Everyday beauty mistakes you might be making

Common Beauty Fails & How To Stop Making Them

And the easy fixes for each of them!

Are you starting and ending each day with the wrong beauty routine? Has your makeup bag expired? We flag four common beauty blunders and easy ways to master them.

#1 / Not buying new makeup regularly enough

If you’re still holding on to your favourite lipstick and eyeshadow from two years ago, it might be time to consider an update (yes, we’re giving you permission to shop!). Just like sunscreen and moisturisers, makeup has an expiry date. At best, most products will last anywhere between six months to two years. Pay particular attention to products you use on your eyes. Mascaras, eyeshadows and eyeliners will need to be replaced more often to minimise the risk of infections in the area. Also, aim to clean your sponges and brushes as often as possible to avoid any bacterial build-up – just read this article on how dirty your makeup brushes really are for all the incentive you could ever need to clean them ASAP!

Products to try: Clinique Makeup Brush Cleanser; beautyblender Keep It Clean Kit 

#2 / Trying to speed-dry your hair

Roughly drying hair causes major frizz, so spend some extra time to make sure hair is completely dry all over. Gently squeeze out excess water and pat dry, and always air dry when possible. Also, consider a weekly hair treatment. If you’re only conditioning your ends, your hair and scalp can become dry, damaged and prone to breakage. Masks will replenish moisture, leaving hair nourished, strong and less prone to frizz.

Product to try: De Lorenzo Defence Thermal Argan Oil

Clinique Makeup Brush Cleanser

beautyblender Keep It Clean Kit

De Lorenzo Defence Thermal Argan Oil

#3 / Failing to extend your skin care products beyond your jawline

If you’re a side sleeper or if your skin care routine stops at your chin, you’ll eventually notice the lack of attention you’ve been paying to your neck and décolletage. The skin here needs just as much TLC as your face, so make sure you treat it in the same way. Start applying anti-ageing creams to these areas and when you’re applying your daily SPF to your face, always extend it down your neck and chest.

Products to try: Natio Renew Neck and Decolletage Cream; Skin Republic Neck + Decolletage Repair

#4 / Leaving your hair removal to the last minute

When it comes to hair removal, we’ve all been guilty of an after-thought rush job with the razor blade. Not using a gel or cream can be drying and damaging on skin. Try to take a leaf out of your partner’s book and be prepared with a nourishing gel or better still, try a gentle razor blade with in-built moisturising ingredients.

Product to try: Gillette Venus ComfortGlide Razor

Natio Renew Neck and Decolletage Cream

Skin Republic Neck + Decolletage Repair

Gillette Venus ComfortGlide Razor

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If you’re after more beauty advice from the New Idea beauty team, head to newidea.com.au

Hands up who’s guilty of any (or all!) of the above? Any other bad beauty habits you know you have but just can’t quite quit? 

Main image credit: Getty

Previously from an advertising background, Toni has been working in editorial and beauty at Pacific Magazines for the past five years, and is currently working across Who and New Idea, two of the top five best-selling weeklies in the country. Toni loves being able to make the beauty world seem accessible to the working woman, particularly for those who are time-restricted. As a working Mum, she’s constantly searching for easy beauty and skincare routines on a budget.