Tip: Makeup does not look good? Wait 10 minutes and it could improve

by Paris B on · 59 comments

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tenminuterule Tip: Makeup does not look good? Wait 10 minutes and it could improve

By now, I’ve sort of worked out what sort of makeup works for me, and what doesn’t. I work well with neutral and cool shades, and maybe slightly sheerer colours. Warm and very pigmented colours make me very accident prone and I could do without the stress in the mornings icon smile Tip: Makeup does not look good? Wait 10 minutes and it could improve

However, some days, I put on my makeup, especially foundation and I think “Hmm… something doesn’t look quite right.” Well, I play by the 10 minute rule.

In case you’re wondering, there’s no “rule” per se. Its just something I tell myself. Essentially, I wait 10 minutes to see if its me or if its the makeup that has to go.

The reason I give it 10 minutes is because from what I’ve experienced, sometimes some products don’t look like much when going on the skin, but after a while, when its had time to oxidise and blend with the oils from your skin, it looks better (or worse). This is true for me, especially when working with foundation.

Some powder foundations go on a little powdery. So giving it 10 minutes allows it to meld with the oils and look more natural. If it doesn’t, I make a note of that and make sure I compensate accordingly the next time I use it. In the main, I find that powder foundation works best with this 10 minute rule.

I find also that powder eyeshadow and even blush sometimes is the same. I have on countless occasions put on blush, think its not enough, pile on more, then 10 minutes later have someone wondering why there is a clown in their midst. And so, the converse to my rule is of course true. What looks good now, could look like disaster 10 minutes later.

This is the reason why if I have somewhere important to go, I don’t put my makeup on and run out the door. I give myself at least half an hour so I have time to fix mistakes (usually too bright blush or powdery/oily foundation or even mascara that does not dry quickly enough). In the mornings of a work day of course, I just have to play it safe and go with something I’m familiar with icon smile Tip: Makeup does not look good? Wait 10 minutes and it could improve

Have you noticed the 10 minute effect on your makeup? Have you put your makeup on and a little while later wonder why it looks better (or maybe even worse) than you originally thought?

Paris B

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xin
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May 8, 2012 at 9:17 am

i kinda agree with this! some of the foundation look really meh when freshly applied, but after a while when it has settled in, they look perfect ;) those were the days when i used to wonder why did i look a shade darker at the end of the day and still continued using that foundation. LOL.
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Paris B
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May 8, 2012 at 3:23 pm

I’ve gotten that shade darker tint too… and I tell myself its the lighting :P Now I realise it should NOT make me look darker, no matter what the lighting is. Imagine what fools we must have made of ourselves by not realizing this >.<

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dom
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May 8, 2012 at 10:05 am

Mine’s more like, “Meh” –> (10 mins later) –> “OK not bad” –> (End of day) –> “Shucks”. Oily skin woes :(
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Paris B
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May 8, 2012 at 3:26 pm

Boo! :( At least you have the “not bad” in between :)

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LeGeeque May 8, 2012 at 10:08 am

OMG. That’s so true. Why didn’t I think about blogging it? If my blush looks a little too sheer, I usually give it 10 minutes while I run around at home in the morning fixing my hair and making my coffee. After I’ve made my bed and duck into the bathroom to check again, it would have corrected itself. Or, the running around like a headless chicken in the morning would have given me the flush. :P

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Paris B
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May 8, 2012 at 3:27 pm

Haha!! Yes, it could also be the running around that’s giving you the perfect flush ;) I actually find that with sheer blushes, I have to give it that time to settle, because sometimes the colour actually warms up and looks good but if I’m impatient then its Clown city :P

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Kel May 8, 2012 at 10:41 am

You are absolutely right..however, for me..its ok if the colour sets into a darker shade esp blusher or eyeshadow because after 30 mins when i arrive to work, the colours will look just right, i blame it on the hand-to-face habit that i have…

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Paris B
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May 8, 2012 at 3:28 pm

I’m good with eyeshadow but sometimes, by the time I get to work, my blush actually looks much more dramatic. So I’ve taken to checking myself in the car mirror before I get down, in case people think I’m headed to a costume party >.<

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Jyoan May 8, 2012 at 11:18 am

I do notice that my eyeshadows seem to magically blend out on its own after 10-20 minutes. But I don’t see the difference with other products, other than that the Garnier BB Cream will seem to clump and slide down my face after more than 6 hours when I don’t set it.

I just learned that our skin can actually warm up products pretty well, and concealer is nicer, when left to be heated until it sets by the skin itself.

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Paris B
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May 8, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Oh that sucks about the Garnier BB cream :( Its my favourite and I don’t even have to set it to have it looking great. In fact, it looks much better after a few minutes than when I first apply it. I have to agree too about concealer, which is why I never apply concealer straight on my skin, but always warm it up first then pat it on. Applies better and I need less :)

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Yumiko Lui May 8, 2012 at 11:36 am

I love your topic today Paris!
I never thought of this till your I read this up… yeah! I always wonder why did my peach blusher that I put on makes me ended up looking dark and funny on my cheek bone… =( that’s ugly~!
and now I know!!!
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Paris B
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May 8, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Thanks Yumiko, glad to know it helped you understand why your blush didn’t work! I used to think I looked great in peach blush too but I’ve since realised I need pink blush to look brighter while peach blushes make my skin look dull. A very light hand helps, because by the time it blends with our skin oils etc, it might just be the perfect shade ;)

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Nikki May 8, 2012 at 12:20 pm

I agree, at times, hubby would say, you look too white with your foundation ,, giving it a couple of minutes, it does look natural :)

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Paris B
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May 8, 2012 at 3:33 pm

Oh yes, that too! Luckily you have someone warn you just in case :)

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Esther May 8, 2012 at 1:47 pm

I get this effect with BB Cream somehow – it always looks better after five mins or so!

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Paris B
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May 8, 2012 at 3:33 pm

With some BB creams, I notice this too. Its all that settling in it has to do I guess :)

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Mandy May 8, 2012 at 2:56 pm

hahaha i share the clown surprise experience!

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Paris B
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May 8, 2012 at 3:34 pm

Glad to know I’m not alone! ;) Luckily, a quick rub with the fingers and some tissue paper usually works ;)

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Helz Nguyen
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May 8, 2012 at 3:15 pm

I do play to this rule, but Im not sure is it 10mins for me or more. I agree with everything you just said, makeups can easily fools us with the first look. I always had that problem with my blushes – first they dont show up, then keep applying and run out the door. When I get to work, the damage is already appear itself :)

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Helz Nguyen
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May 8, 2012 at 3:16 pm

Ooh, but sometimes it can be the lighting in the room where you apply your makeups too.. perhaps?!

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Paris B
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May 8, 2012 at 3:37 pm

Not for me though, I get lots of lovely sunlight in the morning :)

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Paris B
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May 8, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Oh yes, blush is the most obvious culprit especially the sheerer ones. You just can never be sure if they’ll deepen or not :P But at least its easy to remedy. Foundation on the other hand…. I’ve walked around for a day with foundation that looks off, thanks to this phenomenon >.<

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lina May 8, 2012 at 3:18 pm

so true..always look “powdery” at home but somehow more ‘dewy’ by the time reached the workplace..however..by noon..oily meh!

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Paris B
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May 8, 2012 at 3:39 pm

I get the oily look if I’m out for lunch. Sun + heat + sweat = oily mess! >.<

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Swati
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May 8, 2012 at 4:09 pm

hmmm….that’s good tip!!! I have noticed with BB creams or any tinted mositurizer or sunscreen, they take sometime to settle down!!
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Paris B
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May 9, 2012 at 9:40 pm

I think you’re right about BB Creams benefiting most from this 10 minute tip. Always a good thing to think about when buying from the counter. Can’t just buy the first colour we see :)

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Issa May 8, 2012 at 5:35 pm

oh yeah! I noticed this usually happens with foundation and BB cream… :)

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Paris B
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May 9, 2012 at 9:51 pm

It is mostly noticeable in base products, but watch the blush too! ;)

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Shija May 8, 2012 at 6:37 pm

This is the reaction of most of my powder foundation, blush and, concealers too. Thats why its impossible to makeup my face under 10 minutes…
Makes sense right !

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Paris B
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May 9, 2012 at 9:53 pm

Makes absolute sense! :D I can put mine on in a hurry, but only if I’m already very sure of how they will react ;)

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Alene May 8, 2012 at 8:00 pm

completely right. i hate the way my concealer looks when freshly applied. always looks better later!

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Paris B
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May 9, 2012 at 9:57 pm

To speed it up, I now like to warm up liquid foundation and concealer before applying. It seems to set faster :)

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Ling
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May 8, 2012 at 9:10 pm

Ooh I definitely stand by this beauty tip! My wedding MUA told me that make-up takes time to warm up to your skin and sink in. I find it especially effective with BB creams because when first applied, it can look sometimes quite ashy but then it adapts to skin colour.
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Paris B
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May 9, 2012 at 10:01 pm

This is why I don’t believe in the makeovers at stores. They always look so good and then you buy everything, but after an hour or so, when you leave, you may find the colour doesnt suit you and you’re stuck with a bunch of products you can’t use. Yes, speaking from experience ;)

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Mira
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May 8, 2012 at 9:35 pm

Soooo true! Sometimes when I apply my blusher, I think it’s not enough and apply some more. Then wait another 10mins or so, i feel like someone just give me a bitchslap! haha… after some times, i know how the make-up works on my skin, so I just apply the right amount and done with it. the only thing that i rarely get it right is my eyeshadow. still need practice lol… >.<

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Paris B
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May 9, 2012 at 10:04 pm

Blush is so dangerous right? Get it wrong and you can really look weird. But I’ve sort of worked it out now, and a good blush brush helps too! Do practice with the shadow. I’m sure you’ll love it once you have the hang of it :D

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Juan
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May 8, 2012 at 9:35 pm

I think this 10min rule is right. Even if one decides not to put on makeup, the skin does not look that great until after 10min or more. I think so.
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Paris B
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May 9, 2012 at 10:07 pm

Haha actually I think my skin looks best the minute I get up. It’s all downhill after that :P

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Denise
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May 8, 2012 at 9:37 pm

I totally agree! Most of the time, when using powder foundation, it looks like someone dusted their chalkboard eraser on my face. (well, maybe not, but you get the idea :P) After a few minutes, it’ll look less powdery and more natural and blended. :)
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Paris B
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May 9, 2012 at 10:14 pm

Haha that’s a good analogy :D I think powder foundation really benefits from this rule. They need to mix in with our skin oils and warm up before it looks really good. Reminds me I should pull out some powder foundation. Haven’t used it in a while :)

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lavender May 8, 2012 at 9:53 pm

I totally agree with your 10 mins rule. For me I wait for 20 mins to see whether I should rub off the blusher or change the liquid foundation colour. I seldom use liquid foundation, just use loose powder after sunblock.

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Paris B
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May 9, 2012 at 10:17 pm

I think liquid foundation can be so tricky don’t you agree? As if finding a shade that suits our skin tone isn’t bad enough!

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Jennifer May 8, 2012 at 10:21 pm

Cool tips Paris, thanks for sharing :) Now, I will learn to wake up earlier to sit still for a while to see if it’s a masterpiece or otherwise haha. I noticed on rainy days my face doesn’t oil up so much on sunblock alone but my hair will be havoc. Face just need to stay away from the sun and the lesser I rush to places or get stressed up, oil ducts will behave too :)

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Paris B
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May 9, 2012 at 10:21 pm

Haha yeah no pain no gain hehe ;) cool days definitely are better for makeup. On hot humid days like these few weeks when I’m out for lunch, I can almost feel my makeup start to melt. On cool days or on days when I stay in the office makeup will look much better. Staying out of the sun is good too ;)

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Sher Reen May 8, 2012 at 10:28 pm

I’ve recently started noticing this (although I wear very little make up) and it certainly rings through for me. I think Laura Mercier recently launched a product called Secret Finish which is supposed to help instantly set make up … have you heard of or trialed it by any chance? Sounds like a possible solution, especially for days when you’re in a rush!

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Paris B
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May 9, 2012 at 10:22 pm

Hmm I haven’t heard of the Laura Mercier product but will be sure to take a look if I’m by a counter. I tend to overlook Laura Mercier for some reason :P

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S. May 9, 2012 at 12:25 am

I thought I was the only one to observe this rule :D
Hope you’re having a great day. x
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Paris B
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May 9, 2012 at 10:23 pm

Yay for noticing this too! *high5* I had a good but busy day. Hope yours is better!

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Vivi
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May 9, 2012 at 12:33 am

LOL, my Mom takes a short 10-15 min nap after applying makeup!
She’s the first one who introduced that trick to me :)
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Paris B
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May 9, 2012 at 10:24 pm

Wow seriously? I guess it would make sense – rested skin looks better right? ;)

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Beth Maiorana May 9, 2012 at 3:23 am

Absolutely right, Paris B!! Excellent advice for all of us … thank you. xoxo Beth in Pgh ;-)

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Paris B
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May 9, 2012 at 10:25 pm

Glad you found it useful, Beth :) hope you’re having a great day, it’s the middle of the week, yay!

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