Sunday, May 22, 2011

Makeup Do's and Don'ts

I recently did a radio interview for The Brynn Project on makeup do's and don'ts.  Below are some of my favorite tips.

Makeup Do’s:
  • Wash off your makeup at night - Use a cleanser, or at least a makeup remover wipe.  Give your skin a chance to breathe to help prevent breakouts.
  • Throw out expired makeup - Powders usually last 2 years; creams and liquids last 6-12 months.  Check packages and don't use products past their prime.
  • Clean makeup brushes often - I recommend a minimum of once a week.  Clean brushes are key to creating professional looks and keeping bacteria off of your face.
  • Blend, blend, blend - There should be no visible distinctions between colors for most everyday looks.
  • Wear sunscreen every day - Sunscreen is one of the best defenses against premature signs of aging.  Consider buying a foundation with SPF.
  • Start with less, build on more later - Keep looks soft at first and take a step back to review before adding more color.  It's easy to add color but it can be difficult to remove.

Makeup Dont’s:
  • Test makeup in artificial light - If your cosmetic store only offers harsh fluorescent light, take a moment to step outside and review colors in natural light.
  • Wear a full face of makeup to the gym - Sweat is wonderful but it doesn't play well with most makeup.  Swipe a makeup remover wipe over your face before a workout.
  • Lend your makeup to others - Unless you are a make-up artist or incredibly diligent about sanitation, you should never share your personal makeup.  This is especially important with products such as mascara and lip gloss that touch eyes and lips.
  • Wear dark lipliner with a lighter lip color - Most men and women find this look severe and somewhat scary.  Save it for Halloween or costume looks.
  • Keep the same look for 20 years (or more!) - Styles change throughout the years, just as you do.  Keep your look fresh by trying something new and updating your routine, one product at a time.

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