Thursday, March 6, 2014

The 5 Biggest NOs Of Makeup

[As published on HERE]

I’ve always believed in the power of makeup. It’s supposed to enhance your features and make you look better, but still allow people to recognize you. That said, not everybody shares the same idea and perception of ‘beauty’, which is why sometimes we’re privy to horrifying makeup nightmares that attack your senses when you’re most unaware.
So, this has inspired me to start my own campaign against the wrong usage of makeup.
Say NO to: Face-suffocating foundation
Foundation is supposed to even out skin tone, hide imperfections like pimples or spots, and improve your skin. It’s not to be used as paint. I’ve watched Youtube makeup tutorials where girls use foundation really liberally. They take 3 to 4 pumps’ worth and spread it all over their faces like moisturiser, rubbing it in. This grosses me out, because I think half a pump is more than enough. After all, you only need to use it wherever necessary. Too much foundation will clog pores and suffocate the skin, causing blackheads, whiteheads and acne.

Say NO to: Magic marker brows
Bad eyebrows are rampant in the beauty world, and it doesn’t discriminate. Young or old, women around the world have managed to fabulously botch up their brows without feeling even a trace of remorse. It usually starts with over-plucking your brows. It becomes an addiction that the existence of one stray hair will bug you to no end. That’s when it starts to go bad. Then, these women often over-compensate by drawing on ridiculous shapes to pose as their now non-existent brows. I know many girls who have beautiful features, only to be marred by a set of hideously black, bolted-on brows.

Say NO to: Poorly-applied false lashes
Dramatic false lashes should be reserved for special occasions like costume parties only. They shouldn’t even be seen or worn in broad daylight. Even more so if the skills of the wearer leave much to be desired. I admit, I don’t know how to apply false lashes correctly, so I stay as far away from them as humanly possible. But to see bad eyelashes everywhere, with the lash bone poking upwards because trimming it was obviously not in the books, it makes me want to cry myself to death. Look at poor Snooki here, whose false lashes are so bad, it makes her look cock-eyed.

Say NO to: Badly-defined Cupid’s bow
2011 Angel Ball To Benefit Gabrielle's Angel Foundation
This is one of my biggest pet peeves. Not everyone is born with perfect lips, but the invention of makeup allows us to create an illusion that is closer to perfection. If you want to use bright lipstick, please don’t forget to define your Cupid’s bow properly. Nothing is worse than neon pink lipstick, haphazardly slicked all over the lips, until you can’t tell which way is up. Take Naomi Campbell, for example. Her lips are full and round, so she doesn’t have a pronounced Cupid’s bow. That’s why she wears nude lipstick most of the time. But when she does a dramatic lip colour, note how her Cupid’s bow is defined.

Say NO to: Too much going on at one time
The people who invented the saying ‘less is more’ weren’t stupid. Sometimes too much can be, well, too much, you know? Statement colours should be reserved for ONE feature only, be it eyes, lips or cheeks. If you’re going to play up your eyes, let’s just leave it at that. Going beyond one single feature puts you at risk of looking a tad too clownish. The concept is similar to dressing up. Choose one focal point, instead of piling on every piece of jewelry and designer item you’ve collected over the past decade. When you don’t try too hard, you look more comfortable and relaxed.
Altogether now, ladies – from today, let’s say NO to these horrible makeup faux pas and make the world a better place to live in!


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