Have you ever seen a friend make bad beauty decisions, but didn't know how to tell her without hurting her feelings? When in doubt, think of these tips on how to broach this delicate subject.
OFFER UP YOUR EXPERTISE. As a beauty aficionado, you've probably got the most know-how in your circle. If your friend is sensitive, has low-self esteem, or just doesn't know much about beauty, slowly introduce the topic of makeup into your daily conversation. Tell her about products you recently discovered that she'd love, or offer to take her beauty shopping as a girls' day out! When trying on products at the counter, you can be the voice of reason against orange foundations, ultra-frosty lips, and the dreaded visible lip liner. If your friend is strapped for cash, make it a DIY beauty day and offer to give her a makeover at home. You both will have tons of fun experimenting and she'll gain insights on what types of makeup work best with her coloring.
PROVIDE VISUAL PROOF. We all have that one stubborn friend that's been rockin' the wrong look for way too long. Sometimes, people need proof to fully realize how their makeup appears to others. Show them photos where their makeup is just not looking right, and hopefully this will inspire them to update their makeup wardrobe.
WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS, BE BLUNT. There are some people that just do not understand subtlety—this is where bluntness and honesty come into play. There's a fine line, however, between being blunt and insulting. True friends want their peers to look their best. Bring up the topic carefully, but be strong, positive, and encouraging with your words. In the long run, you're trying to help them look their most beautiful!