New product launches, blogger reviews and celebrity endorsements make us believe that every product out there is worth investing in. But TBH, when buying any product, especially makeup or skincare products, it is really important to rely on credible sources to decide if the product delivers what it claims.
And who better than makeup artists and other beauty experts to rely on, right? They are masters of the trade and know just what to look out for when buying a product — and which products to avoid. Here are four things MUAs (Makeup Artists) never do and you (probably) shouldn’t too.
- 1. Use a harsh cleanser
- 2. Apply makeup with a latex makeup sponge
- 3. Use makeup that contains harsh ingredients
- 4. Layer on compact powder
1. Use a harsh cleanser
Your cleanser or face wash forms the base of your skincare routine and goes a long way in determining how healthy your skin actually looks and feels. Therefore, it is very important to choose your cleanser carefully. A beauty expert would not just choose a cleanser according to their skin type, but they would also spend time doing a label check to ensure that it doesn’t have any harsh or stripping ingredients. Instead, use a product like the Simple Kind To Skin Micellar Cleansing Water that is free of baddies and contains vitamin B3, vitamin C and triple purified water to gently cleanse and hydrate the skin.
2. Apply makeup with a latex makeup sponge
If you want your base makeup to blend perfectly into your skin, look seamless and not leave the skin irritated, then you need to invest in the right beauty tools. One such skin irritant tool that a lot of us buy is a latex sponge. While they are slightly cheaper, they can harm your skin in the long run and make your base look streaky. Therefore, invest in a latex-free sponge as they are more skin-friendly and make your base look flawless.
3. Use makeup that contains harsh ingredients
If you have never paid attention to the ingredients mentioned on the back of the cosmetics you buy, then it’s high time you start doing so, my friend. This is because most of these products contain ingredients like parabens, SLS, fragrances and a ton of other chemicals that are really harmful for both, you and the environment. And with the advent of the clean beauty movement, it is better to be mindful of what you ultimately end up putting on your face AND out in the environment.
4. Layer on compact powder
Do you still use a compact powder in a shade that matches your foundation as the last step in your makeup routine in order to set everything in place? Well, beauty experts urge to stop doing this ASAP. Why? Well, because the compact powder ends up creating another layer on your skin, making it look cakey. If you have oily skin, dust on a thin layer of loose powder like the Lakmé 9to5 Naturale Finishing Powder in your undereye area and T-zone to prevent creasing and set your makeup in place.