Now I’m not here to tell you not to contour or highlight or anything like that. You do you, girl! I’m going talk more about maintenance on your tools and products, that sort of thing. So here it goes…
- Going to bed without removing your makeup. We have all come in late, and just wanting to go straight to bed without taking our ‘faces’ off. Let me be that little voice SCREAMING ‘DON’T DO IT!!!!!!‘ The damage that it does to your skin, it just ain’t worth it. I know that I wake up with a blind pimple every time I don’t remove my makeup and these can leave scars. My skin gets incredibly dry and needs extra love and attention to get it back to scratch. I keep Micellar water and cotton pads next to my bed, it’s my ICE (In Case of Emergency), for those late nights when I just don’t have the energy for my full routine…this is the one step I do, do.
- Popping the mascara brush in and out several times during one application/coat. What majority of people who do this don’t know is…you are pumping air into the mascara container and this dries out the product, shortening it’s life spend.(That sounds so tragic…because it is!)
- Using every product a beauty blogger or vlogger mentions. I am a die hard Nicole Guerriero fan. She is the vlogger that has my loyalty. However, I do not have the money to buy EVERYTHING she mentions in her videos. If I’m in the market for something, I do watch her videos to see what she recommends and then try a sample in store (if available in South Africa), but I’m not going to purchase a certain eye shadow colour from Mac when I have the same colour (obviously different name) from Bobbi Brown. You need to remember that we all have different skin types and we live in different climates. There are various reasons why a product might work for one person and not another.
- Adding nail polish remover as thinner. When I learnt this…it was a light bulb moment. Nail polish remover is designed to break down nail polish, therefore you will get 1 or 2 more applications out of that nail polish. Whereas if you use nail polish thinner…you’re nail polish will last quite a few applications.
- Not applying a base coat when applying nail polish. I didn’t realise how important this step was until I started doing it. There are so many pros to applying a base coat. Your nail polish is less likely to chip or crack. Some base coats doubles as a nail treatment (hydrate/strengthen). It prevents those gorgeous dark colours from staining your nails.
- Applying makeup in the wrong lighting. A lot of people don’t think about this and yet it is so important. Applying makeup in a poorly lit room is like applying makeup without a mirror. Your makeup could end up looking ‘streaky’, ‘blotchy’, uneven, too light or even too dark. Try and apply your makeup in the room that has the most light (natural light is always best). Alternatively, purchase a vanity mirror that has a light as a border.
- Not educating ourselves regarding return policies. If you are not completely happy with a beauty product, don’t only read the stores return policy…also read the brand’s return policy. Did you know that if you return 6 empty MAC containers to any MAC counter, you will receive a complimentary lipstick? Lush has a similar deal, they require 5 empty containers and they will give you a face mask.
- Not leaving conditioner in long enough. I was guilty of this for years. I would wash, apply conditioner, comb and rinse. After combing, leave your conditioner in for about 5 minutes before rinsing. By doing this you’re give your conditioner time to do it’s job. You will definitely see the difference.
- The more expensive brand isn’t always the best product. I am not bad mouthing any brand, exclusive or inexpensive. All I am saying is ‘Know your stuff!’. Sometimes the cheaper item is just as good as the more ‘exclusive’ brand but because it comes with a certain label…you pay a bit extra.
- Not washing makeup brushes. I hate, hate, hate washing makeup brushes! I use to put off washing my brushes, as much as I could but read some of the articles of what could possibly be living in those dirty makeup brushes OR just do it for the sake of getting the most out of your brushes. Clean brushes applies product better. It’s gives a smoother, crispy finish to your makeup. I do this horrible job at least once a week.
I am sure we were/are all guilty of one at least one of these at stage or another…especially when we’re new to the makeup world, but as long as we learn from them…it’s all good.
The Fürst Lady