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Beauty Bytes: Beauty By The Book
1. Less is always more. Less makeup is more attractive. When applying any makeup, always begin with the least amount possible and add more only if you need to.
2. There are no rules. Forget preconceived notions about makeup. There is no magic formula, no cookie-cutter advice to follow. Just like every face is individual, so is every approach. You don't have to stick to a routine. You don't have to wear foundation (or lipstick or mascara or anything else). You don't even have to wear makeup at all.
3. Makeup is not cosmetic surgery. Don't try to seriously reshape your face with makeup. It almost always looks obvious. Even professional makeup artists hardly bother with contouring anymore.
4. Blend. Blend. Blend. Consider this a makeup mantra. Blending is the secret to successful application, whether foundation and concealer or blush and eyeshadow. Seek and destroy all telltale edges.
5. Makeup washes off with soap and water. Unlike hair color, makeup is not permanent. Don't be afraid to try something new--you might like it. Never try something different if you only have five minutes before heading out the door. Give yourself time to screw up and wash it off.
6. You know your face best. Any makeup artist will tell you this. You know what looks good and what doesn't--and more importantly, you know what feels good. Don't wear any makeup that doesn't feel comfortable. Remember the point is to look like you.
7. Guard against time warp. The passage of time necessitates change. On the fashion front, it may be rethinkingblue eyeshadow or black nailpolish. Or it may be something as simple as switching from an oil-free foundation to one with oil because you skin is now drier. Always re-evaluate what you're wearing and how you're wearing it.