You think you’re doing everything so well. You’ve got your makeup, skin and hair-removal routine down pat. We hate to break it to you… You might not be as beauty-perfect as you might think! Read on for what top experts say about common beauty mistakes their clients make—and how to avoid them.
Line it up. Eyeliner is meant to make your eyes bigger, but many women line their eyes all the way around and apply dark liner in the inner rim, which actually has the opposite effect. “Instead, only line the top lid, which brings out the shape in the eye and extends it,” says Jessica Lighter, makeup artist and founder of Cliché Cosmetics in Pompano Beach, Fla.
Color match. Your foundation color should match your skin color, and your face should match your neck. “If you want to avoid the guessing game of choosing the perfect liquid foundation, use a mineral-powder foundation that is easier to blend with your skin,” Lighter says.
Skin saver. Glowing skin is right at your fingertips—if you’d just wash your face. “Sleeping with your makeup on is a fast way to ruin your complexion,” says Eve Michaels, L.A.-based makeover expert who has been featured on Entertainment Tonight, The Discovery Channel, VH1 and The Style Channel, among others. So lather up before going to bed!
Brow beat. Don’t pluck, don’t shorten, don’t thin, nothing—don’t touch your brows in between shaping appointments. “People don’t realize they are doing more harm than good. Taking matters into their own hands can lead to gaps in the eyebrows, an uneven look or a brow that is too flat,” says Reema Khan, founder and president of S.H.A.P.E.S BROW BAR in Chicago. “There is not much one can do to remedy it except let them grow back.” And that could take a while.
Makeup makeover. If you’ve hit age 40, it’s time to give up your glittery and shimmery ways. “Silver metallic eyeshadow doesn’t look good on anyone,” says Dimitri James, makeup artist, founder of SKINN Cosmetics and author of Becoming Beauty in Torrance, Cal. Becky Sturm, CEO and founder of StormSister Spatique and 3waybeauty Shop in Minneapolis, Minn., agrees, “It draws attention to fine lines.” Married to your shimmer? Meet with a professional makeup artist to determine what looks best on your peepers.
Wax on, wax off. What you do during the 48 hours after your bikini wax is just as important for smooth results as the waxing itself. “First, abstain from sex. Second, avoid UV rays. And third, resist the sauna,” says Jennifer Pesce, hair removal expert at Shobha in NYC. These three things can cause irritation to your newly sensitive skin and even cause it to be susceptible to bacteria, which can potentially cause an infection.
Sun sensitive. Most sunscreens on the market contain chemicals that block the sun. “Some blockers, like octylcinnamate, could inflame sensitive conditions like rosacea or acne,” says Barry Knapp, makeup director for the Latin Grammy’s and creator of Oxygenetix. “Choose products with titanium and zinc oxide, which are good for your skin.” Also, take note—the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently announced that beauty companies are now required to remove “sweat-proof” and “waterproof” from sunscreen packaging—because it simply isn’t true!