A beauty routine is often inherited. Young women see their mothers or sisters applying makeup and learn the practices they use for the rest of their lives. Whether you'll admit it or not, some part of your routine has been influenced by a friend or relative that might not know what they're doing. Whether you're applying highlighter to your blemishes or damaging your lashes, see where you may be going wrong with five of the most commonly misused products:
Highlighting Concealer Pens
While many have concealing properties, highlighting pens are most often misused in place of a creamy concealer. Products like YSL’s cult Touche Eclat are often wrongly used to cover blemishes and redness when actually they are drawing attention to the area. This type of product is perfect for under eye circles but, as anyone who's been photographed wearing Touche Eclat knows, they can be very reflective.
If you’re not used to having acne, a simple blemish can cause panic that leads to picking and a dramatic misuse of products. Spot treatments aren’t meant for longterm use and definitely are not meant to be put all over the face. Many women with very few problem areas use acne cleansers or spot treatments as a preventative measure which can cause excessive dryness and thinning of the skin. This is really a case where you should use as advised.
Not all eyelash curlers are the same. If you use the wrong shape or apply too much pressure you can damage your lashes which can eventually lead to them falling out. Short bursts of pressure are much better than one big squeeze. When buying a curler, look carefully at the shape of your eye and the shape of the curler. Just because a specific brand is popular doesn’t mean it’s right for you.
Many women misunderstand the purpose of foundation. It’s not there to give you a tan or cover your acne, it’s there to even tone. If you have acne, it can be a great first step to getting full coverage, but where most women go wrong is by using more than they need. Most women can get away with using a sheer foundation or tinted moisturizer because their skin texture is naturally good (yes, even those with acne). Don’t underestimate the power of concealer, you may be able to get away with less makeup than you think.
Contouring can make or break your look, especially if you have a baby face or a fuller cheek, but applying the product wrong, or in the wrong color, can be glaringly obvious (see: