4 Things You're Doing Wrong With Your Makeup

This guest post is by Elena Donovan Mauer for Completely You

4 Things You're Doing Wrong With Your Makeup Feature

1. You don’t check the mirror.
Most of us ladies make frequent bathroom trips during the day. Even if you’re in a rush to get back to work (or whatever it is you’ve got going on), take a few extra moments to check your makeup. Lipstick on teeth, wayward eye shadow, and raccoon eyes are easy to fix, but you won’t know you have them if you don’t take a close look. Keep a few makeup basics in your purse or desk drawer so you have the tools you need to make touch-ups every few hours.
2. You reapply powder without blotting the oil away.
If your skin gets oily, blotting papers are essential. Always use one to blot away shine before reapplying powder. That’s because when powder mixes with the oils on your face, it can get really cakey. Blotting wicks it away and gets your skin prepped for a little powder. (Hey, without the shine, you may not even need the powder!)
3. You touch your face.
Whenever you touch your face, you transmit bacteria and oil, which can cause breakouts and skin irritation. So keep your fingers away from your skin as much as possible. Also, remember that using the same phone over and over can do the same thing, so periodically give your phone a good cleaning with an antibacterial wipe.
4. You pick, pop or nibble.
Some bad habits can really ruin your look. Hair-chewing can cause split, broken ends. Nail-biting can ruin your manicure. Popping pimples can make your skin look a mess and even cause scarring. So take the first step: Admit you have a bad habit, and train yourself to quit it! Need some help? Read more about how I broke my nail-biting habit.

Elena Donovan Mauer is Completely You’s beauty and lifestyle blogger. She has written for Self, The Knot and iVillage, and is the co-author of two books on relationships, The Good Girl's Guide to Living in Sin and Have Sex Like You Just Met ... No Matter How Long You've Been Together.

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