Welcome back to Haley’s Beauty Room! In most of my posts, I talk about things that you should do to make your makeup look better and not so much about what you should avoid. I wanted to do an “avoid” post today, as I feel like the mistakes that I will mention are super common.
Avoiding these mistakes will make your beauty routine more seamless and the overall product looking much more polished. So, if you want to know what to avoid, then keep on reading!
Not blending down your neck
I see this mistake far to often and it really is a pet peeve of mine. Whenever you apply foundation, make sure you blend it down your neck as well. This will prevent that famous “line” across the jawline that obviously shows where the foundation starts and stops.
Not cleaning your beauty tools and brushes
I myself am super guilty of this one. You need to be cleaning your brushes and tools often, about once a week, especially for foundation and concealer brushes. This stop product build up and the transfer of bacteria.
I get it. I have fine hair that tends to get oily fast and I don’t want to wash it every single day. Instead, invest in a good dry shampoo to keep your roots looking fresh and your style looking brand new.
Forgetting to exfoliate your lips
If you want a smooth lip product application that looks flawless, do not skip this step. No product will hide flaky, dry lips, so make sure you exfoliate and moisturize.
Holding on to expired makeup
Another one I am guilty of, but don’t keep expired makeup. Everything has an expiration date, so try and stick to it as best as you can. I personally think you can push things a little bit further than the expiration date, but not years further!
Matching foundation to the back of your hand
The color on your hands is not indicative of your face color and what foundation shade you need. Foundation should be matched along the jawline, to take your face and neck color in to account.
Sleeping in your makeup
I don’t know how many times I am going to mention this on my blog, but you need to be taking your makeup off before bed. Leaving it on causes clogged pores and stops our skin renewal process.
Just take it off and practice a good skincare routine.
Using heat tools on damp hair/not using a heat protectant
This one is a serious no-no. Using a hot tool on your damp hair will cause the moisture to get heated in to steam causing a “bubble” trapped in the hair strand, making it brittle and burnt. This will ultimately lead to breakage.
Even if your hair is dry when you go in with a hot tool, make sure you have used a heat protectant to further combat hot tool damage.
You over exfoliate your skin
Yes, exfoliating helps skin layers to turn over for more glowing and youthful skin, but over exfoliating actually messes with your skin’s barrier. This can cause redness and acne.
When you do exfoliate, opt for a chemical exfoliant versus a scrub (such as Glycolic acid). Avoid scrubs with seeds or crushed shells, as those have jagged edges which can create microscopic tears in the skin.
You’re not washing your sheets and pillowcases enough
Dirty bedding is not only gross, it can cause clogged pores and acne. Oils from your skin and hair stay on the sheets. Exposing yourself to it night after night gives it a chance to go back in to your skin and cause problems.
I like to wash my sheets at least once a week to combat this.
What mistakes do you try and avoid? Any others you’d add to this list? Let me know in the comments!
Featured image is sourced from Fashion Mio.