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5 beauty myths busted

By: The Beauty Experts at L'Oréal Paris

Bringing your mom into the 21st century has definitely had its challenges. How many times have you had to explain "LOL" in a text message, or remind her that everyone can see her embarrassing Facebook rants? Actually, if we're being totally honest, even introducing her to email meant a month-long tutorial. The good news is that after the "great tech update," revamping her outdated beauty and skincare routine will be a cinch.

Here are five beauty revelations to share with Mom that will banish her old-fashioned beauty ideas for good!

Mom's Myth: To Hide Blemishes You Must Paint Your Face
The Truth: You Can Spot Conceal for Even Looking Skin

Think about approaching your makeup differently. Start with your eye makeup, instead of your foundation. Once your eye-makeup is on, blemishes that might have been blaring on bare skin will become less obvious. Then, spot conceal. Bonus: Eye shadow dust that ends up below the lash line (or anywhere you don't want it) can be removed without taking off the rest of your makeup.

Mom's Myth: Oil Belongs in the Kitchen
The Truth: Oil Belongs in the Medicine Cabinet

Okay, your mom is kind of right this time. We don't recommend raiding the pantry for skin care products (even if they are organic), however the oils we're talking about -- the kind specifically formulated to replenish dry skin -- definitely deserve some space on your bathroom shelf. The latest versions are lightweight, non-greasy and will help cream-based makeup glide on more easily.

Mom's Myth: Nude Lipstick Will Wash You Out
The Truth: The Right Nude Lip Color Makes Your Pout Look Plump

The truth is that the perfect nude lip is the one you were born with, but as we age our lips lose collagen. So to help boost your youthful appearance, try filling in your pout with a lip liner one shade darker than your natural color to make your lips look fuller. It's also an easy way to perfect the shape of your lip.

Mom's Myth: CC is for Cold Cream
The Truth: CC is for Color and Correct

Sure, cold cream can soothe and soften dry skin, but there's lots of stuff it won't do. Enter CC cream. This multi-tasking beauty tool helps to reduce the appearance of dark spots, brighten your complexion, and correct skin tone, all while protecting your skin with SPF. The application is the same as Mom's regular lotions -- there's relatively no learning curve.

Mom's Myth: The Best Face Masks are Goopy & Green
The Truth: Great Face Masks are Lightweight & Sheer

Green masks are certainly iconic, but they are not exactly the most practical beauty product on the market. The best time to re-tone and re-firm your skin is overnight –- it's when your skin's natural repair mechanisms ramp up and blood flow in the skin appears to be much higher. So, it looks to us like your mom has two options: Ruin a few pillowcases, or convert to a quick-absorbing overnight mask. The choice seems pretty obvious, right? We're guessing she'd rather reduce fine lines and wrinkles than add a few extra loads of laundry.