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10 Makeup Mistakes That Need To End, Like, Today

Trust me, honey, you just look like a botched surgery, not a social media mogul.


Makeup is truly a gift to mankind. It can accentuate your best facial features, hide imperfections, and make you feel like a queen! Thanks to the world wide web, anyone and everyone has access to tutorials created by the makeup gurus of YouTube and Instagram. Most mainstream makeup advice found online is pretty usable, with people from around the globe putting their own creative spin on basic techniques. But, sometimes, the makeup world takes a good-looking trend a step too far, and turns it into a beauty disaster! Here are a few examples of some makeup sins that should be outlawed ASAP.

1. Overdrawn lips

I love a plump lip as much as the next person, but drawing them on isn't the way to achieve them. The "Kylie Jenner" lip trend has led people to sketch out a bigger pout using lip liner. Trust me, honey, you just look like a botched surgery, not a social media mogul. (Side note: *please* wear a lipstick that matches your lip liner.)

2. Overfilled/overplucked eyebrows

A devastatingly popular eyebrow technique where you sketch a large brow then fill it in entirely, usually with a color much darker than your natural hair color. Brow pencil should accentuate your natural brow shape and color, not create a brand new hair growth pattern! On the flip side of that, if you want fuller brows, then stop tweezing them down to tiny little flagella!

3. Highlighter seen from space

A glow from within is always nice, but scrubbing multiple layers of highlighter all over your face is just plain wrong. Highlighter was made to bring out the prominent bone structure of your face, like your nose and cheekbones. When you glitter-ify your whole makeup look, it defeats the purpose of using highlight in the first place.

4. Too pale/too dark foundation

I understand that every once in a while the sun happens...or doesn't happen, and your foundation color is no longer the perfect match it once was. But, I promise that it is worth it to find makeup that compliments (not changes) your skin tone. If you resemble anything close to a bag of Cheetos or Casper the Friendly Ghost, it's time to hit up your local makeup store for a professional color match. The employees there can help you determine whether you need a warm or cool tone base.

5. Too much/too little blush

Blush is a beautiful thing! It brings color and vibrancy to your face. However, some people abuse this blessing, and create a "Pennywise The Clown Goes Clubbing" kind of look. These people need to give some of their blush to the people who believe wholeheartedly that they don't need it. If you are wearing a full face of makeup without blush, you look dead. You just do.

6. Sheer lipgloss with nothing underneath

I know you think you look like a Disney princess when you do this, but it just looks like you kissed an oil slick. Without a solid color underneath, your lips will melt into the rest of your face! Not cute.

7. Liner, liner everywhere

We've all experienced the moment when a dramatic smokey eye turns into a 2006 MySpace profile picture. Liner was meant to be used sparingly to avoid the "panda" look. Try just putting liner on the top lid and leaving the bottom bare, or putting a little black pencil liner on the bottom water line.

8. Spidery lashes

Clumpy mascara has been a trial for many through the years. Buggy-looking lashes can be easily avoided by using mascara sparingly and separating them with a brow brush or small wand. If your lashes aren't naturally full and dark, it's okay! Don't try to force it to happen.

9. Bronzer overload

Ah yes, the orange, dirty mess we all know and love. Finding the right bronzer for your skin tone and blending it in to the proper areas will make you a tan, glowing goddess. Picking up the darkest bronzer in Sephora and applying it like sunscreen will leave you looking like a mud monster. If your skin is any shade of ivory, don't go using the same bronzer as your olive-skinned best friend.

10. Blending with bizarre products

Your foundation should never be applied with anything but a beauty sponge or foundation brush! Same goes for concealer or any other creme products. People are trying to buff in product with crazy contraptions like silicon pads, bra inserts, boiled eggs. You can try the alternatives all day long, but nothing will ever be better than a real applicator.

Let me be clear, there are no rules to makeup! People should have the freedom to wear whatever they want on their face, without receiving hate from anyone! These makeup no-nos are just guidelines to accentuate your natural features! So go out, spend more at Ulta than you should, and have a great time exploring new looks with your newfound makeup wisdom.

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Austin Alexander Burridge, Volunteer Advocate, Shares 3 Great Reasons to Volunteer and Help Others

Austin Alexander Burridge is an avid academic who studies Environmental Science at Winona State University and believes that work in the service of others is a key pillar to personal development.


Sometimes it's easy for someone to adopt a "me, me, me" attitude. While focusing on oneself, a person may feel nice in the moment, but serving and helping others will bring lasting benefits. While there are many great reasons to serve and help others, there are three universal truths that resonate with volunteers around the globe.

Austin Alexander Burridge's 3 Reasons to Volunteer:

1. Accomplishment

Often, people fall into a trap of focusing on themselves when they are feeling down. Maybe someone did not get a job they wanted. Or perhaps a person gets dumped by an expected lifelong companion. Maybe someone feels they have underachieved after looking at Facebook and seeing great things a high school classmate has accomplished. When feeling down, helping others is a proven way to improve one's mood and attitude, and it can provide a sense of pride and accomplishment. The act of giving to those in need is an inherently good action and leaves people with a wonderful feeling of joy.

2. Gratitude

One can become more appreciative of life by serving others that have less. Whether volunteering at a soup kitchen, visiting the elderly at an assisted living center, or helping families after a natural disaster, service enables people to be grateful for what they have. Seeing people who have fewer advantages, especially those who are spirited and thankful for small things, allows one to realize just how fortunate he/she is in life.

3. Friendships

Volunteering is a great way to build meaningful friendships, not only with other volunteers but also with those who are served. One of the most profound and fascinating aspects of these relationships is how volunteers will learn from those served and vice versa. As these special bonds are built, they lead to impactful connections that last for years to come.

Of course, these are just a few reasons to volunteer and serve others. One can never go wrong by helping others as opposed to merely focusing on oneself. Volunteering invariably and inevitably contributes to personal growth, development, and satisfaction.

About Austin Alexander Burridge: Helping others has been of paramount importance to Austin, and as a part of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), Austin gave back to the community around him. He also has participated in annual peanut butter drives, The Minnesota Sandwich Project for the Homeless and collected canned goods for local food shelters. Additionally, Austin has a passion for the environment, which he pursued when visiting the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, and the Amazon Rain Forest while studying at the School of Environment Studies, which investigates ecological systems and their sustainability

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Saying You "Don't Take Political Stances" IS A Political Stance

All you're doing by saying this is revealing your privilege to not care politically, and here's why that's a problem.


I'm sure all of us know at least one person who refuses to engage in political discussions - sure, you can make the argument that there is a time and a place to bring up the political happenings of our world today, but you can't possibly ignore it all the time. You bring up the last ridiculous tweet our president sent or you try to discuss your feelings on the new reproductive regulation bills that are rising throughout the states, and they find any excuse to dip out as quickly as possible. They say I don't talk about politics, or I'm apolitical. Well everyone, I'm here to tell you why that's complete bullsh*t.

Many people don't have the luxury and privilege of ignoring the political climate and sitting complacent while terrible things happen in our country. So many issues remain a constant battle for so many, be it the systematic racism that persists in nearly every aspect of our society, the fact that Flint still doesn't have clean water, the thousands of children that have been killed due to gun violence, those drowning in debt from unreasonable medical bills, kids fighting for their rights as citizens while their families are deported and separated from them... you get the point. So many people have to fight every single day because they don't have any other choice. If you have the ability to say that you just don't want to have anything to do with politics, it's because you aren't affected by any failing systems. You have a privilege and it is important to recognize it.

Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "history will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people."

We recognize that bad people exist in this world, and we recognize that they bring forth the systems that fail so many people every single day, but what is even more important to recognize are the silent majority - the people who, by engaging in neutrality, enable and purvey the side of the oppressors by doing nothing for their brothers and sisters on the front lines.

Maybe we think being neutral and not causing conflict is supposed to be about peacekeeping and in some way benefits the political discussion if we don't try to argue. But if we don't call out those who purvey failing systems, even if it's our best friend who says something homophobic, even if it's our representatives who support bills like the abortion ban in Alabama, even if it's our president who denies the fact that climate change is killing our planet faster than we can hope to reverse it, do we not, in essence, by all accounts of technicality side with those pushing the issues forward? If we let our best friend get away with saying something homophobic, will he ever start to change his ways, or will he ever be forced to realize that what he's said isn't something that we can just brush aside? If we let our representatives get away with ratifying abortion bans, how far will the laws go until women have no safe and reasonable control over their own bodily decisions? If we let our president continue to deny climate change, will we not lose our ability to live on this planet by choosing to do nothing?

We cannot pander to people who think that being neutral in times of injustice is a reasonable stance to take. We cannot have sympathy for people who decide they don't want to care about the political climate we're in today. Your attempts at avoiding conflict only make the conflict worse - your silence in this aspect is deafening. You've given ammunition for the oppressors who take your silence and apathy and continue to carry forth their oppression. If you want to be a good person, you need to suck it up and take a stand, or else nothing is going to change. We need to raise the voices of those who struggle to be heard by giving them the support they need to succeed against the opposition.

With all this in mind, just remember for the next time someone tells you that they're apolitical: you know exactly which side they're on.


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