The Cosmetic Ultralounge

Too Much of Anything is Never Good


The only addition to natural beauty is cosmetics which help accent the eyes, lips and cheeks. However, when there is too much it, it can make someone rather unsightly than pretty.

According Allure, a beauty web site, just as certain men’s grooming missteps make people cringe—think frosty guylights and overplucked eyebrows—females (sometimes) make hair, makeup and skin-care choices guys hate. These are the top polled beauty buzzkills to avoid.

Fragrance Overload
If you’re anything like us, you’ve been misting on (and misting on…) the new Prada Candy perfume since the day it landed on your vanity. But if your boyfriend is anything like ours, he’ll tell you that too much of a good thing is a bad thing.

Here are the numbers you need to know: No more than three sprays for an eau de parfum, four for an eau de toilette.

Caked-on Foundation
Painting layers of foundation, tinted moisturizer, concealer and powder on your face will rub off on your collar…and his.

Stick with a lightweight foundation, remove any obvious makeup with a damp sponge, and dab concealer just over blemishes or redness. Men—and their dry-cleaning bills—will thank you.

Overdone Eyelashes
When poorly done, the Kardashian effect can turn into the spidery effect. We’re talking clumpy, flaky and otherwise arachnid-esque. A few falsies applied to the outer corners make your eyes look wide, innocent and sexy, without looking like they could walk on their own.

Dry Skin
There may be nothing less sexy than dry legs, rough elbows and chapped everything.

Fake hot, humid, summery skin by slathering on body lotion (we love Lubriderm Advanced Therapy Moisturizing Lotion with SPF 30) as soon as you step out of the shower. He won’t be able to keep his hands off you.

A Sloppy Shave
Nothing says “I’ve given up” as succinctly as leg stubble. Shave at night for the most precise finish (your legs swell as you sleep, so you’ll miss hairs if you shave in the morning) and use a new blade. Doing so will also help you avoid those annoying red razor bumps.

Yellow-Tinged Teeth
Who wants to kiss someone with graying or yellowing teeth? For a bright, white, healthy-looking smile, use a treatment like Luster Now! Instant Whitening Toothpaste. True to its name, it works—immediately.

Sticky Lip Gloss
There are lip glosses that moisturize with a subtle sheen, and there are those that are so sticky they could glue together broken glass. Keep your lips kissable with a gloss like Yves Saint Laurent Gloss Pur—it lasts for hours and isn’t the least bit sticky.

Orangy Self-Tanner
A subtle bronze glow is gorgeous, but one coat too many and you’re Snooki. Play it safe and go for one that’s just a shade darker than your natural skin-tone. If you’re worried about making a mistake, dilute self-tanner with moisturizer or try a gradual tanning lotion, such as Jergens Natural Glow Revitalizing Daily Moisturizer.

Stiff Hair
No man is going to be able to run his fingers through your hair if it’s knotted in a bun, pulled into a twist, or otherwise high-maintenance-looking. Go for a more approachable hairstyle, like easy waves, half up or a pretty ponytail.

Smoky-Eye Overload
It starts off innocently enough: It’s just you, an eye-shadow palette, and a mirror. But things can get ugly fast when heavy, dark eyeshadows are piled on top of each other.

Create a subtle, sexy smoky eye by slightly smudging black eyeliner along the rims of your eyes.

Bold Lipstick
That one’s too bright, that one’s too dark—when it comes to lipstick shades, men are like Goldilocks. And it’s hard to blame them when every kiss carries the risk of clown face.

Keep lips simple with a neutral pink lipstick, such as Burberry Beauty Lip Cover Soft Satin Lipstick in Nude Rose or L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Nurturing and Protective Lipcolour in Fairest Nude.

Hair Add-Ins
Guys like us to keep things pretty simple. Keep accessories on your handbag and jewelry, and leave the feathers, extensions, tinsel, bells and whistles to Ke$ha and reality-TV celebrities.

Neon, Dark and Patterned Manicures
If your manicure is black, glittery, glows in the dark or is any combination thereof, men are intimidated. Or just kind of freaked out.

Play it safe with a timeless red like Nars in Dovima or a pale neutral like Essie in Mademoiselle.

-More coming soon from Studio Brow-

67 responses

  1. Thanks for the post info. Wished that some professionals would read this and apply for daytime wearng instructions. Tell me something, is that a real person in the pic or photoshop. I would much rather think photoshop 🙂 Have a blessed day! Regards, Michelle

    April 23, 2012 at 2:36 PM

  2. For the love of all that is holy put down the make up brush!!!

    April 23, 2012 at 2:42 PM

  3. WOW!! she’s an
    oompa loompa. O_O

    April 23, 2012 at 3:02 PM

  4. love this post. i am the worst when it comes to make up because i have very little experience and i try to look like i’m not wearing any make up at all, which i was told was the point. i’ve only been wearing make up daily since New Year’s day of this year, as i made it my new year’s resolution to be more feminine and to wear make up everyday. i use the shade matching foundation and concealer from Almay because it goes on clean and blends in well. i only use mascara to go to work and some eye shadow and mascara when i go out. i never use lipstick, only chap stick. and i use a loreal bronzer powder as my finish and it takes a total of 5 minutes in the morning and about 10 minutes to go out at night. i think i’ve got this make up thing down but i do wish i knew how to make my eye make up for going out look more like a movie star and less like plain ol’me. i just have no idea how to purchase falsies and i don’t know how to apply them.

    April 23, 2012 at 3:11 PM

  5. My mother did make-up for others and her goal was to make the women look naturally radiant, not caked on and clownish.

    April 23, 2012 at 3:20 PM

  6. I really wish graduates from University had to take a course on make-up and grooming rules before entering the workforce. That orange look above, was the unfortunate colour of a co-op student of mine.

    April 23, 2012 at 3:27 PM

    • It is sad how there are people who always believe the more the better. Not always true, at times more is just more. A course like that would be very helpful.

      April 23, 2012 at 4:03 PM

  7. So true…some girls tend to overdo it. Good tip! *smiles widely*

    April 23, 2012 at 3:27 PM

  8. OH my goodness, I think she needs help!!! Great post. Some women need to learn less is more. You’ve made wonderful points here.

    April 23, 2012 at 3:40 PM

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    April 23, 2012 at 4:11 PM

  10. Gunner, welcome back missed you last week. Your article is on point as usual. Wonderful mentoring advice about make-up and color.

    Make-up artist career outlook:

    April 23, 2012 at 4:14 PM

  11. OMG, i yelled like a little girl when i saw this! I mean yeah this is way to far, how does she not recognize what she did to herself unless this is the new thing right now, We can call it “Dirt Face” Of course you all know what i was really going for -,o

    April 23, 2012 at 4:35 PM

  12. fashionblogy

    I believe cosmetics should be treated in moderation. That poor girl in the picture looks so unhealthy. Melanoma cancer is serious and people that love to tan I feel don’t care much for their lives. They need a reality check from friends and loved ones. Please use SPF… XXOO

    April 23, 2012 at 4:58 PM

  13. aponystales

    OMg…that picture kinda scared me…;).

    April 23, 2012 at 4:59 PM

  14. Excellent! A case-in-point, and well exposed!
    Wouldn’t expect any less 🙂 from Studio Brow!
    Bravo, again!

    April 23, 2012 at 5:03 PM

  15. I totally agree wirh you its nice when people enhance thier natural beauty a little bit, but you can go too far and look like a hot mess. Theres a lot more beauty in somewhen who takes pride in their natural beauty than someone who slap their face full of makeup. good post 🙂

    April 23, 2012 at 5:36 PM

  16. Great Post! Love it! I really hope that girl is photoshoped! YIKES!!
    I do think makeup should be natural with the exception of fashion, or artsy makeup. Very rarely would I go out with so much makeup on unless it’s that type of party.
    thanks for sharing!!

    April 23, 2012 at 7:54 PM

  17. Great, simple tips that I plan to show to my teenage daughter. If I say it, she might listen. If someone else says it, she’s sure to listen. Sandy

    April 23, 2012 at 9:29 PM

    • Thanks very much, Sandy. I hope these help for sure. It is true like with all things, too much (or too little) is never good at all. It is about finding the right balance which makes it all work. Cheers =)

      April 23, 2012 at 9:38 PM

  18. yes less is definitely more in this case!

    April 23, 2012 at 11:11 PM

  19. I wonder if she looked in the mirror before she left the house and thought to herself, “Damn! I look good!”

    April 24, 2012 at 11:39 AM

  20. ooooooo, thanks for the specific tips and suggested products. although for Santa, more is usually better, i appreciate your advice for when i’m not wearing my Hat. cheers

    April 25, 2012 at 12:29 PM

  21. Love it! I am makeup challenged…. and many of these don’ts my husband has told me!!!! ugh….

    April 25, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    • That’s perfectly alright, Daniella =) It is always best to find out first from someone who really cares instead of someone who doesn’t.

      April 25, 2012 at 6:05 PM

  22. fashionblogy

    I wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! You can see the post here: Congratulations! Here’s the website if you want more info on your award:

    April 26, 2012 at 11:54 PM

  23. LOL!!! I Love it!

    April 27, 2012 at 5:25 PM

  24. That’s the best example of too much I have ever seen, but it is unfortunate some people do this. I think now it’s all about the BB cream to keep your natural look. Love the blog x

    April 28, 2012 at 8:46 PM

  25. i totally agree with this..

    April 30, 2012 at 5:27 PM

  26. Thanks very much for Liking my blog post. It’s always nice to meet a new friend! By the way, I agree with your post here completely — well done!

    April 30, 2012 at 8:03 PM

  27. Wow! She does look scary! I’m finally catching up again on blog posts. Thanks for your patience! 🙂

    May 2, 2012 at 9:42 PM

  28. couldn’t believe it when Prada came out with candy. seems to lose the originality and class of Prada. was a disappointing parfum

    May 9, 2012 at 3:31 PM

  29. Oh wow that is horrible…makeup should be an enhancer not a mask!

    May 9, 2012 at 5:17 PM

  30. This is really helpful..
    Thanks for liking my post. ;D

    May 10, 2012 at 4:18 AM

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  32. Ok…this definitely cracked me up and by the way you are SOOOO right! Keep it up and thanks for stopping by my blog 🙂

    July 18, 2012 at 8:17 PM

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