Common makeup + skincare mistakes to avoid
We each have our own little beauty tricks that we like to use, but did you know that some of the most common ones actually aren’t recommended? Here are five big beauty don’ts, and why you should steer clear of them.
1. Don’t: pump your mascara wand.
Although many women can be seen pumping their mascara wand before they finally take it out to apply the product to their lashes, this is actually not a good idea.
Why not? Well, for one, it doesn’t help you get any more of the formula on the wand, so it’s not useful. Plus, by letting in extra air and possibly creating bubbles in the product, this means upping your chances of drying it out before your tube is done.
Instead: Simply pull out the brush, and then apply. If you need more formula on the wand, gently twist it in the tube as you pull it out.
2. Don’t: file your nails in a back-and-forth motion.
It’s what most of us do: but it’s not good for your nails!
Why not? Filing your nails using a back-and-forth motion could cause the tips to be jagged.
Instead: Always file them in the same direction, to keep the edges nice and smoooth.
3. Don’t: wash your face obsessively if you have oily skin.
Ladies with oily skin tend to want to wash it a little too frequently, which can be counter-productive in the end.
Why not? It’s important to wash your face in the morning and before bed, but doing it more than twice a day could lead to drying out your skin and removing its natural oils. This, in turn, could cause your skin to produce even more oil which, we’re guessing, wasn’t the result you were going for.
Instead: Stick to washing your face twice a day and applying a light moisturizer after you’re done.
4. Don’t: brush your hair when it’s wet.
It may be tempting to run that paddle brush through your freshly washed locks, but it’s not necessarily a good idea.
Why not? When your strands are wet, it’s easier to snag them, which could lead to breakage.
Instead: Reach for a wide-tooth comb to detangle your tresses after washing them—it should glide right through.
5. Don’t: rub your lashes vigorously to remove eye makeup.
When removing their makeup, many women tend to rub their lashes, especially when trying to get rid of mascara.
Why not? Rubbing your precious fringe could lead to your lashes breaking or even being pulled out.
Instead: Put some makeup remover on a cotton pad and press it on your lashes for a few seconds, to let the mascara dissolve before you gently wipe it off. Also avoid waterproof formulas, which tend to be harder to remove.