The dawn of a new year is upon us, Clutchettes, and it’s the perfect time for self-evaluation. As the year progresses, it becomes easier to let bad beauty habits go unchecked. The new year presents a great opportunity to nip those faux pas in the bud. From sleeping in makeup to keeping products long after they’ve expired, here are five habits to do away with in 2013. New Year’s Beauty resolutions, anyone?

1. Sleeping in your makeup

Sure, you’re tired. But is the 3.5 minutes of extra sleep really worth waking up looking crazy? Plus, your skin will not only look dull, but the slept-in makeup can also clog your pores (um, blemishes anyone?)

2. Self-plucked/Drawn-in brows

Let’s say you’re watching the Grammy’s or something and you see a gorge starlet on the red carpet with the sickest brows ever. Odds are her dream team consists of a “brow beautician”. Leave the tweezing to the professionals and certainly, stay away from brow pencils to fill in areas tweezed a tad too much. I speak from experience.

3. Dirty brushes

We’ve all read magazines that remind us that dirty cosmetic brushes lead to a whole lot of bacteria issues (read: zits or a rash). Do yourself a favor and clean your makeup brushes every couple of weeks.

4. Beauty product grave yard

Being a beauty writer, I have tons of products hanging around; so trust me, I get it. We hold on to products with the thought, “I might need this one day”. As days (and months) go by, we don’t touch them. Release those expired products into the universe (i.e. the trash can). If they are still good, donate them to your local Goodwill/Salvation Army!

5. New season, same products

Just as you pack away last season’s clothes, the previous season’s products also need a hiatus. For instance, just as your summer cleanser is too intense for winter, your winter moisturizer is probably too rich for summertime heat.

What beauty habits are you dropping in the new year?

-Shaunequa Brathwaite

22 Comments

  1. Any liner that is overly obvious!!!

  2. LadyP

    I need to throw away some older products, and purchase some new ones.

  3. Not funeral home fresh foundation LOL! That was too funny. I am guilty of sleeping in my makeup. I have to do better.

  4. Mommy

    Not dropping the eyebrow pencil and still keeping my old products; I might need them one day, lol.

  5. Ange B

    I’m guilty of holding on to nail polish..I just did a purge recently..I can’t even admit to how many colours I own. Some were in good condition and others needed to be tossed. It was eye opening for me to realize I had that many…..from now on if I wanna try a funky colour out I’ll get a professional mani done first with the colour rather than run out and buy it and then use it a couple of times.

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