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

Updated February 20, 2018 3.5k votes 685 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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    Expensive Makeup Is Always Better Quality

     

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    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.

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    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! 

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    Women Over A Certain Age Should Stay Away From Shimmery Products

     

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    The Myth: Women should stop using shimmery makeup products after a certain age; the glitter draws attention to wrinkles and fine lines.

    The Truth: That's totally false! Glittery colors can look great on anybody of any age, if applied correctly. In fact, shimmery eyeshadows can bring older eyes to life. If you want to keep attention away from any wrinkles or crows feet, just apply shimmery shadow to the inner corners of the eyes, the center of the lid, and the brow bone. Use a non-shimmer shade at the outer corners. Easy!

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    You Should Prep Your Mascara By Pumping The Tube

     

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    The Myth: You should pump your mascara wand in the tube a few times before applying product.

    The Truth: You should never do this. Pumping mascara is bad for many reasons. Namely, introducing air into the mascara tube causes the formula to dry out quicker. A dry formula also makes for clumpy, spidery lashes. Not to mention that introducing air into your mascara tube creates a bacteria breeding ground. That bacteria gets picked up by your mascara wand and deposited on your eyelashes, leading to irritation and infection. Gross!

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