Just because you aren't a makeup artist doesn't mean that you can be excused from bad beauty habits. Granted, you may not have realized you were an active offender but it is important to learn proper practices, it's like makeup etiquette. Don't get left in the dark! I'm here to tell you these small changes in your routine could make a difference in your appearance and definitely on your level of hygiene.
Don't Share- When it comes to your make-up bag, sharing is not caring. The biggest no-nos are mascara and brushes. Who wants pink eye or breakouts? Also, to avoid irritation or infection, be sure to discard your mascara every 3 months.
Keep Clean- Wash your brushes with a mild shampoo and conditioner every other week if you are the only one using them. If you've let someone else use them disinfect with 70% alcohol. Never blow on your brushes to dust off product, you'll breed bacteria, you may as well spit on your face (that puts it into perspective). And only touch your face with clean hands.
Don't wake up with make-up- Do your skin a huge favor and wash your face every night before bed. Even if you don't wear makeup. Dirt and debris still accumulate on the surface of your skin. I've learned to keep wipes beside my bed because I've been known to pass out once or twice in a full face, something I'm not proud of!
Spot treatment- Unless you are a master blender and your concealer matches your skin perfectly, don't dab it on over all spots you want to cover. You'll look like Polk-a-roo. Try applying a foundation or even a tinted moisturizer all over first and then add a little extra coverage to those "problem" areas.
Stay sharp- I'm referring to your pencils. Eyeliner and lipliner. To get the best results, make sure you keep your pencils sharpened. You'll get way better precision and your lines won't end up dull and thick. Also, you can run the risk of tearing your skin on the wood if it's down to the nub.
Perfect match- It's a bit passé to match your make-up to your outfit. It is far more flattering to work with your own colouring. Try using complimentary colours on your eyes (colours that are directly across from each other on a colour wheel). Blue eyes pop with peaches, green eye are enhanced with pinky tones and brown eyes, opt for something with a cool undertone.
Racer stripe cheeks- They were cool in the 80's but blending your blush for a softer effect gives a far more natural look. If you are using a powder blush, make sure to dust your face with a powder product first. If you prefer a cream blush, apply on a dewy skin. You can apply powder over top to set. If you've gone too intense with your cheek colour, a foundation powder or a powder with a bit of skin tone pigment can be used to tone down the colour. Also, if your blush comes with a brush, it's safe to say don't use it, they are normally too small and stiff.
Ring around your lips- Again, another 80's- early 90's trend. Using a lipliner in a darker colour than your lipstick. Just don't! I mean, it's alright if you want to get the ombré effect but than that requires blending the liner into the lipstick for a smooth transition. Sometimes, I see someone who has lined their lips and decided this looks good without any lipstick or any lip product at all in the centre...No! I'm going to go out on a limb here and say this is a bad look, period. Lipliner is great for defining your lips and to use under lipstick for longevity. But in that case, fill in your entire lip with the liner and then apply lipstick over top.
Line of demarcation- We've all seen this and maybe we have even done it ourselves. It's excusable if for some reason you have no other choice but to put your foundation on in a poorly lit environment. Check your jawline, (the moment of truth...did you find the right base match for your skin or not?). If there is a visible line where your foundation stops, either you need to blend better or you haven't found your match. Your face should always match your neck and chest area if it's exposed. Always test your foundation in natural daylight on your jawline.
Out with the old, in with the new- Hoarding make-up or innocently keeping make-up that you didn't know has expired. There is a symbol on almost all products letting you know how long they are good for after the seal has been broken. Look for the this logo to identify the life span of your make-up, skin care etc. you wouldn't eat expired food would you?? Another tip, keep products out of direct sunlight, in a cool, dry place. The logo pictured above is an example for something that is good for up to 12 months after opening.
Finger dipping- This one is simple. Don't stick your fingers into any product be it lip balm or skin cream. This contaminates it. Try getting products with applicators or in squeeze tubes. If you absolutely must use your fingers, always make sure your hands are clean.
Reverse raccoon- This occurs when your concealer is too light. Back in the day it was believed that we needed to use concealer lighter than our foundation. I suppose this was to highlight and bring forth the recessed under eye area. Though it is safe to go a BIT lighter, I like a more natural effect and tend to go for something with the same intensity as the rest of my skin but with a little more coverage and maybe a bit more peachy or yellowish to neutralize any hints of blue or purple so commonly found in that area.
Eyelash curling 101- To decrease your chance of pulling out precious lashes, make sure you use your eyelash curler before you apply mascara. To help lock in the curl on more stubborn lashes, try a curling formulated mascara or one of the waterproof variety. I can't recommend heating up your lash curler with a hair dryer to keep the curl in case you happen to burn yourself with my suggestion. However, it has been known to work...
Over tweezing- The tadpole is out, caterpillar in! Let em' grow. Only tweeze those pesky strays that fall outside the group. Brush brows upward to get the natural shape, fill in where needed and fix into place with a wax or gel. There are so many fabulous brow products and great shades available, it's hard to go wrong. If you feel nervous to to it yourself, book yourself an appointment with an esthetician (make sure you get a referral from someone you trust with preferably awesome brows).
And remember, your skin can only look as good as you make it. A proper skin care regime religiously will give you the best results. Make-up can even you out, hide imperfections, and protect your skin but it won't help the condition without the required TLC.