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I —
always wash my face before bed.
never pair bold eyes with bold lips.
never curl my lashes once I put mascara on.
try not to use a bunch of short strokes while putting mascara on.
blend blend blend my eyeshadow!

However, I break a few rules:
I —
rarely wear lip liner.
love wearing blue eyeshadow. (But tastefully done, not smeared all over my lids.)
gently pull on the corners of my eyes while lining. (Working on this one.)
don’t apply blush only to the apples of my cheeks.
never blot my lipstick. (I use a lip brush most times.)

Those are all I can think of for right now.

are you not supposed to stretch out your lids when putting on liner? why not? my liner would look way screwed up if I didn’t pull a bit.

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I don’t think you’re not supposed to pull at all, but I know that you should be using minimal pressure, preferrably use your third or fourth finger.

I break all the rules..LOL

I use blushes as eyeshadow, eyeshadow as blush(matte of course)…i’ll set my lipstick with powder eyshadow, blush or countour powder to keep it from rubbing off every time i take a drink. I’ve been doing that since junior high school in the late 80’s LOL. most of my friends started doing that once they saw it worked.
Years later some make-up lines actually started doing setting powder for lips before the stay all day lip colors hit the market.

I should have gotten royalities on that trend:)

I didnt start a night regimen until i was about 25. I never broke out, i was very fortunate.

I didn’t even wear foundation until my mid 20’s when i started working in an environment that was horrible to my skin and i wore it as a barrier between my skin and the oily air around me.

I have to pop my eyes a bit even with a red lip or i look asleep and my eyes shrink . It’s a fine line between lightly popping out the eyes with a bold lip and drag queen look. so i’m very careful.

I always wash my face before bed. I usually match my blush and lip color in tone (warm or cool). I always powder and comb my brows.

I never limit my use of colors or anything creative like that. Those rules are just meant to be broken! I would crumble up and die without blue eyeshadow!

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Try this tip – keep a container/package of makeup remover wipes by your bed or on your night stand. This way you can at least use one of those as you’re dozing off!

i never have dark eye make up and dark lips.Never in history did i do it and i never plan to either.The days i dont wear makeup i dont wash my face cuz somehow it seems like its clean to me.lol.

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Hey Farzana! You know, while you feel clean, if you’re outside, the environmental factors can really dirty it up despite feeling clean! I know what you mean though, because sometimes I feel that way and then force myself to wash!

Rules I do follow:
*I always wash my face before going to bed.
*I never curl my eyelashes after mascara.
*I do not have bold eyes/lips at the same time.
*I do not wear bold eye colors unless I’m going out (ie, bright blues, greens or bright purples).

Rules I ignore:
*I usually wear a medium to full coverage foundation even though I’m young (redness to cover!).
*I always tug on my eyes when lining–scary to think what I’d look like if I didn’t!
*I always wear eyeliner, often black, during the day.
*I usually wear a full face during the day (ie, the whole face is done) even though most say you should downplay things for a daytime look.

*Are* you supposed to curl before or after? My mascaras don’t seem to hold a curl if I do it before.

Hmmm…I ALWAYS curl my eyelashes after mascara. I find that a coat of mascara helps them to curl better and makes the curl last longer. Why is this bad?

Another horrible thing I do is bite my nails. I know it’s disgusting and it looks hideous, but I’ve been doing it since I was small, and I’ve never been able to kick the habit. Any suggestions? I’ve tried the bad tasting nail polish stuff, and it doesn’t work (at least, not for me). Right now I’ve been working on trying to make my nails look as decent as possible so I won’t want to bite them, and so far, this tactic has been working. But I’m open to suggestions from anyone!

That being said, I am one of those girls who almost always washes my face before bed. Even if I’m exhausted, I can’t stand laying in bed thinking about how my skin is probably suffocating. Plus, I had a lot of problems with acne when I was younger, and I don’t want to revisit the trauma of having bad skin again!

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Hey Jessica! I’d like to know that answer too!

Also, for nail biting (which I can be guilty of), I found that the more time I spend making my nails look good, the better they are. Like going through the manicure process of filing, cuticle remover, hand lotions, then painting them with a base, polish, and top coat… well, after all that, they tend not to get bitten so much!

When you have mascara on your lashes, it makes them less flexible and more fragile. Therefore, if you curl before mascara, it makes them much less susceptible to damage.

To respond to JESSICA above.
NAIL BITING

Same issue here.

What saved me was getting my nails done at a salon. You can get them done for fairly cheap.

I did the accrylic overlay for the first few months. You can still have them short or medium length and natural looking with an overlay. There are several types, fibers, gels, accrylics. Whatever you like best.

can’t bite thru that stuff.

Then when you find you dont bite anymore you can go without overlay and just do your own home manicures.

that’s what broke my habit.
6 months of overlay with no biting eventually made my fingers stop going in my mouth during boredom, reading, and tv watching

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This is a good solution, just make sure to be aware of which methods can cause nail damage and whatnot. I don’t know much about artificial nails, but I know some don’t damage nails as much or at all.

Gel nails are supposedly much safer since it’s a coating over your natural nails that’s just hardened by UV light. Kind of like a hard-core nail polish in some ways. Acrylics and fibers use glue to adhere to your nailbed, so if something messes with your fake nail, then something’s really messing with your natural nail and can cause damage!

Hygienic things like keeping my face and tools clean are important to me. “Rules” colour wise, though… I mock them! I do a lot of bold makeup and frequently use bright colours (while being careful it doesn’t look bad, mind you). I am simply not a girl born to wear neutrals! Though the “rules” may be something to work from for people who have no idea what they are doing, I believe that when properly executed, all things are possible. πŸ˜‰

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Haha, I love it, you’re just not born to wear neutrals πŸ˜‰

I agree that you can definitely break the rules, and sometimes the rules are great boundaries for when you’re just starting out!

My hair colour gets dyed weird colours, too. No one has seen it natural in six and a half years! My default “natural” colour is red, but I adore royal purple. The funny thing is? A lot of people don’t even notice when I have brightly unnatural hair! I’ve had my hair every colour of the rainbow except for yellow (and I won’t do solid black, because that would be boring!)

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LOL! I used to dye it this black-brown-red color for several years, but I’ve learned to LOVE my natural color (which is now different than my original natural, color, LOL, it’s like… naturally highlighted now!) so I haven’t dyed in the past three years or so.

For myself I follow strictly to hygeinic rules, however makeup wise i dont follow any rules… if it looks good, then i’m wearing it dammit! Same with clothes etc :). I’ve always been a trendstarter lol.

Mascara makes lashes more brittle because they are firmer and more likely to break if you curl afterwards πŸ™‚

I have a couple of blue shadows and love them, especially one really dark navy blue one I have from Urban Decay – forgot the name tho LOL!!! I always wash morning and night and use toner and moisturiser too.

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Thanks for letting us know this, Victoria!

I wonder what kind of damage is caused, you know? The severity of it and all the technical gobbly gook.

right on with the nail damage christine.

But i find short term, 2-6 months is fine and caused no damage to me nails.
they seemed a bit thinner when i had the overlay removed for good but Sally hansens nail strengthing products had them back to normal in a few weeks.

it totally cured me and my hand looked fab.
good luck jessica

Thanks so much for the wonderful suggestions! I’ll definitely have to look into getting my nails done at a salon. Unfortunately, they’re so short right now that I don’t think they’d be able to get an overlay on top of them! So, I’m doing as Christine suggested – trying to take really good care of them so I’m not tempted to massacre them! So far, so good – but I’m still suffering from dry, raggedy cuticles and hangnails and it’s tempting to pick at them, but I just reach for my brush-on cuticle oil or Nivea Creme in the blue tin!

Hopefully they’ll start growing and THEN I can get them professionally done!

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Hey Jessica! I wish you luck πŸ™‚ I was even changing manicures every day or every other day because it kept me VERY aware of keeping the nails looking good.

Vitamins. especially B-complex will speed up the growing.

my friend swears by OTC pre-natal vitamins for her hair and nails.

You just need to make sure they are not higher than daily need for iron. most are not but some have extra iron.

they will grow like weeds. LOL

I LOVE my pre-natal vitamins!
(long story time)
Last semester my roommate and I rarely had time to eat and follow good routines, and when we did eat it was utter crap. My hair started falling out, which freaked me out because I love my hair and it’s always been thick and pretty…and then it was falling out. My doctor recommended I start taking some vitamins since my eating habits had gone to hell, and my mom (who is a nurse) told me to try the pre-natal vitamins. My hair grows at a seriously abnormal rate now rofl and it’s back to normal. My nails grow SO fast, which kinda sucks because now I need pedi’s more often!! rofl

Anyways, back to the topic at hand!

GOOD
-I DO follow a regimented skincare routine. I have had acne since 5th grade and only now in college did I start a GOOD routine. Now I break out wayyy less, even though I am more stressed lol
– I try to only play up one of my facial features at a time – eyes, cheeks, lips. I feel really clown-y if I do more than one, especially just for a normal day.

BAAAAD
– I always pull my eyelid to do eyeliner…it’s so shaky if I don’t.
– Sometimes I’ll apply eyeshadow with my fingers as well, if I’m in a rush or if I’m not getting the payoff I want…I’m so bad!

okay end to the longest comment ever.

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Interesting! I definitely need to look into the whole pre-natal vitamins thing then.

Try sponge applicators for last minute application AND for additional color pay off (it wastes about as much shadow as using your fingers)! Just buy a cheap-o pack of them at the drugstore. Lasts you quite a bit!

I try to wash my face and remove all my makeup before I go to bed, but sometimes I get so tired and I just fall asleep.. And I also try not to wear bold lipsticks with brightly colored eyeshadows, or with a smokey eye. I know a lot of people can pull that off, but whenever I try to do it, it just doesn’t look good on me. Other than that, I don’t really have a lot of rules when it comes to make up πŸ™‚

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I told another reader this handy tip: keep a package of makeup remover wipes RIGHT by your bed so you can smear off all your makeup as you’re fading away.

I think with the bold lipstick/bold eyes, you can definitely rock it, but you have to feel confident and love it. I do think that sometimes it can look garish, though, and probably only appropriate for an occasion, lol.

I ALWAYS wear SPF 50 sunscreen, year round!

I always wash and moisturize my face at night (the only thing were I am really disciplined!).

I also emphasize either eyes or lips, but only because IΒ΄d look ridiculous otherwise, since IΒ΄m so pale.

oh dude what kind of brand of spf do you use??? :]]] i only use like face lotion w/ spf 15 but FIFTY sounds grand HAHA :]]]

At the moment itΒ΄s MAC Prep&Prime SPF 50, but in summer when there is more exposure I wear La Roche Posay Anthelios SPF 50+ cream daily. IΒ΄m a sun-phobe πŸ˜‰

Mac has only zinc oxide as a sunscreen, whereas the anthelios has a variety of chemical and physical sunscreen ingredients including mexoryl XS which is deemed the most effective to date. It has just been approved by the FDA for use in the US (but only for SPF 15 products, strangely)

Hmm, turns out I break a few rules!

I look wrong with bold lipstick and subtle eyes, so bold lips get a smokey eye (not crazy dark, but noticeable) for me.

I’ve got round, close-set eyes, so I’m “supposed” to only line the outer half of my eyelids to make them look farther apart, but I prefer lining them all the way around.

Also I HATE this rule: if you have brown eyes, purple is the most flattering shadow color. Not for me, thanks! It looks terrible with my skin and hair.

As far as ones I follow, I can’t think of any right now, but I’m sure I do!

Me too, i have undereye circles, so the whole range of purple/dark pink eyeshadows is off limits to me. It seriously emphasizes my dark circles…. looks like i’m dying.

OOh, I thought of another no-no that I do (probably the biggest no-no out there, actually!):

I occasionally go tanning. . . in a salon bed. . . for big occasions like weddings.

I used to do this several times a week during college (I worked at a salon) but now I only do it for special occasions.

I’m mastering the art of self-tanning now, but wouldn’t trust it for a huge occasion.

<> I know it’s SO SO bad but I look soooo good tanned for those big events.

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Hey Amy! But you know what, I like that you ADMIT it and you are conscious of it. I’m sure you’ll get so good at the self-tan that you can eliminate tanning beds altogether eventually!

my sister-in-law who’s a makeup artist convinced me to color coordinate my makeup with my outfit. No browns with pink outfit, blush should be peach tone if wearing earthy colors, etc. I never cared about that since I put on makeup before choosing my outfit. However, nowadays I heard her rule in my head when I’m picking outfit and make sure the color doesn’t clash with my makeup.

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Hey Pia!

That’s very interesting. I tend to coordinate in terms of wearing similar colors with my clothes, but I coordinating the way she says seems like a generally good idea. I just couldn’t bring myself to clash!

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