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Common Makeup Myths that Everyone Believes

Photo by {artist}/{collectionName} / Getty Images There are a lot of dos and don’ts in the beauty community. And a lot of “dos” are really “don’ts” or massive myths that should be ignored. But what are those myths and what should you do to correct them? These are by no means all of them, but just the most common ones I’ve heard.

Always Line Your Lips Before Applying Lipstick

When I first started wearing makeup, specifically makeup I thought you had to wear a lip liner in order to wear a lipstick. But I could never make it look good and somehow it would always look overdrawn. There is a purpose for lip liners as they help prevent your lipstick from feathering outside of your lips, but not every lipstick needs this. Or other times you will just have a line from where the lip liner was applied when the lipstick fades away. A better idea would be to apply your lip liner after your lipstick if you need this for said lipstick.

Pumping Your Mascara Wand Helps Spread the Product

The belief is that this will help distribute the product evenly across the length of the wand. But there is no benefit to pumping your mascara, if anything this is the worst thing to do. All it does is push air into the tube causing it to dry out faster.

Mascara Only is Bad When it Gets Clumpy

This is completely untrue. Mascara goes bad after three months regardless of condition. Mascara is the easiest item to get an eye infection from. The wand gets very close to your eyes, and then goes back into the dark, warm tube – the perfect breeding ground for bacteria!

Expensive Brands Work Better

When I got interested in makeup, I thought like many people do that expensive brands had the bets products in the worlds that’s why they were so expensive. Well drugstore makeup didn’t compare to them at all. But that’s not true. There are millions of great options at the drugstore. The price tag does not equal the quality of the product you purchase.

You Don’t Need Sunscreen if it’s in Your Foundation

A lot of products these days now come with SPF protection but that doesn’t mean you should skip out on sunscreen. That may be enough if you’re sitting in a windowless cubicle all day, but if you’re heading outdoors for more than 10 minutes, you also need real sunscreen.

Match Your Foundation to Your Wrist

This is where most people start out by matching your foundation. It’s an easy place to judge or so it would seem. But that’s not where you’re applying your foundation. Your skin’s color can change between your wrist and face so you’ll end up too light or too dark. The best place to test or match foundation to is your jawline where you’re blending your foundation into.

What are some makeup myths you’ve heard about that aren’t true?

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