No matter how much you would like to say “I don’t have any bad habits when it comes to makeup” there is definitely something you do, but haven’t thought about it. I wrote down, in my opinion, 12 most important bad makeup habits that you should try to avoid.
1) Using dirty brushes – Firstly, clean brushes will apply your makeup products better and distribute the product more evenly, creating a flawless finish. Secondly, it helps to keep your skin healthy and free of bacteria. Spot-clean your brushes after every single use and deep-clean them once a week.
2) Not removing makeup before going to bed – I know that sometimes we are too tired to do this step, but it’s necessary. As I always say: “If you care about your skin, apply makeup to look better etc., then why would you skip makeup removing? It does damage your skin and causes breakouts, so if you want to keep away from that, care for your skin :)”. When you sleep with makeup on, it rubs onto your pillow and the pillow presses it deeper into your skin, which can cause a breakout.
3) Applying makeup on dry skin – If your skin is very dry, a deeply nourishing moisturizer is a critical step before makeup application. If you want to have a natural looking skin, lightweight tinted moisturizer could be a great option.
4) Using old make-up – Cosmetics that have past their use-by date will not only perform poorly, dragging or streaking on the skin, but may contain bacteria, which can lead to irritations and, in the case of eye make-up, infections. As a general guide, mascara should be replaced every three to six months and other products within one or two years maximum.
5) Sharing make-up – By sharing you can pick up germs and infections such as conjunctivitis, lurking, for example, on an eyeliner pencil. The herpes simplex virus can also be passed on in this way. Avoid testing out not-squeezable products in the store right from the tube/packaging. Try it on your hand and then remove it with wipe. If there are any disposable applicators available, use these.
6) Using wrong primer for your foundation – Many women apply water-based foundation and silicone-based primer together, which will eventually cause primer to look too heavy. Solution: before you use a primer, look at the ingredients of your foundation first. If it is water-based, use the same formula with your primer.
7) Choosing incorrect concealer shade – If you have any pimple or scar to cover up, use a corrector (heavier than concealer) that matches with your foundation. For highlighting use concealer 1 to 2 shades lighter than your foundation. Using a lighter shade corrector or concealer to cover up any flaw, will only bring more attention to it.
8) Using an almost empty mascara tube – If you think pumping the brush into your mascara tube is okay, think again. Instead of getting the last traces of mascara left, you are actually drying it out as you pump air into it.
9) Curling your eyelashes after applying mascara – This is a huge mistake as it will ruin your mascara and cause your lashes to fall out. Curl your lashes first and then apply mascara.
10) Blowing on your brushes – Avoid blowing on the bristles to get rid of excess product. Blowing on brushes creates a playground for bacteria to grow. The bacteria can build and build with each innocent blow and then transfer to your pores to promote unsightly breakouts. Instead of blowing, try tapping your brush against your arm, the edge of your counter or vanity.
11) Not applying moisturizer before foundation – Moisturizing before applying makeup is one of the most important steps in your beauty routine. Without this step, your skin is uneven and dry, which allows certain spots to stick or cling to makeup differently. By applying moisturizer, you are creating a clean and even canvas to begin building your face.
12) Storing makeup in the bathroom – Bathroom’s moisture can become a breeding ground for bacteria. Storing your makeup in the humid bathroom can shorten your product’s’ shelf life. Consider investing in a vanity to keep your makeup – and your face – super fresh.
Take care of your skin 😉