The other day I was spinning through social media looking at all the makeup posts from companies and people talking about the most ridiculous tips and tools, you know just a normal morning internet coffee session. But it got me thinking about all of the stupid beauty tips I have heard or read in my life, and there are a LOT of them!
Over the last 20 years of working in makeup I have heard some stuff! And I am not just talking about the pedestrian tips like how my mom told me to put the skin from the inside of an egg shell on a zit to clear it up.... I am talking about things like, cut your eyelashes to make them grow faster (no, this does not work) or tone with peroxide to keep your skin clear- never mind you now have bleached eyebrows and an orange hairline.
One thing I know for sure, there is a lot of bad advice out there and we have all heard something that makes our eyes roll. I reached out to longtime friends who are makeup artists on all levels of the industry and asked them, what is the worst beauty advice you have ever heard? Most of their comments I can share with you, some are a little dishy, a few stories need to stay in the vault for now only to be tempted out over a good happy hour and a few the names had to be changed to protect us from former employers.
Tears of a clown?
"I was convinced to use a matte blue eyeshadow to create a triangle on the top of my eyelid directly above the iris and then an upside down triangle directly below underneath the bottom lash line" Michelle, San Diego
"My old trainer was talking to me about stepping outside my box and selling lip combos I wasn't used to...She told me to put plum lip liner with rococo (light peachy tan) lipstick..every old lady at Mac Dillard's arrowhead left looking like a chola from south Phoenix...I remember my counter manager laughing so bad in the back like, she couldn't actually believe I listened to her" Anonymous in Texas
"making a fish face to contour- I hate it! If you show a client where their cheekbone is and place your finger along the bottom and then ask them to make a fish face they are like 'ohhhhh'. I mean seriously- it pulls your cheekbones and face down!" Lillian, Phoenix AZ
Gas products are best!
"Petroleum Jelly all over my face..I was told to use this for dry skin. By the same person who sold Mary Kay. My face was never the same" Kat St John, Seattle WA
Pump it up!
"It always makes me eye twitch when people say "don't pump your mascara because it dries it out". So instead, you're supposed to turn it inside the tube...which actually just widens the wiper and causes the wand to get clumpy. The wand and the wiper are the same size, you can't pump air into it UNLESS you widen that wiper...its the worst advice on extending the life of your mascara. It shortens it. I once had a client tell me they put contact lens solution in their mascara when it's dried out. No. Please...no" Bryana, Phoenix AZ
Rules, rules and more rules
"I think it's the rigid rules people find in beauty rags that don't actually apply--like you can only wear certain colors of shadow depending on your eye color" Kate, Phoenix AZ
"The worst on a serious note... Is when I have been told you should do it this way. Omit those words "should" many approaches to get to same look. You have to pay attention and do what is best for you" Gerard, SF CA
Your cleaning supplies are best!
"Worst ever was a customer who used Pine Sol on her face for acne and I had a woman tell Me that the best moisturizer is the fat of a lamb, she would boil it and save the fat for her face.... ew... " Trina, Cincinnati OH
"Working for Lauder, I approached a customer. Gathering information trying to determine her skin type, I asked "what cleanser are you currently using ??".... wait for it..... Tide!! I fell to the floor" Sylvia B
"I have heard to wash your brushes in the DISH WASHER. That made me real angry lol" Kate, Honolulu HI
The IG inventions!
"I would say in general hearing people advise on techniques that were developed with an older makeup technology (baking, sandbagging, etc) for older film,print,etc should stop being the word of god" Tony, NYC
"I had a guy try to give me pointers on highlighting the other day and he told me to highlight underneath my nose, not the bow of my lip" Michelle, San Diego CA
"Urine facials and shaving cream as a foundation primer" Kristel, Seattle WA
"Using hairspray to set your makeup" Kelli, Seattle WA
"When I was 13 my older sister told me to take off my makeup and I should use baby oil! She said it would make my skin soft! It took me 3 days to get it outta my eyes! Then I broke out in zits so bad...Then At 15 my other sister Brenda told me to put Lanacane foot cream under my eyes so they don't get puffy. I looked like a burn victim for 2 weeks, lesson learned to stop listening to my sisters for beauty advise!" Suzzaynne, Seattle WA
Oh the 80s!
"I think the worst was being told "I'm a winter" and should always stick to colors with cool undertones. Pretty sure it was at Lauder counter in the mid 90s" Tara, Phoenix
"How about when my first MAC manager suggested I get CURRANT lip pencil when I went in for my first shopping visit with my discount. I said I wanted a pencil that went with everything. Did she suggest Spice? Nooooo. Did she suggest Oak?? Noooooo! CURRANT! and the launches at the time were Lady Danger (All reds and plums, okay I get it) and Merry Macmass. With a color that was Tanarama in glitter frost crack and a frosty lavender lipstick. I wore currant with both of those like a damn fool!" Lillian, Phoenix AZ
Lillian, I feel you! someone at MAC once sold me Stone (grey) lip liner and Explicit lip glass (grey with a sparkle) I looked dead...
Last but not least, the worst beauty tip I have heard in years was this doozy! To make your lips big and full I give you the lip enlarger suction tool..
Comment below with your own stories! We have all heard them