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Every year, we aim to be better than we were last year. If looking and feeling better is on your list of New Year’s resolutions, then getting your beauty mistakes corrected should be a priority. Improve your street credibility with this check list:

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1. You don’t use an eye makeup remover

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Our eye area is more delicate than the rest of our facial skin and is, therefore, more susceptible to signs of ageing. At the same time, we typically apply more makeup around our eyes more than on the other part of our face (think: eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara). Using a makeup remover that’s designed specially for our eye area means that eye makeup can be removed effectively but gently. Always remove your eye makeup with a dedicated makeup remover first, before using your favourite cleansing oil or milk to remove the rest of your makeup.

2. You apply too much skincare products

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Everything is about moderation – yes, even good things. Too much of a good thing can sometimes be undesirable. Using too much skincare products can mean that your skin is unable to absorb everything and the excess products get wasted. But it could be worse: too much eye cream can cause milia seeds to appear, and too much moisturiser could be the reason why your skin’s natural barrier is weakening. Read more about how excessive skincare products can be disastrous for your skin.

3. You don’t wait in between skincare steps

Think of our skin as a pot of soil. After watering it, you need to give it a bit of time for it to absorb before you can put in more. Instead of applying products snappily, one after the other, give each step a space of approximately 10 to 15 seconds. You can go through your social media feeds at the meanwhile (just make sure your mobile phone is clean).

4. You apply eye cream using a dragging movement

Remember what we said about our eye area in Tip #1? The skin around our eyes is so delicate, we have to treat it with extra care. Apply your eye care products only with your fourth finger (it’s the weakest) and apply it in a patting action. Never drag the product along your eye area or you’ll be loosening the skin, causing signs of ageing to creep up earlier; we want age to remain just a number – especially one that nobody can ever guess.

5. You don’t wash your hands before applying skincare or makeup products

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Our hands are probably the dirtiest part of our entire body since we do – well, almost everything – with them. Wash your hands thoroughly before applying your skincare or makeup products with them so that you won’t be transferring bacteria to your face. Bacteria can cause inflammation on your skin, and that’s one of the reasons why you get pimples.

6. You don’t apply sunscreen

The number one factor for signs of ageing? UV rays exposure. Even if you’re staying indoors most of the time, you’re still exposed to UV rays because they can enter through windows, and if you’re under fluorescent lights, all the more you should get UV protected because they emit UV rays too.

7. You put on your contact lenses after your beauty routine

For better eye health, always put on your contact lenses before the start of your beauty routine. This way, you’ll ensure that your lenses will be applied with clean fingers, and won’t come in close contact with your skincare or makeup products; you wouldn’t want these products to get into your eyes with your lenses, would you?

8. You don’t clean your makeup brushes and sponges

If there’s one thing you should remember to do at least once a week, it’ll be to clean your makeup brushes and sponges. Dirty makeup tools breed bacteria and just like how you wouldn’t wear unwashed clothes that are a few weeks old (and that you’ve been wearing for the past few weeks), you wouldn’t want to use dirty brushes on your skin. Here’s the story of how a woman become paralysed from using dirty brushes. This should serve as a cautionary tale each time you decided to be lazy and not wash your makeup tools.

9. You do makeup in a dim room

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The best room to do your makeup in is the one that has natural lighting. If it’s in the evening, go to a well-lit room that has the type of lighting that’s similar to where you’re heading to. Doing your makeup in a dim room will have you risk over-applying makeup because it’s easier for you to underestimate the intensity of the products. You won’t want to leave the house looking like a glorified clown.

10. You’re using the wrong shade of foundation

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Foundation is the most important step to helping us create the look of flawless complexion, and picking the right shade of foundation makes sure it looks natural. Always test foundation along your jawline. Remember to clean off makeup along the area you’re testing on – you won’t want your original foundation and bronzing powder to confuse your judgement.

11. You curl your lashes after applying mascara

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Always curl your lashes before you apply mascara. Curling them after application can cause your lashes to stick onto your lash curler, and chances are you’re going to yank a few strands of lashes out. Your curler will be dirty too (and if you don’t clean it regularly, it’ll breed bacteria).

12. You pump your mascara wand

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It’s tempting to pump your mascara wand a few times to try to get as much product out as possible. But pumping your wand in the mascara tube only introduces more air into the tube and drying the formula faster. Your mascara shouldn’t be kept for more than three months anyway, so if it’s too dry, perhaps it’s an indication to throw it away (or perhaps it’s a result of you pumping its wand to often!)

13. You keep your beauty products beyond their best-before date

So you already know (from the previous point) that you shouldn’t keep mascara for more than three months. Using the products by their best-before date makes sure that the products are still effective, and you won’t be picking up any nasty infections. Always keep your products away from light and heat if you want them to keep fresh for longer.

14. You share products with your sister

There are two reasons why you shouldn’t be sharing your beauty products with anyone. First, all beauty products should be bought based on your needs. This means that if you have dry skin and your sister has oily skin, the same products probably wouldn’t work in the same way for both of you. The second reason for not sharing is because of hygiene reason. If you’re sick when you use the lip gloss, there’s a chance that you might pass it to your sister if she uses it next. You wouldn’t share your drink with another person if you’re coughing, why would you share your makeup? There’s a good reason to be “selfish”.

15. You skip the base coat and apply nail colours directly

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Applying a base coat before you apply nail colours help to make sure the nail colours stay on longer and won’t chip as easily. It also offers a protection to your nails so that the nail colours wouldn’t stain your nails as easily.

16. You yank out grey hair

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Contrary to popular belief, pulling out grey hair doesn’t make two strands grow in its place. However, yanking them out cause damage to your hair follicles, which can make the next hair to grow out be less healthy, or worse, if the follicle is subjected to too much trauma, hair may never grow out of it again. Read more about how pulling out grey hair affect your follicles.

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