I once asked my makeup artist colleague, what he truthfully thought about my look. He replied “I like it. It’s nice. But please stop adding so much bronzer to your face, like we get it. You have contour”. I never wore that shade of bronzer again. Bad beauty habits are common.That was one of mine, but here are examples of many:
Experimentation on the day
A first date or special occassion is not the time to open up your new expenditures.
Experimentation is how any person or artist learns their technique. We have to try products and explore options to continue to figure out our appearance. But, to open up a set of new eye shadows or copy a style that’s unknown territory, is a recipe for disaster.
You are better practising and testing the night before. We tend to rush as well, when we are heading out to a specific event. Time should be on your side when you switch up your creativity.
Application in bad light
I have discussed this before and for good reason. It’s such a huge mistake that made on a daily basis.
Lighting is everything! I have watched shoots before where a light set-up completely altered a model’s face. If you wake up and your curtains are closed with the light on, chances are, you are going to mess up on blending foundation, in addition to adding too much product.
It is said that no star is a heroine to her makeup artist – Richard Corliss
An ideal situation is natural lighting with open curtains. Bathrooms as they are usually smaller, are brilliant at reflecting more light in.
If you live in Britain and wake up to dark clouds, it’s worth double-checking your makeup up-close in another room to the one you used for application.
Coverage on dry skin
People don’t realise how beneficial using a good moisturiser is. I wrote about it for Harley Street.
The way that I was taught at makeup school, is to slightly rub (think of the size of an almond) cream into my washed hands, and then sweep across my face – spending a minute massaging in.
Do not rub in circles super quick – one of those bad beauty habits you may do obliviously. This could cause redness and irritation.
For those with oily skin, take comfort that you have the best texture for application. Putting foundation or cosmetics on dry skin, will equal trouble with blending, an un-smooth finish and possibly flakiness interrupting your texture.
If your skin feels tight or uncomfortable after moisturising, it’s probably too light for your skin.
Trying to wear it all
I know you bought an eye shadow palette and you want to mix all 8 shades. I know you think that’s cool because the colours are neutral.
Creativity is your best makeup skill, don’t be afraid to experiment – Pat McGrath
Most-likely it’s a waste. Unless you are creating a specific look and you know all the colours to blend, it’s more ideal to choose a set amount of colours for each day. For instance, a dark brown-smokey eye on Monday, but a gold shimmer combined with a red lip on Tuesday.
It’s the same with nail art. It can easily get messy if attempt a couple of patterns and your new set of crystals – together.
Not cleansing properly
Here’s a simple test: After doing your usual cleansing routine, pick up a cotton pad, douse in cleanser and wipe across your face. Does any product come off?
I truly believe in cleansing twice and spending a couple of minutes massaging. People miss areas such as around the nose, hairline and the jaw.
Out of all the bad beauty habits, the worst is sleeping in your makeup. As soon as you get in and think about getting out of your work clothes, remove your work face.
What bad beauty habits have you done? Do you have any tips on how to break them?
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