10 Common Makeup Myths

When it comes to skin and makeup, our minds are unfortunately full of myths. It is not recommended to depend on trial or error when it comes to our skin. So which makeup myths are the biggest wrongdoers?

Read on to learn the truth and debunk some of the most common makeup myths you may have heard. With these expert tips and facts, you will on the right path to making your makeup look instantly put together and stunning.

1.Myth: We can skip sunscreen when we apply makeup

Fact:Sunscreen protects you from the harmful UVA and UVB rays of the sun that can damage your skin. Even if your foundation or bb cream contains high SPF it is not enough that is why you should always prep your skin before makeup.

The rule of thumb for skin prep is thick to thin, following the CTMP method. Start with cleansing, toning, moisturizing, priming, and then applying sunscreen.  My cult favorite brands for sun protection include CeraVe, Clinique, Neutrogena, and Cetaphil.

2.Myth: We should always apply a lighter foundation than our skin tone

Fact: Your foundation should be as close to your natural skin tone as possible. There is a common myth that our skin tone should look fair to look flawless. Choosing the wrong shade of foundation can make your skin look unnatural and ashy. Always match your foundation with your skin color to achieve a nice, beautiful finish.

My favorite foundations from high-end brands include Huda Beauty, Fenty Beauty, and Estee Lauder. If you are opting for a drugstore version, NYX, L’Oreal, and elf are great brands to try.

3.Myth: Concealer comes first and then comes the foundation

Fact:Foundation, as the name suggests, is the foundation of your makeup, so it only makes sense that it goes before concealer. Foundations are meant to even out your skin tone and hide redness, blemishes, and uneven skin tone. Once you’ve applied your foundation you can blend your concealer into the foundation wherever it is needed for a seamless finish.

My favorite concealers are from Nars, Tarte, Loreal, Nyx, and Maybelline.

4.Myth: Makeup can hide flaws on the face

Fact: Makeup doesn’t hide your flaws, it is meant to empower you. It is a form of art that is meant to be creative, fun, and an easy way to transform yourself. The right use of makeup can help you cover discoloration, pigmentation, and scars. Choosing the right primer can help minimize the appearance of the pores and create a smooth canvas.

The key to making your foundation look flawless is to make sure your skin is hydrated and prepped for makeup. Follow a good skincare regime to achieve good skin.

5.Myth: Makeup gives pimples and skin problems

Fact: No evidence proves makeup can lead to skin problems but think aboutthis for a second. When was the last time you checked the expiry date on your makeup products? Or thoroughly cleaned your beauty blender and makeup brushes? Makeup tools can harbor icky bacteria that will do your skin no favors.

Another reason why people break out from makeup is that they don’t remove makeup properly before going to bed. Always Use a cleanser before hitting the bed to remove makeup, dirt, excess oil, and dead cells from your skin. Also, look for products that are oil-free or non-comedogenic to avoid acne flare-ups.

6.Myth: It’s ok not to wash brushes when being used by the same person

Fact:Your makeup tools and applicators deserve a good scrub down because they contain oils and dirt that are not good for your skin. To avoid this wash and condition your makeup tools once a week to keep the bacteria and dirt load down.

7. Myth: Makeup products don’t expire

Fact: Like all humans, even makeup products have an expiry. There comes a point when you have to let go of your much-loved beauty products because they may eventually become breeding grounds for bacteria.

Different types of makeup products can age differently, such as oil-based makeup lasts longer than water-based makeup.  Most makeup products include an expiration date on the label, keep an eye on it to avoid skin diseases.

8. Myth: Red lipstick is not for everyone

Fact:Red is a loved color for a reason. It can be paired with any ensemble including off-duty looks that include messy buns and tees to glam looks with gowns, dresses, and heels.

Anyone can rock red lips because it’s just a color that is bound to suit everyone. There is a shade of red for every single woman.  All you have to do is find your shade on the spectrum of red and you’re all set.

Myth: it’s okay to skip moisturizer if you have an oily skin

Fact: Moisturizer addsa protective layer or barrier to your skin and preps it for makeup application. There is no harm in going for a moisturizer that is a perfect fit for your oily skin such as a hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic formula.

Skipping a moisturizer can lead to excess oil production which will further exacerbate clogged pores, white and blackheads, and breakouts.

Myth: check foundation on the wrist

Fact: Contrary to popular belief, your hand is not the best place to swatch a foundation shade. The color of your hand and wrist is always different from the color of your face. The best place to test the foundation is on the jawline, sweeping down toward the neck.

Always remember to choose the same shade as your skin tone that blends well and does not turn grey or ashy after a while.

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