Having the top-of-the-line beauty products in your beauty kit can’t be enough if you don’t have the skills to apply them in your daily makeup routine. So, keep on reading for the 8 non-negotiable makeup rules you can learn from the experts.
- Embrace your natural beauty.
When wearing makeup, stick to the goal of embracing your natural beauty. According to makeup artist Hillary Kline, she keeps everything natural. “Even though applying makeup is my job, I’ve learned that natural is usually the best. Sometimes less really is more. I apply this rule especially when I put on foundation; I don’t want a cake face or an ‘overdone’ look” she said.
- Let your skin tone guide you.
While warm undertones look great in white, and prefer gold jewelry, cool undertones look better in off-white, and prefer silver jewelry. “Knowing your skin’s undertones make all the difference when it comes to choosing makeup, hair color, and clothing that look good on you. Following this beauty rule helps me enhance my natural beauty, avoid mistakes, save money, and always look fantastic,” says beauty expert and stylist Devin Giannoni.
- Use double-duty makeup.
Multitasking makeup can do wonders as it can give you a great look while being friendly on your budget. “Mascara can be used to define lashes and give a little depth with a light swipe to the eyebrows. Stains and tints can be used to brighten the cheeks or bring life to the lips,” says Slone Mathieu, esthetician and spa director of Dream Spa Medical.
- Highlight your favorite features.
Like fashion blogger Kristina Bazan, you may think of a chic pair of sunglasses that will draw the attention to your face. If you want people to notice you, it’s all about the eyes so never forget to emphasize them by wearing tinted contacts or eye makeup to enhance your entire appearance. “I never leave my house without at least putting on mascara and contouring my cheekbones. This brings out my best features,” says makeup artist Erin McCarthy. “I must admit I’m a bit of a lip gloss junkie and never leave the house without it. I keep a small collection with me at all times. It’s the easiest way to instantly pull an outfit together or just give yourself a little afternoon pick-me-up,” says style and beauty expert Jordana Woodland.
- Go big for brows and say no to foundation lines.
Eyebrows define the face, so it’s so important to take good care of them. “Thin brows make you look older, so I try not to overdo it with the plucking. Instead I get a brow wax every six to eight weeks, says Hillary Kline. “My number one rule: foundation and concealer must match your skin. Otherwise it looks fake and obvious,” says Leslie Munsell.
- Line your lips.
“Statement lip colors are all the rage right now but they require lip liner. If you are wearing a color that will draw attention to your lips, lip liners help keep everything in place and in balance, especially if you are prone to lip color bleeding or feathering after application,” says David Klasfeld, CEO of Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, Inc.
- Never sleep in makeup.
Cleansing the face helps prevent clogged pores and buildup from makeup. So, whatever you do, do not go to bed with your makeup on. “Even if you just use a simple makeup wipe, take off your makeup before sleep,” says celebrity stylist Keka Heron.
- Toss expired makeup and always clean your makeup brushes.
The expiration date is one of the most important factors that you must consider before purchasing a makeup product as expired makeup harbors bacteria that causes harm to the skin. “My non-negotiable beauty rule is I must have clean brushes. I wash and sanitize my makeup brushes after each use using 71 percent alcohol and brush cleanser. I also spray and wipe any products and any surface they may touch with alcohol,” says Shola Akintobi, owner, Best Face Forward Makeup Studio, LLC. By heeding these tricks from the experts, you’ll be able to look your best all the time.