More Makeup Dos and Don’ts

Tuesday, November 04, 2008 | Tips & How-Tos

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Ask and you shall receive. In response to your request for more makeup dos and don’ts, we’ve once again polled our Pür Minerals beauty experts for the top beauty tricks and faux pas. From clumpy mascara to caked on blush, these mineral makeup tips will help steer you straight and keep you looking your best all year long.

Do:

Go for a natural look. Blend, blend, blend! The last thing you want is to be able to see a line where your foundation ends. Your makeup should look and feel as if it’s part of your skin. That means lightweight formulas and sheer coverage.

Use a bronzer to give skin a sun-kissed glow. Just because you shouldn’t fry your skin in the sun all day doesn’t mean you can’t be a bronzed goddess. For a natural-looking (albeit faux) tan, choose a bronzing powder with golden undertones to avoid looking orange or streaky.

Touchup throughout the day. No matter how long-lasting your makeup is, you should still check to make sure everything is in order. Give your face the occasional touchup with a little blotting, dabbing and reapplication if needed.

Keep in mind the time and place. Yes, there is a time and place for makeup. During the day and on the job, your makeup should be light and lovely. A nighttime look can be more daring, with accentuated eyes and added shimmer.

Wear pink. From pastel pink eye shadows to rosy blushes to peachy-pink lip tints, pink hues work well with every skin tone and look good on everyone. The only exception to this rule is for foundation: do not wear a foundation with pink undertones, especially if you have a pinkish complexion.

Don’t:

Try to accentuate every feature at once. A smoky eye shouldn’t be competing with bright red lips. Instead, go with your best feature and highlight that. If you’ve got great eyes, create a dramatic eye look and complement it with nude or pale-pink lips.

Use old or expired makeup. Although most cosmetics don’t have an official expiration date, makeup does have a shelf life. Using old, contaminated makeup is the beauty equivalent of drinking spoiled milk, resulting in irritation and blemishes. For more on when to replace your makeup, click here.

Cake on the blush. You want to look as if you’ve just jogged up a flight of stairs, not run a marathon. Blush should be applied lightly to the apples of the cheeks (rather than the cheekbones) in a soft, circular motion.

Line your lips with a too-dark liner.
Generally, your lip liner should match the color of your lips. If you’re creating a bolder lip look, go with a shade that closely matches your lipstick for a blended appearance. Avoid distinct, hard-draw lines; a dark liner with a much lighter lipstick looks bizarre and unnatural.

Layer on your mascara and pump the wand.
The term “spider legs” comes to mind. Putting on too many coats of mascara not only looks scary, but it can cause excessive hardening of your lashes, which can lead to breakage. And pumping the wand will cause air to get into the tube and dry your mascara out, resulting in further clumping.

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