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Myths About Makeup That Are Absolutely Not Even A Little Bit True

Updated February 20, 2018 3.5k votes 688 voters 34.2k views11 items

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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.

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    Dusting Bronzer Over Your Whole Face Will Give You A Golden Glow

    The Myth: To get a golden glow, you should dust bronzer over your entire face.

    The Truth: You should only do this if you want to look like a muddy mess. If you're looking for a sun-kissed tan, you need to be strategic with bronzer application. It should only go where sun would naturally hit the face. Sweep a deeper color on cheekbones, around the hairline, and on the chin around your jawline. You can even add a light swipe of bronzer down the sides of your nose. The result is less muddy, more magical.

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    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."

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    Smokey Eyes Are Only For After-Hours


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    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!

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    Waterproof Mascara Is Better Than Non-Waterproof Formulas


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    The Myth: You should always opt for the waterproof version of your favorite mascara for longer wear. 

    The Truth: Unless you're a contestant on The Bachelor or you're going to the beach, you don't need a waterproof formula. Waterproof mascaras are actually more drying and harder to get off. They can damage your lashes over time. It's best to stick to a non-waterproof formula for your daily makeup routine.

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