Beauty Alert: How To Spot Fake Makeup | Clozette

Makeup is an investment, whether it's drugstore or high-end. This is why when we're offered a beauty deal that seems to good to be true, we are most likely to grab it. 


Remember when Kylie Jenner's first batch of lip kits came out and everybody just wanted to get one? It became a status symbol of sorts in the beauty industry, making many beauty addicts go to lengths to get their own set, to the point that there were bids on eBay rising to ridiculous amounts of dollars. So when online stores started selling these lip kits for half, and even a quarter, of the original price, people went crazy.


But it wasn't until people started stepping up to tell their own beauty horror stories that everybody started becoming more wary of fake makeup. So if you're fond of online shopping or buying from resellers, here are some tips on how to spot the fake from the not. 


The price can either be ridiculously cheap or ridiculously expensive


Extremes are never good. The philosophy applies to buying makeup. Always research the original price of the product before you consider buying it. If it's too cheap or too expensive, drop it from your online shopping cart.


Be keen on studying the packaging



Fake makeup manufacturers are getting better and better when it comes to copying original makeup packaging, but there are still bound to be differences. From the stickers being slightly off-centre to using different fonts and bearing misspellings, take all these as red flags when on the lookout for beauty finds. 


If it's not on the original list of products by the brand, then it's a no-go



Urban Decay Naked 4 and 5 eyeshadow palettes, a Kylie Jenner lipstick, a MAC multi-coloured lip and cheek tint — just when you think it couldn't get any weirder, the fake makeup industry also takes an initiative in creating new products under the name of well-known (and usually high-end) brands. But even if they say it's safe, who knows what they put in those products? So before you spend your moolah on these 'exclusive' buys, hit the search bars of beauty brands' websites and check whether they are selling a product like that or it's a faux 'limited release.'


(Cover photo from: InsideMakeupBeauty) 

*products in photo are authentic


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Summer is the time to unwind and spend days outdoors, enjoying fun activities with friends and family. Unfortunately for some, however, summer is also a time for combatting skin issues brought by the heat.


But don’t let your skin woes weigh you down and take away the enjoyment of basking under the sun and having fun! Ahead, we share how common skin issues that occur during summer and how you can face them head on.

Sunburn


(Photo from: bloominzahra)


Perhaps the most common issue experienced when the sun’s rays are harsher than normal, sunburn can target just about anyone. But you’ve already probably heard of the age-old saying, “Prevention is better than cure.” So do just that when it comes to your skin. Slather on sunscreen and reapply as needed. If you happen to have forgotten, though, and are already suffering from the burn, soothe your skin with the help of an aloe vera gel. Once the burn is healed, exfoliate and moisturise.

Breakouts


(Photo from: Paperkitties)


There are many reasons why a person would get a pimple breakout, and one of them is the skin’s reaction to sweat. The heat can cause one to sweat excessively, so those who are prone to getting pimples because of sweat will find summer a season of more breakouts. If you happen to face this problem, try switching your regular body wash with one that contains tea tree oil as an ingredient. Do the same for your face.

Dryness


(Photo from: Jeankuah)


For some, the heat can cause the skin to get as dry as a desert. If you’re one of those people, hydration and moisturising is a must. Drink lots of water, for starters. And start using hydrating skincare products if you haven’t already. Using hydrating sheet masks can also do wonders for your skin. For skin on the body, use a moisturising gel instead of a lotion to avoid getting a sticky feeling.

Heat rash


(Photo from: karenlizescobar)


Sometimes, the heat is just too much to take and you get a rash because of it. The condition can be annoying, but it’s not something to worry much about. A simple cold shower can do the trick to alleviate your discomfort. Putting aloe vera gel can also do wonders in calming the area. If you’re still uncomfortable after doing those, try putting some hydrocortisone cream on the area. Avoid wearing too-tight clothing, too.


Clogged pores


(Photo from: CelineChiam)


For some, the production of oil on the skin can be at an all-time high when it’s summer. If you happen to be one of those people, there’s a chance that you will not only have a problem with keeping the oil at bay but also with some of the problems that excessive oil production can bring. One of those is getting clogged pores. Make sure that you don’t keep the oil on your face for long, so blotting papers are necessary. You can also try using an oil-controlling primer if you're going to put on makeup, as well as using an oil-free foundation. Also, make sure that you stay in a well-ventilated area so your skin doesn’t over-produce oil.


(Cover photo from: RochelleAbella)




With a few edits in your skincare routine, you can have a worry-free summer. Check this for the things you need to have on your beauty shelf this season.

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It's 33 degrees as I am writing this, and my mind is on white sand beaches and pristine waters. Well, that and what's been happening in the worlds of fashion and beauty lately. There are lots of exciting things going on. Our editor, Becks, is in Prague for Bata Fashion Weekend right now. Follow us on Instagram so you get to see all the fun and beautiful things she'll be sharing. Elsewhere, here's what's been poppin'. Let's recap the week, shall we?


Vogue Switch


After Edward Enninful was announced as the new Editor in Chief of British Vogue, the magazine’s counterpart in the gulf region also shared that Princess Deena Aljuhani Abdulaziz has left the publication after only two issues. Abdulaziz has been replaced by Manuel Arnaut, who started his career at Vogue Portugal.

Melissa at Coachella


(Photo featuring Melissa Girls Taylor LaShae and Ariel Beesley, by @nyavgjoe)


It’s many people’s dream destination, and Melissa was there to take part of it! The shoe brand, in support of Galore magazine’s party, was present at Coachella to unite #MelissaPlasticLovers in staying cool while in the middle of the desert.

Krystal Jung goes Italian



South Korean star Krystal Jung went on an Italian journey with Tod’s. Watch the video above to see more of her experience — and the wonderful Tod’s pieces she used during her trip.

Swatch Skin


Do you lead an active lifestyle and have found it a hassle to wear a watch? Well, the Swatch Skin might just be what you need as they’re very flexible. Plus, they come in classic styles that will suit anyone’s personality and aesthetic.



I Do in Choo



Let Jimmy Choo be part of the next chapter in your life by wearing a pair of the coveted shoes on your wedding day. Get hitched at the Mandarin Oriental Singapore for an experience that’s out of the ordinary. Learn more about what you can get from the “I Do in Choo” package here.

Brow U-Over




Still don’t know how to do your brows? Let the experts at Make Up For Ever Malaysia help you. Visit a MUFE branch anywhere in Malaysia or at Sephora KLCC to get a makeover. Plus, they're releasing new brow products that will help you recreate your made-over brow look at home.

(Cover photo from: @nyavgjoe)



Wanna rewind to last week? Here's what happened.

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