I was inspired to write this post based on certain makeup faux pas I made in the past. For instance, I used to think that mascara made my lashes look too fake, so refused to wear it on the average day. I would leave my house wearing peach colored eyeshadow (or whatever color I pleased)….with undefined, bare, eyeshadow-powder-dusted lashes*gasp*…and mascara was reserved mostly for special occasions (cue jeers from the audience). Now I look back and think, “what kind of silliness was that!?” o_0…Lol
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1. Wearing Eyeshadow Without Mascara!
If you’re going to wear eyeshadow, you MUST wear mascara….especially if you’re going to be wearing a bright colored or frosty shadow! There’s nothing wrong with wearing neon yellow, hot pink or fluorescent beige (Precious reference ), but you best believe the look will quickly go wrong if you fail to define and balance it out with mascara. If you don’t, it may leave you looking clownish.
Even if your eyeshadow is a neutral color like brown or cream or something that matches your skin tone, it’s still necessary to DEFINE your eyes with mascara. Not doing so when wearing these shades may leave you with a washed out appearance.
p.s. There are other ways to define, such as using an eyeliner or placing a darker color in the crease…but none of that matters if you don’t frame your eyes with mascara!
2. Wearing a Dramatic/Smokey Eye Without Foundation!
It is imperative to wear foundation when rocking a dramatic or smokey eye look. If your eyes are super dramatic, dark, or colorful and your face is bare….your makeup looksincomplete. The exception is if you have super flawless skin that doesn’t require any touch-ups whatsoever…but most of us don’t. So for the general population, it’s important to wear some kind of base to even out your complexion, so your dramatic eye makeup can fairly stand out (in a good way)!
3. Wearing a Bold/Bright Colored Lipstick Without Foundation!
In the same vein, if you are going to wow the crowd with a bold or bright colored lipsticksuch as a chocolate brown or fiery hot red or fuschia, you must wear foundation! Or, as I stated before, some kind of base to create flawless-looking skin (some of us may only need a bit of concealer and some powder to do the trick).
Ever wonder why you look like your crazy old grand aunt when you try on certain bold colors that others seem to be able to rock with no problem? One reason may be that you’re not wearing the right shade…but chances are it’s because it’s out of CONTEXT! Usually when you go browsing the cosmetics counters, you don’t go in with full-on, glammed out makeup….so it looks odd to just see this random bold color out of nowhere, while everything else on your face is…well, plain or unfinished. I can’t stress enough how much starting out with a clean, polished canvas can do to improve your OVERALL makeup look!
BONUS: Wearing a Bold or Bright Colored Lipstick With Nothing on the Eyes!
I had to add this in, because in addition to wearing foundation while rockin’ bold lips, it’s a necessity for the eyes to be well-defined! It’s all about BALANCE! It’s okay to allow your lips to shine and be the one making a bold statement, but you can’t fully neglect the eyes. The eyes don’t necessarily need to have shadow, but they absolutely need to be lined andfurther defined with a couple good coats of mascara (or if you dare, some faux lashes)! Take a cue from Miss Keri Washington in the photo above
All-in-all my friends, don’t be afraid to go bold or have fun with makeup, just remember to keep these important guidelines in mind! STAY GORG! <3