There are plenty of beauty rules out there that people seem to blindly follow even though there’s nothing supporting the claim that they actually work. When it comes to beauty, no one should be afraid to think outside of the box and experiment with their style. With many of the rules being outdated, it’s important to keep track of new trends and come up with your own style. So without further delay, here’s our list of beauty rules you should break.
#1 – Oily Skin Requires Oil-Free Products
This one’s just pure bogus and it relies heavily on the fact that during the nineties oil was considered the reason for so many acnes on people’s faces. However, it turns out that some oils do quite the opposite and reduce sebum production by moisturizing the skin. On the other hand, oil-free cleansers sometimes stimulate pores to produce more oil to balance it out. Experiment with coconut, grapeseed, argan, and jojoba oils and figure out what’s best for your skin.
#2 – Dark Lipstick Makes You Look Older
This rule also dates back to the nineties when it was wholeheartedly believed that it makes a person look older. However, brown, black and burgundy lipsticks have come back recently and in a big way, especially with the youth. You can even go for a more subtle look and try some of the lighter shades of brown – it will make you look fresh and actually younger than you are.
#3 – Shampoo is a Must
Skipping on the shampoo can be a great thing for curly hair, but even for normal hair, it can be quite an asset. While shampoo does help with the greasy hair, it also makes the normal hair more addicted to it, so if you were using a shampoo expect to have some problems for a week or so after you decide to drop it. You can wash it with the conditioner every 2 or 3 days and let it rest in the meantime. It really depends on the hair, but your hair should feel just as clean (if not cleaner) than if you were using the shampoo.
#4 – No Sleeping With Wet Hair
It’s a common misconception that hitting the bed with hair still wet will automatically catch you a cold. Ancestral advice aside, wet hair isn’t dangerous at all as long as there’s no draft in your home and you can achieve the best bedhead look with it. Just make sure you’ve applied a leave-in conditioner and that your hair is spread out all over the pillow. You’ll get that #iwokeuplikethis look effortlessly and you might even surprise yourself with the new look.
#5 – Avoid Frosty Eye Shadow
The frosty look used to be reserved for teens and Jennifer Lopez during the nineties, but it’s coming back recently for just about anyone. It can look great if you anchor the eye with a thick liner stripe before applying the glimmer. You’ll need to focus on the inner corners and never go all the way up to the brow. Professionals from Lash Blossom even recommend combining it with mink lashes and combed eyebrows for a perfect look.
#6 – Concealer Has to be One Shade Lighter Than Your Skin
The idea behind this rule is that a light concealer can brighten up your eyes and give your face a more natural look. However, while in theory this could work, in practice this trend creates a weird look with uneven spots. Your concealer should always match your natural skin tone as much as possible if you want to look good. Highlighters can do the rest for you if you find yourself in the need of some more luminescence.
#7 – Don’t Line Your Bottom Lashes
Applying a pencil to your lower waterline is widely regarded as a no-no, since it is believed that it will make your eyes appear smaller. However, if you’re going for a night out, it can be a great way to get that dramatic look. Line your waterline and continue with the line outwards in order to get that cat eye look. And if you really want to avoid your eyes looking smaller, don’t go all the way to the inner corners of your eyes with your eyeliner and you’ll have an easier time to open them up.
Some beauty rules are there for a reason while some others were made up only to be broken. It’s up to you to decide which look benefits you the most and don’t be afraid to step outside of the box. Besides, if all of us followed the rules fashion would never change and that’d be quite boring, right? If you went through this list you can test breaking some of these rules on yourself, and even come up with a new rule-breaker we’d be interested to hear about. Let us know in the comments if you are a rule breaker yourself!
About the author:
Chloe Smith is a cycling enthusiast, business consultant, and a part-time writer always willing to share tidbits of advice. She believes that passion, courage and, above all, knowledge breed success. You can follow Chloe on Twitter.