1. Sleeping in Makeup
Every magazine you’ve ever read has told you not to sleep in your make up. But you do it anyway. After one of those epic all nighters you just fall into bed exhausted from all the dancing and selfie snapping. In the morning, you wake up with outbreaks rashes and all kinds of skin issues. Do yourself a favor, take off your makeup before you go to bed no matter how tired you are. Your skin will thank you. Sleeping in your make up is probably the best way to multiply any skin problems you have. Make up clogs your pores and doesn’t allow your skin to breathe and repair during the night– so take it off.
To save yourself from this makeup sin, even if you’re really tired buy those handy-dandy make up wipe removers. I use them to take off make up before I wash my face, but if you’re really tired you can use one of these to surface clean your face before you turn in for the night. Your face won’t get squeaky clean, but it’s better than sleeping in caked on foundation, mascara and a kaleidoscope of colors from eyeshadow. Bonus: you can even do this while you’re half awake, half passed out in bed. What better way to end a crazy night of partying?
2. Keeping Make up Waaaaay Past the Expiration Date
This is a makeup sin that I’m very guilty of– keeping make up past the expiration date, especially mascara. Warning: using old and expired makeup could cause all kinds of skin issues or even infections in the case of eye makeup. It’s best not to stretch your makeup too much. Buying a new six or seven dollar mascara is totally worth it. Besides, do you really want something like pinkeye? I don’t think so. I know, make up is expensive. Even the drugstore stuff can be pricey, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. A lot of the preservatives or additives that keep your make up fresh and stable for the time being break down over time. Even though you don’t use it all that often those ingredients may still degrade once you open it.
To Avoid the Temptation: Regularly go through your makeup stock (you have a stock don’t you that’s why you still have things that are past expiration date) and toss anything that is old, looks strange, has changed its original color, is caked up or smells even slightly funny. Make sure to look at your expiration dates and try your very best to adhere to them. Think abut it. You stick to the expiration date for food because eating expired food could make you sick. Well, using expired makeup could make your skin freak out. Besides some of that stuff goes in your eyes.
3. Double Dipping in Samples
I like samples just as much as the next girl, but I tend to shy away because people do some of dirtiest things when they’re out in public. Don’t double dip in samples! I’ve seen people put makeup on their skin and then go back again. No Bueno. Germs are germs and they spread easily. Those little suckers like to body hop, so make sure that you clean your hands when using those samples at Sephora, the drugstore or the department store.
Sin solution? Use cotton swabs, cotton pads, sponges or brushes when available. Don’t dip your fingers in make up especially if you just came in off the street. If you’re on public transportation or you’re walking around touching railings, doorhandles or whatever they’re germy. So don’t dip dirty fingers in samples and don’t double dip with cotton swabs or brushes. Ewww. Those things are there to keep the sample sanitary. Some stores or makeup lines have prepackaged samples. If you really freaked out by the idea of using anything that’s already open ask for those but don’t for the love of God use your fingers and just slather it on. You’re setting yourself up for some kind of icky rash.
4. Putting on Too Much Makeup
I know someone who knows someone who puts on waaaay too much makeup. I’m talking this woman has on clown blush on a daily basis. The someone who knows that someone knows exactly who I’m talking about but I’m not gonna naming names. That’s an uncomfortable conversation to have one on one. But really, she wears more blush than three people combined. I digress. Please don’t put on too much makeup. Pretty please. It won’t make you more beautiful, it only makes you look like you have no clue what you’re doing. Subtle and natural is best unless you’re doing some kind of film and the lights will wash out your makeup unless you put a ton on. Even then, leave it to the experts. Every day makeup looks best natural even if you have to put a lot of it on to look “natural”. It’s not exactly the amount rather how it ends up looking on your skin.
How do you save yourself from clown blush? Blend, blend, blend. One more time– blend, blend, blend. You’re not a circus clown, don’t walk out the house looking like one. Use restraint when putting on your eye make up unless you going for a Cleopatra look. For lipstick don’t draw lines all outside of the line of your lips, try to completely change the shape of your eyebrows or set on so much blush that it looks like you’re permanently flustered. Build your makeup; start with a little and add slowly. If you’re not handy with makeup don’t try to re-create Pop star contour drama. Experts werk on those faces. I don’t know what else to say about this. If you don’t feel you have the judgment please ask a trusted friend until you get it together. Better yet, ask a stranger. Strangers more likely to admit that you have on a little too much.
5. Buying the Wrong Colors
Just because it’s a hot new color does not mean that it’s going to look right on you. Take your skin tone and coloring into account when you purchase that new lippie or foundation. I see lots of people trying to rock the color of the moment without regard to how it looks on them. I’m sure there’s a way for you to adopt everything so that it looks nice on you. Usually major magazines show you how to do that. Its a quick way to learn how to use the latest colors and wear them well. But what if the problem is buying drugstore makeup and getting the absolute wrong color?
How do you kick this color sin? YouTube is a great resource for this. There are so many beauty bloggers that will show you how certain shades or looks look on your coloring. I use this on a regular basis to see how new colors in makeup and clothing look on a chocolate skin tone. It turns out right 99% of the time. I think there was that one time when I bought something that looks great on YouTube but it just didn’t work on me. Also, use the little swatches that they have at the drugstore and compare it to your skin. Look for celebrities with your same skin tone and hair color then see what kinds of colors they buy. If you just really, really, really bad at matching colors go to the department store and try before you buy. You’ll end up spending less money in the long run because you don’t have a bunch of colors that you can’t use. If you have a celeb clone, tear out looks you like from magazines and bring them to get a good match. Many drugstores also have liberal return policies so you can take back make up that doesn’t quite work for you.
Save yourself from these 5 make up sins to look natural, beautiful and fierce without all the drama and without the itchy skin problems and breakouts. Go throw out that old mascara! Till next time. Smooches XOXO.