If you’re tired of being told one thing one day and the complete opposite the next, you’re not alone. The realm of beauty is a very confusing one, filled with contradicting advice and phony claims. If you’re torn by conflicting beauty ‘truths’ and struggle to separate fact from fiction, Savoir Flair is here to shed light on 8 of the most common beauty myths you’ve heard time and time again.
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The 8 Most Common Beauty Myths
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Myth: Makeup Causes Acne
There are many myths surrounding the causes of acne. Some say food has a role to play, while others say bad hygiene encourages flare-ups. In actual fact, the cause is primarily hormonal. Likewise, makeup isn’t responsible for breakouts, but how you treat your skin could be. Touching your face, not washing makeup brushes, and sleeping in a full face of foundation all spread bacteria, resulting in pesky pimples that just won’t budge. To stay spot free, keep your hands and makeup bag squeaky clean.
Myth: If You Pluck a Gray Hair, Two Will Grow Back
If you’ve recently spotted a stray gray hair, but are too scared to pluck it out, don’t worry; two won’t grow back. There’s a common misconception that gray hairs spread like wildfire, but according to the author of the myth-busting book It’s OK to Have Lead in Your Lipstick, Randy Schueller, plucking out random grays is perfectly fine. “One follicle doesn’t affect its neighbors,” says Schueller. The hair will simply grow back as before. If Kate Middleton can embrace grays, so can you.
Myth: Never Tweeze Above the Brow
We’d all love dreamy Delevingne power brows, but sometimes unruly hairs need to be tamed. There’s no harm in tweezing stray hairs above the brow. The rule of thumb is to always pluck along the arch and underside of your eyebrow – nowhere else. This way, you’ll stick to their natural shape and won’t be tempted to over-pluck. However, ignoring the top of your eyebrows can leave them looking unfinished. Use an eyebrow pencil as a guide to where to pluck and where not to pluck for perfect arches.
Myth: Steer Clear of Powder
Many beauty experts advise avoiding powder like the plague. Whilst its dry texture can enhance wrinkles and fine lines, don’t ditch it just yet. Everyone’s doing all they can to achieve the runway-ready ‘dewy’ look, but for many this isn’t so easy. Combination skin types will agree; the appearance of excess oils along the forehead/chin isn’t pretty. Just remember to use powder sparingly, sticking to the planes of your face and away from the under-eye area
Myth: Never Apply Mascara to the Lower Lashes
You may have heard that mascara on the lower lash line is a big no-no. Many dislike the thought of flaky residue under the eyes or dark shadows, but this only happens when you use too much. The key is to not overdo it. Unlike your upper lashes, one swipe is more than enough. Once applied, gently glide a piece of tissue under the lower lash line to ensure that your foundation remains flawlessly flake-free. Forget eyeliner; a touch of mascara is all you need to make your eyes the center of attention.
Myth: Don’t Wear Shadow That’s the Same Color as Your Eyes
Whilst shadows that match your iris don’t necessarily make your eyes pop, their subtle hint of color is perfect for day-to-day use. Blue-eyed girls especially are advised to steer clear of blue shadows and liners, because they distract from the eye or wash you out. But choose your products wisely and you can really enhance the eyes. Navy liquid liner or mascara teamed with blue eyes is a gorgeous combo; the contrast against gray, green, and bright-blue tones is stunning.
Myth: Shaving Makes Hair Grow Back Thicker
Ladies, if you’re worried that shaving your pins silky-smooth will result in super-hairy legs in the long run, don’t panic – it’s all a myth. All in all, shaving has no impact on thickness, color, or rate of growth. What you may perceive as thicker hair is the stubble, which is the thickest part of the follicle.
Myth: Red Lipstick Isn’t for Everyone
Don’t believe everything you hear; everyone can wear red lipstick! It’s just a case of finding the right shade to suit you. Red is such a dramatic color that there are certain rules every girl needs to follow. Fairer complexions stick to bright reds, whilst darker skin tones are better suited to darker wine/burgundy shades. Olive complexions? Any red goes.