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You might get your 8 hours of nightly shut-eye, drink plenty of fluids, eat a well-balanced diet and have the best genes in the world, but if your skin isn’t looking its best, the culprit might be inside your makeup bag. Yes, makeup can make you look like your best self and then some, but if what you’re putting on your face is low quality, expired, contaminated or just doesn’t agree with you, it has the ability to undermine the best lifestyle choices and skincare regimen. According to the experts, when it comes to makeup this is what you need to know so you don’t sabotage your skin:
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Ramy Gafni, Creator of Ramy Cosmetics, “likes words like non-comedogenic, non-acne
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According to a Beauty in the Bag poll conducted earlier this year, 70% of us arenâ€™t washing our makeup brushes as often as we shouldâ€”and hereâ€™s how often we actually do itâ€¦
Once a week: 30%
Every 3 months: 27%
Every 3-6 months: 20%
This is disturbing, considering weâ€™ve all be told that washing our makeup brushes regularly is as important as washing our faces each night going to bed. The purported reasoning behind this cosmetic edict is that dirty makeup brushes are a breeding ground for bacteria, but this isnâ€™t actually the case, according to board-certified dermatologist Lisa Donofrio, MD of New Haven, Connecticut.
The little thingsâ€”exercising regularly, staying hydrated, eating well, shielding your skin from the sun, getting enough shut-eyeâ€”make a huge difference in how youthful you look, but sadly theyÂ can only take youÂ so far. With the right beauty tips, erasing a decade or soÂ is as easy as unzippingÂ your makeup bag.
GO DEWY: The more hydrated your skin is, the younger it will look. Start with an extra-rich moisturizer and stick with creamy makeup.Â “Light textured, dewier formulations are less likely to accentuate wrinkles,” says Dr. Jeannette Graf, MD, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center, NY. FoundationsÂ infused with humecta
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My pet lipstick peeve is that it doesn’t stay on long enough: by latte time, almost every variety is washed off or has transformed into a paler version of its former self. Makeup artist Ramy Gafni suggests the following tips to ensure lipstick longevity:
Fill your lip with a nude or lip-toned pencil before you apply the lipstick of choice. “The pencil gives the lipstick something to adhere to so the lipstick stays on twice as long,” he says.
After applying lipstick, use a one-ply tissue against your lips (the thinness helps; two-ply is too thick, says Gafni). You