Based in Washington D.C., Ayren Jackson-Cannady is so savvy that we wished she lived closer to NYC so that we could swap products with her. This beauty writer knows what’s up (she’s written for Fitness, Glamour, and Gloss Daily) and we’re excited to have her sharing her know-how and multi-culti beauty expertise as a contributing editor.
I went to the makeup counter the other day, and was playing with a few liners to see how they’d look. While I was drawing the different shades on the back of my hand, a makeup artist came over and asked if I’d like to try any of them on. I said (in my I’m-a-beauty-blogger-know-it-all voice), “No thanks. I get the gist of the colors on my hand.” She then told me that trying liners, shadows, and lipsticks there is one of the biggest makeup testing mistakes I can make. “We don’t wear makeup on the back of our hands, so why are we always trying it on there?” And I responded “You’re so right, (and I’m so embarrassed)!” Here’s why colors should get a trial run on your face, not your hand, plus other makeup testing do’s and don’ts.
We’re arming ourselves with endless alcohol wipes the next time we hit up a makeup counter. Photo: makeherup.com
Public Service Announcement: Stay away from makeup counter products! Or, at the very least, don’t put anything near your lips or eyes, and use lots of alcohol to disinfect everything. Recently Good Morning America performed an undercover test of makeup counter products and found that one out five contained mold, yeast, or fecal matter growth. Um, ew.
Just another day of product testing. Wait till you hear about the fun goodies we’ve found!