Make Up Do’s and Don’ts

There are so many make up tips out there in blogs, magazines, tv shows etc. It’s hard to know which ones will work for you and which ones to even stick to. It’s hard also due to the fact that so many tips can contradict other tips.

Here are a few of my faves that generally work with most people!


  • Use a foundation that matches your skin tone. Best to head to Mecca/Mac/David Jones/Myer counter to get the best match if you are unsure. If you’re willing to experiment, you can find some great ones at Priceline/chemists/supermarkets.
  • Sticking with the foundation theme, check that your colour still matches every 6 months. You skin tone/texture/needs can change and so that matte finish that made you look amazing and flawless 6 months ago, could be aging you now.
  • Use complimentary make up colours. This doesn’t mean you should match to your outfit, rather pretend that the colours you are putting onto your face are clothes and work from there. Most people couldn’t get away with bright pink pants and an orange top so that means most people can’t get away with an orange lip and bright pink cheeks either.
  • Do use the best quality brushes that you can afford! It’s amazing the difference this can make, not only with application but also with how little you actually need.
  • If you can, check your finished make up look in a magnifying mirror. This will show you if you still need to blend more, whether some eyeliner/eyeshadow has slipped into any fine lines etc and any other areas that you may need to fix.


  • For most jobs, you don’t need a full face of make up. Not only is it time consuming but can actually have the opposite effect and not look professional at all. Simple, well applied make up is usually the look to go for.
  • Don’t apply too much moisturiser near your eyes. Although it makes perfect sense to want to do this, it also causes foundation/concealer to go right into the lines that you may be trying to hide in the first place. Remember, the eye area is very sensitive and doesn’t need as much product as other areas of the face.
  • Don’t get carried away with lip gloss. You want a nice clean shine on your lips, not to make it look as if you’re just drooled on yourself.
  • Don’t be afraid to try new looks and experiment. This is the best way to find out what does and doesn’t suit you. If you’re not sure, ask a friend who will be honest with you and not spare your feelings.

What are your favourite tips?

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6 Responses to Make Up Do’s and Don’ts

  1. Ingrid says:

    Great post Miss V, although I happen to like a bit of colour clashing. Matchy matchy is really cool but sometimes I just have to clash pink with red and it works out perfectly.

    I always take a picture of myself before going out because I can then see what others will see. Bathroom mirrors have a tendency to lie so then I can re-adjust what isn’t working X

    • xxxMissVxxx says:

      Oh thats clever! Its very Cher in Clueless with her polaroids!!

      Clashing can look cool but its about clashing colours that still complement each other. But then again you can still mix complementing colours that dont quite work so i guess its about finding what works for you!

  2. Madeupmaiden says:

    Such great tips, I completely agree with you! Something else I love doing is wearing bright colours on my face (either eyes or lips) and then wearing an all black outfit! Saves me the problem of clashing! :p

    PS, you and I are way overdue a catch up…coffee/cocktails/shopping soon? Buzz me!

    • xxxMissVxxx says:

      Oh yes, I do that too! I usually wear all black to work anyway so just make sure i’ve either got coloured eyes or coloured lips. My other trick is a scarf in colour. Much easier!!

      maybe not TGIF’s this time!! lol

  3. Great tips! I agree with the make up brushes. You’ll get a much better look with better brushes than with expensive products applied with crap brushes.

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