Makeup Dos & Don’ts

When it came to makeup, I was a late bloomer. While my peers were perfecting their winged eyeliner, I was just trying to line my bottom lashes without poking myself in the eye.

While my peers were perfecting their winged eyeliner, I was just trying to line my bottom lashes without poking myself in the eye. While Jessica in the fourth period knew how to create a smoky eye like a professional makeup artist, I could barely apply one layer of dark shadow without looking like one – may I say pretty – raccoon.  And, while my sister was contouring her face into that of another person (seriously, the power of contouring. Look it up.), I was just learning the differences between BB cream and CC cream.

The moral of the story is this: Applying makeup is a learning process! You’re going to make mistakes and have those ‘what was I thinking wearing blue eyeshadow’ moments. Despite what many people say and those beauty videos on YouTude, applying makeup is HARD! Luckily, here are some Dos and Don’ts of Makeup, which I have personally learned the hard way.

Harsh Eyeliner 

When I say harsh eyeliner, I’m not talking about eyeliners that are applied too thick or crazy colored eyeliners. I’m talking about those eyeliners that stop half way across your lash line. For some reason, people think that they should only apply eyeliner to the outer corners of the eye. And – while that’s where you should be applying the darkest eyeliner- you must remember to blend it into the rest of the lash line. There shouldn’t be a harsh stopping point in the center of the lash line. Remember, BLEND!

Lips without Liner

When applying lipstick, be sure to always apply lip liner to your entire lip. Don’t just outline your lips. By applying lip liner to your entire lip, you’ll save yourself from having a case of ‘ring around the lip’ moments at the end of the day. This is due to the fact that lipstick has a tendency to wear off much faster that lip liner. Not only will it prevent a line around the lip at the end of the day, but the lipstick will stick to the lip liner and you’ll be smudge free for the whole day.

Blush vs Bronzer 

I’m not sure when it happened, but at some point in the last decade, blush and bronzer are seen as being interchangeable. Personally, I think it happened during the height of ‘Jersy Shore’ (For those of you who are unaware of ‘Jersey Shore’, it’s a reality show that gives Italians and people from NJ a bad name…). People seem to forget that bronzer and blush have completely different uses and placements on the face. While blush is supposed to ‘awaken your skin’, bronzer is supposed to give you a sunkissed look.  While bronzer should be under your cheekbone, blush should be on top. Repeat after me, blush is blush and bronzer is bronzer.


Additional Tips

1.) Don’t combine liquid and powder on the base of your face. That’s how you get cake face. Example, when you are using a liquid based foundation, don’t use a powder blush.

2.) If you have thick brows, fill them in with a pencil and not a pomade. Pomades on thick brows have a tendency to make thick brows look fake and overdrawn

3.) Don’t over contour your nose. I know it’s tempting, but just don’t. Unless your are a professional – and it’s doesn’t even alwaya workout with them – it nearly always looks fake.

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