Gather ’round so we can talk about two of my favorite things – makeup & skincare – and break down some of the most popular beauty myths! We’ve all heard our fair share of beauty do’s and don’ts over the years. Some have even stuck with us since we were children playing in our mom’s and auntie’s makeup. I don’t know where some of these beauty myths originated, but I’m here as your face-slaying savior to debunk some of the most popular makeup and skincare myths. After all, when you know better… you do better. Right?
Beauty Myths: Makeup Quality
Myth #1: All good makeup is expensive. I was the girl that grew up believing that MAC Cosmetics was the end all be all of makeup brands. I figured that it had to be a good collection of products because it was expensive. This is one of the beauty myths that couldn’t be farther from the truth. I still buy a lot of MAC products, but I quickly realized that the quality of makeup isn’t determined by its price point. I can name a few high end beauty brands that can’t do a thing for my face. Either they don’t have shades that are dark enough for my complexion or the quality of the product just isn’t that great. I won’t bash any brands today, but take my word that there are some good makeup products at a drug store price. Hey ColourPop, Hey!
Myth #2: Cheap makeup = cheap makeup. The quality of makeup simply3isn’t defined by its price point. Take Elf and NYX for example. Both brands are priced on the lower end of the makeup spectrum. Elf makes a great collection of primers and NYX makes great primers for eye shadow and brows. Don’t even get me started on that NYX soft matte lip cream. Chile…
Beauty Myth #3: You don’t have to clean your makeup brushes because you don’t wear makeup that often. When I took a real interest in makeup and skincare back in the early 2000’s, I didn’t realize that cleaning my brushes was just as important as cleaning my face twice a day. I started breaking out for no apparent reason, then Google n ‘nem told me that I need to clean my brushes regularly. Since I work from home these days, I probably wear a full face of makeup 4-5 times a month. I still clean my brushes every other week. If you’d like a tutorial on how I clean my brushes and what products I use, leave a comment below.
Beauty Myth #4: MAC’s Prep + Prime Fix + is great primer. Before you leave this post and write me off as crazy, just hear me out. Fix + is a great product. It isn’t a primer, though. Spoiler alert, it’s a hydrating setting spray. Unfortunately, I watch a lot of makeup tutorials on YouTube and see several beauty vloggers apply Fix + as a primer. So for years, I followed suit, wondering why I looked like a hot greasy mess by 3:00 happy hour.
Beauty Myth #5: I can keep my makeup until I use it all up, even if it takes a year or longer. Did you know that all makeup has an expiration date from the time it’s opened? Go grab your favorite foundation and eye shadow. You’ll see a little icon that looks like an open jar of foundation, with a number followed by “M.” The “M” means months.
Beauty Myths: Skin Care
Myth #6: Oily skin doesn’t need moisturizer. If you don’t take anything else away from this post, please remember that moisturizing your face is necessary for all skin types, oily skin included. Moisturizer boosts hydration and prevents skin flaking. If looking too oily with makeup on is your worry, not moisturizing your face won’t solve that problem.
Myth #7: You can’t use liquid foundation with oily skin. I don’t have a very scientific reason that explains why liquid foundation works on oily skin works. I just know that several liquid foundations, including Fenty’s Soft Matte foundation and Cover FX’s Power Play foundation, work very well on my oily skin.
Beauty tip: I like using the same brand for my face primer and foundation. This doesn’t guarantee that your makeup will stay put. In my experience, however, brands make primers specifically for their foundations and I’m well off using them together. The look above is Fenty’s primer and foundation.
Beauty Myth #8: Makeup causes breakouts. Well, makeup isn’t the culprit. A poor skincare routine, like (spoiler alert) sleeping with makeup on, actually causes breakouts.
Beauty Myths: Ready for Bed
Myth #9: It’s okay to sleep with makeup on. Makeup is designed to be applied to enhance your selfie game, then come off before the night comes to an end. I know we have long, wild nights every so often. I also realize that spending 10 minutes wiping off makeup and washing your face isn’t gonna happen. That’s okay, as long as it doesn’t happen frequently. Sleeping in makeup clogs your pores. Your skin doesn’t have time to recover from the makeup you had on all day.
Myth #10: I don’t need to wash my face before bed. Your skin is exposed to so many germs and so much dirt. If you (hopefully) wash your hands every time you use the bathroom and (hopefully) wash your hands before you eat, why don’t you rinse the dirt of the day off your face? Plus, laying a dirty face on a pillow night after night isn’t my idea of beauty sleep.
BONUS Myth: Moisturizer = face primer. Since I have oily skin, I used to skip either the moisturizer or the primer when applying my makeup. I thought I was over-hydrating my face and making my skin more oily than it already was. While they’re both hydrating products, moisturizer (applied first) absorbs into the skin. Primer (applied right before foundation) serves as a base for foundation and concealer, which lays on top of the skin. When you know better… you do better. Right?
How many of these were new to you? Do you know of any other makeup or skincare myths that weren’t mentioned? Drop them in the comments!
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