With the deluge of makeup advice and methods that are out there, you’re bound to receive some unfavorable tips along the way. Perhaps you were misinformed or are just stuck in a bad habit, without even realizing it. While I may be a girly-girl and beauty lover at heart, my beauty advice on this blog is meant for the everyday girl who wants to keep things simple but feels like she could benefit from a few tips and tricks along the way.
Here are the corrections to three common mistakes or misconceptions about your beauty routine (more to come later)
#1 Test Foundation Shades on Your Neck, Not Your Cheek
Due to increased sun exposure and breakouts, your face often has a different pigment or slight discoloration from the rest of your body. Luckily, foundation helps to smooth out those imperfections and create a more flawless look. To make sure your face matches the rest of your body when using foundation, test different shades on the area of your neck directly under your chin. This is an area where you should be blending out your foundation anyway, so that you don’t end up with the dreaded makeup-mask line.
#2 Don’t Skip on Moisturizer because of Oily Skin
Now, if you’ve been paying attention, you know that I’ve already addressed this major misconception in my post here about why you should use grapeseed oil, even if you have oily skin. Having oily-prone skin myself, I was one of the people who had this idea completely backward. After all, it seems only logical that adding moisturizer to oily skin would only make it worse. The TRUTH is that, skipping on moisturizer actually dries out your skin and causes it to produce more oil! The way to help your oily skin is by using a toner morning and night, before your moisturizer. A couple of all-natural toners are green tea or an apple cider vinegar + water mixture.
#3 Don’t Apply Bronzer to Your Entire Face
While bronzer is one of those holy grail products that every girl should own, it can go horribly wrong when used incorrectly. One of those times is when it is applied to the entire face, and you end up with a fake, orange, oompa-loompa look…not pretty.
Bronzer should be used to add color and dimension to the face, rather than create one solid tan tone. There are a couple of easy rules to stick with here.
- Use a bronzer that is only a shade or two (max) darker than your natural skin
- There are two types of bronzer, and the type determines how to use it:
- Shimmery – use this to the emphasize the areas of your face where sunlight would naturally hit – apply around temple area, on cheekbones, and down the bridge of your nose to achieve a natural glow
- Matte – often used to contour the face (ahh the dreaded contour!), the easiest way is to apply to the forehead by your hairline, down your temples, under your cheekbone, and across your jawline, blending well
See, that wasn’t too tough, right?! Just a little summer refresher on those makeup skills!