MISTAKE NO. 4: Over-cleansing and exfoliating
WHY EXPERTS ARE FROWNING: You’re stripping your skin of the oils it needs to function properly. Over-cleansing skin leads to premature wrinkles, says Mirran Raphaely, CEO of Dr. Hauschka Skin Care, who explains it this way: “Using harsh exfoliators and heavy cleansers on your skin every day creates an unhealthy dependency—your skin forgets how to take care of its own moisture needs.” We remove oil thinking that it’s the problem. In reality, the more oil you remove, the more your skin works to replace it—creating more oiliness. “Like cures like, so a little bit of a healthy, plant-based oil on the skin helps the skin stay balanced,” Raphaely says. “It may sound counterintuitive, but once you try this method, you’ll never go back,” she adds. So, exfoliate just twice a week, and choose the right product for your skin type. Young, healthy skin will respond to any type of scrub; if you’ve got thinner, mature skin, opt for a fruit enzyme, which gently sloughs off dead cells.
TRY: Bobbi Brown Cleansing Oil ($38; bobbibrown.com) dissolves makeup and leaves skin super smooth without stripping skin. /Lancome Crème Douceur Cream-to-Oil Massage Cleanser ($25; lancome-usa.com) is applied like a moisturizer, then is transformed into oil.
MISTAKE NO. 5: OD’ing on Hair Products
WHY EXPERTS ARE FROWNING: Using more than one or two products can make your hair and scalp oily. Your mother’s adage about ice cream applies to hair products as well: You can have too much of a good thing! While a little bit of product can be the cherry on top of your perfect coif, you can ruin a great look by going overboard. “Your hair really shouldn’t need more than two products,” says New York City stylist Roy Teeluck, owner of the Roy Teeluck salon. “And remember that a little mousse or gel goes a very long way.” In fact, most of us need to use a small amount of just one well-chosen spray or serum. In his salon, Teeluck says he chooses between mousse, a smoothing or shine-enhancing cream or a light hairspray for every head he styles. And even then he advises his clients to use just a quarter-sized amount of product to avoid weighing their hair down. When applying product, rub it into your hands to distribute it, and be careful not to slather too much on a single area.
TRY: Garnier Fructis Style Volume Inject Mousse ($4; drugstore.com) adds volume and control, and goes on smoothly, without adding stickiness. Couture Colour Pequi Oil Treatment ($32; sephora.com) is a lightweight formula that adds tons of shine.
MISTAKE NO. 6: Moisturizing the Skin Underneath Your Brows
WHY EXPERTS ARE FROWNING: Moisturizer can clog hair follicles and stop eyebrow hair from growing, eventually leaving bald patches. Surprised? We were, too. After all, we’ve been told to slather on the hydration everywhere for as long as we can remember. But rubbing serum or cream between your hands and then applying it all over your face, including on and around your eyebrows, clogs the hair follicles, which can lead to ingrown hairs or clogged follicles, says New York City makeup artist and brow guru Robin Narvaez of Salon Eliut Rivera. “Ingrown hairs often break at the root, and sometimes those hairs never grow back,” Narvaez adds. “Look at women in their teens and 20s; they have thick, even shiny brow hair that opens up their faces,” she says. To keep brow hair healthy, Narvaez suggests grooming with pointy tweezers, which help you target one hair at a time.
TRY: tarte EmphasEYES Waterproof Amazonian Clay Brow Mousse with Brow Brush ($28; qvc.com) comes with a double-ended brush for precision filling, and the brow mousse is waterproof for long wear. Tweezerman Safari Cheetah Print Slant Tweezer Collection ($25; sephora.com) plucks every hair precisely.
MISTAKE NO. 7: Not Checking Your Makeup in Natural Light
WHY EXPERTS ARE FROWNING: That “subtle and demure” makeup you see in your bathroom mirror can take on a kabuki look in the bright light of day. “I see so much obvious makeup when I’m walking around,” says Turnbow. Common problems include a significant line of demarcation along your jaw where your foundation ends, leaving the house with a harsh streak of too-dark or too-bright blush, and sporting clumpy, spider-leg mascara. One reason so many of us experience these makeup mishaps: Our work areas are in dim or indirect light. “I advise my clients to take a hand mirror to a window or outside to see their faces the way others will,” Turnbow says. “You may look fierce and dramatic in your own under-lit bathroom, but the light of day can show something else entirely.” For even more peace of mind, Turnbow suggests matching your tinted moisturizer or foundation to the skin on your neck, instead of your face, because your face is often darker from being exposed more to the sun.
TRY: Aveeno Positively Radiant Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 30 ($17; drugstore .com) contains light diffusers to help the product blend into your complexion. Too Faced Lashlight Mascara ($25; toofaced.com) has a wand that lights up for precise application, even in dimly lit areas. Spider lashes be gone!
MISTAKE NO. 4: Over-cleansing and exfoliating