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Beauty is a complex thing, and as we strive to make ourselves look our most beautiful ~ it can be easy to get it wrong.
Do you have any makeup horror stories from your teens? While neon eyeshadows and concealer-style lips might have been all on-trend way back when you might not be able to get away with it all now!
While there are obvious beauty faux pas you might have made in the past, there are still plenty of not-so-obvious ones you might not even be aware that you’re making. If you want to achieve a flawless, professional look from your beauty routine, then you’ve come to the right place, so ask yourself if you’re guilty of these common beauty mistakes and change your ways to help you achieve that perfect beauty look.
Not hydrating your face
Moisturizer should be one of the most important parts of your beauty routine, and if you do nothing else – you should make every effort to moisturize. Skin that is left dry will crack, flake and look dull – hardly the right base for makeup. If you’ve been thinking about how to get rid of crepey skin, then starting with the right moisturizer can help. Remember to drink plenty of water to help keep your skin hydrated from within.
Forgetting to remove your makeup before bed
Makeup can be a bit of a catch-22. We use it to cover our imperfections and make our skin look flawless, but it can also be the cause of those flaws and imperfections when it’s left on. A good nighttime skin routine should include a good cleanser, toner and night cream to help ensure you wake up with glowing skin. Try to avoid face wipes on their own as these will not be as effective at removing dirt and build-up as a real cleanser would.
Not washing your makeup brushes
Your makeup brushes can be a hotbed of bacteria, which can build up and cause spots and other skin conditions, including eye infections, which can be unpleasant to deal with. Keeping your makeup brushes clean can help them to last longer, while also getting rid of the dirt and old makeup that’s built up so that you’re using clean brushes to apply your makeup. Keep an antibacterial spray, or antibacterial makeup wipes to hand that you can give the brushes a quick swirl around to help them stay fresher between cleans.
Keeping your beauty products for too long
Did you know that most beauty products have an expiration date? Like your food or medicine, there is a recommended shelf life for beauty products once opened – and it may not be as long as you think. Some easy dates to remember include:
Mascara: 3-6 months
Eyeliner: 6 months-1 year
Powder cosmetics: 1-2 years
Lipstick: 2 years
There are antibacterial sprays that can be used to prolong the life of your makeup, but if you notice a funny smell or change in texture – then it’s time you got rid of them and invested in some newer items. Organic eyeshadows and other preservatives-free cosmetics are better for your skin and the environment but also have a shelf life so be sure to take a look!
Not emphasizing your eyebrows
Your eyebrows are one of your face’s most important features, helping you to frame your face and give it some definition. Eyebrows have experienced various trends in recent years, including the strip-thin brows we were used to seeing in the 90s and 00s. Now, more natural brows are the most desired, so investing in some good brow products will help to define your natural shape and give them some volume. If your brows have been neglected after years of plucking, you might want to try some growth serums or even microblading to help restore their appearance.
Forgoing the primer
Beauty primers are one of the best products you can buy to help make your makeup last longer. The best beauty primers will help to even out your skin tone, reduce the appearance of pores and fine lines and give you a silky smooth base for applying your foundation products. Choose a primer that is illuminating to give your skin a subtle glow or use a combination product like a BB cream to provide you with a primer and coverage in one.
Wearing the wrong foundation shade
Everyone has been guilty of choosing the wrong foundation at some point in their lives, especially in earlier decades when the color choice was so limited. Today, makeup manufacturers are much more savvy about the range of shades needed for all skin tones, so it’s worth going to a counter to get color matched to your perfect shade. MAC, Bobbi Brown and Kat Von D, as well as Rihanna’s new Fenty makeup line, are all well-known for carrying a huge color selection which will help make it easier to find your perfect match.
Not setting your makeup
Do you ever wonder why your contour looks too obvious or your blush won’t blend? Not setting your makeup could be to blame. After applying your foundation, a powder product should be the next thing to go on your face. A pressed or loose powder will help improve the texture of your skin ready to apply other powder or liquid products, helping you to achieve that flawless finish. Once all of your makeup is applied, you can use a makeup setting spray to help keep your makeup in place so that it lasts all night.
Avoiding certain colors and trends
Like fashion, beauty trends change all the time – with each season bringing a hot new lip or eye look that you have to try! Don’t dismiss beauty trends straight away; you never know what new shade or technique could enhance your features and make your complexion pop. A visit to the beauty counter is a simple way to try out trends before you spend any money, and most makeup brands will create a quick look for you and offer samples in the hope of making a sale. This is a good way to learn new makeup techniques and to help you expand your color palette. Just because you’ve avoided a certain shade in the past, doesn’t mean that it won’t suit you now.
Scaling back your skincare routine
Skincare is important, not only for giving you the perfect base for makeup but also to help erase the signs of aging. The right skin care routine will leave your skin youthful and glowing, free from imperfections and with the right texture for makeup application. If you’re unsure of what your skin needs, visit a facialist who can give you a ‘facial prescription’ and make some product recommendations for you. Using a cleanser, toner and moisturizer is a good start, while you can also experiment with serums and exfoliating products to provide your skin with further benefits.
Not embracing your natural hair texture
They say that the grass is always greener, and that’s certainly true when it comes to hair. Straight-haired ladies want it curly; curly-haired girls want it straight – it’s like there’s no winning. However, messing around with the natural texture of your hair can cause damage, and heat styling tools aren’t the kindest to your hair. Make an effort to embrace your hair’s natural texture now and then – caring for curly hair is much easier than you think and you can achieve beautiful looks if you put the work in. Always use heat protection products when styling your hair to prevent damage.
Ignoring sun protection
Sun protection is important for your skin. It can help to prevent skin cancer as well as stop the signs of aging and can save you misery caused by sunburn. With the range of SPF products that exist on the market, you’ll find it hard to find an excuse not to wear sun protection. Choose beauty products with built-in SPF to make sure you keep your skin protected, while also using specially formulated lip products to stop your lips from burning and peeling. It makes sense to carry a mini bottle of suncream in your handbag so that you can top up during the day or for those unexpectedly sunny afternoons.
Focusing too much on your flaws
If you lack confidence in your looks or lack self-esteem, it can be difficult not to focus on your flaws. While it’s easy to tell someone that they should love themselves more, it’s not always an easy thing to do. Try looking at ways you can feel good about your appearance from wearing clothes that make you feel confident, to accentuating your best features. Developing body confidence takes time, but you can get there with a bit of work.
We’re all guilty of certain beauty mistakes, but that’s all part of the fun. Learn from your errors and read up on different trends and techniques to help you make the most of your natural beauty and radiate from within. When you look back at old photos, you’ll see just how far you’ve really come and can look back on them fondly and laugh. It’s a good reminder that nobody’s perfect and that we all have bad days from time to time!