5 Makeup Faux Pas To Drop in 2013

by Clutch

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

  • http://gravatar.com/eynapanirb B.Payne

    May I add…LASHES!!

    Actually, I never picked them up this year but I’m soo sick of seeing certain ladies wearing sweats, scarf on head, no makeup but long, feather lashes that you would wear at night or on stage performing at 7am in the morning looking rough-as-hell!

    let’s burn them now!

  • http://theinfamousl.wordpress.com theinfamousl

    I always have and always will hate blue eyeshadow it doesn’t look good on anyone. That’s my vote.

  • Rosey

    Lawddd….I STILL see people that outline their lips with black eyeliner. Please stop!

  • EST. 1986

    None. I keep it simple.

  • C

    lol, yes. Why do you need those long, thick lashes while you work at the dollar store? And like you said, with no makeup.

  • C

    I actually have brows that naturally grow OK-looking, but I have swore all year that I was going to find a really good brow person, and I vow to do it before Christmas.

    I am going to stop going too long in between manicures. I wear my natural nails, so the paint jobs don’t last as long as fake, but that is no excuse. It isn’t that hard or time consuming to at least paint my nails every 5-7 days.

  • http://twitter.com/JumpJunkieJoe Geechee Goddess (@JumpJunkieJoe)

    I don’t know about the throwing makeup away because it has hit it’s expiration. I have bought some high end makeup and that shit cost crazy loot. If I haven’t finished using it, I’m not going to toss it. I will however make it a mission to wipe all the damn makeup off my face when I go to bed at night.

  • emme

    I agree, I am going to focus on maintaining a proper manicure. I do my own pedicure but can’t do a proper manicure so I don’t do them. I have been very lazy when it comes to my hands. My nails look horrible so this is one very bad habit to drop. From now on Im gonna not visit Starbucks every day and use the money on a manicure.

  • Hehe

    I hope to never see:

    Caterpillar drag queen eyebrows

    Fake looking nose contouring

    Heavy under-eye concealer highlighter that’s 5 shades lighter than your skin tone

    Ashy too bright pink lipstick.

  • Overseas_Honeybee

    Lol! These comments are too funny but dead on. I am guilty of holding on to my products but I vow to do better. Also need to switch out my products for the season too.

  • Overseas_Honeybee

    *Funeral Home Fresh” foundation
    *Bozo the Clown blush
    *Way too much lip gloss (I was guilty for a hot minute until my girl pulled me to the side for an intervention. Love me some MAC lip glass)

  • http://twitter.com/gennatay Gina

    I’m guilty of not wearing sunscreen everyday and hanging on to products too long.

  • JDF

    Any liner that is overly obvious!!!

  • LadyP

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

  • http://gravatar.com/sandsbartending sandsbartendingCarla B

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

  • EST. 1986

    I don’t wear make-up. What is wrong with that (keeping it simple)?

  • C

    Oh, I understand why you feel that way, but I advise you to at least replace your mascara as often as possible. I bought some in early 2011, and only used it maybe 10 times, put it away, then used it again a months later. An eye infection was the result, ick.

  • Pseudonym

    rIGHT?!!! Hahaha!

    Well, I’ll give you a thumbs up, though you’re still in the (-) zone for some strange reason.

  • Pseudonym

    I went to Mac after 5 years of not wearing makeup and the sales woman told me that she has eyeshadows that are years old. Pretty much, things that are liquid are good to replace (You’ll be able to tell the difference: mascara gets dry and clumps more, liquid colors may break down), but powders, pencils, dry make up you can keep forever.

  • Mommy

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

  • EST. 1986

    People can be so weird.

  • 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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