Its said that 9 out of 10 women make beauty mistakes…and some don’t even know it! Whether its because of misinformation from old folk tales, teen magazines or your avant garde drama teacher, we’ve all fallen victim to beauty blunders at some point in time. Fear not though, here’s how to rectify the crimes. Welcome to beauty bootcamp:
1. Washing Your Hair Too Often
Frequent washing can strip hair of their natural oils but with dry shampoo to hand this is an easy-to-break bad habit. Try washing every two-three days if you can.
2. Applying Too Much Conditioner
We actually over-apply most beauty products, but conditioner is the most common one. Concentrate it on the lengths and ends where your older hair is damaged and leave your virgin roots to naturally condition themselves.
3. Not Using a Heat Protector
Heat styling from hair-dryers as well as irons, tongs and wands can frazzle your hair if it’s not well shielded with product. The result is frizz, dryness and brittle locks. Boo.
4. Tying Your Ponytail in the Same Place
Always wear your hair up in a tight pony? Try not to tie it in exactly the same place every day as it causes tension on the hair which over time can weaken it.
5. Not Washing your Makeup Brushes Regularly
It’s pretty obvious: bacteria build-up can lead to blemishes. Aim to give your brushes a clean once a week or fortnight using a gentle clarifying shampoo or baby shampoo.
6. Neglecting your Neck
Do you want a face like a baby’s with a neck like a turkey’s. No. Make sure you cleanse and moisturise below the chin – and don’t forget SPF too.
7. Over-Treating and Over-Covering Spots
Spot treatments work on your skin for hours, so make sure you always follow the product instructions – they’re there for a reason! Likewise, don’t cake them in concealer, your skin needs to breath and you can often end up highlighting a spot of bother unnecessarily.
8. Applying Foundation Before your Moisturizer is Absorbed
Moisturiser needs time to absorb so give it at least a minute before you start applying foundation. This also avoids your makeup thinning, peeling off when the formulas react, or getting a streaky finish.
9. Plucking Eyebrows Too Close to the Mirror
If you pluck too close to the mirror you find yourself looking at every hair rather than looking at the overall shape of your eyebrows. This can leave you with thin, and/or uneven brows. Instead use a large mirror and take a couple of steps back so you can see your whole face, not just your brows.
10. Having Yellow Nails
Nail artists and polish junkies will know that consistently covering your talons in colour can leave them stained yellow. The only way to prevent this is by always wearing a base coat. And remember that a top coat makes your manicure last, so don’t skip that either.