Beauty routines are ever-changing. There’s always a new product or new technique that changes the beauty game for everyone. However, there are a few things that are clear no, no’s when it comes to your beauty routine. I must admit, I love learning new things about beauty, but some important tips are easy to lose along the way. Are you using the right color of foundation? Is powder really necessary? What is the fluffy makeup brush even supposed to be for? Whether you’re a makeup guru or a newbie, it’s easy to make a few mistakes when it comes to your beauty routine. But, this stops now and I’m here to help you stop making these small mistakes. Once you see which of these mistakes you’re guilty of making, you’ll promise yourself that you’ll never make them again.
- Sleeping in your makeup: This is a huge no, no. Going to bed without completely removing all of your makeup from your face can result in wrinkles, clogged pores, and acne. Gross! Sleeping with your makeup on prevents your skin from microcirculation, (a fancy word for the circulation of blood in the smallest blood vessels) which allows for your skin to remain healthy and happy.
- Not cleaning your makeup brushes: I’ve mentioned in a previous article, why this is such an important task, but I cannot emphasize enough how important cleaning your makeup brushes is. Bacteria builds up within your brushes after a few uses and if not cleaned out will seep into your skin and open wounds and create acne, skin irritation, diseases, and illnesses. Keep your brushes clean!
- Putting bronzer everywhere on your face: As much fun as bronzer is, it’s not going to do you any good when applied in the wrong areas. Contrary to some belief, bronzer should only be applied to the areas of the face that the sun would naturally hit: top of the forehead, the cheekbones, along the jawline, and along the bridge of the nose. That’s it.
- Keeping makeup for too long: Just like your food, your makeup has an expiration date. It doesn’t stay good forever. Most makeup products last for one to two years, whereas a few of them, such as mascara, only last up to three months. Take a look at this makeup expiration guide to help you out!
- Matching foundation to the back of your hand: We’ve all done it. However, our faces and our hands aren’t the same color due to difference in sun exposure. Next time, test out foundation shades on your jawline, this will make for a better color match.
- Applying your makeup in the wrong lighting: Always apply your makeup in the most well-lit room that you can. Natural lighting is best. You don’t want to apply your makeup in a dark room and then step outside during a sunny afternoon; unless you want everyone to see your blending errors. Also, when applying your makeup think about what the lighting of your destination is going to be, not just about the lighting of where you are when applying your makeup. This will help you get the perfect look.
- Putting blush in the wrong places: Just like bronzer, sometimes we get a little carried away. I’ve had to stop myself before from applying blush where it doesn’t belong. Blush should start at the tragus of your ear, and lead all the way down to the apples of your cheeks. Many people prefer to use two different shades for their apples and cheek line; however, that’s a personal preference.
- Applying concealer wrong: If you’re applying your concealer directly on top of your dark circles, stop right now. While that seems to make sense, the best way to achieve full coverage and an overall brightening effect is to apply concealer in an upside down triangle shape directly under the eye. This also helps make the look appear more natural.
- Curling your lashes with your mascara on: Unless you want to pull out all of your eyelashes, I would suggest not doing this. Curling your lashes after you’ve applied your mascara will not only ruin your mascara you worked diligently to apply but it will also allow for the curler to stick to your lashes, yanking them out as you pull away. Always curl before applying mascara.
- Not embracing color corrector concealers: They’re only here to help you, not hurt you! Many people haven’t yet added color correcting concealers to their makeup routine. These are crucial to covering all of those imperfections you’re not looking to share with the world. It’s all based on a color wheel, similar to 8th grade art class. The colors, green, purple, yellow, pink, orange, and beige each cover or correct a different imperfection on your face. For example, if you’re prone to redness or acne try a green color correcting concealer. Or, if you have dark under eyes try a pink color correcting concealer.
Find any beauty mistakes you’ve made? I know i’ve definitely made a few on this list. I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s blog post. Be sure to check back next week, per usual, for another weekly article and join in on the conversation by commenting below what beauty mistakes you’ve made in the past. No judgement here!