Beauty Secrets: Make-Up Myths Busted

by Selen Hurer

''They told me what... ????''

1. Find Your Foundation Colour By Matching It To Your Forehead, Neck, Cheek Or Wrist  IT'S TRUE 
Finding the perfect foundation is the hardest task in make-up. Most of us make the mistake of testing colours on the wrong areas. The fact is: these parts are all completely different shades. Stress, sun exposure, weather conditions and more can all change the skin colour on your face more than the rest of the body. The best advice? Always swatch your foundation on your jaw line under natural light to get your perfect match. If you can’t see where you have tested it then it’s definitely for you.

It might seem convenient to test new foundations in the department store before purchasing, but that's the worst thing you can do. The assistant may compliment you - and be very persuasive - but the harsh lights can be misleading; not to mention expensive or, worse, embarrasing if you purchase and go out wearing a bad match. Trust yourself and take your time.

2. Pump Your Mascara Wand In And Out To Get Rid Of Clumps, And Get More Product  IT'S FALSE
Pumping your mascara wand in and out of the tube forces air into your mascara, causing bacterial accumulation and the mascara to dry out quicker. It also overloads the bristles with product, making mascara application clumpy.

Twist the wand slightly on the way out; then gently wipe down the wand with a paper towel before application.

3. Under-Eye Concealer Should Always Be Lighter Than Foundation  IT'S FALSE
This is a common mistake - I see it time and time again. So many people believe that under-eye concealer should be a few shades lighter than your foundation to brighten up the eyes. The truth? Lighter concealers will only make your dark circles stand out. 

To lift dark circles, opt for a colour corrector with a peach undertone. That will erase any existing blue undertones around the under-eye area creating the perfect base.

4. Throw Your Mascara Out After 3 Months  IT'S TRUE
Demodex eyelash mites (yes, they exist!) are attracted to old mascara and can actually start living in the formula. These mites burrow into the lash line, feeding off dead skin and leaving you with dandruff-looking flakes at the base of your lid, causing you to feel itchy and making your lashes brittle.

5. Your Lip Liner Must Be Visible  IT'S FALSE
Outlining your lips with a thick harsh line is a big make-up no no! You’re not supposed to see your liner. The idea is to stop your lipstick from bleeding.

The trick is to blend well. Draw a smudged outline feathering the colour away from the outline; almost like you are shading your lips with the pencil. Another tip - draw the outline and then fill in your entire lips with a lip liner that matches your lipstick shade and then go over it with the lipstick.

6. Oily Skin Types Don’t Need Moisturiser  IT'S FALSE
Oily skin still needs to be hydrated. Otherwise, the oil productivity will increase its production of excess oil.

'I love The Ordinary’s Natural Moisturizing Factors (30ml / £4.90). It delivers moisture without clogging up your pores thanks to its oil-free, alcohol-free and silicone-free formula. Plus, it's super-charged with multiple amino acids, fatty acids, hyaluronic acid and other compounds that are naturally present in skin, meaning it protects those exposed outer-layers from further damage.'

7. Always Wash Your Face Before You Sleep  IT'S TRUE
Your skin renews itself when you are sleeping. Make-up residue not only clogs your pores, but the regeneration process is slowed down, causing accelerated aging and unhealthy skin. Plus, not removing your mascara can lead to those horrible mites on the lashes!

'Liz Earle’s Cleanse and Polish (from £16.50). This beautiful creamy formula deeply cleanses to instantly remove daily grime, pollutants and make-up - even stubborn mascara! - leaving the skin feeling soft, balanced and squeaky clean. Suitable for all skin types. For best results, apply using the pure cotton cloth to gently exfoliate the skin, lifting away dead skin cells to reveal smoother, clearer and brighter-looking skin.'

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