7 Bad Makeup Habits to Break in the New Year

Makeup artists are always on trend with the latest in beauty news. They make us look good, and they score in bringing out the best and hiding the flaws. Trust the pros for advice on how to get the most out of makeup. When the experts tell you to put down the mascara wand, you listen. Here are seven things makeup artists want you to stop immediately.

Don’t wear waterproof mascara every day.

Waterproof mascara doesn’t smudge as easily as regular mascara because it’s formulated to be drying. Makes sense that constant continued use would dry your lashes and make them brittle. Limit waterproof mascara to occasions when you expect to sweat (or cry). Use regular formulas most of the time and you won’t be threatened with breaking lashes.

Don’t match foundation to the back of your hand.

Ever try out a new foundation on the back of your hand in the store, get home, apply it to your face and find that it’s one or two shades darker than you wanted? Skip the hand test and apply the sample to your jawline for a much more accurate match.

Don’t stick with just one concealer.

Makeup artists know you need under-eye concealer that is one or two shades lighter than your skin tone to brighten up any shadows. Use another color that matches your face to cover up any blemishes or discolorations.

Don’t use too much face powder.

Too much face power can settle into fine lines and make you look older. Apply a translucent or a brightening powder down the center of your forehead, nose and chin, and use it sparingly. You’ll get a longer lasting look that banishes shine without giving you a finish that’s too flat.

Don’t pile on too much shimmer.

You don’t want a glow-in-dark effect when you finish applying shimmer. Go easy and strategic with just a touch across the tops of your cheekbones or lids.

Or eyeliner.

You love eyeliner because it makes your eyes look bigger, but too much of a good thing can wind up defeating your purpose.  An overload of eyeliner makes your eyes appear smaller. Open up your eyes by drawing a thinner line and then smudging it out with a slightly lighter eyeshadow. You’ll also get a softer definition that’s more flattering.

Don’t store makeup in the bathroom.

Bathroom humidity is the worst destroyer of makeup, although most of us don’t realize that when it comes to storing products. But think about it. Humidity from the shower promotes the breeding of bacteria. Plus, the dampness breaks down the formula. Save your makeup by finding a cool, dry storage space in your bedroom.

Read More: 7 Things Makeup Artists Would Never Do

Linda Parham

Linda Parham is a journalist and writer who enjoys creating entertaining blogs. She started out as a newspaper reporter before moving on to editing magazines and newsletters. Linda specializes in writing about beauty, health, fitness, business and politics.

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