Makeup Tips I Wish I Had Known As A Young Gothling

I started wearing makeup a lot later than most girls and as a result I've had to learn the hard way about a lot of products! I'm still learning about all the multitudes of makeup products beyond your basic eyeliner, eye shadow, lipstick, but here are a few things that I've learned as I've experimented with different looks.
Foundation. (The kind I use is a liquid that comes in a pump bottle). Does not work like concealer. Its uses include evening out skin tone, slightly helping to conceal dark circles and giving makeup a base besides skin to cling to so it is easier to remove, but it will not hide red spots, it will actually highlight patches of dry skin, and it certainly won't cover tattoos. In my case, foundation also clogs pores.

Lipstick. For the sake of all things black and fluffy put chapstick on underneath! Lipstick by itself will quickly dry out, creating unattractive cracking and flakes when speaking, and immensely drying out the lips.

Pencil eyeliners. They melt. All of them. It doesn't matter if its a $3 one from Hot Topic or a $12 one from The Body Shop they will melt off your face and all the hard work you put into your gorgeous look will be gone in two hours. I have experienced the unfortunate state of "melty eyes" with countless different eyeliner brands, with foundation and without. I have never purchased eye primer (its on my back to school list!) so I can't testify to the effects of pencil eyeliner on top of primer. Liquid eyeliner however, will not melt. Even if you draw it on thick and extend it all over your eye area, it will stay there! On that subject:
Liquid eyeliner. It stings. If you wipe it off with a makeup wipe and attempt to reapply it immediately afterwards your skin will sting and your eyes will water. I thought this might have been a reaction I was sadly singled out to suffer, but my little sister has experienced the same thing. My hypothesis is that taking off liquid eyeliner with a makeup wipe at all will make skin sting (although since I've had no desire to repeat my painful experience, I have always taken off liquid eyeliner with baby oil and hot water only).

When applying makeup, don't pull the skin under the eye. I first learned to put on makeup from Youtube videos and I watched a girl stretch her eye until the skin was taught and then apply eyeliner. This gives you a flat surface to draw a line of makeup over, but it will mess up the delicate skin by the eye, creating huge bags under the eye. I'm still trying to break myself of this habit.

Under-eye moisturizer. Pat it on using the ring finger (the most delicate of fingers) don't rub it under the eye. Rubbing the under-eye also enhances bags.
My makeup skills are ever growing, and eventually I will actually know what I'm doing, but for now, if you're a newbie makeup artist, learn from my mistakes! Does anyone have any beauty secrets I could benefit from? Please share while you enjoy today's:
Song of the Day
I picked up a Jesus and Mary Chain CD from a thrift store for 25 cents a couple of years ago, and I just dug it up again. I actually love the whole thing! Gotta love the 80's music videos!