Over the years, I have tried out almost every beauty technique in the book – all in the name of blogging! When I sat down to think about today’s blog post, all that kept coming to mind were common mistakes that I have noticed and experienced myself, and thought I would compile them in to a list!
So here we have it – 5 Common Beauty Mistakes that can be so easily avoided.
1. Not owning a pair of eyelash curlers
Eyelash curlers are one of the cheapest make up tools, but they can make on of the biggest differences. The ones pictured above cost me around £1 from a bargain store 6 years ago (no joke!)
It’s a fact that almost any mascara will look instantly better when applied to pre-curled lashes. Your lashes will look longer, more shapely and will frame your eyes better. One important point, though – always curl your lashes before using mascara to avoid lash-loss and breakages.
If, like I was, you’re nervous about using a curler – keep practising! It gets so much easier and makes all the difference.
2. Using conditioner all over the hair
I never, ever, ever apply conditioner to my roots. I start around a third of the way down the length of my hair to avoid the finished result looking greasy and full of product.
The roots area is naturally the most oily, and piling moisturising product onto it won’t do all that much good. Instead, it will make your hair appear greasier quicker, and prompt you to wash it more often. More frequent washing = the stripping of essential oils… you get the picture!
3. The dreaded ‘stripes’ of blusher
Ah, blusher. One of the most debated products in terms of how best to apply it, what to avoid etc. If you’re looking for the best technique for you, there are hundreds of tutorial videos out there talking about the best methods, but I’m going to mention one of the worst!
There are few things as unflattering as two stripes of blusher down either side of the face, applied heavily like a contour shade and left largely unblended. I see it far more than you’d believe! However you prefer to use blush, keep it light and blend it well and you should be well on your way to that healthy-looking glow.
4. Blow drying your hair from soaking wet
I discovered this tip so long ago that I can’t remember where I originally heard it! I never dry my hair from soaking wet – I towel dry it, allow it to dry naturally until it’s about 70% done then finish it off with a hairdryer.
The ‘magic of blowdrying’ only happens in the final stages, so until then it’s mostly unnecessary heat damage taking place. I know it can be a bit time-consuming, but I always find something to do whilst my hair is doing it’s natural drying bit, and the finished look is always much shinier and smoother.
One extra tip – see that cold air blast setting on your dryer? Once your hair is dry, switch it on and let the cold air close up the cuticles of your hair for a sleeker look.
5. Too much perfume!
A spritz of a gorgeous perfume can totally make an outfit or look, but too much of it can send those around you reeling! There’s nothing worse than getting into a taxi for a night out with someone wearing far too much of their favourite fragrance – it sticks in your throat and feels quite suffocating.
When it comes to perfume, a little less is always better than a little too much.
I hope that you’ve enjoyed this post, and please feel free to post your own tips below too! I’d love to read them.