Today’s question comes from D, who asked via our Facebook: “Does using red lipstick for concealer really work? I’ve tried it but I don’t think I do it properly so I use it as eyeshadow instead. Can you help me, please?”
The answer to this question is a many-splendored thing. To begin, we must admit that, like you, we love a product with a secret additional use? In today’s world of multitasking makeup, products that do double (or triple) duty are practically de rigeur—and since this saves us getting-ready time (and precious storage space), we couldn’t be happier to discover that our concealer is also a great eyeshadow primer, or our blush makes a great matte lipstick.
But there are some products out there that you really, really shouldn’t use in an alternate way, just because Pinterest tells you that you can. Many of these “beauty hacks” aren’t just disappointing—they’re downright dangerous. Here are 5 beauty products you should never multitask with.
Lipstick on eyes.
By now, we’ve all seen those “amazing makeup hacks” that promise to vanish your dark circles by covering them with orange or red lipstick—and Katy Perry says that she wears lipstick as eyeshadow all the time. So it has to be fantastic, right? Wrong. Not only does lipstick make a terrible concealer (it sinks into creases like crazy, for one thing), it can also damage your eyes. It’s true: red, orange and pink lipsticks (and liners) often contain carmine, an ingredient which can not only stain skin but can cause serious allergic reactions. We spend most of our time trying NOT to end up with red, itchy, watery eyes—so we’ll skip this, thanks.
Hair dye on brows.
Even though Pinterest may say that coloring your eyebrows with home hair dye is easy, it is actually incredibly dangerous. Dye, even carefully applied, can drip into your eyes and potentially blind you. The fumes can also irritate your eyes, and if you use too strong a developer, the dye can even burn off your brows. It’s not worth it. See a professional for all your brow-tinting needs, or use an amazing pencil to fill them in temporarily.
Lip gloss as skin highlight.
It won’t hurt you, but it will smear everywhere. The entire idea behind highlighting and strobing is that you’re controlling the exact positioning of light on your face—but using lipgloss, which doesn’t set on skin, means you’re going to end up with shine all over the place as it smears across your face. Unflattering. Use a liquid highlighter that sets and stays instead, or a highlighting powder for ultimate reflective beauty.
Foundation “goo” as concealer.
We all remember this advice from the teen magazines of our youth—the gooey, chunky foundation residue around the top of the bottle actually makes the “perfect” concealer. Alas, this is not the case for a few reasons: since the average woman is likely to hang on to foundation well past its use-by date, the gunk around the lid is likely to be full of bacteria—not the best thing to put on blemishes or irritated skin! For another, prolonged exposure to oxygen tends to change the color of foundation and make it more orange. There’s nothing less glamorous than orange, oxidized smears under your eyes. And finally, the texture of this stuff? It’s revolting. You’re far better off with a truly amazing concealer than you ever will be messing around with this stuff.
Craft glitter on your face.
As Halloween approaches, we start looking for cool, creative costume ideas—and many of them come with a side of glitter. But stop before you hit the craft store, because you should NEVER use craft glitter on your face. We know what you’re thinking: “Glitter is glitter! Why would I spent $20 on sparkle from Sephora when I can get the same thing for $3 in the stationery aisle?” But not all glitter is created equal: craft glitter is bigger, made of different plastic and different dyes, and cut into sharper shapes than cosmetic-grade glitter is—which means that it can scratch your corneas if it gets in your eyes, stain your skin if left on for too long and even irritate your stomach if you swallow too much of it. If you’re putting it on your face, whether for Halloween or date night, make sure your sparkle is cosmetic grade.
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