Whether you’ve been applying makeup every morning for the past two decades or only the past two weeks, there are always new tricks to learn. But more importantly, there are mistakes to unlearn. The beauty landscape has evolved so much in just a few short years, and there’s a chance that you’re using old information that is sabotaging your makeup routine. For example, are you pumping your mascara wand to get excess formula onto the brush? Are you picking a lighter shade of concealer than your complexion? If so, it’s time you got schooled.
1. Pumping mascara loads extra product on the brush.
If you’ve sworn by doing this in the past, you’re not imagining things — it really does pack more of the formula onto the brush, as the extra oxygen is “thickening” the product. But in the long run, it’s a bad move, as you’re reducing the lifespan of the mascara and making the formula will dry out quicker.
2. Your concealer should be lighter than your skin tone.
Lighter unfortunately does not equate to brighter. By going too light, you run the potential of creating an ash-gray tone under the eyes. Instead of picking a too-pale concealer, opt to colour correct. Lujan advises looking for a formula that closely matches to your skin tone but is a bit warmer. Opposite colours on the colour wheel, like orange, are a great way to cancel out the blue/purple undertone of dark circles.
3. Women with mature skin shouldn’t wear shimmer.
“You are never too mature to look radiant,” insisted Lujan. He admits that shimmer can accentuate ageing skin’s texture (in particular, fine lines and enlarged pores), but you can still incorporate a more luminous formula into your routine. Think in terms of radiant creams, liquids, and powder that are very refined and smooth. Stay clear of larger-particle glitters.
Regardless of your age, it is of the utmost importance to be strategic when applying these kinds of products.Focus on the high points of the face: brow bone, nose bridge, and upper cheekbone.
4. Women with oily skin should avoid adding moisture into their skin care routine.
This is completely untrue. In fact, if you believe this myth, you are likely contributing to your excess sebum. Skin will overproduce oil as a response to dryness. Cleansing can strip your complexion of its natural oils, and if you don’t restore much-needed moisture, your skin will react by getting oilier.
Avoid this by nourishing your skin with lightweight hydration. Look for skin care formulas that contain hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is known to capture a thousand times its weight in water. By drawing water into the skin, you’ll keep it soft, healthy, and less greasy.
5. Makeup causes breakouts.
It’s possible that you could be having a bad reaction to your favourite formulas, but poor hygiene and contaminated products are usually to blame. Always, always use a makeup remover prior to using your face washes and skin care. Don’t rely on a face wash to remove all makeup from your skin.Besides, if your cleanser is loaded with active ingredients, they may not be able to fully penetrate the skin if there’s a layer of makeup on your face.
Be sure to clean your brushes religiously, especially if they’ve touched congested skin.Wipe the top layers of your favourite pressed powders before applying. This can remove potential bacteria.