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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4. Fake n' Bake4. Fake n' Bake

"Sun-Kissed." "Bronze Goddess." No matter what you call it, it's still orange, and you still look like an Oompa Loompa. Unless you have brown DNA, you won't have the Hawaiian Tropic copper skin that so many women seem to covet.

The redemption

If you can't be happy with what your maker gave you, then slather on some SPF 30 and go for a walk in the sun. But if you must use bronzer, do it correctly: Swirl a stippling brush in the powder, tap-tap, and gently dab your brush where the sun would naturally hit your skin -- apples of your cheeks, chin, forehead and down the bridge of your nose. Then take a kabuki brush and sweep the color into your skin.

Voila! You look bronzed w/o the UV rays, tanning bills or aerosol fumes.

Next: Half-done

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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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