By Willow Munson, Freshman

Everyone makes mistakes--sometimes without even realizing it.  There are a lot of things that can go wrong when it comes to beauty, but we narrowed it down to what we found to be the ten most important beauty mistakes people commonly make. Trust me, changing these habits will make a HUGE difference.

1. Over-Washing Your Face

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If you’re washing your face two times a day, stop! Washing your face more than once a day strips your skin of moisture and increases sensitivity. Wash your face at night to remove makeup and to help clear your pores.

2. Not Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes

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Not cleaning your makeup brushes is a common mistake. They can be a total pain to clean, but trust me, it’s important. The oil and old makeup on the brushes build up and clog your pores when you use the brushes on your face. You don’t even need to buy expensive brush cleaner-- just combine a few drops of baby shampoo with warm water, swirl the brushes around in the mixture, and leave them out to air dry.

3. Plucking Eyebrows Right Against the Mirror

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Plucking your eyebrows too close to the mirror results in thin and uneven brows. Being close to the mirror takes the focus off the shape and size and turns your attention to each and every small hair, resulting in too thin eyebrows. Try finding or moving a mirror into a well lit area. Move closer to the mirror when using the tweezers, but step back a couple of feet after a couple of hairs to check the size and shape of your brows.

4. Not Using a Heat Protectant on Hair

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When styling or using heat on your hair, a heat protectant is essential. Blow drying, straightening, and curling damage your hair. Soon your hair will become frizzy, damaged, and dry. A heat protectant helps stop the damage caused by the heat. For an inexpensive protectant try using the Tresemmé Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray, which is sold at Target for $3.99. I like this one because it makes your hair shiny and smooth.  

 

5. Not Changing Your Pillowcase

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Here’s an experiment for you to try: change your pillowcase every 3-7 days for a couple of months. I guarantee this will help clear your skin. Even if you wash your face every night, dirt, makeup, and oils left on your face and hair get on your pillowcase, resulting in clogged pores. Changing the pillowcase gives your face a clean, soft surface every night, ensuring healthier looking skin.


6. Too Much Mascara

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It is easy to fall into the wearing-too-much-mascara-trap.  I know a lot of girls are tempted to try and achieve the look of false lashes without the use of false lashes, but piling on mascara can cause clumpy lashes, which will cause the opposite effect of what you want to achieve. To avoid clumpy mascara, simply apply less or gently wiggle the brush to keep the lashes separate.

7. Not Blending Foundation on Neck

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Besides using the wrong shade of foundation, seeing a line of foundation at your jawline is a big beauty mistake that you may not notice if you’re not looking for it. Always blend your foundation into your neck to have a flawless transition from face to neck.

8. Too Much Face Makeup

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It is really easy to apply too much foundation, giving your face the “cakey” look. Minimal foundation is actually more ideal for a flawless face. Use concealer to target specific trouble spots on your face, and use foundation sparingly. Powder your face only where you applied concealer. Besides, letting your natural features shine through is beautiful.

9. Shampooing Too Frequently

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A lot of hair stylists recommend only washing your hair three times a week. Why? Washing your hair every day can strip the hair of its natural oils, resulting in dryness, damage, and breakage. If you feel a little greasy in between washes, try rinsing your hair with just water, or apply a little dry shampoo to dry hair.   

10. Wearing Waterproof Mascara Every Day

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Waterproof mascara can be perfect for special events like prom, a wedding, or a day at the beach, but it should not be worn everyday. The formula for waterproof mascara dries out your lashes, making them frail. It is also extremely difficult to remove all traces of waterproof mascara from your lashes. When trying to clean the mascara off, often you’ll lose lashes in the process.