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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7. Seeing Spots7. 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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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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