How often have you wanted to create an OTT makeup look but have stopped yourself, fearing you won’t be able to pull it off, or found yourself contemplating that bold eye and bright lip combination? When it comes to makeup, there aren’t too many rules you need to obsess over anymore. Almost anything goes, provided you’re able to keep your entire look in mind—everything from your makeup and hairstyle to your outfit for the day needs to be considered. In fact, you only need to search for #makeup on Instagram to find all the proof you need about the non-existence of rules in beauty today. Here, Bollywood celebrity makeup artists Puneet B Saini and Daniel Bauer share their take on the makeup myths that have been around for years, and the celebrities that have shown us how to do it right.
Myth: You should stick to your go-to makeup look and not try something out of the box
“Rules are meant to be broken. Don’t let anybody tell you what you should and shouldn’t do with your face and your makeup. Makeup is about playing and feeling great—what works for you is the only trend you really need to concern yourself with,” says Daniel Bauer.
Myth: Glitter makeup is only for the stage and the red carpet
If there’s one beauty trend we can vouch for as one that’s here to stay, it’s glitter makeup. If you’re scared that you’ll mess up, start slowly with Bauer’s tip. “Using glitter can be similar to unblended makeup where it just looks half done. However, shimmers blend perfectly—I love them. When it comes to makeup, try everything at least twice before you say never.” Puneet B Saini prefers creamy formulas when it comes to glitter, and also those that come with a sheen. “They can actually offset wrinkles and make the skin look softer and younger,” she says.
Myth: The more expensive the makeup, the better it’ll be
Head into a beauty department store, get a store host to help you out, and swatch everything from new foundations to the hottest lipstick formulas—you never know what you’ll find, and there’s a good chance you won’t have to break the bank for it. Believe it or not, Bauer’s years of expertise have led him to the conclusion that “the best kajal pencil in the world costs less than Rs 200.” Saini shares a scientific take on ‘the pricier the better’ opinion. “I absolutely don’t agree with this. Makeup has now become a huge commodity, and everyone is working towards making sure that their products do much more than expected. However, the luxury brands do offer extra skincare properties in their products and conduct tests to stand out from the rest, but that doesn’t negate the value or function of the drugstore brands.”
Myth: A bold eye with a bold lip is a makeup faux pas
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“I think we need to remember that a balanced look always looks more appealing,” says Saini. “However, having said that, there’s no rule against going all out bold. You can always use bright colours in a monochromatic theme. Using complementary hues looks stunning as well, like a green eyeshadow with a pink or red mouth. As long as you don’t overdo your entire face and keep things clean and fresh, this could look quite lovely.”
Myth: Bright lipstick shades don’t work on dark skin tones
“To make a colour work for you, it’s important that you understand your skin’s undertone. Bright lipsticks with peach or yellow undertones can work beautifully on darker skin tones,” says Saini.
Myth: Dark lipsticks are only meant for winter, and brights are only for summer
“You could wear a version of the dark mouth as a stain for summer while combining it with fresh, beautiful, dewy skin. On the other hand, a bright red lipstick with a deep liner for winter could look amazing too,” suggests Saini.