Let’s brush up our acts

There are a va­ri­ety of no- nos which can un­der­mine all our good cos­metic ef­forts, writes Townsville make- up artist Monique Abel

Townsville Bulletin - - LIFESTYLE -

THERE is no deny­ing we are all some­times guilty of be­ing lazy when it comes to all things makeup and beauty like skip­ping a week on wash­ing our make- up brushes, over pow­der­ing or be­ing too heavy handed when ap­ply­ing our bronzer. While we are all ob­sessed with learn­ing the tricks of the trade some­times car­di­nal make- up 101 rules can be over­looked. With your rep­u­ta­tion, or more im­por­tantly, your face on the line, it’s es­sen­tial to read up on the beauty mis­takes you need to stop al­to­gether. That eye­shadow pal­ette your mum bought you for Christ­mas in 2000? That’s the one we’re talk­ing about – it’s time to go! All beauty prod­ucts have a use- by date so it is im­por­tant to keep on top of their ex­piry to rule out any in­fec­tions. As a gen­eral rule, mas­caras last up to three months, pow­der prod­ucts ( blush, eye­shad­ows, bronz­ers) about three years and lip­sticks and lip­gloss up to about two years. Just ad­mit it, we’ve all been there! Colour match­ing your foun­da­tion any other place than your jaw­line is a recipe for dis­as­ter. Your hands are most of­ten a dif­fer­ent colour to your face which is some­times why foun­da­tions can be a shade or two too light. To avoid this hap­pen­ing, get a pro­fes­sional to colour match you at the counter. See­ing a cup full of dirty make- up brushes can make you run for the hills. Even most pro­fes­sional makeup artists ad­mit it is a gru­elling task. But en­sur­ing you stay on top of the hy­giene of your brushes is es­sen­tial. Hav­ing dirty brushes har­vests bac­te­ria which can re­sult in reg­u­lar break­outs. Not only will they af­fect your skin, it will have a Re­nee Turner, 26, North Ward Dress: Ice $ 20 Shoes: Fa­mous Footwear $ 20 dra­matic im­pact on your over­all make- up ap­pli­ca­tion. Af­ter a late night home from work ( or a night out) the last thing we some­times feel like do­ing is re­mov­ing the mas­ter­piece we cre­ated a few hours prior. We all know, how­ever, fall­ing asleep with a dirty face is not good. Your skin re­pairs it­self of an evening, so leav­ing makeup on can age your skin, cause acne, en­large your pores and in­crease the oils on the skin. Keep a stash of make- up wipes nearby for lazy nights like this.

FRESH- FACED: Don’t be tempted to use make- up be­yond its use- by date.

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