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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 blend7. hiding the evidence

I think this is something we were all guilty of in middle and high school, and we can chalk it up to simple ignorance. Got a blemish? Cover it up with a pound o' foun' and hope no one notices. Actually, trying to cover a zit draws more attention to it and makes your acne worse.

The redemption

If you have a serious acne problem, you need to see a dermatologist. If you can't afford one, hit up your local drug store and invest in some skin clearing products (Neutrogena, Clean & Clear, Clearasil). Acne-friendly makeup is light, water-based and matte. Adding sheer to your face will only make you look like a grilled cheese sandwich.

The good news is, even adult acne clears up. The bad news is, scars last for a long time. So don't pick at your zits, make 'em bleed and then shove makeup into them. Simply adopt a clean skin regimen, use light makeup and wait for your skin to calm down.

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