Sleeping with your makeup on
I am 100% guilty of this from time to time. Yes it’s true! Many of us have gone out with the girls, had one too many glasses of wine and before you know it you’re face down on your bed passed out cold. You’ll wash that smoky eye off tomorrow, right? Not so fast.
Aside from the fact that your sheets are about to look like an imprint of the Joker’s face in The Dark Knight, you’re doing some serious damage to your skin. If you’re acne prone, this is the worst thing you can do to your skin, Leaving makeup on overnight clogs your pores and traps in dirt from the day. Nighttime is your skin’s time to repair itself.
If you know you can be a little lazy at night, make sure to leave some makeup removing wipes by your bedside to give yourself a quick swipe before shutting your eyes. Never be to lazy to be beautiful!
Ring around the mouth
I can’t believe women are still using dark colored lip liner!!! It always leaves a line around the lip when your lipstick or gloss wears off. Or some women even just wear dark lip liner and that’s it! What is that?!?!? Stop it. You look silly. Go find a lip pencil that matches your lip color. Stick with nude or clear liners.
Not getting enough sleep
Sometimes we don’t have time to pee some days let alone get seven to eight hours of sleep. Honestly, there’s just no way around getting the beauty sleep you need. You can apply all the makeup in the world, if you don’t get enough sleep your skin is just not going to look good, Like with leaving your makeup on, night time is your skin’s time to repair and rejuvenate, so those hours of shuteye are super important. If you find yourself falling behind on sleep, turn off the tv, shut off your computer and put your cell phone on silent or turn it off so you can mentally check out and focus on getting a decent sleep.
Popping your zits
There is nothing more frustrating that walking around with a blemish on your face, but popping it is not the solution. Picking at your face can lead to scars, skin infections, and sometimes broken blood vessels. Instead of popping, use an over the counter benzyl peroxide or salicylic acid treatment. If you absolutely must pop, use a warm cotton swab or compress on your face to bring the puss up to the surface and squeeze gently.
Ladies! This is NOT PRETTY! If a guy can see where your makeup ends and your face begins, it not only looks bad, but it could make most men wonder what it is you’re hiding under that 3 inches of makeup. Make sure you blend your foundation evenly, especially under the chin and jaw line to prevent a noticeable makeup line. To make sure you are wearing the right color foundation, DO NOT test the foundation on your wrist because your wrist has a different color and undertone than your face. I recommend asking a cosmetician at your favorite beauty counter for help in that department, that’s what they are there for.
Using makeup testers
Why it’s a No-No: your chances of contracting herpes or pinkeye from the bacteria and germs found in the testers at a makeup counter are slim, But it can happen and let’s face It, It’s super icky to share lipstick or eyeshadow with tons of total strangers.
Make sure the store where you’re shopping practices safe makeup sampling. Look for disposable applicators, sponges, cotton swabs, tissues, disposable mascara wands and rubbing alcohol for disinfecting makeup brushes. It’s also crucial that you don’t double-dip into the container, Ever. If you’re not sure how to handle the testers, ask for help. Any reputable store should have well-trained sales associates. Also, wash your hands before shopping.
Tammy Faye lashes
This is where all the new lengthening, thickening, spidery-lash-creating mascaras come in to play. Spidery, clumped-up, wild-looking lashes are only attractive to other spiders. Keep your lashes natural with just one coat of mascara, and maybe a second coat on the outer corners.
Wearing too much moisturizer
You may think that caking on the moisturizer is a good thing, but too much can have a reverse effect. Excess cream won’t absorb deeply enough into cellular tissue, so skin won’t be able to breathe and pores will clog. Sometimes this can even manifest in dryness.
Public makeup application
As I always say, there’s only one situation in which applying makeup in public is okay – as performance art. If you don’t have dreams of being on the stage, don’t do it. It’s in bad taste, it’s tacky and you’ll look lame!
Are you guilty of any of these beauty sins?