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I spent much of my makeup-wearing life just using my fingers to apply foundation, concealer, and eyeshadow. I wore thick drugstore foundation and concealer, and packed Revlon pressed powder on top of it to try to keep it in place. I shudder to think at how streaky, caky, and oxidized I looked for so long. I finally discovered the wonders of brushes and higher end makeup, which transformed my makeup routine into an art form.

Buying into the initial hype when a product first releases. I have a well rounded enough collection, now, that I’m able to find pretty close dupes for most things that release, so unless something is completely new and different/innovative I DO NOT NEED IT.

In the words of Scotty from Star Trek I learned the benefits of using the right tool for the right job.
Another one tis easier to add more that to remove too much.
Third is leave your brows alone. Over plucking will never end well.

Over tweezing my eyebrows. So no more skinny brows for me! Unfortunately, I am still overly fixated on having zero stubble, so I realize that I still go in with my tweezers way to often, resulting in my causing irritated scaly spots on my browbone. Which is why I love MAC Orb so much; it fully hides that.

Falling prey to the hype, especially with new palettes. I am able to dupe most new palettes nowadays, so getting a single here or there just makes so much more sense (and it’s cost/space efficient).

Buying popular shades that just don’t suit my skin color and undertones. For example, orange based red lipstick looks beautiful on many many people, but no matter how nice the formula it’s always going to look like clown makeup on me.

I have not done this in quite some time: Buying the majority of lipstick shades in what would have then been a preferred formula. I just purged every single lipstick from Dolce and Gabbana, Givenchy, MAC, Guerlain, Estee Lauder, Bobbi Brown. I’m have not worn any of them in shrug who knows..over a year anyway. What an epic waste!

I was not a good makeup brush owner and didn’t bath them frequently. I have since learned how important it is for my skin and the life of the brush. I am now dilligent about washing brushes properly and drying them correctly. I’ve been doing this for over 5 years now. Skin has improved and brushes are softer.

A couple of bad beauty habits I was able to ditch was:
1. Using poor brushes to apply my eyeshadows – I have some Real Technique ones now that are a godsend.
2. Purchasing willy nilly – I stopped doing that awhile ago.
3. Being far more aware of my foundation undertone so that I only purchase those with pink undertones.
4. Having much better skincare products and a definite routine morning and night. Using oils to nourish my face – Argon and Chia seed oils.

Blue eyeshadow. Did nothing for me. Wore it all through the 70’s, I discovered brown, gold, coppers & plums bring out my eye color the most. Even orange & grey eyeshadows, plus silver! What a difference these colors make on me. Learned from professional make up artists. Oh, those makeovers! Such a treat.

I am not good at this! Look at my haul for this week. Anyway, I think it is the overall concept of more on my face is better. Yes, I buy a ton of stuff but I don’t have to put it all on my face at the same time. I am guilty of multiple primers and not just in certain areas, multiple mascara’s, multiple lip shades, etc. Sometimes it works but often it is just adding product for the sake of it not really enhancing my look.

I have to admit, when I was younger I’d be super lazy about taking my makeup off, especially if I’d been out all night and just wanted to sleep instead. Now I take it off every night and I also moisturise twice a day and use nice skin care products! I’m also much better at applying eye makeup to suit my hooded eyes, like before I would draw on a normal winged eyeliner shape and get annoyed that it didn’t look right when my eyes were open.

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