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Measuring your cosmetics: A little dab’ll do ya!

Directions on the back of your cosmetic jar often instruct you to apply "liberally." What does that even mean? Furthermore, using too much can actually counteract the intended effect. So how much do you really need? Use these handy comparisons as a guide.

Face lotion = two peanuts. Moisturizer is crucial for preventing wrinkles on your face and neck. It also helps create a smooth base prior to makeup application. However, you only need one peanut-sized amount for your face and one for your neck – just two peanuts worth! Follow this rule and you may just save your skin from over-hydration.

Try this trick with Hydroxatone AM/PM Anti-Wrinkle Complex, which is specially formulated to reduce the appearance of fine lines. Thank me later.

Foundation = surface of a bottle cap. Using too much foundation can be detrimental to your overall look. The goal is to gracefully neutralize your skin tone, not paint on an entirely new face. To avoid looking like an over-done pageant queen, use only a bottle cap's worth of foundation. With the right amount of blending, this will cover imperfections while allowing your natural beauty to shine through.

Eye cream = a pea. You don't have much real estate to cover when it comes to using eye cream. In this case, just a pea-sized dab'll do ya. Look for concentrated formulas like Hydrolyze® Advanced Under Eye Formula, which are made to be highly effective in small doses! Scoop out a small amount of cream and put about a quarter of it under your lower lash line. We recommend dabbing from the outer to the inner corner. This motion allows you to disperse the fluid that causes under-eye puffiness. Dab the another quarter from the inner part of your crease to your brow bone, and use the rest for the other eye.

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing