Seven Sins

These are seven absolutely ‘deadly’ makeup sins that too many people fall prey to.

1.) Forgetting to exfoliate your lips.

Every morning before applying your makeup take a clean mascara wand and some lip balm or vaseline and rub the wand along your lips. The rough texture will pull off the dead skin that has built up over night and the vaseline or balm will prevent abrasion and moisturize your lips at the same time.

Tip: Pick up a few mascara tester wands the next time you’re at your local department store, Ulta or Sephora. If you don’t want the hassle, just buy them in bulk online.

2.) Not applying makeup to your eyebrows. 

No matter how strong your natural brow game is, everyone can benefit from a little powder, pencil or at the very least some clear brow-gel. Whether it be to fill in gaps or create added definition there is always room for improvement on the eyebrows. Even on no-makeup days, take a few moments to clean up or perfect your brows and you will see what a difference it makes in giving you a polished appearance

3.) Skimping on high-quality foundation. 

We wear foundation to perfect our skin, even the tone, or cover blemishes and discoloration. In general, inexpensive foundations are loaded with chemicals that can do long and short term damage to your face. In the end you will be trying to cover up skin problems that you wouldn’t have in the first place if you we’re using a foundation that is formulated without paragons, sulfates and phthalates. I love the YSL “Le Teint Touche Éclat – Illuminating Foundation” as well as the Urban Decay “Naked Skin Weightless” foundation.

Tip: When shopping for foundation, it’s easy to find an online retailer (I prefer Sephora.com) that sells the products you want and lists the ingredients so you can know what’s inside your makeup before you invest.

4.) Using only one color of concealer. 

Why? Hiding dark circles under your eyes requires a color that is generally one shade lighter than your natural skin, or slightly yellow or peach in tone. Covering an active blemish should be done with a concealer that is a half-shade darker than your skin and slightly greener in tone. The logic is simple, under your eyes we want to cancel grey or purple tones so you need a light, contrasting concealer to do the job. However, when covering up dark or protruding blemishes, a light concealer can actually draw the eye to the area. This is because light areas look as though they are protruding outwards whereas dark areas sink backwards, which allows the eye to pass over the blemish.

5.) Not ‘setting’ your makeup.

Whether it be winter or summer using a makeup setting spray after applying your makeup (especially powder products) will help that makeup up blend flawlessly into the skin and stay put all day or night. A makeup setting spray may seem like an unnecessary expense, but the products themselves should last you months of daily use! Try the Urban Decay “Stay All Day” makeup setting spray – trust me, your makeup will thank you.

6.) Applying makeup to unclean skin or with unclean hands.

There is no point in taking your time to put makeup on your skin if you haven’t washed it beforehand. Preferably washed, toned, and moisturized. Not only can makeup appear caked onto the skin if it hasn’t been properly cleaned, but without clean skin you risk lodging dirt and bacteria in your pores when you apply makeup that can cause breakouts during the day. Not to mention that a moisturized face will help your makeup glide on smoothly and stay all day.

7.) Not removing all makeup before bed. 

The last and worst makeup sin is not completely removing your makeup and cleansing your face before bed each night. Giving your skin a chance to breathe is crucial to long-term skin health and beauty. Now, I don’t recommend using makeup removing wipes because they can tug and pull on your skin, which can lead to premature aging especially around the eye area! Go for a liquid makeup remover or oil such as the Boscia “Makeup-Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil” or Dermablend’s “Long Wear Makeup Remover” (both favorites of mine that won’t break you out) If you don’t want to invest in a makeup remover you can even do this by literally washing your face twice with your cleanser. You read that right. Wash your face as you normally do, dry it, and wash it again.

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