How to determine what is too much makeup

When you leave your house for school in the morning, does your mom complain that you are wearing too much makeup?  If you’re not sure what the right amount of makeup is to wear, there are a couple things to do to make sure that you are not wearing too much makeup.  Here are a couple of helpful hints:

1) How much time do you spend putting on your makeup? If you are spending more than 25 minutes put on makeup in the morning, there is a good chance that you are wearing too much makeup.  For an average person with natural looking makeup, the average amount of time to apply makeup is usually 10-15 minutes.  This time frame is for a person who wears light mascara, eye liner, eye shadow, foundation, blush, and lip gloss/lipstick.  If you can apply all this makeup within this time frame, it is probably light and natural looking, so that it is not too much makeup.

2) Do your features look dark and harsh? Too much makeup often ends up looking like the lines of your face are harsh and dark.  You want to make sure that makeup gives you a very soft, womanly look.  If you makeup lines are looking very dark, then you probably are wearing too much.  Try to wear lighter makeup during the day, and only let your makeup be slightly darker when you go out at night.

3) What kinds of colors are you using? Remember, the purpose of makeup is to naturally highlight and accentuate your facial features.  If you are not wearing natural colors, and your makeup detracts from your features instead of highlighting them, you might be wearing too much makeup.  For example, wearing a lot of bright blue eye shadow and dark red blush probably is going to look like you’re wearing too much makeup.

Another thing which is a sure-fire indicator of too much makeup is the color of foundation.  If your foundation color doesn’t match your skin completely, it can make you face look either orange or pasty.   Also look closely at the way you blend your makeup – does your makeup look caked-on or does it rub off on your clothes?  If you feel like either of these things applies to you, then you probably have too much makeup on.

The color of your eyeliner can determine if it looks like you’re wearing too much makeup.  If you have blonde hair and wear black liquid eyeliner on top and underneath your eyes, it might be too much black to highlight your skin.  If you do prefer to wear black liquid eyeliner, make sure that you apply it in a thin line, close to the roots of your lashes.  The thicker your eyeliner is, and the further away it gets from your eyelash roots, the more likely it will appear that you have too much makeup on.

4) Are you wearing every single makeup product that is available? When wearing makeup, it is a good thing to keep in mind that you don’t have to wear every single makeup product that is on the store shelf.  Generally, someone who wears foundation, concealer, powder, blush, mascara, eye liner, a few shades of eye shadow, lip liner, and lipstick is probably wearing too much makeup!  Remember, you don’t have to wear every single makeup product that’s out there.  For example, you might have naturally rosy cheeks and not need to wear blush!  Or, you might have very even skin tones and not need to wear foundation at all!  If you have relatively dry skin, there is not a reason to wear powder, because it’s really geared to help get rid of shiny faces.  Remember, always strive to have a natural appearance, and your makeup will look great!