I cannot imagine a world without YouTube channels and Pinterest boards — how did the world figure out how to put on makeup before that? There is always something more to learn. I remember I didn’t realize there was a different way to apply makeup depending on eye shape until high school. I just thought that I probably shouldn’t because nothing seemed to be working. That being said, there are even ways to apply bobby pins, remove makeup and shower — and don’t forget to put on sunscreen!

Did you know there is a right way and a wrong way to wear bobby pins? There are two sides to a bobby pin — the shorter wavy side and the longer straight side. Well, the wavy side is the part of the bobby pin the should be next to your scalp while the straight side should be the part that is on top and seen. This lets the straight side push down the hair into the grooves. Since switching to the right way, my hair has been a lot more secure.

Freshmen year of college I wanted to minimize my time in the communal bathroom as much as possible. In order to do this, instead of washing my face at night I would simply wipe it down with makeup remover wipes after brushing my teeth. It turns out that doing this embeds dirt and makeup into your pores! Unfortunately, there is no shortcut to cleaning your face but it is totally worth it not to wake up with unwanted zits.

Many fashion articles state that you shouldn’t shower daily due to your body producing excess of oils to compensate for the removal daily. While I understand that logic, I have extremely fine hair and I am not willing to compromise the amazing feeling that a shower gives me. If you’re like me, there are some better ways to take care of your skin and hair while still showering daily. Something I do is turn down the temperature and often, I take cold showers. This keeps me from lingering in the water but also helps reduce depression while keeping your skin and hair hydrated. Cold water also helps increase immunity. For those that don’t enjoy the thought of a cold shower, consider a James Bond Shower which is simply ending with cold water.

If you don’t wear sunscreen daily and you are tired of everyone telling you to, I understand. It has a distinct beachy smell and it’s oily. Luckily, there are a lot of solutions to this on the market. One thing I wear daily underneath my makeup is Aveeno Positively Ageless Correcting Tinted Moisturizer. It is SPF 30 for my face and it has a slight tanned color so I don’t have to worry about looking like I live indoors all my life. It is very light and I do not notice I am wearing it. It’s a little bit pricey but it has lasted me for a very long time.

What are some beauty practices you have done for years until realizing they’re wrong?

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