akeup is a powerful tool. it lifts your mood when you’re having a bad day and showcases your personality. while there are many makeup trends, it’s important to know what works (and doesn’t) to bring out your best look. today, we are sharing our “don’t do” makeup and skincare tips.
1. do not mix your eye and lip makeup! do you know why there’s not a green lipstick or true black lipstick from a major cosmetic house? not only it’s not an everyday look, there are regulatory guidelines on specific pigments you can use on eye area or lip area only due to toxicity and potential allergic reaction. sure, halloween is coming up in a few months, you want the most trendy black makeup, but don’t risk it for daily use!
you don’t want to mix up the makeup used for a designated area for hygiene or breakout reasons as well. who wants that greasy lipstick/gloss on the eye area or cheeks that may clog your pores? your lips have no pores but your skin does! remember that!
2. do not let a makeup artist use a brush to match your foundation! the proper way of checking if a foundation color is good for you is by the three swatch techniques: swatch a cool, neutral, and warm foundation near the jaw line and see which shade matches your skin. that is your “undertone.” then you can select the intensity based on your undertone family.
3. do not cover up your rosy face with a yellow foundation! if you have a reddish face, the chances are you are more in the cool undertone rather than the warm undertone. by using a yellow foundation, it will make you more orangey and look like you are wearing a mask. first and foremost, the makeup artist should confirm your undertone color. if the redness is severe, you can cover up with a green color corrector to counteract the redness prior to the foundation, but never use the wrong undertone of foundation!
4. do not match your face with your neck color with a foundation! let’s face it, the reason we all wear makeup is to look our best and as natural as possible. your face usually looks lighter than your neck (thanks to your diligent use of sunscreen!). when there’s a discrepancy in colors, many women asked to match foundation to the neck so they look even. think about it. we sweat on our face! what if you wiped off the sweat and show your lighter face in spots, isn’t that scary?
what you need to do is use a foundation that matches your face and a bronzer to go closer to your neck color. you can also use a bronzer to contour, so there is no obvious line between your face and neck. on your cheek area, even if you reveal your true face color, consider it as a natural highlight!
do not use your face cream too close to the eyes! sometimes you see people having a lot of little white bumps under their eye area, chances are they use their face cream too close to their eyes. do not skimp using an eye cream formulated specifically for the delicate eye area. a good eye cream should be dense (so it will not run into your eyes), full of anti-aging ingredients that promote collagen and elastin synthesis as well as improves microcirculation.
most importantly, it must not irritate your eyes or you simply will not use it. again, use products that are designated for a specific area as cosmetic chemists put a lot of thoughts and efforts into formulation. do not misuse the products and claim “it does not work.”