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8 Destructive Habits That Can Ruin Your Eyelashes

If you want to achieve the lovely lashes you’re dreaming of then you need to avoid these 8 habits that can ruin your lashes.

If you want to achieve the lovely lashes you’re dreaming of then you need to avoid these 8 habits that can ruin your lashes.

1.​ ​Curling Your Lashes Too Harshly

Eyelash curlers have transformed eyelashes for many women. This one little magical tool can make your eyes look more open, which instantly gives you a more awake look. It also makes your lashes look flirtier, which is always fun. But you need to use an eyelash curler with caution. A gentle squeeze at the base, middle and tip of yours lashes is enough.

2.​ ​Wearing Waterproof Mascara Daily

There’re times when you absolutely have to wear waterproof mascara. Vacationing at the beach, attending a funeral or getting married are a few times you can’t just settle for regular mascara. However, waterproof mascara isn’t what you want to wear daily. It takes a lot more effort to remove it which means more wear and tear for your lashes to endure. Only wear waterproof when it’s necessary to protect your lashes.

3.​ ​Not Washing Your Makeup Off Before You Go To Bed

Some nights it’s so hard to drag yourself into the bathroom and wash your makeup off. We’ve all been there! But push through because sleeping in your makeup is one of the worst beauty mistakes you can make. Not only is it terrible for your skin, it’s murder on your lashes. Mascara makes your lashes stiff which means they crunch against the pillow and are more prone to breakage.

4.​ ​Expecting Your Cleanser To Do It All

We’re hearing more and more about double cleansing and the benefits it gives your skin. While it’s a relatively new theory, there’s no doubt that a cleanser alone isn’t enough to remove mascara completely. Before you wash your makeup off, use an eye makeup remover to remove your mascara. You’ll be amazed how much difference this makes. Then your cleanser can come through and remove the last traces of your mascara so your lashes are fully cleansed.

5.​ ​Being Addicted To Falsies

False eyelashes can kick the drama up thousands of notches when it comes to your lash game. They’re amazing and give you a lash effect no mascara can compete with. But they’re not easy on your natural lashes, especially if you wear falsies regularly. It’s perfectly fine to wear them on occasion but don’t allow them to become part of your daily routine. No one wants damaged lashes.

6.​ ​Not Replacing Your Mascara Often Enough

Replacing your mascara can easily slip your mind. But it’s important that you don’t forget. Make it a priority to change your mascara every 2-3 months. If you have to, write it on your calendar to remind you. Using an old mascara can lead to eye infections which are very unpleasant and can even affect your eyelashes.

7.​ ​Constantly Wearing Eyelash Extensions

Eyelash extensions are HUGE right now. And they actually are a great alternative to wearing false lashes, because when they are applied, your eyes are closed and glue won’t get your eyes! Plus, they last a lot longer than falsies. But they can do some harm if you are always getting them applied. The false lashes are placed on top of your natural lashes, so when the extensions fall out, some of your natural lashes are bound to go with them!

8.​ ​Rubbing Your Eyes

This habit is so so hard to avoid, especially with allergy season! It’s so easy to want to rub and itch your eyes when they are, well, itchy! Doing so irritates your eyes further and can twist your lashes to make them fall out. We don’t want that! If you have to itch or rub your eyes, keep gentleness and mind and take care to not be harsh on your lashes. These 8 habits can ruin your lashes. If there’s one you’re guilty of, work on breaking it ASAP. Your lashes will thank you!

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How to sun proof your mien

We already know that the sun is the biggest culprit for

We already know that the sun is the biggest culprit for premature ageing so what can we do about it? Dermatologists will have you know that wearing sunscreen is the single most effective way against sun protection, not to mention that it is the basis of proper skin care.

Often you’ll find sun protection formulas differentiated by SPF denominations. SPF essentially stands for ‘sun protection factor’, a measure of how well the sunscreen protects the skin. A minimum of 30 SPF is recommended by dermatologist.

However, if you’re swimming or perspiring, it is advisable to reapply as often as every two hours to optimize sun protection. A broad-spectrum formula that helps block out UVB and UVA rays which are the primary causes for sunburns, wrinkling and ageing.

Using the right amount of sunscreen is vital. A rule of thumb would be that you need approximately a dollop the size of a quarter to cover the face. Don’t step out right away after applying sunscreen, give it at least 20 minutes to get absorbed into the skin. Wear makeup over sunscreen as the finishing touch.

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A modern take on an age-old nail favourite

French Twist

French Twist
A modern take on an age-old nail favourite

Updated and thoroughly modern, the classic nude-and-white French isn’t exactly making a comeback, rather it’s being reimagined and the possibilities are endless.

French manicures of now are an art on its own thanks to colours, metallic, graphic sharps and negative space. They are anything but basic. French tips work best on nail’s natural oval or round shapes but that’s not to say square tips cannot benefit all the same. Simply move the tip to the side for a funky asymmetrical slant.

Take border nail art all the way lining the entire nail from the tip to sides to wrap around the nail bed for a bold take on graphics. Play up on colour contrast to push the style envelope further.

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 07: A model backstage at Michelle Helene Presentation September 2016 during New York Fashion Week at Pier 59 Studios on September 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

For a more painterly approach, use a nail art brush to create lines from the French coloured tip. Set the lines with a dry brush to blend the lines with the tip. Allow design to dry for five minutes before applying a top coat.

The cornerstone of nail art, French manicure has always been, and will continue to inspire nail art.

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Frame It Up

Over plucked your brows? Fret not, help is

Over plucked your brows? Fret not, help is at hand. Fix them in 4 simple steps.

1.​ ​Let It Grow
Give it three to four weeks for eyebrows to grow back though some may take even longer. Resist from tweezing even if you spot strays. Apply clear gel over brows to help them look groomed even when they are not on their best behaviour.

2.​ ​On Speed
Rub on growth serum just before bed to hasten regrowth. Ayurveda insists that applying castor oil speeds up hair growth.

3.​ ​Shape Up
A balanced brow that perfectly frames the face is just what the beauty doctor ordered. Angular faces will benefit from a round, soft brow to play down its chiseled jawline while a long face with look considerably shorted with a straight brow. Rule of thumb to operate off – the brow should peak where the brow bone protrudes the most. Follow your bone structure for a natural arch.

4.​ ​Improvise
For brows to look fuller, use a pencil or a gel to intensify the natural arch of the brow. Choose a colour that is two shades lighter than your eyebrow hair.

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