Top 10 Interesting Makeup Facts And Myths

Learn the facts about your beauty products and start making better use of them.

By Nisha Baghadia

Social media, beauty influencers, your friend’s sister, everyone has great makeup facts and tips to share. But unfortunately, most of those tips turn out to be myths. And one cannot depend on trial-and-error when it comes to makeup. Your skin is vulnerable — be it normal, dry, or sensitive — and you need to make sure that the makeup you apply will not affect it. We hope the following list of makeup myths and facts helps you make informed decisions. Swipe up!

10 Interesting Makeup Facts And Myths

Let’s bust some myths and facts about makeup, right here!

Myth #1: Primers And Moisturizers Work The Same Way!

Fact:

Completely different in the formula from moisturizers, Primers help in the easy application of the foundation by creating a smooth base and also making it last longer. A primer fills fine lines, minimizes the pore size, and prevents oiliness. Unlike the moisturizer, which just hydrates the skin and controls dryness, a primer should be applied after moisturizing the skin and before applying the foundation.

Myth #2: Red Lipstick Cannot Be Carried Well By Everyone!

Fact:

A self assumed myth by many teenagers and beginners in makeup, this myth is absolutely not true! Anyone can absolutely rock a red lipstick and look stunning. The only tip you should remember is to pick the right red depending on your skin tone. Red lipsticks are available in different undertones – blue undertone reds are universally flattering. So, you can try different red shades and pick the one, which suits you the best.

Myth #3: Choose Your Foundation By Matching It To Your Forehead, Neck, Cheek Or Hand!

Fact:

Finding the perfect foundation is the toughest task in makeup. The color of the skin on the forehead, neck, cheek and hands differ completely from the face. Stand in front of a mirror and place your hand near your face and you will notice that your hand is darker than the skin tone of your face. It is a biggest makeup misconception to match your foundation with these areas of your skin. Stress, sun exposure, weather conditions can change the skin color on your face than the rest of the body. So, it is best to always swatch your foundation on the jaw line of your face to get the perfect foundation shade and it is also good to try it in natural light.

Myth #4: Lip Plumper Can Increase The Size Of Your Lips!

Fact:

If you have thinner lips, you might have heard several people recommending lip plumpers for you. It contains hot pepper, cinnamon, menthol and caffeine, which irritate your lips to result in a swollen effect. It is a misconception that it is a treatment and the effect will last for a longer period of time. The fact is that it is not a permanent lip plumping treatment. The only solution for thinner lips to get permanent results is to get lip augmentation done with hyaluronic acid fillers.

Myth #5: Pump Your Mascara Wand In And Out To Get Rid Of Clumps!

Fact:

Mascara is one makeup product, which gets easily deteriorated with usage. Pumping the mascara wand in and out will only result in pumping air into the mascara tube, resulting in the formula drying faster than the expiry date and the air might also cause bacterial accumulation. The best way to easily get rid of mascara clumps is to rotate the mascara wand in the tube and then wipe it with a tissue before applying it to your eyelashes.

Myth #6: Eyeshadow Cannot Match Your Eye Color!

Fact:

Contrasting colors with the eye makeup and eye color can really lift your eyes and make them pop, but that doesn’t mean you cannot match your eyeshadow with the eye color. Brown eyes can’t wear brown eyeshadow, blue eyes cannot carry blue eyeshadows are misconceptions. In fact, matching hues can also make a strong bold statement.

Myth #7: Concealer Should Always Be Lighter Than Foundation!

Fact:

This is the biggest myth believed by many people, which is absolutely not true! It is best to match your concealer like your foundation to your skin tone as possible. Lighter concealers will only make your dark circles, flaws, and other imperfection stand out.

Myth #8: Pick A Foundation That Is Lighter Than Your Skin!

Fact:

Foundation is a makeup product, which is used to even out the skin tone and give flawless skin. But, people assume that looking fair is the only way to achieve a flawless look. Absolutely no! Most Indians have dusky brown complexions and usually pick up foundations, which are much lighter than our natural skin tone. It gives a gray and ashy look to the skin after application. The best way to find the perfect shade is to match your jaw line. If the foundation blends easily into your skin, then you have chosen the right color. If there is a lot of difficulty and it leaves a gray finish on your skin after application, then it is a wrong shade.

Myth #9: Makeup Causes Breakouts!

Fact:

There is absolutely no research, which says that makeup causes breakouts. Poor hygiene, using expired and low quality products can cause acne and other infections. The other main reason behind breakouts after a party or wedding can be improper cleansing regime, sleeping with makeup on, using unclean brushes, etc. Breakouts can also be caused by using wrong products, such as using a dewy finished foundation on excessively oily skin.

Myth #10: Makeup Products Can Tingle Skin!

Fact:

Tingling or feeling cold on the skin after the application of makeup can never be right, isn’t it? The sensation is a result of the ingredients on the product which are irritating your skin. So, if you have a tingling or irritating feeling post-application of the product, it is best to discontinue using it.

Infographic: Historical Facts About Makeup

The makeup facts and myths discussed above will surely help you make informed decisions while choosing the right products. But wouldn’t it be great to learn more about the history of makeup while you are at it?

Check out the infographic below to learn some of the most amazing historical facts about makeup.

historical facts about makeup [infographic]

Illustration: StyleCraze Design Team

Dear makeup enthusiasts, it is imperative to have clear ideas when it comes to buying and applying makeup products. Blindly following everything you hear can lead you to disappoint when you realize that you are failing to achieve the desired results even after going by the makeup facts. Instead, understand the ingredients that go into the products, know your skin’s color, shade, tone, texture, and type. Only then could you be able to pick the right makeup products for yourself, and we bet they will give you the looks that you always wanted to create.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a fun fact about makeup?

Nightingale feces, fish scale powder, gelatin, and egg whites, could be a part of makeup and cosmetics in various ancient cultures of the world.

Who invented makeup?

Though many consider the Egyptians to have invented and used makeup first, the Chinese Zhou dynasty dating back to the first millennium BC had seen the use of beeswax, gelatin, egg white to paint their nails.

Why makeup is so important?

While it is not mandatory, makeup helps accentuate your best features and hide your scars and blemishes. In ancient times, it was also used to scare off enemies and wild animals.

Who wore makeup first man or woman?

Egyptian women are first known to wear makeup on their face.

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Nisha is a contributor to StyleCraze. She is a makeup aficionado and combines her love for makeup and writing to... more

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