There are so many makeup dos and don'ts. You're not supposed to wear a statement eye and a bold lip; you should stay away from shimmer if you have wrinkles. The list is extensive. But many of these makeup lies are holding you back from being the most creative MUA you can be! It’s time to clear the air about these common makeup misconceptions.
In fact, some makeup myths are actually dangerous if followed. For example, you should never pump your mascara wand in and out of the tube. You could end up with a nasty eye infection. You also shouldn't be skipping sunscreen just because your makeup has SPF; your skin will suffer.
You won't believe how many lies have been told about the beauty products you know and love.
Expensive Makeup Is Always Better Quality
The Myth: You have to pay a lot of money for quality makeup products.
The Truth: That's not always the case! There are some amazing, affordable makeup products that are better than their expensive alternatives. For example, Milani Baked Blush is hailed in the beauty industry for being just as good as $40 NARS' Orgasm Blush. And L'Oréal Paris Voluminous Original Mascara is the go-to formula for celebs like Kelly Rowland, Kaitlyn Bristowe, and Jennifer Hudson.
You Don't Have To Clean Your Brushes If You're The Only One Using Them
The Myth: You don't have to clean your brushes if you're not sharing them with anyone.
The Truth: Bacteria can build up on your brushes even if you only use them on yourself. If you don't regularly clean your tools, you may end up with breakouts, skin irritation, and even infection. One study found that 22% of women have never cleaned their makeup brushes before. If you're part of the 22%, listen up.
Makeup artist and cosmetics entrepreneur Bobbi Brown advises:
"For concealer and foundation brushes, [clean] at least once a week to prevent a buildup of product. And because these brushes are used on your face, the cleaner, the better. Brushes that are used around the eyes should be cleaned at least twice a month, while all others can be washed once a month."
Smokey Eyes Are Only For After-Hours
The Myth: Smokey eyes are strictly for nighttime looks.
The Truth: If you're partial to a black or dark brown smokey eye, you might want to leave that look for after-hours, but smokey doesn't have to mean dark! Bring your smokey eye skills into the light by opting for a light, neutral smokey eye in shades of beige, tan, and light brown. Urban Decay's Naked Palette can help!
People With Dark Skin Can't Wear Bright Lipstick
The Myth: There's been a beauty myth floating around forever that women with dark complexions can't wear bright lipsticks.
The Truth: Where did this myth even start? All you need to do is look at Fenty Beauty's inclusive feed to debunk this one! Contrary to the myth, bright lipstick absolutely pops against dark skin. If you have a deep complexion, get yourself some STUNNA Lip Paint ASAP!