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Beauty Taboos to Break Right Now

There are certain beauty edicts we all know to follow: Always remove makeup before going to bed, never pop a pimple, and trust your eyelash curler. But some rules were meant to be broken. Here are three taboos we’re currently updating the bylaws on in our personal beauty handbooks.

Taboo: A heavily lined lower lash line.

For years, experts recommended leaving your lower lash line untouched (or lined very lightly) in order to avoid looking severe. But lately we’ve noticed a heavier hand, like on Diane Von Furstenberg’s spring 2013 runway, and we’re liking the drama.

How-To: To avoid looking Goth or harsh, keep the rest of your face clean and soft—especially the undereye area. Before applying liner, celebrity makeup artist Kristee Liu recommends using concealer to even out the skin tone under the eye and then setting it with powder. "Translucent powder right below the lash line will prevent eyeliner from running," she says. "You can also lightly smudge a shadow a few shades lighter than the liner color just around the edges to soften the look." Prep the eye with Dermablend's Professional Smooth Indulgence Concealer, then apply Eyeko Skinny Liquid Liner for a classic take, or stila's Smudge Stick for a funkier feel. Complete the look with a volumizing mascara like FusionBeauty StimuLash Fusion Mascara.

Taboo: A bright eye-and-lip duo

Back in the day, a double dose of bold hues equaled a theatrical doll-like appearance. Now, thanks to style-setters like Katy Perry, who recently rocked blue eye shadow and pink lips, the trend is fresh and fun.

How-To: Pay attention to the colors and textures you're using. "For example, with blue on the eyes, wearing a complementary shade on the lips, such as peach, will yield a more harmonious result," says Liu. "If your blue shadow has a matte texture, then a glossy or dewy lip will provide a nice contrast.” To avoid looking like you're wearing too much makeup, pair a bolder color with one that’s more sheer. Ready to give it a try? Start with theBalm Put a Lid on It primer, then apply a standout shade from theBalm Meet Matt(e) palette. On your lips, try a bubblegum pink like Jouer Tint in Peony.

Taboo: Bed-head hair

Sleek strands once ruled the red carpet—until cool-girl Kristen Stewart came along to shake things up with fierce, gritty waves that look anything but trashy.

How-To: Stylist Kylee Heath (who has worked with the stunning Diane Kruger) recommends starting with a defined part, whether on the side or dead center. "If the part is neat, it will make the tousled effect look more purposeful," she notes. And don't assume your hair has to be dirty to channel this vibe. In fact, says Heath, it shouldn't be oily, or you risk crossing the line to trashy. To rock the look right, sculpt your locks with TIGI Catwalk Sessions Series Styling Cream and TIGI Catwalk Your Highness Root Boost Spray. Also, hitting the very ends of some pieces with a smoothing iron (we love Sedu Revolution Flat Iron) will add a touch of polish without sacrificing the undone look you're going for, says Heath. To make this look last, use a dry shampoo like TIGI's Catwalk Session Series Transforming Dry Shampoo in-between washes.

Photo credits:; Getty Images (Katy Perry); FilmMagic (Kristen Stewart)

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