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i pluck above my eyebrows! i’ve always heard not to do that, but it makes my eyebrows so much prettier… πŸ™‚

An aesthetician told me that if you have lots of fuzzy hair above the eyebrow, you should clean them up. Light will reflect better and give a cleaner look. In fact, she started doing that on mine before plucking any hair below my brow, I was suprise how much a different it made.

The plucking above the eyebrow rule refers to shaping, not cleaning up. I do that too (cleaning up the eye area) πŸ™‚

I often use the same shade of eyeshadow to fill in the front/start of my eyebrows as I do the arch! I brush it through so it doesn’t look as harsh and I like a strong brow πŸ™‚

Me too!!! I pluck above my eyebrows AND for day to day make-up I only use black eyeliner and mascara on my upper lashline, I don’t line or coat the bottom lashes/lashline as I have dark features I feel I get a ‘prettier’ more feminine and natural look, if I do the whole eye it becomes alittle too sultry/goth πŸ™‚

I don’t do it myself (ouch, the pain…), but when I get my brows done professionally they always do it, be it with thread, wax or tweezers. I don’t see what the problem is, specially if you are brunette and have quite strong (aka bushy) brows. In fact when I thread them, the aesthetician often goes almost all the way up my forehead. lol

Apparently, going outside without foundation or concealer is a no-no! But I do it virtually every day–I simply wouldn’t be comfortable wearing them outside the house.

I use the sponge for my cream foundation. I use alot of transluscent powder, I sometimes over blush I wear red lips without lipliner πŸ˜‰ imma rebel haha

I don’t line my waterline or tightline! I know everyone else does it, but the eyeliner always smudges, regardless of what I use! Plus, it can irritate my eyes because the liner migrates onto my eyeball. I’ve seen flecks of black, and it looks scary and feels irritated. My eyes are sensitive.

So yea, in a nutshell, I know how you feel, Christine! Fortunately I can still line my upper lash line. :]

i use foundation as a lipstick base..but recently i have found richer pigments and have come to the realization that its about finding a color that wears well with your natural lip tone.

I rarely line my upper lash line also. Not because of sensitivity, but because my eyelids are uneven (the right is closer to a monolid while the left has a bigger crease…I think). Wearing eyeliner makes it more obvious. πŸ™

I have this same issue but lining my eyes actually makes it less noticeable πŸ˜‰ I draw a slightly thicker line on the eyelid that is less hooded and it evens things up quite nicely. I always wear a midtone or darker e/s on my lids which helps tremendously too!

that is EXACTLY what i do. i know you’re not supposed to make the line that thick but i find it helps even out my eyes (one eye is smaller than the other)

Tons! I rarely use liner. I almost never use bronzer. I hardly ever wear blush. But honestly– if you watch makeup for runways, it’s almost NEVER the full face. Ditto magazine spreads. Ditto your fav celebrities when they appear. I don’t use more than 3 maybe 4 shades on my eyes (excluding mascara but including liner). I think it’s very very easy with a tray of makeup to overdo, use too much color, too many shades, a too busy look instead of sticking to fewer products and making a focus. I try to think ballet (lights low, music soft, focus on the stars) vs circus (clown there, juggler there, lots of lights & music). Sadly the makeup counters constantly press on how “naked” this or that is but men are excellent at knowing that is flattering on a woman and men’s #1 complaint is too much makeup.

So. Yes. I break all the rules from the overly made up women selling cosmetics. But you go to a serious MUA like Tom Pechaux when he’s doing a model & he’s creating his best work not highest sale and he’s NOT doing anything like what the girl at the Lancome or Dior counter does. Ditto for Bobbi Brown. Ditto almost any top MUA.

so that’s my “rebellion”/pet peeve about MU…

Word! Overdoing doesn’t look nice. If you want to play with your cheekbones, why on earth would you make heavy smokey eye, that steals the show? Why heavy eye makeup with dark and dramatic lips…? Of course, it’s sometimes nice to really play with makeup and really “paint” the whole face, but I wouldn’t weart those experiments in everyday life.

Personally, I like to wear bright eye makeup time to time, but I tend to forget my lips and sometimes I don’t even wear gloss. I often do it just by accident, but I think it’s a fine mistake. You don’t have to emphasize every single feature, that’s same as emphasizing nothing! (But yeah, some people are just not “fans of the neutral look”, and everyone does what they want. :D)

LOL yup. I had no clue people even considered half of these “donts”

My favorite look has often been foundation, mascara, lipliner & dark lipstick. No shadow, crease, contour, upper lower tight or waterliner, blush, bronzer, brows etc.

Who knew?

Personally I don’t believe there are any rules, just suggestions & ideas.

I use mascara until it dries up and is unusable – everyone says you should only use it for three months and then toss it but I’ve got one that is at least 18 months old and it’s still fine.
I’ve never had an eye infection or anything nasty – I figure they’re my germs… And how many harm causing bacteria lurk on your eyelashes as a matter of course anyway?
I know a lot of people think you can get conjuctivitis from your makeup, but really, you have to give pink eye to your eye makeup first…

Plus, if cosmetics manufacturers REALLY thought there was real risk around this, then they’d make mini sized mascaras and sell them at a cheaper price. Because how many of us can really use up 6 or 8 or even 10mLs of mascara in just three months?
I sure can’t!

It’s all about money, they want you to think you are getting a lot so you pay more, but since they “expire” in 3 months you’ll have to buy another.

A lot of medication lasts for years or never expires but they put dates on things so that you spend more buying more. If you don’t have an eye infection, you’re probably OK. However, if you do get one you toss it. I’ve had my mascara for well over 2 years hehe.

I know it’s a marketing tool, the difference between price and value, etc and I know they’re also covering their butts against complaints and potential lawsuits but it’s the fact that magazines and cosmetics companies continue to perpetuate this “scary” myth that bugs me.
I know why they do it and I don’t like it.
So I just ignore it.

Same here. I hold on to all my cosmetics, no matter the expiration time, until they start to smell different, have a different consistency, or they’re not the same texture as when I bought it. It happens you know, like I recently had to throw away 3/4 of a bottle of the silver UD glitter liner. But if I’ve had it long enough for it to “turn” and I still have so much of it, I know I won’t miss it getting tossed in the trash.

your not supposed to use dirty brushes, i do, deep clean every week er no i dont think so, every month yes, skins just fine though, no spots or infections, touch wood.x

I hardly ever line my upper lash line.. mostly because I suck at eyeliner on the upper lash line.. but I’ve never looked in the mirror without it and thought I looked awful LOL.. Maybe I’m missing something?!?! Oh well.

Also, sometimes I think my eyes look too dark if they’re lined on the upper lash line.. idunno I’m weird.

One thing that comes to mind right away is sometimes I go to bed without washing my makeup off and then when I wake up in the morning, there is makeup all over my pillow! Bad habit, haha.

Funny you should mention lining your upper lid, because I NEVER line my lower lid. I guess that is my “don’t” -I never put any eyeliner or mascara near my lower lashes. Maybe occasionally I’ll put some shadow, but that’s rare that I do.

Christine – I’ve wondered so often why you line the bottom and not the top. I prefer the look of the top lined, but now I understand. It seems you’ve got a realllly good reason! I also have sensitive eyes and HATE when they’re irritated.

Christine’s lower and no upper lining has totally grown on me – she knows how to make the shadow look good to flatter her eye without it. I’ve noticed now when I line my upper line it makes a lighter eyeshadow unnoticeable on the lid when my eyes are open.

I’m glad when Christine doesn’t. Her makeup looks just as good or better & more importantly sending the message that makeup’s 1st rule is to adapt it to your own look & needs not fit a stereotype.

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