When it comes to makeup, you tend to stick to your same old tried-and-true rou­tine. But what you may not know is that your makeup rou­tine is likely filled with lit­tle bad habits that need to be thrown out with your tired old clothes this sea­son. If you have a ten­dency to not clean your brushes or reg­u­larly fall asleep with makeup still in­tact, this is for you. Style re­veals some poor beauty prac­tices to quit now, just in time for a re­fresh. 20 Blow­ing on Your Brushes We’ve all done it. You swipe your brush a lit­tle too heav­ily into prod­uct and then thought­lessly blow on the bris­tles to get rid of the ex­cess. It’s al­most like we were taught this tech­nique. Un­for­tu­nately, blow­ing on brushes cre­ates a play­ground for bac­te­ria growth. 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, a com­pact, or the edge of your counter or van­ity. You’ll get the same re­sult you’re used to, but with­out all the pesky bac­te­ria. Not Clean­ing Your Brushes You know how after some time, the bris­tles of your brushes start to seem stiffer, clump to­gether, or fall out and stick to your skin? That’s prob­a­bly be­cause you’re not clean­ing your brushes enough (or at all). For rou­tine main­te­nance, dip or spray the ends of your brush in a good cleaner. Then care­fully swirl the brush on a towel un­til all the prod­uct pig­ment in the bris­tles is gone. For a deep clean­ing, sham­poo your brushes once ev­ery month or weekly de­pend­ing on the us­age; you can use any bot­tle you have in your stock­pile. Hold your brush bris­tles down, ap­ply sham­poo, and rinse just as you would your hair. You don’t want any water to get into the base of the brush, which can cause bac­te­ria to grow, so al­ways, al­ways hold the brush bris­tles down un­der the faucet. Once the water runs clear, lay your brushes on a towel with the bris­tles rest­ing off the edge of the counter, or hang them to dry.

Fall­ing Asleep With Makeup On

It’s been a long day, and all you want is to fall straight into bed and go to sleep. How­ever, leav­ing makeup on your skin is the quick­est way to undo any skincare reg­i­men you prac­tice. Not only does left­over makeup cause break­outs, but it can also set­tle into pores and lines to cre­ate an un­even and un­clean sur­face for your next ap­pli­ca­tion, even if you re­move it the next morn­ing. If you’re re­ally in a rush, keep your fa­vorite makeup wipes on your bed­side table so you can mind­lessly freshen up your face be­fore it hits the pil­low.

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. I like to use a mois­tur­izer with SPF to kill two birds with one stone, pro­tect­ing my skin while I prep.

Match­ing Your Eye Shadow to Your Out­fit

This was our fa­vorite thing to do in high school. But times have changed, and the whole matchy-matchy look sig­nals that you may be a makeup new­bie. In­stead of match­ing your shadow to your dress, try to cre­ate con­trast to make your eyes pop by se­lect­ing a hue on the op­po­site side of the colour wheel.

Us­ing Your Hand to Match Foun­da­tion

You’re brows­ing through your fa­vorite makeup stands while at­tempt­ing to find the right shade of foun­da­tion for your face. Your first in­stinct is to smudge a foun­da­tion onto the back of your hand to see if it matches your skin tone. The prob­lem is that foun­da­tion is go­ing on your face, not your hand (duh?). Al­ways spot-test foun­da­tion in at least two places on your face; the two best spots are on your cheek­bone (next to your ear) and along your jaw­line. You’ll be more likely to find a com­ple­men­tary shade when you match th­ese ar­eas.

Im­prop­erly Blend­ing Foun­da­tion

When go­ing with full-fa­cial foun­da­tion cov­er­age, we of­ten stop the ap­pli­ca­tion at our chin or jaw­line. The prob­lem with this tech­nique is that it of­ten cre­ates the il­lu­sion of a makeup mask. Peo­ple will won­der why your face doesn’t match your neck or if you’re even wear­ing the proper shade of foun­da­tion at all. To break this habit, al­ways blend your foun­da­tion down your jaw­line and into your neck. You can use bronzer on your neck, along your jaw­line, and around the edges of your face to cre­ate a more seam­less foun­da­tion fin­ish.

Ap­ply­ing Con­cealer With­out Lock­ing It In

For­get­ting to lock in your con­cealer al­most al­ways leads to its most com­mon prob­lems: creas­ing, cak­ing, pig­ment trans­fer, and slid­ing. All of th­ese is­sues can be put to rest with the sim­ple step of lock­ing in your con­cealer. Al­ways dust a light layer of translu­cent or packed pow­der over the ar­eas you’ve con­cealed. This will also pre­vent your blushes or other colours from stick­ing to the still-wet con­cealer spots.

Pump­ing Mas­cara to Get More Prod­uct

We of­ten pump our mas­cara wand into the tube in hopes that it’ll pop out with even more prod­uct on it. The truth is that pump­ing your mas­cara pushes more and more air into the tube, caus­ing the prod­uct to dry out faster. This means that each time we pump, we cre­ate less prod­uct for our next ap­pli­ca­tion. In­stead, try gen­tly swirling the wand in­side the con­tainer, or just sim­ply pull the wand out once and ap­ply mul­ti­ple coats of mas­cara.

Us­ing Lip Liner Only to Line the Lip

How of­ten do you ask your friend to keep an eye on your pout so your lip­stick won’t fade and leave you with a harsh lip line? I know I’ve been there. This is prob­a­bly a sign that you’re ap­ply­ing your lip liner wrong. When lin­ing your lips, ap­ply along the up­per and lower lip lines, and then blend the colour into the mid­dle of the lips. Be­fore tak­ing your next step, you should ba­si­cally be fill­ing your lips in as you would with lip­stick. This will keep your lip colour more even and nat­u­ral, make your lips pop, and al­low longer-last­ing colour.


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