You know when people tell you, “You’re going to look back at yourself in a few years and laugh”? Haven’t we all been there? In the moment, you think you look and feel fab, but looking back you think: what was I thinking? Ask any beauty blogger: we’ve been there. I’ve made my share of beauty blunders, so don’t feel too bad if you’ve done ‘em too. Here are my top five beauty mistakes I regret making.
1. Sleeping in Makeup
When I first started wearing makeup, not only did I pile it on, but I didn’t take it off for days on end! It’s a miracle that I didn’t really get acne until I was an adult. What would start off as a cute smokey eye would transform into scary raccoon goggles. Although, since I was a pseudo emo kid, I didn’t mind. Oy vey!
2. Overplucking… then Over-Filling
Before a couple years ago, I didn’t do too much to maintain my eyebrows. I would get rid of strays using eyebrow razors, but that’s about it. Like most people, I started off my eyebrow game by over plucking the hell out of them… I had always been a bit self conscious about their thickness as a kid, so I went pretty crazy. Then, after realizing that they didn’t match my face, I filled them in to the point where they looked cartoon-y. Thank goodness I’ve got them in control, now.
3. Biting My Nails
This is a beauty habit that took me thirteen years to stop! Although it wasn’t a conscious decision, I bit my nails from age 3 to 16. I tried everything to kick it, but it didn’t stop until I got my tonsils out and couldn’t bite down on anything for three weeks, so I went cold turkey. Biting my nails for so long ruined them in the long run. They break and peel really easily now, but at least I can do a quick fix with some nail strengthener.
4. Doing Big Hair Changes at Home
I started dying my hair in the fifth grade, including bleaching, and rarely went to a salon. I’ve also had extensions sewn into my hair by a family friend who claimed she knew what she was doing. Needless to say, I seriously regret the damage I’ve done by trying to save money and performing DIY hair transformations. Now, whenever I want to do something drastic, I trust a professional.
5. All Over Bronze
I remember my first bronzer like it was yesterday… it was the Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzing Powder, and it came in their Glamour Revolution palette. It was so silky and smelled like candy! Well, not knowing a lot about makeup application at the time, I proceeded to apply this to my entire face with a heavy hand. I got a lot of people asking me if I had taken up fake tanning, and if so, why I was only tanning my face.
So go on, spill, what beauty mistakes have you made?