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8 Makeup Rules to Break

July 20, 2018

Once upon a time someone came up with a series of rules on how we should or shouldn’t do our makeup. From which lipsticks we should never wear to which mascara color we can wear, these rules leave us in our comfort zones during a time when beauty is all about freedom, experimentation, and self-expression. Not to mention that some of these rules—like how to conceal our blemishes—might be leading us in the wrong direction.

MAKEUP RULE TO BREAK #1: People with light eyelashes should only wear brown mascara

If you have light eyelashes, there’s a pretty good chance you also have light hair and pale skin. If that’s the case, you’ve probably been told countless times that black eye makeup is too harsh for you. In reality, black mascara and eyeliner can actually draw focus to your eyes in a good way.

And not only can you wear black eye makeup, don’t be afraid to try unconventional colors as well. Blue mascara, like the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Original Mascara in Cobalt Blue acts as a subtle yet surprising pop on those with lighter coloring.

MAKEUP RULE TO BREAK #2: Never pair a strong eye with a bold lip

Everything you read about beauty tells you to focus on your lips or your eyes, but never to emphasize both. Well, we think a red lip with vampy eyes is a stunning look no matter what anyone else says. But you should keep in mind the event for which you’re rocking this look. A night out? Perfect. A day at work? Not so much (but, hey, if you’re feeling it, go for it).

Balance is key. Instead of trying to play up all your features, focus on creating one overall balanced look that still looks like you. And no one can say that sultry eye makeup and a killer lip color, like L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Liquid Lipstick in Stirred, can’t be a part of that.

MAKEUP RULE TO BREAK #3: Redheads shouldn't wear red lipstick

In our opinion, redheads rock red lipstick better than most people. Being blessed with red hair is rare, so embrace it! A red lip will draw extra attention to your locks, and all eyes will be on you. Try the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lipstick Lipcolour in True Red.

MAKEUP RULE TO BREAK #4: Match your lip liner to your lipstick

Fuller lips have never been more lusted after, and lip contouring is a quick trick to faking them. Lining your lips with L’Oréal Paris Infallible Never Fail Lipliner in a slightly darker shade than your lipstick will create dimension. Then, fill in with a brighter lipstick shade, and you’ll have the perfect pout.

MAKEUP RULE TO BREAK #5: If you have a warm skin tone you shouldn't wear cool colors, and vice versa

The reality is that contrasting shades look gorgeous together, just be wary of the opacity of the makeup. It’s true that too much contrast can end up looking clown-y, but when applied correctly, anyone can wear any color.

MAKEUP RULE TO BREAK #6: Only apply mascara to your top lashes

The theory behind this rule is that it makes you look tired. But actually, mascara on your bottom lashes can open your eyes more, making them look bigger and brighter. If you’re worried about it being too dark, try a brown mascara.

MAKEUP RULE TO BREAK #7: You shouldn’t wear dark lip and nail colors during the summer

Don’t get us wrong, summer colors are one of the most fun beauty trends of the year. But sometimes, you start to get tired of the neons and brights. Navy nails or a burgundy lip can be worn year-round, no matter what anyone says. 

MAKEUP RULE TO BREAK #8: Concealer should be slightly lighter than your skin

Concealer that’s lighter than your real skin color can actually draw attention to dark circles under eyes or blemishes, and nobody wants that. The fix is simple: find a concealer that actually matches the color of your skin. Try the L’Oréal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Multi-Use Concealer.

And while you’re switching up your makeup routine, here are 3 Gorgeous Fall Makeup Trends to Try.

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