Since you do it pretty much everyday, your beauty routine is just that- a routine. But there are some bad habits that you may not have even known have crept into that routine. We cleanse, moisturize, primp and repeat in hopes of looking and feeling our best. Unfortunately, some of our beauty routines are slowly but surely ruining what our mamas gave us. Fortunately, all it takes is a little moderation and a few simple tweaks to get back on track to be your loveliest version of yourself. Have a look at some of the beauty routines you are doing wrong:
SUNSCREEN BEFORE MAKEUP
You shouldn’t apply sunscreen before foundation. If you use sunscreen first, and then you use an anti-aging product and then a moisturizer, and then makeup, you’re disturbing that sunscreen film. Applying other products on top of sunscreen removes some of the SPF, leading to uneven coverage. Instead, apply a thin layer of sunscreen with at least SPF 30 to your skin after you finish applying makeup.
SKIPPING SETTING POWDER
When it comes to your face makeup you need to be very careful of keeping it looking as natural as you can. It is important to use face powder to set your foundation, prior to applying bronzer and blush. This step will allow your other powder products to go on naturally. Setting powder also keeps your foundation and concealer in place throughout the day. As an added step, try a setting spray to really keep your face in place.
USING DRY SHAMPOO IN THE MORNING
Dry shampoo is a lifesaver. Washing and drying your hair can be tough, but thanks to dry shampoo, we don’t have to do it every single day if we don’t feel like it. However, to maximize the benefit of it, try applying it at night instead. Your hair will able to absorb it better, and your tossing and turning throughout the night will help distribute it more evenly and naturally.
SHAPING EYEBROWS WITH EYEBROW PENCIL
Since eyebrows are so important and a huge part of our beauty routine, we need to learn how to fill them in correctly. Most collegiate might think the best way to shape and fill your eyebrows is to use a pencil. Wrong. Use a brow mascara to allow your eyebrows to look natural and also bold. When you use a pencil, your eyebrows usually lose its natural shape and look too dark for your complexion. A brow mascara is easy to use and still creates a full look.
REMOVING NAIL POLISH WITH ACETONE
That acetone-based nail polish remover might be the best at getting stubborn polish off of your nails, but it’s definitely not the best for maintaining healthy nails. The harsh ingredient can dry out your nails and the surrounding skin. This dryness could weaken your nails, and cause breakage. Try a non-acetone remover with less aggressive solvents like ethyl acetate, isopropyl alcohol, and propylene carbonate.
USING EYELASH EXTENSIONS
While eyelash extensions make your lashes look lush in the short term, over time, the glue used to adhere them deteriorates and breaks your real ones. Save them for weddings and important close-ups.
Most of us shampoo then condition our hair in the shower. Turns out there is a better way to do it. Instead, reverse the order to conditioner first and shampoo after. Not only will this add nourishment to your hair by conditioning your strands and scalp first, but it also helps keep your blowout intact for longer. Reverse hair washing >>
USING DRY MAKEUP SPONGE
Whether it is a triangle or egg-shaped makeup sponge, when you use this fluffy little tool you should wet it first. This might seem strange at first, but wetting the sponge before dipping it in your foundation or concealer will actually allow for better absorption and result in a more even, blended and smooth distribution on your face. Makes sense when you think about it, considering it is a sponge and that’s how sponges work.
OVER WASHING YOUR FACE
Having oily skin isn’t great in general, but a little natural oil is good for you. And when you over-cleanse your face, your stripping your skin of some of its protective layer. So don’t overdo it with the washing. And when you are washing, be sure to use a gentle cleanser and apply moisturizer afterward.