Make-up myths busted

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Celebrity make-up artist, Peita Gregory, is the go-to for many international fashion luminaries such as Agyness Deyn, Alexa Chung, Yasmin Le Bon and Lily Cole, so there’s no denying her beauty know-how is second to none.

We put forward a few common cosmetic myths, mysteries and misconceptions and asked Gregory to give us the lowdown of what’s right and what’s wrong.

#1 You should always buy a concealer one shade lighter than your natural skin tone.

Gregory advises: “When buying a concealer many women make the mistake of buying one in a lighter shade than their skin tone. Don't do will only highlight what you’re trying to disguise. Instead use a concealer in the exact same shade as your skin as this will do a much better job in covering your spots, marks or under eye area. A general rule is to use a liquid formula for the area around the eyes and something creamier or harder in texture for use on spots and general marks on the face. Gently tap in the product around your eyes with your fingers this will warm the concealer and help it set. If covering a spot/pimple use a synthetic brush to apply the concealer and blend so you don’t see where it's been placed.”

Find out how to apply concealer – the right way…


# 2 Bronzer is ideal for creating a ‘just-returned-from-Bali’ radiance

Bronzer warms the skin and makes skin appear healthy if used in the right way, but you don't need to overdo it like so many do,” stresses Gregory. “Use a dusting of matte bronzer (in the right shade for your skin) during the day as a matte one looks more natural and flattering for daytime wear. If you like a bit of a shine, choose a bronzer that contains shimmering particles.”


#3 How exactly do I use illuminator?

Illuminator can really bring out features and enhance your skin in no time flat,” says Gregory. “A little placed on the top of your cheek bones will highlight your cheeks, some placed on the cupids bow of your lips will make them look fuller, and some mixed in with your foundation will add a halo effect to your skin. Used in the right way illuminator can be your best friend!”

Find out how to get ‘seriously highlighted cheeks’…


#4 Face powder will make me look like my grandma

“So many women don't use a face powder simply because they think it will have a dulling effect on their foundation and make their skin look cakey. This is not true....there are many brands that carry fantastic textures now that are so finely milled you would have a hard time guessing if someone is wearing a powder or not,” says Gregory.


“After applying your foundation or even tinted moisturiser, sweep or press some powder over your t-zone to set your make-up and help the longevity of your foundation.”

Discover how to get a ‘ridiculously perfect complexion’… or how to get a ‘flawless face in just 3 steps’…


For more info on Peita Gregory, visit


 Leanne x


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Member Comments (55)

Posted by: softness (Member since 2007, Australia)

Love the concealor tip! I wondered why I needed to use a more coloured concealor to actually disguise my flaws. The lighter shades never did it for me and now after reading this it's confirmed that a matching concealor for my skin is better.

Posted on: January 05, 2012 (Jan 5, 2012 6:57am)

Posted by: Michelle Sweetheart (United States)

I am so glad she is on board with not making your eyes looking like a reverse raccoon. Too bad so many ladies actually suggest doing that. It really is highlighting an area that you are trying to CONCEAL!

Posted on: January 05, 2012 (Jan 5, 2012 7:21am)

Posted by: katshepsutt (Australia)

Definitely liquid concealer under the eye is the go - I have a zillion concealers in my kit and the only one that doesn't sink into my creases is the liquid one (I highly recommend the Garnier Youthful Radiance Anti-Dark Circles Roll-On). I've also just started using a cleansing oil, and my t-zone is already producing heaps less - amazing!

Posted on: January 05, 2012 (Jan 5, 2012 7:54am)

Posted by: MoonStone (Australia)

thanks for the tips they are very useful. Something I've heard recently is that foundation Will clog your pores with prolonged use. This worries me so is it true?

Posted on: January 05, 2012 (Jan 5, 2012 8:28am)

Posted by: SimSta (Australia)

I have heard to use concelaer one shade lighter than your skin tone - but I never found that this worked for me. I find that even foundation the same shade as my skin conceals my undereye bags very well.

Posted on: January 05, 2012 (Jan 5, 2012 9:52am)

Posted by: Cherrybloss (Australia)

Oh finally i seem to be doing something right with my make up the tip on the face powder with the tinted moisturiser great tip and great affirmation that im doiing something right. Hehe, Thanks guys.

Posted on: January 05, 2012 (Jan 5, 2012 9:57am)

Posted by: Jenniqua (Australia)

Love the one about putting illuminator on the cupids bow of the lips, hadnt heard that before. Glad to know I am on track with the foundation the same shade as my skin.

Posted on: January 05, 2012 (Jan 5, 2012 10:18am)

Posted by: PrettyPrincess (Member since 2008, Australia)

Good tips there.
I'm going to experiment with illuminations this year, I have always shyed away from them.

Posted on: January 05, 2012 (Jan 5, 2012 10:26am)

Posted by: sprinkles37 (Australia)

I think this is the year i will use bronzer. Being pale has always made me think I can't wear bronzer without looking like a oompa loompa, but i might try to find a matt one after reading this :)

Posted on: January 05, 2012 (Jan 5, 2012 10:56am)

Posted by: beautyqueen95♥ (Australia)

I never understood the one shade lighter...

Posted on: January 05, 2012 (Jan 5, 2012 11:00am)

Posted by: Platinum Ms (Australia)

I feel I need an illuminator so thanks for the tips!

Posted on: January 05, 2012 (Jan 5, 2012 11:04am)

Posted by: Jsomara (Australia)

I was always told to go one shade lighter for the concealer, thank goodness someone knows what they are doing! thanks BH and Peita!!

Posted on: January 05, 2012 (Jan 5, 2012 11:05am)

Posted by: Allyxox (Member since 2008, Australia)

always had my suspicions about the concealer tip! thanks for confirming it once and for all :D

great tips!!

Posted on: January 05, 2012 (Jan 5, 2012 11:36am)

Posted by: Tinaaa (Australia)

for a lip base, is a liquid concealer better than a creamy, thicker one?

Posted on: January 05, 2012 (Jan 5, 2012 11:39am)

Posted by: weekend (Australia)

I've always thought the 'choose a concealer a shade lighter' rule was correct! Thank goodness I saw this article.

Posted on: January 05, 2012 (Jan 5, 2012 12:37pm)

Posted by: Smmmm (Australia)

I notice the concealer one during summer when I fake tan on my face - my winter concealer looks ridiculous!

Posted on: January 05, 2012 (Jan 5, 2012 12:39pm)

Posted by: lynnellew (Member since 2007, Australia)

never had much luck with illuminator - just makes my face look shiny!

Posted on: January 05, 2012 (Jan 5, 2012 1:14pm)

Posted by: melmeko (Member since 2007, Australia)

I always love makeup tips from the professionals, I learned some of the best tips I use everyday when doing my makeup from reading books by Bobbi Brown and Rae Morris, their tips are priceless :)

Posted on: January 05, 2012 (Jan 5, 2012 1:20pm)

Posted by: Shonson (Australia)

Am glad you cleared up the myth about using a lighter concealer! Not a good look. I am sure there are a ton of beauty myths we have all believed at one point in time.

Posted on: January 05, 2012 (Jan 5, 2012 3:27pm)

Posted by: Green_Jaguar (Australia)

Love this blog. Thanks!
I do have a couple of myths that I have always wondered about, (sorry if you have already covered them and I missed the answers).

- Is it true that you should not wax before and during your period because of hormonal changes at this time make your nerve endings more sensitive?

- Is it true that you should not apply perfume behind your ears because the glands behind the ears alter the true scent?

Posted on: January 05, 2012 (Jan 5, 2012 4:04pm)

Posted by: jatz (Member since 2008, Australia)

Loved reading this blog, really helped me to understand things now. Never tried an illuminator...must think about that one day.

Posted on: January 05, 2012 (Jan 5, 2012 6:35pm)

Posted by: Evanescencessy (Australia)

Great article and tips. I agree with the concealer tip - I've always thought using a lighter shade was odd. I find a more yellow based concealer works better.

Posted on: January 05, 2012 (Jan 5, 2012 7:13pm)

Posted by: Princess Fiona1 (Member since 2007, Australia)

Another great article with fantastic tips, thanks BH!
I have not always used powder on top of my foundation...only in the last year or so - now I realise that it makes my makeup stay put so much longer, and I cant understand why I didnt do it earlier!

Posted on: January 05, 2012 (Jan 5, 2012 9:00pm)

Posted by: Elunia (Australia)

Fab article, straight into my favourites. I had never heard of using a concealer that is lighter than my skin tone I have always tried to match it.

Posted on: January 05, 2012 (Jan 5, 2012 10:05pm)

Posted by: Ellelily (Australia)

These are great ideas and i always have heard about concealer and i mostly thought it was to hide dark circles under the eyes. And i have to say that i have never used concealer...but now i know that it does alot more im sure that i will have to think alot more of the benefits of using it correctly

Posted on: January 05, 2012 (Jan 5, 2012 11:36pm)

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