the use of Mica based products if the mineral is not jet milled or ground very fine.
Here's the deal: everyone's skin, coloring, and features are different. There's not any one right way to apply makeup or any one product that is better than another! What works for your friends may not work for you! My best advice is to always ask a professional, that's what we are here for! Focus on finding the best product for you, instead of following "makeup rules," or myths as I like to call them!
Good luck! ;-)
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