Make up tips for dummies?

While surfing the net, i came across this article by the non-blonde, it’s kind of like the 10 make up mistakes you should avoid if you want to look great. I agree with most of the rules, but  as my usual rebellion self, some rules are meant to be broken!

1. Not Using Primer-
Eye primer and face primer not only make your makeup last longer, but they provide a smooth, receptive canvas for other products. You can use less foundation and get a better coverage. And they prevent color migration.

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Laura Mercier & NARS are the best, in my opinion.

2. Concealer Before Foundation-
If your applying concealer to problem areas (zits, spots, uneven patches) before foundation, chances are that you’re using more product than needed. Start with your foundation and spread it evenly. It gives some coverage and evens out things. Then add just enough concealer and blend it into your foundation. The result is more natural looking and far less likely to look caked.

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A stick foundation with medium to full coverage could be used as a concealer, just choose one shade lighter than your all over shade and apply it with a concealer brush, i like Bobbi Brown ultra versatile stick foundation.

3. Too Dark Foundation-
And I’m not even talking about the dreaded oompa loompa look. Between the weird lighting in department stores and our own tendency to look for coverage, it’s very easy to choose too dark a foundation. Next time you’re at your favorite counter ask for a sample of a foundation that’s one shade lighter than what you’re wearing. Test it under normal conditions. Chances are you’re not as dark as you though.

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Totally agree on this, and the best thing you could do is to get you foundation custom made. Prescriptive exact match color system not only customizing your shade, it also let you choose the coverage, finish  & skincare formula!

4. Not Using a Lip Liner-
Seriously. If you’re wearing a dark lipstick, be it a sexy red or this season’s vampy browns, you need a matching lip liner to outline and keep your lip color in place. Not doing so results in a sloppy look and color bleeding. Also, a liner in a natural shade would do wonders for your neutral colored lipstick and would make it last longer if you use it to fill the lips.

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I personally think that using lip liner is great if you want a perfectly polished finish that will last forever. However, with some good lipsticks, i could usually get away with a natural, nicely stained pout.

5. Bright And Shimmery Blush-
A blush is supposed to give you a naturally flushed look. Do you know anyone who actually blushes in shimmery coral? Consider a mutes rose or a gentle plum. If you want extra shimmer add it subtle where and when appropriate (which is rarely over your cheeks).

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NARS  multiples defy this rule; most of the shades  will give you a glowing sheen when you use them as a blush – you know, the angelical halo effect.

6. Old Mascaras-
Yes, I know the tube isn’t empty yet, but there’s a good reason you’re told to toss your mascara after three months. All the air that’s getting pumped inside every time you deep the brush in to it doesn’t just make it a breeding ground for bacteria, but also dries the mascara out and makes it clumpy.

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Yeap, old mascara is messy & clumpy. Buy some great yet inexpensive drug store brands like Maybelline or Max Factor; My mantra is thrifty on mascara & generous on foundation.

7. Black Eyeliner-
Don’t get me wrong: I love black eyeliner. It’s sexy. However, even someone with my coloring doesn’t need a very contrasting color for daytime. It can look very harsh, and if you’re fair skinned or blonde it might look overdone and garish. There are so many better options, from the almost-black-but-not-quite to caramel. they will give you the contouring and definition in a modern, non-Amy Winehouse way.

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Well, i loves pitch black eyeliner; as i am lucky enough to get a natural finish/definition by wearing mascara alone, i want a dramatic look if i am bothered enough to apply  liner.

8. Skipping Powder-
Powder has somewhat of a bad rap that’s not necessarily justified. Of course, you don’t want to go overboard or to look ashy (the result of too many “translucent” powders that are actually more white than naturally colored). But for a truly polished and natural face, you need a good finishing product that would even things out even more than before and would keep things in place. Opt for a pressed powder (easier to handle, less likely to look ghostly, travels better) that has a color to match your undertone. Apply with a good, thick brush.

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I am a believer in using pressed instead of loose powder; Trust me, if you choose the right product and apply it with a professional face/powder brush,  the finish will be stunning & long lasting. I also use this technique to tone down blusher/bronzer. MAC is great when it comes to shades diversity, Clinique & Bobbi Brown have the sheerest finish.

9. Penciled Eyebrows-
A penciled eye brow looks painted and weird. Even if you found the perfect color. It always surprises me to see how many women (otherwise well-informed and makeup savvy) make this mistake. Choose an eye shadow color that matches your hair color and apply with a thin, stiff brush using tiny strokes.

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I like Chanel’s as you could blend the shades to customize the intensity. Model Co. is great as well – usethe coloured wax to tame/groom the brow , follow by the powder to set and color your primed brow.

10. Clinging To Discontinued Products-
I know you loved that perfect eyeliner/lip gloss/stick foundation the evil people at the marketing department decided to discontinue. You loved it so much you wrote the company and had them send you every last scrape of it they had in their warehouse and then you haunted eBay for months searching for more. I did it, too. But it’s time to let go. There are new and better formulas, updated and subtler shades and lots of new awesome products. There are constant improvement in textures and modern pigments. today you wouldn’t touch even the most luxurious lipstick or concealer from 10 years ago. They just don’t measure up to the ones on the market today.

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