When is makeup too much makeup?

We’ve all walked past someone in the street and thought ‘wow, that’s far too much makeup for one person!’ But where’s the limit? When exactly does makeup become too much makeup?

Foundation, powder, eye shadow, mascara, eyeliner, blusher, tinter, bronzer, lip-gloss, eyelash extensions and lipstick…the list is endless. Not only would it take forever to apply all this makeup, but a slightly too liberal application process could leave you looking like a clown, to say the least.

Makeup can do wonders for a person’s appearance, but it’s all about applying just the right amount; think quality, not quality. For example, if you have a naturally clear and even skin tone, then there really isn’t any need to wear foundation. Instead, apply a small amount of powder to your face, and then some blusher too, so that you’re simply emphasizing the skin tone you already have, rather than drastically altering it. A thick line of eyeliner and a few strokes of mascara will then do wonders for the appearance of your eyes, whilst lip-gloss will finish off the look nicely. This simple makeup technique will take five minutes as a maximum to achieve, without your face looking like you’ve applied your makeup with a trowel.

Too much makeup has been found to be unhealthy for the skin, with foundation, in particular, known for clogging pores and stopping the skin from breathing as much as it should. The purpose of makeup is to enhance a persons looks, but it has been found that women who apply too much makeup are actually drowning their faces in over 5lbs of chemicals every year, which can result in stomach cramps, immune dysfunction and even cancer in the long run.

However, if the thought of wearing a minimal amount of makeup still doesn’t appeal to you, instead sending shivers down your spine, then it’d definitely be worth considering purchasing a collection of ‘healthy makeup’. These organic products are good for your skin, as they’re made from natural ingredients and therefore don’t harm it. This is a really important factor as a lot of what we put on our skin is absorbed by it. Healthy makeup is far better for our skin than the cheaper alternatives are, and you’ll reap the benefits of it later on in life, when your skin looks as clear, fresh and youthful as it always did.

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