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The 7 deadly sins of makeup

Sonja Holbrook is a regular columnist on who enjoys writing about topics like men and dating.

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.

Thou shalt blend2. 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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