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5.    Not checking your make-up in natural light.

That “subtle and demure” make-up you see in your bathroom mirror can make you look geisha-like in the bright light of day.

The secret of make-up is to enhance your looks in a subtle, natural way, unless you go all out for a dramatic evening look. You don’t want make-up to be too obvious, such as a line of demarcation along your jaw where your foundation ends, or to leave the house with a harsh streak of too-dark or too-bright blush.

Description: Not checking your make-up in natural light.

Not checking your make-up in natural light.

The reason for these blunders is usually that we apply make-up in dim or indirect light. “Natural light reflects color in its true form, so it’s a good idea to step outside, but not in direct sunlight,” advises Van Tonder.

“Checking make-up in natural light helps to avoid mistakes that may look fine in a bathroom light,” says O’Connell. “Try to have a mirror near your bedroom window so you can check your make-up.”

Fading or running eye make-up is a related blunder.

When you’re our on the town, partying all night, your make-up can start to run while you’re none the wiser!

If you’re planning a big night, do it right. Don’t put moisturizer near your eyes and set pencil liner with a little dab of translucent powder to ensure it stays in place.

6.    Not cleaning your eyebrows properly

Build-up of make-up and dead skin can cause blocked hair follicles.

Using make-up, such as brow powder, pencils or waxes, plus accumulation of perspiration, foundation, eye shadow and moisturizing creams in the brow hair can cause follicles to block up and result in bald parches or cleaned properly, says top local make-up artist Gillian Lentin.

Description: Build-up of make-up and dead skin can cause blocked hair follicles.

Build-up of make-up and dead skin can cause blocked hair follicles.

To maintain think, shiny brow hair, she advises using a soft toothbrush daily. This is to dislodge any make-up and product debris from the brows and to stimulate growth. Also, very importantly, she cautions: “Remember to apply sunscreen above and on brows, as skin here can be sensitised from plucking and tinting.”

The second eyebrow-beauty blunder? Either you overpluck or underpluck them. See a professional for shaping brows at least once a month and then keep it up yourself to save money, advises Lentin.

Eyebrow mousse or gel is particularly useful, says Julie-Anne Hegarty, form Tweezerman. “like hair gel, gel for your eyebrows shape them the way you want them. This gives the impression that your eyebrows are fuller and thicker.”

7.    Overdosing on hair-styling products

Using more than two products can make your hair and scalp oily.

Your mother always warned you against too much of a good thing, didn’t she? This certainly applies to hair-styling products.

While a little bit of product can be the cherry on top of your perfect coif, you can ruin a great look by going overboard. And it is very tempting to indulge in the array of shine sprays, mousse and gels available these days.

Description: Using more than two products can make your hair and scalp oily.

Using more than two products can make your hair and scalp oily.

Using too much product can make your hair greasy and grungy and also weigh it down, says Shelene Shaer from Tanaz Hair, Body and Nails in Joburg. “Match the items you use to the texture of your hair. Fine hair needs root lift so use a mousse at the roots and a dash of serum on the ends. Medium hair needs a gel or cream. Curly, wild hair can be weighted down with a mix of cream and serum.

“The drier hair is, the more moisture it needs so use a cream. If your hair is frizzy, you may be tempted to bombard it with product: use only a serum to tame it.”

Avoid applying a second product to hair once it’s dry, as this is often overkill and attracts dirt, warns Shaer.

Also, don’t use too big a dollop of product. “The amount depends on the thickness of the hair,” says Shaer. “A R5-coin-size of mousse for fine hair and a shot glass-size for longer hair should be enough.”

The best way to apply styling products is to towel-dry hair. Then rub the product between your hands, spread your fingers wide and apply to the hair but not the scalp. If you’re styling curly hair, you’ll need to guide the curl with the product and leave the hair fairly wet.

8.    Skipping sunscreen in key areas

You’re inviting telltale signs of sun damage in the form of dark spots and dry patches. Even worse, you’ll increase your risk of skin cancer.

The good news? Finally the message is getting through: women are increasingly wearing sunscreen every day, all-year-round says Cape Town dermatologist Dr Izolda Heydenrych.

However, we still don’t do it perfectly. The problem spots that we continue missing are around the hairlines, the temples, sides and back of the neck, on the ears, and in the inner-eye corner, tight next to the nose.

Description: You’re inviting telltale signs of sun damage in the form of dark spots and dry patches.

You’re inviting telltale signs of sun damage in the form of dark spots and dry patches.

“I’m finding an alarming number of people with skin cancer in the inner corner of the eye – it’s a neglected spot and very vulnerable, especially on the right side of the face, which is exposed to sun damage while driving,” says Dr Heydenrych.

The simple fix? Make sure you’re not skimping on sunscreen and pay attention to those vulnerable spots. If your hair is thin, you also need to protect your scalp at the parting.

The corner amount of sunscreen for your face is half a teaspoon. Rub the lotion between your hands, and apply from the top of your face down, taking care to blend it into the hairline and the top of the ears.

While you’re at it, remember your neck and chest and top of the hands – that means another teaspoon full.

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