15 Commonly Made Beauty Blunders

I’m no beauty queen, but I know a thing or two about maintaining good beauty techniques. Besides the obvious (don’t watch The Notebook right before you’re planning to go out unless you want tear stains down your face), there are a few simple beauty blunders to avoid if you want to maintain a fresh look.

1) Wash Your Face Right

After a long night on the town, you may be tempted to use a make-up remover and go straight to bed, but this can lead to more skin problems than you might want. Avoid the remover wipes, you guys. Really. Trust me. Using face wipes can push the makeup further into your pores and get you nowhere. Instead, you should wash your face with a cleanser first, then use makeup remover to take off any unneeded residue. After, you should apply a quick cover of toner to restore the pH balance of your skin.

2) Don’t Use Conditioner All Over Your Head

You know in movies when the female protagonist is casually lathering her scalp with conditioner seconds before getting murdered? As relaxing as that is, it wouldn’t kill her to pay a little more attention to her hair maintenance and less attention to the shower stream. (Guys look, I made a pun!) I love conditioner as much as the next person but squeezing it along your hairline is only going to weigh your locks down and leave it feeling greasy faster.

3) Spraying Perfume On Your Clothes

While perfume usually seems like the last thing you should do before you embark on a late night adventure, in reality, this is not the case. Perfume, when sprayed onto clothing, can leave fabric stains (not to mention it will permanently infuse that smell into your favorite shirt or dress). Dump the entire jar onto your body before you put on clothes and you will be all set. (I’m kidding, obviously, unless you want to lose your friends.)

4) Don’t Over-Medicate Your Pimples

You can sense it coming – that one spot on your face where a pimple always comes starts to bulge. A whitehead is coming and you want to cover up its existence before someone notices. Be careful not to overcompensate. Sometimes, leaving globs of anti-acne cream on your skin can dry it out and make your face flaky, which is equally as unattractive.

5) Avoid Acne Creams Before Waxing

Okay, so now you’ve over-medicated your pimples just like I told you not to. Great. Well, if you want to redeem yourself at this point, don’t put any anti-aging or acne cream on your face before you go to wax your face. These products can make your skin more sensitive and waxing immediately after use can pull a whole layer of skin off. (Yes, this is a scare tactic. Is it working?)

6) Re-Apply Top Coat Daily

If you want to avoid chipped nails, you’re not going to do it by painting it once or even twice. A good, strong nail needs to be pampered with an extra top coat at least a couple times a week. This will prevent the nail from becoming thin and breaking.

7) Clean Your Makeup Brushes

Just like you wouldn’t use the same toothbrush for too long, you shouldn’t be using your makeup materials for too long. Over time, your makeup applicators can build up grim and oil and essentially become useless. Either replace your makeup brushes at the start of every season or wash them out. 

8) Exfoliate Before Foundation

Exfoliating is an important part of the beauty routine. Trying to cover up blemishes with foundation before you’ve exfoliated is like trying to paint over a black wall with thin, white paint. If you don’t remove the layer of dead skin, people are going to see right through it and it won’t be as effective.

9) Maintain A Normal Temperature When Ironing

Not too hot, not too cold. That’s how you achieve the perfect hair. While some people tend to stay a little on the cold side when ironing their hair, in reality, this is worse for your hair than overheating it. Putting your straightener on a setting that is too low forces you to straighten sections of your hair multiple times, which can cause more damage than a high temperature.

10) Avoid the Yellow Nails

Smoking isn’t the only way to produce yellow nails. Consistent nail painters will often find their nails slightly tinted. Rather than just leave nails this color, you can simply mix some lemon juice with hydrogen peroxide and wipe that nasty tint away.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1461570021 Liz Hamill

    I love you, Hello Giggles, but articles like this are part of the problem. You can’t preach self-acceptance and changing beauty standards one minute and the next minute post an article about all the terrible things women are doing to make themselves ugly. There are underlying messages here. Some of them are really damaging.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=12702895 Deanna Dever

      If your appearance is sloppy, don’t count on a promotion at work. Especially if you’re meeting with clients and first impressions are key. These are beauty tips; take ’em or leave ’em, and leave the soap box at home.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1259118984 Claire De Lune

        Oh, how outdated.
        Dress professionally, look clean, and let your good personality and talent speak for itself. Saying you can only achieve a good job through beauty is archaic.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1229181436 Leah Nestor

          I hate the value we put on physical appearance, but we do value it. Think if a man in rags with a beer gut showing out of his shirt asked any one of us out! Unless his personality was instantly obvious and perfect, we’d all turn him down. Its not saying beauty is what gets you a job or a mate, but it is saying that taking good care of yourself reflects a healthy lifestyle and it shows you care about yourself and your body.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=12702895 Deanna Dever

          How is that outdated? It’s real life. You don’t care of yourself, a manager will think, “they won’t care about this job.”

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=597706000 Cheryl Dawn Dearborne

        Appearance matters because it speaks a lot about how we feel on the inside believe it or not, and how well we take care of ourselves. We can tell a lot from someone’s outer appearance. We look at these markers to identify people most like “us”. Believe it or not you probably do the same thing. I’m sure if in a room with a woman who was primped to a tee and a woman who had on shorts and flip flops and a looked like she “didn’t care” you would strike up a conversation with woman B? IF i’m wrong please correct me, but the fact of the matter is, we all do it and it is important. I know because I went from being woman b to woman A. Of course you get awesome, and terrible people who look all kinds of ways, but it is one of the many markers we use to identify our kind. We are animals, and we forget that everything in nature has a purpose and all of our behavior has a purpose as well, including how we keep ourselves primped. I look nice now because i’m healthy and happy and it shows in the way my skin looks now versus the way it used too and the maintenence I have to do physically keeps me healthy inside and out as well and that also keeps me happy. IT’s a revolving cycle of GOOD and people like myself and the young lady who posted this article should not be made to feel like archaic woman. Also, ,women should be strong enough to take what they can use and discard what they don’t agree with. This article isn’t part of the problem.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=597706000 Cheryl Dawn Dearborne

        sorry, that was meant for the original poster.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1461570021 Liz Hamill

    I mean, read the article. Telling women too much makeup is “never attractive” and that their nails should send messages to the world about their abilities?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1662549198 Hannah Dunbar

      I agree, but almost everything on this website is fluff or absolute garbage anyways. “Oh look, a WOMAN did something! Let’s write about it!” “Also women can be pretty and wear glitter, but they can still be tough!” Almost everything on this website makes me roll my eyes, unfortunately.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002901477636 Jennifer Edmondson

        you know what to do then, stop reading and commenting. you’re like that person who goes to a party and just sits in the corner complaining about how lame it is.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=597706000 Cheryl Dawn Dearborne

        Girl hush and stop. It’s called being jaded and “anti” because you think it’s cool. You are embracing an archetype of a person just like every other human being. You know how I know? Because if you were anti-hello giggles for real, you wouldn’t read the articles. Your friends probably wouldn’t read the articles and you would be off reading NPR and biting your nails somewhere. Your comment was so ridiculously smarmy IT made me roll my eyes. I think they make a point to bridge the gap between Feminism and people who don’t quite get it. All extremes can be bad and I think it’s time to balance things out a bit, that’s why I choose this site over Jezebel and the likes. I’m not trying to completely rag on you as I have friends like you and I would tell them the exact same thing. Focus on what makes you content if you really don’t like the site.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=513791729 Christina Konze

        Then why are you here, reading and commenting? If you don’t want to be considered a troll, don’t act like one.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1436640018 Kacie Graham

    I love the tips about healthful skincare and how to properly condition hair, but the things that have more to do about people making judgments about others based on their makeup and nails seems to be against everything that this site is supposed to be about.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1076635978 Romina Castellini Paladino

      I think it’s not about judgement, it’s about how the way you look reflects who you are at some point. Try to go on a first date or a job interview with unfinished nails… Of course it’s still important who you are on the inside, but on certain situations giving a bad first impression doesn’t allow you to get what you want and this tips are helping you discover what you’re doing wrong.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=716665319 Shelley VanFleet

    Can we see a pic of the woman who wrote this article? I mean, I would like to make sure she is following her own guidelines O_o

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1437625257 Shannon McMahan

      You realize that her name–therefore her picture and twitter/blog are linked to this article right?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=588187437 Cami Peterson

    Come on guys, they are tips. Doesn’t mean you have to follow them. It’s just like watching your favorite makeup guru on youtube, you’re not going to follow them to a T. Love the article (:

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1394132443 Andrea Ragone

      I agree with Cami here… this article is about advise, I read nothing on actual judgement. Nothing harsh. You don’t like the advise? Don’t take it. You like, then follow it…. geez… what I read in your comments however, seems to me like straight up harsh judgement against the lady who wrote this article with probably the best intentions in mind… CALM DOWN and read, or don’t. Whatever. Just chill….

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1802337 Reena Leone

    Ugh. Why is taking care of yourself a bad thing here? I liked these tips and not because I’m so insecure that I feel no one will like me unless I’m perfectly polished. I liked them because I personally don’t like when my hair looks/feels greasy, I like them because I know I only get one face and I want to take care of it. Can we stop making this into something it’s not? There is nothing wrong with taking pride in your appearance when you do it for yourself.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1076635978 Romina Castellini Paladino

      Totally agree. Also, just like having pink hair talks about who you are, making your hair look as good as possible also says you take care of yourself. Since when this is a wrong message?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=120700995 Cierra Jane Garso

    I love beauty tips and I usually love HelloGiggles, but this piece was not a fun read. So many rules! I have come to expect this site to embrace each individual’s uniqueness, not turn us into mainstream beauty clones. The tip about matching makeup to this season was particularly stifling. If I wear dark blue shimmery makeup in warm weather I’m “blundering”? C’mon.

    I feel like I could read this list in any one of the beauty/fashion magazines lining the grocery store checkout. No disrespect intended, but just not what I hope to see on this fun, quirky site

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002901477636 Jennifer Edmondson

      oh hush!

      lol i cannot believe you are complaining about this. holy sensitive! the beauty rules are too harsh? lololololololol

      really loling here

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002901477636 Jennifer Edmondson

    The only issue I have with this article is that most of it is common knowledge and things that aren’t really a secret

    That said, people are wayyyy overreacting to your article. Like super picky ladies here.

    People these are the most BENIGN beauty tips in the world. Taking care of how you look can be fun and it also makes YOU feel better inside. I know when my nails are freshly painted/manicured I feel extra happy.

    Ugh I can’t even defend your article against their argument because their argument is goofy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=645340744 Kym Scott

    I can’t understand how this article was offensive at all, it’s just someones point of view. We all have them so stop putting the girl down.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=597706000 Cheryl Dawn Dearborne

    I love hellogiggles so much! What a nice post. I would add one thing. The conditioner would be a little different for black women and women with coarser curlier hair. It’s a different kind of care. It’s better for us to even co-wash with conditioner and not always wash with shampoo. We have to keep our hair moisturized and it’s sometimes even safer to leave-in regular conditioner. Other than that, solid advice, I learned some things too :) Lighten up ladies, she did a good job.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=7943985 Elizabeth Coronado

    First of all, people need to stop it. This is a good article and there is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to look your best, it’s one of the many benefits of being a woman, we can look good while still climbing the ladder of success.

    The only thing I wanted to comment on was on using a cleanser first and then using makeup remover wipes. In my opinion, makeup wipes are supposed to be used first to remove most of the dirt and grime, since foundation and makeup create a barrier (even if they’re light or minimal). Once you have removed the makeup with the wipes, then you should use your cleanser of choice to remove the rest of the gunk that was missed and this will allow the cleanser to work properly and actually cleanse your skin and help it breathe better overnight.
    I’m 26 and have acne prone skin (not as bad as I used to, thankfully), so I have found that this method works better for my skin.

    Also, good job on pointing out the fact that people need to remember to clean their makeup brushes. I think people don’t realize that not cleaning them routinely can lead to breakouts or rashes. If you’ve invested money into good makeup brushes, then make it a point to clean them and keep them in good shape.

    Great post!


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