7 Misconceptions and Myths About Makeup…

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Recently I’ve realised a lot of makeup ‘rules’ flying about. “Don’t do this if you don’t want to look like this” or “never do this if your skin is like this” – wherever you look right now, there’s some sort of advice being given. Now I’m a huge fan of self-education and love hearing opinions of YouTube stars and makeup artists. However, what I’m not a fan of is rules and regulations, especially when it comes to something as creative and subjective as makeup.

To me, makeup is a form of art and expression. None of our ideas are exactly the same, neither are any of our faces, skin types or preferences. One of the most used statements here on Make Me Up Marie, as I’m sure you’re all well aware, is: what works for one person may not work for another. I’m always encouraging people to try things for themselves and play with different products until they find what works for them. I really dislike stereotyping, makeup shaming (yup, it is actually a thing) and dictative teaching styles, so today I thought I’d share 7 misconceptions and myths that you can and should totally ignore. Let’s get straight to it, shall we?

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1. There’s something “basic” about wearing just one colour eyeshadow

Heavy glam looks are great but simple everyday looks are too. Though you can achieve a natural look using more than one eyeshadow, sometimes all you really need is one – so why wear more? The same goes for bright pops of colour – there’s nothing wrong with being bold and applying colour in blocks, so long as the outer edges are blended well.

2. Blush should always be applied to the apples of the cheeks

A good blusher can make the skin look healthy and radiant, but where you apply it doesn’t actually matter all that much. We all have different shaped faces, so we will each apply our blusher in different places. For example, I like to bring my blusher up high, above my cheekbones, as I feel this is what suits me best. Conversely, one of my close friends like to brings hers closer to the nose, to give her a “flushed/post-orgasm” look (each to their own I say). The point is, blusher shouldn’t always be applied to the apples of the cheeks. Rather than a fact, the statement that it should is more of a loose guideline for beginners and quite frankly, nothing else. So don’t get caught up on the dos and don’t – do whatever looks best on your face!

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3. You shouldn’t wear makeup at the beach

I feel like I’m about the repeat myself a bit here, but you should really do whatever the hell you want. If you’re insecure and feel better wearing makeup at the beach, then do it. If you can’t stand wearing makeup at the beach, then don’t wear it. Don’t let what others do concern you, and don’t panic that you’ll have awful skin by choosing one way or another. If you do choose to wear makeup at the beach, be sure to use one that contains SPF and take extra precautions to remove dirt from your pores at the end of the day. If you choose not to wear makeup, you can protect your skin using SPF sunblock and lotion. There’s really no argument to be had here…

4. Not everyone can pull off red lipstick

This is the worst lie anyone ever told anyone! I mean, just consider how many different shades of red that exist and within moments you’ll realise there really is something to suit everyone. Yes it may take some exploring and maybe even some getting used to if you’re not familiar with such bold colours, but there is one out there for you. Brands have already created it – it’s now just down to you to find it!

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5. You shouldn’t wear blue eyeshadow if you have blue eyes

Yup, you guessed it – another lie! Remember, there are no rules in makeup or art for that matter. If it looks good, flaunt it.

6. If you have dry skin you can’t use a matte foundation

There are so many options when it comes to foundation. The formulas vary massively and so it is stupid to think that all matte foundations are completely off-bounds if you have dry skin. I personally love the matte look and do sometimes suffer from dry patches. There are many things you can do to avoid dry patches and using a good primer is one of them. Moisturising can also help, though some matte foundations will work just fine without. Again, it’s all about testing and experimenting yourself to see what actually works. Don’t be put-off matte foundations just because that’s stereotypically the “wrong” thing to buy. I’ve made this mistake too many times in the past and later realised that having an open mind is what allows you to find the best in life.

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7. If you have oily skin you can’t use a dewy foundation

Again, oil-control products and primers could be all you need to successfully switch up your foundation type. I have oily skin, especially in the summer, but I like to use a dewy foundation as it is less cakey and easier to blot and top up.

You see, rules tend to limit creatives. Guidelines provide direction. There’s a big difference between the two and I hope that after reading this, that becomes a little more obvious.

Have you avoided certain techniques or products due to made-up myths and modern misconceptions? Will you try something new after reading this? Let me know using the comments section below. I can’t wait to hear what you think!

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