The 7 Rules of Makeup

Makeup can do wonders for oneself if it’s done correctly and with a little bit of discipline. Always remember that makeup is an art and should be used in moderation.

Here are the basic fundamental rules on applying it so that it enhances your beauty.

1stRule: Always remember that less is more.

The less makeup you apply, the more attractive and natural you will look. The key here is to still look the same as to when you’re not wearing makeup, but you want to enhance your best features and hide your not-so-best ones. You don’t want to look like a clown or so caked up like you could scrape away your foundation with a scraper.

2ndRule: Don’t use makeup to try and perform cosmetic surgery.

Very important to remember is that makeup is not cosmetic surgery. You can try to do contouring or shading here and there but do not go overboard with it, because if it’s not done properly you can look very funny when you go out in daylight with your friends or family.

You can perform some serious contouring or blending when you are going for a photo shoot, because it will not be so noticeable through the lens of a camera, but that is it. Remember that makeup’s one very important goal is to enhance your best features and to hide or conceal your flaws. It must not be used to completely reshape your face.

3rdRule: Blending is crucial.

Whether you are wearing a closed blouse or open t-shirt, it is very important that the color of your face should be the same as that of your neck. Blending plays a big role in makeup! You want your makeup to flow / blend in with the rest of your natural face. You also want to eliminate any sharp edges when applying your eye shadow as well as blend in your lip liner when applying lipstick.

This is very important when you are applying makeup on yourself but even more so when you are applying makeup onto clients. They won’t be happy if they look in the mirror and see that the color of their face is not the same as that of their neck or if the one eye’s eye shadow is higher and sharply applied comparing to the other eye.

4thRule: Do not be stuck in a certain time zone.

Some people seem to be stuck with their blue eye shadow and red lipstick (for example). Always keep yourself up to date with the latest fashion and cosmetic trends. Also, look at the difference and change in your skin at least once or twice a year. In summer you may be a bit oilier and in winter your skin may be drier, so it’s important to use cosmetics that are suitable for that.

5thRule: Choose cosmetics that are perfect for your skin type.

This rule interlinks with the one above. If you have a dry skin, then you should be buying a moisturising foundation as this foundation contains extra moisturisers. If your skin tends to be oily, then you should buy a matte, oil-free foundation. If you have a sensitive skin, then you should be wearing foundation which contains no perfume in it as this will irritate your skin and cause it to be more sensitive.

Lastly, if you have a problematic skin, then you should be using a medicinal foundation that is prescribed by a dermatologist or you can also use a matte, oil-free foundation.

6thRule: Do not be too obsessed with makeup.

Your skin needs rest too. Therefore, it’s a good idea if some days you don’t wear any heavy makeup. You may want to only wear mascara and lip gloss when popping into your favourite grocery store. Makeup can do wonders on improving your looks but that is not where your true natural beauty ends.

7thRule: Do not go to sleep with your makeup on.

Always, always remember to remove your makeup before you go to bed -no matter what time you go to bed or how sleepy you are. It’s a bad habit to go to sleep with your makeup. Leaving your makeup on at night for a long time can cause your pores to clog up which results in pimples all over your face.

You can take off your makeup by using a daily face wash or you can use facial cleansing wipes. When using the wipes, just remember to make sure that you have wiped all over your face and take special effort to clean your eyelashes with wet ear buds. Bacteria tend to easily form on old mascara causing your eyelashes to become shorter. That’s why it’s important not to sleep with mascara on and as a rule not to use mascara older than 6 months.

Makeup should be a fun thing to do, but always remember to keep these rules in mind when applying it. I’d love to read your comments and makeup tips below.

  
   

by Anneke la Grange