Makeup MythsWe share the truth about the products in your cosmetics bag.
1. You have to use a primer
Yes, we have winning face primers and eye shadow primers. No, you don't have to use them. We're devotees of face primer - an extra step that, paradoxically, saves time in the A.M. because it helps foundation go on smoothly, fast. Eye shadow primer can help make shadows easier to blend. But if you don't find that they deliver seamless results or minimize imperfections, skip 'em.
2. A foundation brush is a must
"Not so," says celebrity makeup artist Troy Surratt. "Your fingers work just as well." While pros often use a brush with clients, who may not be keen on having their faces touched, fingers have their advantages. They warm the makeup so it melts into skin. Also, you can feel when the makeup starts to drag instead of glide - a signal to add a smidge more.
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3. Base should go all over
You may need coverage everywhere, but that doesn't mean you should put on an even coating of foundation - that'll make your face look masklike. You have the most redness and discoloration around your nostrils, the tip of your nose, and the bottom of your chin, so start in the center of your face and work out. You need the least coverage near your hairline.
4. Powder is a no-no
Here's the official green light for using a powder - like a mineral makeup - if that's what you prefer. Simply stick to the even planes of your face (like your cheeks and chin) and avoid areas with fine lines (like your forehead or near your eyes). One caveat: If you have large pores, skip powder, as it can settle into and draw attention to them.
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5. Concealer should be pale
There's no need to fuss about your undereye concealer shade. Many (like our silver winner, Avon) have a peachy cast to correct bluish and gray circles. Some have a pinkish hue to brighten. Just make sure yours looks natural when blended into your skin; you don't want to have white raccoon eyes à la '80s TV queen Donna Mills.
What are your makeup tips and tricks? Let us know in the comments!
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