Every day (or so it seems) you wake up and go about your beauty routine. You barely give any thought to the way you apply your winged eyeliner, and you breeze through your skincare routine in seconds. Not to mention, you can happily say that you are a master multi-tasker considering you can drink your green smoothie, sing every word to “Flawless,” and get ready in front of the mirror all at the same time. Of course, all of that is great! But what if it means you’re making beauty mistakes without even realizing it?
Quick! Answer this question: How do you choose your foundation color? Do you test it on the back of your hand to make sure it matches your skin tone? If you answered yes to this question, chances are you’re using the wrong foundation shade. As natural as it seems that your face would be the same color as your wrist, the truth is that your wrist typically appears much more orange. In order to ensure that you’re using a foundation color that’s right for you, sample each shade along the base of your jawline instead.
You’ve just finished applying your makeup. Now you may think it’s time to grab your setting spray and move along with your day, but not just yet! Believe it or not, one of the most common beauty mistakes is forgetting to blend your foundation past your jawline, creating a distracting, obvious line that separates your natural skin color from your foundation color. To get a more natural makeup look, be sure to continue applying your foundation slightly past your jawline and two inches or so onto your neck. Don’t forget to also thoroughly blend all eyeshadow with a blending brush to prevent your eye makeup from looking cakey.
One common misconception is that, to cover up dark circles or highlight underneath the eyes, it’s best to apply concealer directly under the eyes in shape that resembles a half-circle or crescent moon. What this really does, though, is draw more unwanted attention to this area rather than brightening it. Apply your concealer in a larger triangle using the guide below to help you. We guarantee you’ll be surprised how much of difference this trick can make!
After a long day, the last thing you probably feel like doing is washing your face, especially when you could be using that valuable time in bed watching Netflix or sleeping. However, skipping out on this step may just be the reason you struggle with acne, redness, extreme dryness, or skin irritation. Make it a habit to cleanse your face at least twice a day – when you wake up, before you go to bed, after a workout, or any time when you are decently sweating. Doing so will benefit you in the long run by removing impurities, increasing skin hydration, and preventing the development of blemishes.
Who doesn’t love a good face scrub? Skin exfoliation is a must for proper skincare, since it removes dead skin cells that clog pores. But did you know that over-exfoliating your skin can actually cause breakouts by getting rid of new skin cells that are supposed to be blocking out dirt and bacteria? You may be over-exfoliating if you wash your face regularly but still struggle with breakouts, have more oily or shiny looking skin than normal, or find yourself itching dry patches of skin throughout the day. Luckily, fixing this common problem is simple: swap your scrub for your daily cleanser more often! Also, consider purchasing a more gentle face scrub, such as this one we love from Clinique.