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6 Bad Beauty Habits To Break

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1. Keeping your hair tools too hot

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If you’re in a lifelong partnership with your hair straightener like I am or if you use hot tools on your hair every week, make sure to turn down the heat settings. Aside from the obvious benefits of reducing heat exposure to your hair and scalp—less dryness, more shine, fewer split ends—it can also help your hair dye last longer if you color your hair. Using excessive heat on dyed hair dulls and fades the color faster, which means more time and money spent on upkeep.

2. Curling your eyelashes after wearing mascara


Curling your eyelashes is one of the quickest, cheapest, and more effective ways to up your eyelash game. Unfortunately, if you forget this step in your routine and accidentally apply your mascara first, avoid going back and curling your lashes afterward. Either the mascara will be dry and you’ll risk breakage or it’ll stick to the curler and you’ll risk pulling out some eyelashes.

3. Not investing in a primer


If you wear a heavy or medium coverage foundation, you should probably invest in a solid primer. A good primer can be the make-or-break between a flawless coverage or a patchy one. If you have dry skin, a moisturizing primer will keep your foundation from clumping together or peeling off. If you have sensitive or acne-prone skin, a primer can act as a much-needed barrier between your skin and makeup. Although many primers are bank-breakingly expensive, Maybelline’s Face Studio line offers a good line of drugstore dupes.

4. Overusing your conditioner

If you want more volume in your hair, if your hair gets oily quickly, or if you want your curls to last longer try skipping the conditioner. Alternatively, try making sure that you only apply conditioner to your ends first, work “up,” and avoid putting ANY on your scalp. Alternatively, if conditioner is a go-to hair product for you, Tresseme has a line of “reversed” hair care where you apply your conditioner before your shampoo. That way, you can detangle your hair first and then let the shampoo strip away conditioner residue that may weigh down your hair.

5. Not washing your makeup brushes


Although this is a fairly obvious tip, even the most diligent makeup-lovers get lazy. Just keep in mind that if something seems “off” about your makeup’s application, it’s probably your brushes. I once switched through three different foundation brands just to realize that a more regular cleaning of my brush would’ve easily done the trick.

6. And lastly, not removing your makeup before bed


I know, I know, you’ve been hearing this one since you bought your first lip gloss. Don’t get me wrong, I consistently rock last night’s makeup the next day, and I’m not convinced that my eyelashes are ever completely free of leftover mascara—but this is an important rule to try and follow. Sleeping your makeup does a lot of damage to your skin and your makeup will consistently become harder to apply. Even worse, hardened mascara can scratch and irritate your eyes especially if you wear contact lenses. Do yourself a big favor and take the extra five minutes before bed to wash your face properly.

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