Common beauty mistakes, which cost you your skin

On a day-to-day basis we do so much harm to our facial skin that it will take months to repair it. However, by avoiding some of these common beauty mistakes, you will lead your skin on a road to recovery.


Frequent washing: Too much of anything is good for nothing and this holds good for your face too. Frequently washing your face will strip it off its natural oils and will age your skin. Limit it to twice a day and an extra wash pre or post workout.

Exfoliation: It is the key part of taking care of your skin. It helps in removing dead cells on your face and opens up the pores. However, ignoring or overdoing this step results in irritating your skin and messing up its Ph balance. Exfoliate at least once a week at night for best results.

Harsh cleanser: Swap your soap with a non-soap cleanser or face wash. The soap strips your skin of natural oils while the non-soap cleanser will be gentle on your skin. If you have oily, acne-prone skin then use a face wash with salicylic acid.

Sleeping with your makeup on: Beauty rule 101 – ALWAYS remove makeup before you sleep. Makeup clogs your pores and prevents sebum, the lubricant in our skin that moisturizes skin and removes dead skin cells, from doing its job. Leaving eye makeup on causes infection and irritation.

Hot water: Always use either lukewarm or cold water to wash your face, as they are more gentler. Hot water excessively dries out your skin and strips it off its natural oil.

Overusing facial wipes: Facial wipes are convenient for removing makeup or for a quick cleanse after gym. But don’t swap your cleanser with facial wipes, as they cannot thoroughly clean your pores.


Eyes, eyes, baby!

Here’s your guide to applying the perfect eye makeup for your eye shape. Learn to highlight, shade and line your eyes the pro way.


Round eyes
Start by applying eyeliner from the inner corners of your eyes all the way to the outside ending in a straight line or small cat eye. Then highlight below the brow bone and the inner corners of your eye with a light eye shadow. To show contrast between the highlighted parts of the eye, take a medium eye shadow color and lightly apply it above your lid. Finally, thickly apply a darker color shadow along the crease of your eye, without going too overboard. Blend the shadow from the outside going towards the middle of the eye in order to give more shape to your lid. Voila! Behold the perfectly shadowed, doe-eye look.



Almond shaped eyes
Almond eyes are the most symmetrical—just the effect you’re trying to create with your makeup. If you have almond eyes, you should use the round eye application technique, just mimic the shape of your own eye.



Downturned eyes
This kind of eyes needs a little lift, hence your eyeliner plays an important role. Apply eye shadow just like the round eye application technique, but the eyeliner has to be thicker. The eyeliner trick is to give it a curve up at the end like a smiley face or a cat eye if you want something a bit more dramatic. 



Deep set eyes
Use the same application techniques as you would for a round eye, but swap the dark shadow for a lighter one. You want to accentuate the highlighted parts of the eye to give the illusion of roundness, but not overpower it with dark shadow.



Close set eyes
To make close-set eyes appear wider apart, start by highlighting below your brow bone and inner lid the same as you would for round eyes—what’s different here is the base shadow. Use a medium color and shade a little farther out than the width of the eye in a wide round shape. Then, take the darker color and shade from the outside on top of the crease to give it more contrast. Start your eyeliner at the middle of the lid and extend it out further than your eye in a straight line.



Hooded eyes
Hooded eyes have an extra layer of skin below the brow that covers the crease and makes the lid seem smaller. They don’t need much highlighting, so start with your light shadow only on the inner corners of your eyes. Then apply a good amount of the medium color to the hooded lid. Go heavy with the dark shade around the crease to give the illusion of a rounder eye and extend your eyeliner further out in order to balance the look. The effect: an envy-inducing gaze.



Monolid eyes
A monolid eye goes straight from the brow to the eye with no crease. Similar to a hooded eye, you want to apply shadow to make the eye appear bigger and more open. First, exaggerate the highlighting in the inner corners of your eye, going up and out to the center of the eye. Then take your medium color and go above the crease from the outside of the eye creating a round shape. The dark shade should be used in the same motion very lightly to define the shape, but don’t go further in than the center of the eye. When applying liner, keep a steady hand and do a very thin line that gets a bit thicker on the outside.


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