Dos and Don'ts for Applying Makeup

Having been trained in cosmetics and makeovers, there are some questionable tips I have seen.

First, I would never put mascara on the night before. Inevitably you'll rub your eyes at some point during the night and end up with raccoon eyes in the morning. Also, please, for the sake of your eyes, replace your mascara every three months. It's a breeding ground for bacteria. This is a recommendation from the FDA, not just the cosmetics industry.


If you can at all avoid it, don't apply makeup with your fingers. Even freshly washed hands contain oils and dirt that can bother skin. An eyeshadow brush works well, with less bruising/stretching than the little sponge applicator that comes with eyeshadow. Also, instead of applying from the inside of the eye out, apply from the outside in - it's easier to blend shades and reduces some of the tugging.

Don't use anything on your eyes that wasn't meant for eyes. The skin around the eye is very delicate and thin; even stuff that is perfectly safe to use on the rest of your face can make your eye burn and water.

Lip liner does actually have a purpose. It can help prevent lipstick from feathering and make it last longer. It should closely match the lipstick you're wearing. For instance, wear a pink (not a red) liner with pink lipstick. Use light feathery strokes to apply the liner to the edge of the lips (not the skin around the lips). If done well, you shouldn't have a noticeable outline on your lips.


My favorite tip is to use cosmetic sponges, the little wedge-shaped foam things, to apply your foundation and blend your blush. They're inexpensive and gentle. You'll actually use less foundation because the sponge holds it better than cotton balls or your fingers.

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