Makeup Dos, Don'ts, and Maybes
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Makeup Dos, Don'ts, and Maybes

Rules to follow -- and some to break.
Sonia Kashuk Real Beauty
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Sonia Kashuk

When we were little girls playing dress up, it was for the sheer joy of it. There was no pressure and no one told us what was right and wrong to wear. Putting on makeup can still feel that way. Every woman arrives at her own look through trial and error. It's a never-ending -- and exciting -- experiment. So the fewer rules there are, the better!

But aren't there a few makeup rules? Are there any must-have-or-else beauty necessities? There are no rules about what you choose to wear, but there are rules on how to apply it. Here are a few:

Dos

Makeup should only go on a freshly washed and moisturized face.

Whatever you're doing, you have to see what you're doing. Have bright, even light in front of your bathroom mirror.

Blend. Blend. And did I mention...blend! You don't want to see where color begins or ends. Whether it's foundation, blush, or eye color: no hard, drawn lines. An exception to this would be eyeliner, but I prefer even that to be smudged.

Don'ts

Pink complexions should not wear pinkish foundations. No way. No how. Not ever!

My pet peeve (take it for what it's worth) is wearing dark lipliner and a lighter lip color. This is what I call "the inflatable doll" look. Scary.

Maybes

When it comes to color, take direction from you hair, rather than from your eyes or your clothes. Or not!

It used to be a no-no to wear shimmer eye shadows on mature faces (shimmer accentuated the lines). But most shimmer formulas are so refined now, just about anyone can wear them.

Are some looks strictly day or night? Nah. (Besides, when you're coming home from a party at 5 a.m. is it day or is it night? These are the mysteries of life.)

When it comes to eye shadow, stay in the same color family if you're wearing more than one tone. Then again, a color mixed with a neutral looks great -- pink with brown, or blue with brown.

Want to wear only lip color? Great. Only concealer? Fantastic. Eye shadow without mascara? Definitely. Lipstick on your cheeks? Genius. You want chartreuse shadow? And you want it for everyday? Go ahead -- I have a pair of chartreuse lampshades that absolutely make the room!

Sonia Kashuk's book, Real Beauty, is available at bookstores nationwide.

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