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Here Are 14 Painful Beauty Mistakes — How Many Are You Guilty Of?

Don't tell anyone, but...*whispers* I clean my ears with Q-tips.

Wet hair is more prone to breakage when it's brushed, so it's better to towel-dry first.

Moisturizer hydrates the skin and forms a protective barrier. In addition, it's a great way to make your skin the perfect canvas for makeup application.

Since the natural oil comes from the roots, shampooing your ends could dry them out prematurely.

Foundation and concealer brushes should be cleaned frequently at once a week minimum.

If you cut your bangs while your hair is wet, there's a chance they could bounce up when dry and look too short.

Since the oil is more concentrated on your roots, it's best to apply conditioner from the mid-length to the ends.

If you aren't outside, but you're still hanging out in front of a computer screen or window, you're exposing your skin to potentially damaging light.

Sure, if you apply enough makeup, you can get the correct amount of sun protection. However, you'd need seven times the normal amount of foundation and 14 times the normal amount of powder to get the protection you need.

Sleeping with makeup on can prevent the rejuvenating cell turnover process, which can make skin look older.

Rinsing actually removes the dirt, oil, and makeup from the face. Plus, makeup remover wipes usually leave a film on your face that needs to be washed off.

Your hair soaks up water like a sponge, so it's best to wet it before going in a pool so it doesn't suck up all of that chlorine.

Cleaning your ears with Q-tips can damage your ears if you poke too deep, and it can push the earwax further into your ear.

Pumping your mascara can introduce air and bacteria into the tube.

Biting your nails can increase the chance of infection and make hangnails more common.