Calling B.S. on "Beauty Mistakes"

I'm sure you've heard the phrase, "no white after labor day!" or "dramatic eyes OR lips, pick one, not both!"

Well, I'm calling B.S. on these old-fashioned "rules". I'm a firm believer in the power of confidence with your own personal style. Break the rules with confidence. Here's a few of those "rules" and why I think they are baloney. 

"Stay away from blue eye shadow. It's tacky and dated."

Nope. Depending on the shade of blue, it can actually look really modern. You don't have to look like the lovely Mimi above. Experiment by incorporating some blue shades into a smokey eye. I think you'll be surprised at the depth it gives an otherwise flat matte black eyelid.


"Dramatic eyes OR lips. Pick one!"

Another nope. Every single day I feel like doing my makeup a bit differently. Some days, I love the natural look, and I'll just throw on some mineral powder, mascara, and gloss. Some days, I sit there for an hour playing, contouring, putting on lashes, and going over the top. It's fun!

I don't see anything wrong with a strong lip and a strong eye for a dramatic look. As long as you take your time with a heavier-makeup look and don't apply haphazardly, you can totally pull off a darker lip and a smokey eye. Try it!

"Black lipstick is for Halloween."

Um...and for Tuesday. I'm not saying show up at your office tomorrow with a black pout, but experimenting with traditionally unusual shades is becoming more commonplace. Two great lines to try (which are both vegan and cruelty-free) are Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick and Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick. They both make some awesome shades.

Jeffree Star - $18

Kat Von D - $20

"Don't wear foundation that's too dark for your face."

Cue monkey-with-his-hands-over-his-mouth emoji. I do this all the damn time. Sometimes when I want to look tanner in the winter, I use my summer makeup that's a bit darker, and go over everything with bronzer. The key to not looking like a dummy is to BLEND OUT THE FOUNDATION AND BRONZER ALL THE WAY DOWN ONTO YOUR NECK! Like, all the way down.

I even take it one step further and put bronzer on my hands or even forearms if that's what showing. And again, this isn't something I do all the time, just once in a while when I get the winter blues and want to look like I have a bit of a tan. 

 I've had the Laura Gellar Baked Body Frosting for a few months now, and I absolutely love this stuff. You can layer it for a quick sweep of bronzey glow, or load it on to look like you have a fake tan. 

"Don't over-line your lips." 

My boyfriend makes fun of me all the time for this but I will over-line my lips until the day I die. Don't curr. Gonna do it. 

So there's my karate-chop to some "beauty rules". At the end of the day, if you want to draw stars and hearts all over your face with a Sharpie, it's your face! No rulez. Fo lyfe. (Please don't do that, though). What so-called "rules" do you like to break?? Let me know on my social media channels! Cheers! Xx


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