MYTH or TRUTH? Five Common Makeup Myths Revealed

Are you bound by makeup rules that may not even be valid? It can be difficult to separate fact from fiction when we are being bombarded with so much information. Read below to break free from the chains of these common misconceptions that so many of us have fallen victim to.

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MYTH: A dramatic eye must be always be paired with a barely-there lip color.

TRUTH: Be daring! Pair a bold lip with a bold eye for a look that is a definite show-stopper. By keeping the colors to a minimum, you will be serving up some serious glamour all night long. For example, when wearing a red lip, choose eye shadow colors like black or brown instead of purple or green.

MYTH: Shimmery eye shadow is only for young women.

TRUTH: When properly applied, a shadow with light reflecting pigment can be worn by women of all ages. If you are concerned that it will draw attention to a crepey lid, reserve that shadow for the line-free areas. In most cases, it is best applied to 1) the very inner corners, 2) the lash line, 3) lightly on the brow bone, and 4) occasionally in the center of the lid. *Note: it is best to limit the shimmer to no more than one or two of the previously stated areas at a time. The bottom line is to stick to matte shadows where the canvas is not smooth, but do not be afraid to highlight anywhere else. You would be surprised how an appropriately placed shimmery eye shadow can actually shave off a few years.

MYTH: Sunscreen is only necessary when the sun is out.

TRUTH: Applying sunscreen every day, rain or shine, is one of the greatest (and simplest) ways to delay the signs of aging. Even on the cloudiest of days, the sun’s powerful rays can be extremely damaging. Sun protection is one of your best defenses against the premature aging of the skin.

MYTH: Pumping the mascara wand is the best way to collect more product on the brush.

TRUTH: I beg all of you mascara-pumpers to rest your biceps! Vigorously pumping the wand allows air bubbles to invade your tube, creating the formula to dry out quicker. This often creates clumpy lashes (eek!) and a trip to pick up your next mascara sooner than anticipated. The best way to get the most out of your mascara is to twist the wand in circles, scraping the brush along the inside of the tube’s walls.

MYTH: Red lipstick is not for everyone.

TRUTH: Everyone, and I mean everyone, can wear red. In addition to choosing the right shade for your skin tone, it is equally important to pick the right formula. If it is your first time heading towards the bold side, start testing the waters with a sheer lipstick or gloss. They give the lips a beautiful tint of red that can be likened to the look of a watercolor. Feeling a bit braver? Try an opaque long- wearing lipstick, but apply with your fingertip (as a stain) until you muster up the courage apply straight from the tube. Above all, never forget to wear your confidence with your red.

Rachel Paul is a New York based makeup artist, encouraging and training women to be their most beautiful self. Follow @rosecolored_glasses on Instagram.

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