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Beauty regimes can take a lot of time and cost us a lot of money, so it can be absolutely devastating to find that your beauty regime is not nearly as effective as you expected it to be, especially when you are a busy mom who has had to move mountains to find the time and energy to focus on your beauty and wellness regime at all! That being the case, let’s take a look at 17 simple but genius hacks you can do to ensure that you rock your beauty regimen right from the get-go, starting right now.
Believing ‘Pain is Beauty’: The Medieval Torture Method
If your beauty routine feels like a throwback to medieval torture devices, you’re probably doing it wrong. Pulling your skin into next week with a face mask? Ouch. Scrubbing your face like you’re sanding down an old fence? Double ouch. Beauty shouldn’t feel like a punishment.
Embracing the Panda Eye Look
Ah, the classic ‘I slept in my mascara again’ look. If you love waking up with your eyelashes clumped together and dark circles that would make a panda jealous, then by all means, skip the makeup remover. Otherwise, might I suggest a gentle cleanser?
Wearing Foundation Three Shades Wrong
Nothing says ‘I’ve got my life together’ like a face that’s a completely different color from your neck. Want to avoid looking like you’ve just joined the cast of a low-budget stage play? Invest in a foundation that actually matches your skin tone.
The ‘More is More’ Fragrance Approach
Perfume should be discovered, not announced. If people can smell you coming from three blocks away, it might be time to ease up on the spritzing. Subtlety is your friend here.
Using Hairspray as Setting Spray: A Sticky Situation
Contrary to what your grandma might have told you, hairspray is NOT a good setting spray for your face. Unless, of course, you want your skin to resemble the Sahara desert with a dash of glue.
Baking – Not Just for Cakes
‘Baking’ your makeup should involve less powder than baking a cake. Unless you’re performing live on stage or filming in HD, there’s really no need to layer on the powder like icing sugar.
Overlining Lips: The Clown Effect
Seeking that perfect pout? Tread carefully with lip liner. Overlining can quickly go from ‘glam’ to ‘I did my makeup in the dark’. Remember, the aim is chic, not Joker.
The Eyebrow Overkill
Eyebrows frame the face, but there’s a fine line between ‘well-defined’ and ‘drawn on with a marker pen’. Subtle is the name of the game. Unless you’re going for the permanently surprised look, in which case, fill your boots.
Ignoring the Skin Below Your Chin
Your skin doesn’t stop at your jawline. Neglecting the neck and décolletage area is like wearing a designer dress with tatty old shoes. Extend your skincare regime southwards; your future self will thank you.
Fake Tan Fiascos: The Oompa Loompa Effect
A good fake tan can give you a sun-kissed glow; a bad one can make you look like you’ve had a fight with a bag of Wotsits. If you don’t want to be mistaken for a cast member of ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, go easy on the tan.
Slaying the Sunscreen Game… Not
Leaving your house without sunscreen is like going into battle without armor. Sun damage doesn’t care about your aesthetic. If you want to avoid looking like a leather handbag by the time you’re 40, slap on that SPF.
The Plague of Expired Products
Using makeup that’s older than your youngest cousin? Time to bin it. Expired products can be a breeding ground for bacteria. Unless you’re aiming for the ‘spotty teenager’ look, keep an eye on those expiry dates.
DIY Disasters: When YouTube Goes Wrong
Be wary of DIY beauty hacks. Just because you saw someone on YouTube put mayonnaise in their hair, doesn’t mean it’s a good idea. Some things are best left to the professionals.
Dismissing Cosmetic Enhancements
If you are someone who does not have the time to spend on ensuring you look as fresh-faced and youthful as possible, then dismissing cosmetic enhancements wholesale can be a mistake. The fact of the matter is, having a consultation with Dr. Andrew Jacono about a mini facelift or having your lipstick and eye makeup permanently tattooed on, can ensure that you always look good even if you don’t have tons of time to invest in your beauty regime, Just make sure you go to a licensed professional and you can avoid the clown look being a permanent fixture oi your face.
Beauty Sleep? What’s That?
Skipping on sleep is the ultimate beauty crime. Your skin repairs itself while you snooze, so depriving it of this crucial time is a big no. Unless you enjoy dark circles and a dull complexion, hit the hay for a solid eight hours.
Falling Prey to Fad Products
Net up, don’t get swept away by every fad product that hits the shelves. Just because it’s popular doesn’t mean it’s good. Stick to what works for you and remember, sometimes the classics are classics for a reason.
Taking it Too Seriously
Of course, the biggest mistake you can make with your beauty regime is taking it too seriously. Sure, it’s nice when you can look extra polished, but if the baby has been crying all night and you’d rather get some extra sleep than spend the morning putting your face on, then that is fine too, Roick it with confidence and no matter how you look you will always glow and be attractive.
As you can see, all it takes is a few simple tweaks to your current regime and you can ensure that you always look good without it taking up too much of your time and without making some serious mistakes that will make you look less than great!