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Less is More – Go Easy on the Makeup

We’ve all heard it before on so many occasions and for so many different reasons…the old adage…“Less is More!”  But nothing holds truer when it comes to this saying than applying and wearing makeup and other cosmetics. Makeup looks best when it looks natural. Of course there are times when we up the ante a tad for a special occasion, but even then too much can appear fake, thick and crusty, or even downright scary. That’s why commercials such as Cover Girl always make up the model to look clean and natural. Rarely do you see a makeup application on television that looks overdone…unless of course it’s for an actress playing a hooker or a rich housewife who already looks a little too superficial.

As I read what I just wrote back (to myself), I worry that I sound mean or snotty or judgmental; and part of me wants to erase it and start all over…but the fact is, that I (and a lot of other beauty professionals) know that it is absolutely true. And for me to state otherwise doesn’t feel honest and also doesn’t seem very helpful in terms of my purpose for writing this blog.

I feel the best way to apply makeup is to start with a light layer and then gradually add more if you think it’s not enough. The perfect foundation for layering is mineral makeup in loose powder. Foundation that’s too heavy tends to sink into creases and looks crêpe whereas light layers look airy, fresh and natural. Additionally, you’ll find that less foundation can make you appear younger, and too much can make you appear older.
 
When it comes to eye makeup, again stick with the bare essentials (mascara, fine eyeliner for day, and a little neutral shadow). However, in the evening or for special occasions if you want to kick it up a bit, of course, by all means…have fun with it.

A great idea for measuring exactly how your makeup application looks is to…grab your phone and take a few pictures of yourself in a variety of settings and lightings. You may just find that a little makeup can certainly go a long way.

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