Whether you have your makeup routine nailed down perfectly, are in an experimental phase, or have no clue where to start – there are some tried and true facts when it comes to the art of decorating the face. Take a look at these do’s and don’ts to see make sure you’re getting it right!
Do: Get yourself a nice brush set
In many craft trades, they say that you are only as good as the tools you use. The same is true for applying makeup. A good quality brush is not only better on your skin, but can improve the long-term wear of your makeup and make your products last longer. Trust us – it’s worth the investment!
Do: Wash your Brushes!
Now that you have them – take good care of them! Dirty brushes contribute to blemishes and oily skin conditions, not to mention the fact that it muddies your product colors and diminishes the brush quality when the bristles are overloaded with caked on product. It doesn’t need to happen every day, but cleaning your brushes once a month is generally a good policy.
Do: Use a Primer
Primers are incredible because they create a barrier between your makeup and your skin that protects them from each other. The oils in your skin often break down makeup and cause it to dissipate and soak into your pores throughout the day. Using a primer will increase the longevity of your foundation while preventing it from clogging up your natural, beautiful skin. It truly is every girls’ best friend.
Do: Use A Moisturizer
Moisturizer and primer are different things, and both are on this list for a reason. Skin that is not moisturized before priming and foundation will draw its moisture from those things, meaning that the purpose of the primer is defeated – and your skin is absorbing a lot more harmful chemicals than it should. A quality moisturizer applied to a clean face and before makeup keeps your skin supple, healthy and makes it a smoother canvas to work your magic.
Don’t: Test your foundation on your hand
Hands get a lot of sun and wear and tear, and therefore make a terrible testing spot. The best place to test your foundation for a matching color is at the jawline. After all, this is the critical spot where your foundation meets your natural skin and the dreaded “face mask” look is created. If it matches here, then you’re in good shape.
Don’t: Underestimate the eyebrows
It’s true that they are all the rage lately, but getting them right can be tricky. Eyebrows have the power to break up the plane of the face and provide structure and framing. Overdo them, and you’ll look like an angry man. Ignore them, and you’ll be a washed out wallflower. The first trick is to not try to create what isn’t there, and remember that the two are sisters – not twins. Your natural eyebrows plucked into a pleasing shape and a few brush strokes to fill them in is all that is needed.
Don’t: Forget to use bronzer or blush
Pinching the cheeks when receiving a gentleman caller is the oldest trick in the book and for good reason. After foundation, the face can tend to look rather monotone and flat – give it some rosy definition with a few swipes of bronzer and healthy flush of blush to achieve that perfect supple glow.
Don’t: Go to sleep before taking it off
Giving your skin the chance to breathe after hours and hours of being stifled with layers of chemicals sounds like a good idea, right? It is. Your skin does most of its reparative work at night, so give it a fighting chance and make sure it’s clean and moisturized before going to bed.
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