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There are many myths surrounding makeup and how it’s used. Some are so ridiculous that it’s time someone put on the breaks and set the record straight.
Let’s look at some of the most common makeup myths and find out what is true and what is just nonsense:
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Myth #1: If you wear makeup all the time, you will eventually look old and ugly when you go without it.
Truth: Makeup is used to enhance your natural features. When applied correctly, it should make your natural self look better. Makeup does not make you look older when you go without it. Neither will it speed up your skin’s aging process.
There should only be a very subtle difference when someone leaves home without their normal makeup. Possibly there might be a few blemishes or dark circles, but this in no way makes someone ugly.
The idea that makeup will age you prematurely is totally ridiculous. If anything, a good makeup will help prevent aging, as many foundations and powders now contain SPF protection and excellent moisturizers.
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Myth #2: Black eyeliner makes your eyes look bigger.
Truth: Wrong! Dark shades have a tendency to make your eyes look smaller. Black eyeliner, if not applied properly, will also make you look like you have raccoon eyes than eyes that are sultry and sexy.
If you wish to make your eyes bigger, choose lighter shades, such as brown. But do bear in mind that black can be quite harsh on fairer complexions, so apply it properly.
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Myth #3: Not everyone can wear red lipstick.
Truth: Anyone can wear red lipstick. Choosing the shade of red that works best with your complexion is the key. Reds come in both cool and warm shades.
Choosing a red lip tint instead of lipstick can give you a more natural and conservative appearance. Also, after applying the lip color, you’ll want to matte it down with a tissue. Doing this will soften the effect of red if it seems a little overbearing.
Myth #4: Not removing mascara will cause your eyelashes to fall out.
Truth: Leaving mascara on for extended periods of time is not very smart, as the mascara will clog up the follicles in your eyelids, causing them to become infected and yes, make your lashes fall out!
Always use a mascara remover when cleansing your face before calling it a night. Using a good mascara remover will prevent eyelash breakage.
Myth #5: If a product states “hypoallergenic”, you won’t have an allergic reaction to it.
Truth: Quite honestly, the FDA does not set standards for using the term “hypoallergenic”. Therefore, cosmetic manufacturers do not have to prove their claims.
Any product can be labeled as “hypoallergenic” no matter what the ingredients are. There are no cosmetic products that can guarantee you will not have an allergic reaction.
Therefore, it is recommended that if you use a product for the first time, apply a small test patch first on your hand or arm to see if your skin develops any allergic reactions.
Myth #6: The best place to apply perfume is on your pulse points.
Truth: This is very true. Applying perfume to a pulse point will keep the scent last all day. Fragrances react to heat, so the best place to apply perfume is on your wrists or the back of your neck. You will not have to reapply again.
Myth #7: A cream blush is better than a powder blush.
Truth: Not necessarily. It all depends on your skin type.
A woman with oily skin should use a powder blush, applied with a large round brush.
For those with normal or dry skin, a cream blush works really well. It can be applied with your fingertip or with a makeup sponge.
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