I know we can all improve our beauty routine...I know I sure did after coming across a few of these tips that were submitted by some of our readers who asked to remain anonymous.
1. Experiment! Especially with different trends and color. If you try something you don't like, wipe it off and start over. My favorite time to experiment with a new look isn't right before a big event. Would you believe it's right before bed? You've got to wash your face anyway, so why not experiment.
2. Using Eye Cream! Your delicate skin around your eyes always needs special attention. If you already have wrinkles, try Philosophy Miracle Worker Eye Reform or for more preventative care, try Shiseido Ibuki Eye Correcting Cream.
3. Defining your brows. I have fallen a victim of this lately, because of how busy I've been. They're looking a little scruffy. However, defining your brows will make a noticeable different and make you look younger in the process. You can define with powder, pencil, brow gels, or a combination of the bunch.
4. Incorporating SPF into your moisturizer or primer. I'm not a big fan of moisturizer, maybe because I haven't found 'the one' for me. If you're moisturizer or primer already have SPF on the bottle, ignore this step. Sneak your SPF into a step you're already doing. Philosophy Hope-Oil-Free has SPF 30 and Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer has SPF 20. Make sure you read the fine print on your favorite products.
5. Washing your makeup brushes. REGULARLY. If you need details on how, check out this blog post here.
6. Enjoy your morning beauty routine! I like to put on my coziest robe and slippers, sip my coffee, play music and sometimes catch up on Good Morning America while I do my makeup. Some ladies only have time to throw their clothes on, wash their face, apply their beauty routine and grab their coffee on the way to work...during your beauty routine...no matter your routine, enjoy it.
7. Exfoliate! Exfoliate! Exfoliate! Can't go wrong with exfoliating and keeping your skin soft and smooth.
1. Wearing your blush too low. Yeah, this is possible. Wearing blush below your nose visually drags your cheeks down, making you look older and/or your cheeks saggier. Imagine a line below the end of your nose that connects to the end of your ears and try to keep blush above it.
2. Over-lining your lips to make them appear larger. This never looks natural. If you want the appearance of fuller lips, use light-reflecting glosses, nude shades, and if you'd like, lip plumpers.
3. Wedge Sponges to apply your foundation. Unfortunately, these soak up your foundation and hold onto bacteria. If you must use a sponge, try a beauty blender.
4. Using bronzer all over the face to appear more tan. If you must use a bronzer, use a fluffy brush to lightly dust on the high points of your face. I use a matte bronzer to add shadow to contour areas only - under the cheekbones, at temples and the hairline.
5. Smoking. This does nothing for you in the beauty department. Many employers help cover the cost of smoking cessation programs. Find support and kick the habit. Your face will thank you.
6. Tanning. If you're already using bronzer, you don't need to be hitting the tanning bed. Go outside and get natural sunlight.
7. Using a nude lip color. There are nude lip colors and then there is what I call "mouth-erasers." Your skin tone plays a big role here, but nearly every one would benefit from a little pink or peach in their nude lip color.
See you next time,