Thou Shalt Blend

Don't scoff -- you know you've been guilty of at least one of these cardinal sins of cosmetology. There are some things you simply don't do, and if your mama never told you, prepare to be educated. Ranging from unbelievable to the unforgivable, these mistakes will send you on a one-way flight to the Purgatory of Personal Paint. Pens out, please. You will be quizzed later, and you won't be able to plead out.

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2. Cake Face2. Cake Face

There is only one day per year that insanely heavy makeup is permitted: Halloween. Otherwise, makeup is intended to highlight your natural features -- even if you don't like what your mama gave you. It is not meant to be a prosthetic limb for your face. With that said, using a mortar and trowel for your foundation is not only ugly, but also kills any hope you have for naturally clean skin.

Keep cramming base and blush into those long-suffering pores, and the more visible those pores will become. They'll need a GPS device to dig you out. There is nothing attractive about resembling a clown -- you're scaring the children and driving away the men.

The redemption

Solution: Cut your coverage in half -- literally. A dime-size drop of foundation provides complete coverage, one swipe of blush per cheek and two coats of mascara per eye. That's it. Try it for a day; you'll be amazed at how much time you save in the bathroom, and your dog will stop hiding from you.

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Comments on "The 7 deadly sins of makeup"

Linda Finke May 20, 2010 | 10:43 AM

I'm 62 and I defintly seen them all. Believe it or not--I have not done any of them myself. I have been a Mary Kay consultant for 18 years. The thing that bugs me the most is not putting on lipstick or using the wrong color. People will tell me that they can't wear red lipsitck when in fact they have a red jacket on. I teach them--you can wear red lip stick--you just need to know that there are orange reds, blue reds, and clear reds. Most of the time--after I have the lipstick on them--they get it. I tell them that their face is like a canvas. Once you put something on, you are commited to finishing the portrait. That means foundation, blush, eyes and lips.=!

pamela May 20, 2010 | 10:21 AM

wow she looks scary!!!

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