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The Do’s and Don’ts of Testing Makeup

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.

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