Match foundation to your wrist, they say. And don’t forget, concealer should be one or two shades lighter than your skintone!
Well, I followed that advice for years and now I’ve come to bitterly regret it. Looking back at old photos, I looked a right mess! And these are just two of the many beauty myths we commonly hear. There are many more, and they prevent us from looking our best and having fun with makeup. Let’s debunk a few, shall we?
1. You should match your foundation to your wrist
Every magazine was recommending this when I was a teenager and it is such terrible advice! Because of sun exposure, genetics, environmental factors, and other causes, the skin on your face is usually a different colour than the rest of your body. The perfect foundation shade must match exactly those areas of your body that don’t have makeup on, thus giving your skin a seamless look. In winter, matching your foundation to your neck may be enough. But in summer, or whenever you’re wearing a low-cut top, you should match your foundation to your chest. And then, blend, blend, blend!
2. Darker foundations make you look tanned
Absolutely not! Please don’t do this. That telltale line on your jaw line where your foundation ends will just makes you look like you’ve used the wrong shade. To use dark foundation to achieve that tanned look, you should apply it on all the exposed areas of your body. But then, a self-tanner applied all over your body would usually do a much better job. If you want to give that sunkissed glow to the face, apply bronzer to those areas where the sun would hit first, such as the top of your cheeks, the bridge of your nose, your chin, and along the hairline.
3. Concealer goes before foundation
I used to do this all the time when I was younger (those crappy magazines again), but once I switched I never looked back! Foundation helps cover up some of the blemishes and discolourations, allowing you to use concealer only on those stubborn areas that need some extra help. This won’t just save you quite a bit of product, but will make blending makeup easier and give you a more natural look.
4. Concealer should be one or two shades lighter than your skintone
I believed this for years, until I tried Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer in Porcelain. It matches my skin so well and boy, what a difference that makes! It just hides everything in such a natural-looking way. A lighter shade, instead, can make the darkness and flaws you’re trying to hide even worse! If your dark circles are really stubborn, then you should opt for a colour corrector that will neutralize the discolouration. To correct violet or blue tones, choose a yellow or orange colour corrector. To neutralize redness, opt for green. I love Make Up For Ever 5 Camouflage Cream Palette, which is available in three versions: light, medium, and dark skintones.
5. Spray water on your makeup to refresh it
I’m very tempted to do this during the hot Italian summer months, more to refresh myself than my makeup! lol. But I don’t. Spraying water onto your face will just make your makeup cake, streak, and run. And then you will have to take it all off and do it all over again. It’s much better to just bring your makeup products with you and retouch them as needed throughout the day.
6. Red lipstick is not for everyone
Of course it is! Everyone can pull off red lipstick. It’s just a matter of finding the right shade for your colouring. Orange-based reds look better on warm skintones, while blue-based reds are more flattering on those with cooler skin. True reds usually look good on everyone. It’s not just the undertone of the lipstick that matters, but how intense the shade is too. If you have fair, cool skin, you can pull off an orangey red, just as long as it isn’t too dark or too bright. In that case, the lips will stand out too much against your skintone and make you look a bit off.
7. Never use the same colour eyeshadow as your eyes
It is true that wearing the same eyeshadow colour as your eyes won’t make them stand out much, but that doesn’t mean you should never wear it. If you like the colour, go ahead and use it. I have green eyes, and I wear green eyeshadow all the time. It’s my favourite eyeshadow colour. It doesn’t make my eyes pop as much as purple does, but it doesn’t make them look flat and ugly either. Most importantly, makeup is supposed to be fun. So if you like something, try it!
Do you believe in these myths? Do you know of others that need to be busted?