When it comes to rules, I think that most people fall into one of three categories…
- Those who follow the rules religiously, without questioning.
- Those who never follow the rules, just because they’re rules — you know, the rebels.
- And those who follow the rules only when they think it’s the right thing to do.
Personally, I belong to the third group, but sometimes, especially makeup-wise, after hearing countless times that I should or shouldn’t do something a certain way, I feel like I temporarily lose my ability to judge for myself what works and what doesn’t work for me. And I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in this!
So today I’d like to remind you (and myself) that some makeup rules don’t always apply to everyone. You can follow, or ignore, any rules that you want.
Let’s see what some of these rules are, shall we?
1. Curling your lashes
After hearing dozens of makeup artists and beauty gurus say that I had to curl my lashes, a few years ago I got a Shu Uemura curler and started using it without objection until, one day, I decided to skip the curling step and go straight to mascara.
I realized that my lashes actually looked better! I have short lashes, and if I curl them, they look even shorter! I don’t know if it’s because my particular eye shape doesn’t allow me to get as close to the lid as I’d like, but all I can tell you is that it just doesn’t work for me.
2. Using very light under-eye concealer
These days, it’s pretty common to use a very light concealer to highlight the under-eye area, and I think it does look good on some people, but if you’re as dark under your eyes as I am, chances are your dark circles will just end up looking grey and stand out more.
3. Contouring with cool-toned products
We hear all the time that we should contour using cool-toned powders or creams because it’s the best way to mimic natural shadows on the face. As a general rule, I completely agree with that, but sometimes cool-toned products can look ashy and muddy on very warm skin tones. In those cases, it might be better to use a product with neutral or even slightly warm undertones. Only experimenting will tell you what’s best for you.
4. Applying nude liner on the waterlines
How many times have you heard that applying nude liner on the waterlines will make your eyes look bigger?? But what if you already have fairly big eyes to begin with? I can tell you from personal experience that it looks pretty unflattering.
5. Setting everything with powder
Having oily skin, I’ve always thought that I just had to use powder all over my face. But since I also use matte foundations, I recently realized that all I was doing was adding a powdery layer that would just sit on top of a foundation that had already set itself.
Lately, I’ve been setting with powder only the areas where I’ve used concealer and the center of my forehead, which is my oiliest spot. Adiós, powdery face!
6. Using cool-toned brow products
I hear so many people say that brow products should be cool-toned, but in my opinion it really depends on your hair color. If your hair has warm undertones, your brows should have them too, methinks.
What about you, my friend? Are there any beauty rules that you think work for most people, but not for you?