There’s a lot of room for error when it comes to your makeup bag…and trust me, I know this because I’ve probably committed all of the beauty crimes in the book. Yes, I was that girl who wore blue eyeshadow in middle school. No, I don’t have any pictures of it because I’ve burned them all. #SorryNotSorry. While blue eyeshadow did make quite the comeback last season, there are certain trends that shouldn’t be a thing…and I firmly believe that is one of them!
While I’m (mostly) joking about the aggressive eyeshadow mishaps, there are a few other beauty blunders that are slightly more serious and should definitely be avoided at all costs. I’ve decided to round up a few of the worst offenses you can commit with your makeup products and some tips and tricks to avoiding a total disaster.
1. Not washing your brushes
Okay, I’ll be honest. I don’t wash my brushes/ beauty blender as much as I should, right up until recently. My problem wasn’t that I was too lazy, but instead I just didn’t want to spend a fortune on a brush cleaner and I felt like baby shampoo just wasn’t cutting it. So logically, I just pretended they were clean. Smart move, right? Wrong. I started breaking out pretty bad a couple weeks ago and my immediate thought was, “and THAT’S why you should just wash your god-damn brushes!!” So. I headed out to my local Harmon store in order to pick up some more baby shampoo and just suck it up.
AND THEN. AND THEN. I came across the greatest ever dupe for the Beauty Blender Solid Cleaner ever. For those of you who aren’t aware, Beauty Blender sells a solid cleaner that apparently is the bees knees but the price tag is totally ridiculous. While wandering the isles at Harmon, I came across the all-natural line of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps. WELL. I’ll have you know that this soap retails for like, two bucks and it works PERFECTLY as a brush cleaner. Just swirl your brushes around the soap, foam it up under the faucet, and rinse! Works great on the Beauty Blender too. You’re welcome in advance for this life-changing beauty hack.
2. Using old mascara
Jesus. I’m cheap too, but even I know when to call it quits on an old mascara. Again, this is more of a health/safety thing because using old mascara can cause eye irritation and other nasties to happen in the most sensitive area of your body. No bueno. If you’re really in a pinch then you can throw a few drops of Visine into the tube to stretch the lifespan of your mascara but for real, chuck your tube after three months tops. Check out this handy printable for other expiration date info!
3. Forgetting to change the pads on your eyelash curler
Guilty. I do this all the time, and then regret it almost immediately because forgetting to clean and change the little pads that are on your eyelash curler can lead to you literally ripping your eyelashes out. And yes, that’s as painful as it sounds. The old mascara can goop up and stick to the wet mascara that you apply right before curling, causing a really painful tug when you release the clamp. You can pick up replacement pads for pennies at Sephora, or sometimes high-end curlers come with a pack of them. Soak your curler in warm water and use makeup remover to buff away any old mascara. Apply new pads and bam. It’s like a brand new tool!
4. Bronzing Your Entire Godd*mn Face
I love being tan, I really do. In fact, I love being tan so much that I have suffered through many an orange spray tan that’s left me regretting ever setting foot into a spray tanning booth. There is definitely a fine line between being tan and too tan, and it’s REALLY EASY to cross that line when you get a little bronzer happy. There are tons of tutorials out there for properly contouring and bronzing but basically just remember that one should never just apply bronzer to their entire face as though it is a neutral powder. Particularly if it has shimmer in it. At the very least, just focus bronzer on the sides of your face starting at the temples and ending along the jawbone.
5. Foundation Matching on Your Hand
Okay yes, this seems like a logical thing to do because why wouldn’t we want to see the actual shade of the foundation on our skin…right? But take into consideration that your hands are absolutely a different shade then your face. If you have a fake tan regiment that you follow, your face will always be lighter then the rest of your body because you wash your face the most and exfoliate frequently. Instead of swiping product on your hand, try dabbing shades along your jawline for the most accurate representation of color.
Have you committed any beauty blunders?