How many of you are making some beauty mistakes that you know are taboo yet are having a really hard time correcting? *raises hand*
We’ve all been there. We spent hours watching YouTube reviews on skincare products and tutorials on how to fill in your eyebrows correctly; and then you actually attempt to execute those tips and tricks and it looks….a little off.
With beauty–be it haircare, skincare, or makeup, it is so easy to develop habits that are incorrect or even bad for you. I’ve been there; I first put makeup on for my middle school graduation when I was thirteen, and you can bet that I was doing everything wrong. And when those incorrect techniques become a habit, it can become challenging to re-teach yourself the correct way to take care of yourself and apply makeup in a way that is flattering and doesn’t severely age you.
That is why I have rounded up a few of my tips and tricks for maintaining a radiant, youthful appearance with minimal effort! Check out these seven beauty mistakes and how to work around them below!
1. Rubbing Down on Your Skin When You Apply Product
When I was first experimenting with skincare products, I would haphazardly rub product into my face like I was trying to buff a scuff off of my car. I would just rub circles on my face until I was satisfied.
Now, I know better. You should always be massaging product into your skin using a gentle, upward motion. Start from the bottom of your face, work upwards toward your cheeks, and then outward. Make sure that your fingers aren’t too firm or too gentle. Lastly, when you are applying eye cream or massaging near your eyes in general, use a weaker finger like your ring finger in order to make sure that your touch is nice and gentle!
2. Tugging At Your Eyes
As someone who really sucks at applying eyeliner, I get that this one is hard not to do. In order to execute the perfect cat eye, it is so, so tempting to tug your eyelid taut. Rather than using my fingers to pull at my eyelids, I like to use a Q-tip to get the same effect. It takes some time to get the hang of using a Q-tip, but it is significantly more gentle than using your finger which makes it so work it in the long run!
If you are struggling with the Q-tip, I have also found that tilting my face upwards slightly really helps get that perfect angle that makes it easy to apply eyeliner without pulling my eyelid taut. Lastly, an angled brush can also be a huge help!
3. Using the Wrong Foundation
It’s easy to use a foundation that doesn’t match our skin tone or skin type. I have been there; especially during the changing of the seasons when my skin gets a bit lighter or darker. I’m putting on my makeup when I’m half-asleep in the morning, and it looks awesome. Then I take a look at myself in the mirror at work and I am horrified. Why does my neck look so much lighter than my face? And why does my makeup look so cakey and flakey already?
A couple of things were happening that took me a while to uncover. While I was purchasing the correct shades in store, I was matching my foundation to my neck exactly. And then came bronzer, highlighter, and blush, and soon my face was looking much darker than my neck. You should be trying to purchase foundation in a shade slightly lighter than the skin on your neck to help work around this!
Second, I wasn’t using a makeup primer. Please, please learn from my dire beauty mistakes! Wear primer! It helps keep your foundation smooth and in-place all day long and keeps you looking fresh and alert instead of tired and splotchy.
4. Filling Your Brows Wrong
I remember when I was in fourth grade, my teacher told me that his mom used to shave off her eyebrows and draw them on with a pencil. I remember shuddering at the thought of dark, angular, angry brows and hoping that would never become a trend again.
We’re so incredibly lucky that great eyebrow products are available in abundance, and there are so many ways to go about filling in your brows. And not only are there many different kinds of brow products available, but there are also many different shades at your disposal. So don’t just grab the darkest brow pencil you can find and draw a straight line over your eyes. Take a look at some photos or videos for inspiration on how you want your eyebrows to look!
Personally, I’m not the most gifted at filling in my eyebrows, but I do think that the key to a nice brow is choosing the correct color! If you are rocking natural hair, make sure that you are choosing a brow product that is close to the same color as your natural brow; try not to match it to your hair color, and–when in doubt, go a shade lighter! Lighter brows add a softer, more youthful effect to your face!
5. Applying Concealer Incorrectly Under Your Eyes
As someone chronically cursed with very prominent dark circles under her eyes, I have spent years studying the art of concealing them. What I’ve found is that there is definitely a right way and a wrong way to apply concealer under your eyes.
It seems pretty easy to just swipe some concealer under your eyes or apply using the dot method, but the best way is actually to apply your concealer upside-down triangles below your eyes. The shape of the triangle makes your face appear fuller and brightens your face by drawing light under your eyes–even after you’ve blended! It’s an easy way to look more awake and more youthful!
6. You Aren’t Using SPF
Always wear sunscreen! Even if you are staying inside all day!
I may as well have that engraved on my tombstone with how much I repeat it. And if you crack open my coffin, you’ll notice that I’m still looking flawless because I always wear sunscreen.
Not only does consistently wearing SPF keep your skin looking young but it also prevents the development of skin cancer. My advice is to find a sunscreen that works with your skin type (I use a moisturizing facial sunscreen for my dry skin) and incorporate it into your morning skincare routine.
If you don’t have one, I have already shared mine in my morning skincare routine, but any facial sunscreen will work! It is such an easy step and goes so far at protecting your skin and keeping you looking radiant and healthy. I’m even including some of my favorite moisturizing sunscreens above for people who struggle with dry skin.
7. You Aren’t Keeping Hydrated
This is one of those beauty mistakes that is so easy to fix yet equally easy to forget. My skin is as dry as a desert, so I am well-learned in the art of keeping hydrated throughout the day. It is important to not only use a moisturizer every morning and every night but to also remember to drink plenty of water throughout the day.
My rule of thumb is one ounce of water for every pound you weigh. I find that as long as I keep a bottle of water at my side throughout the day, it really isn’t hard to manage!
I think that we’ve all figured out that there is no secret to eternal youth to be found in the world, but there are plenty of ways to maintain a youthful, healthy appearance. If you have even found one new tip to try out at home, then my job here is complete!