Photo: Paramount Pictures If you’ve ever tried to dip your toes into the beauty pool, you’ve probably heard your fair share of “rules” that must be followed. Do this, not that. You can only wear this, never that. It can be a total information overload, to say the least!

The good news is that times are a-changing, and some beauty rules that may have been strictly followed before don’t demand the same rigor now! Here are six you might want to consider breaking from time to time:

RULE 1: “USE A MATCHING LIP LINER BEFORE LIPSTICK.”

Oh, where do we begin with this one? First of all, some lipsticks have such great staying power that they don’t even need a liner underneath them as a base. Second, if you do decide to use a lipliner, you don’t need to coordinate it with your lipstick. You can mix and match lip colors as long as you fill in your lips with the liner instead of just outlining them. That way, you get an even coat all over your pucker—no blending required. You could even pick out a liner that’s the same pink shade as your natural lip color, and it will go with literally every lipstick you own.
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RULE 2: “USE POWDER AFTER FOUNDATION.”

Don’t get us wrong, applying powder over your foundation really does help seal your makeup into place. But applying a loose powder before foundation can help smoothen out uneven skin, lock in your moisturizer, and give your foundation a good base to cling to—just like a primer. The result: a clearer complexion that lasts all day long.
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RULE 3: “NEVER PAIR A SMOKY EYE WITH A BOLD LIP.”

Highlighting one feature at a time is great advice, and following it guarantees you’ll never look like a clown. But when you’re wearing a neutral smoky eye—shades of brown or gray, rather than black—go ahead and swipe on that bold lipstick. It will add the perfect pop of color to an otherwise safe look.

RULE 4: “APPLY BLUSH ONLY TO THE APPLES OF YOUR CHEEKS.”

Applying blush further back on your cheeks and blending it towards your ears can give your face a subtle lift and sculpt out your cheekbones beautifully. Dabbing a light amount onto your nose, forehead, brow bone, and chin also balances out your look and creates a more natural flush. Don’t be afraid to go beyond your apples, adorable as they are!

RULE 5: “ONLY USE EYELINER ON YOUR UPPER LASHLINE.”

While encircling the entire eye in black liner is not for everybody, drawing a short and tapered swipe on the outer third of your lower lash line can open your eyes up tremendously—even more than keeping the liner confined to your top lash line. You can even try this with a brown pencil for a softer effect!
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RULE 6: “STEER CLEAR OF BLUE EYE MAKEUP.”

Over the years, blue shadows and liners have gotten a bad rap for epitomizing everything that was wrong with ‘80s fashion. We’re still not recommending that you paint on the color from lash line to brow bone (yikes!), but a bold blue stroke on the lid really complements brown eyes and tanned skin. #JustSaying