MAKE UP: BEAUTY BUZZ

MYTHS BUSTED

5 make up myths busted
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Does black eyeliner make eyes appear smaller? Do I apply concealer before foundation? And can I hold on to my favourite beige lipstick forever? We sort fact from fiction.

CONCEALER GOES BEFORE FOUNDATION

Applying concealer and then foundation can actually displace and even remove the concealer. Also, if you apply foundation first and assess the coverage it provides, you might find that you need less concealer to cover that blemish. Napoleon Perdis The One Concealer offers medium coverage and won't cake or settle in fine lines.

LINING THE WATERLINE MAKES EYES LOOK SMALLER

That depends on the colour. Rim your eyes with an inky pencil, and yes, your eyes may appear more closed-in. Trace a creamy beige or blue pencil, like Natio Define Eye Pencil in Steel Grey, along your lower waterline, however, and your eyes will look brighter and the whites will appear whiter.

PUMPING THE MASCARA WAND GETS MORE PRODUCT ON THE WAND

This will not give you thicker lashes - the only thing pumping does is push more air into the tube, which dries out the formula faster and can lead to more bacteria inside (pumping will also not help distribute the product evenly along the wand). Make your mascara work harder by looking for a conditioning formula, like Butter London Stroke of WOW Volumising Mascara, which features rice bran to help protect lashes.

DUST BRONZER OVER THE ENTIRE FACE

Do this and the demarcation line between jawline and neck will be that much more obvious. Instead, dust bronzer, like the finely-milled, soft-focus-effect Velvet Concepts Bronze du Soleil in Bondi Beach, sparingly on the high points of the face, like the bridge of the nose, forehead, and chin.

MAKE UP DOESN'T EXPIRE

It absolutely does. Look at the fine print on the back of your product, and find that little picture of an open pot with numerals on the front (they'll say something like 6M or 36M). That's the number of months you have to use the product from the day you open it.