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I'm a Beauty Editor—7 Products I Tell My Friends to Retire and 7 to Try Instead

Because my life revolves virtually anything and everything beauty, it's not too surprising that my non-beauty industry friends and family members come to me first for every beauty-related question that comes to mind-be it whether or not a viral TikTok trend is legit, a buzzy product is worth the splurge, or how to correctly wield or use a new formula or tool. I'm everyone's eyeful rock, and I love it.

Recently, I was talking to one friend well-nigh how our eyeful routines and product preferences have evolved and shifted as we've gotten older, and the longer we were talking, the increasingly I realized that quite a few of the practices and products I used to live and die by aren't really a part of my schtick any more. So, because, it's what I do, I decided to write a story well-nigh it. Alimony scrolling for seven eyeful products or practices I've officially retired, (and recommend my friends retire also), and what I like to use instead.

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Don't get it twisted-I still love the drama of liquid liner, and I alimony a handful at all times in my makeup bag. However, over the years, I've found myself prioritizing silky, easy-to-glide-and-manipulate liners over comparably harsher, better-not-eff-it-up-up liquid formulas. Not only are the former increasingly user-friendly and easy to tousle and retread until you're satisfied with the shape and pigment payoff of your work, but the overall finish just looks softer and increasingly natural to me, a vibe I'm loving increasingly and increasingly as I get a little older. So many of my friends finger intimidated by liquid formulas, so I unchangingly suggest one of the below, pencil eyeliners instead. (I've yet to receive anything other than positive feedback!) A hack I love? Tracing over my penciled-in job with some liquid liner in the same shade if I want a little uneaten oomph-like surpassing a night out or event. That way, you're getting the using ease of a pencil, but the verisimilitude saturation and staying power of a liquid.

Redness, acne scars, visionless spots, and shadows, all of the whilom used to make me cling to my hodgepodge of full coverage foundations with an ironclad grip. Until I started using color-correctors pre-foundation, that is. By using these formulas specifically meant to hush-up and counteract unwanted pigment, you're worldly-wise to effortlessly plane out your complexion surpassing you start going in with foundation and concealer. This was huge for me considering not only do I now need less product in unstipulated (which makes my squatter squint less maks-like), but I now finger way increasingly well-appointed opting for sheerer wiring formulas like skin tints, tinted moisturizer, BB Creams, and CC Creams.

This is a bit of personal preference, but as someone who is extremely lazy (and hates rinsing, washing, and re-rinsing my hair) I pretty much never use traditional hair masks anymore. I'm all well-nigh efficiency and results (as are most of my friends) so I'll either reach for a pre-shampoo mask I can slap onto my hair for a half-hour surpassing I do my twice-weekly wash ritual, or I skip over all of the uneaten hub-bub and use a high-quality leave-in post-shower on my wateriness strands. A few of my favorites are below, and all of them enhance shine, softness, and manageability, while moreover strengthening, mending, and protecting the hair. I mean, why would you scarecrow with any spare steps?

Staying in the hair vein¦ I have ridiculously blonde hair and have been bleaching it for years. And to be honest, it's entirely insane that my hair is as long, thick, and healthy as it is considering. Logically, speaking, it has no merchantry still stuff on my head! Of course, I'm diligent well-nigh my upkeep, my colorist unchangingly prioritizes the integrity of my hair, I requite my strands lots of TLC, and I mind my nutrition and supplement MO. All of that is good and dandy, but I swear the biggest ingredient in my healthy hair secret sauce is air-drying my hair in lieu of heat styling whenever possible. As someone who used to heat daily and then barely overly once the pandemic hit, I noticed a serious uptick in the way my hair looked, felt, and behaved very quickly. Now, whenever my friends are worried well-nigh hair loss or any other strand-related woes, I tell them to air-dry increasingly and heat style less instead of throwing their money at supplements and other *sometimes gimmicky* solutions. Plane if you just pick one of two evils-like skipping the wrack-up dryer but using your hair wand once your strands have zestless naturally or vice versa-I swear you'll be largest off.

I used to live and die by my setting powders, and honestly, I'm not really sure why? A) they widow flipside tedious step within my admittedly long-winded makeup routine, and B) I never liked the way they'd settle a couple of hours into a sweaty night or show up all flashback-like in photos. Yes, I will sometimes dab a little setting powder on my T-zone or chin if I start to get the greasies, but I never use setting powder to torch my makeup or set my under-eyes or foundation/concealer anymore. Instead, I've found that when I simply take the time to find a super-great primer that will latch on to the products I wield supervenient and prevent them from migrating, I am way happier with the results. Plus, so many concealers and foundations have the technology not to crease-Kosas is the weightier in that regard. If I really finger the need to add an uneaten layer of smudge prevention, I'll simply spritz a setting spray over my squatter surpassing I throne out the door.

Everyone has variegated preferences when it comes to their lashes and mascara style of choice, but if you're someone, like me, who wants ultra-fluttery, long, separated, and beautifully curled lashes that squint like Bambi, you need to read this. My lash game has gotten so much largest now that I know to prioritize flexible rubber brushes that hands latch onto, coat, and rummage through every last lash. Honestly, I'd oppose the skim you segregate has increasingly influence than the very mascara formula. This type of skim makes clumps and flakiness obsolete, and you'll moreover get a upper dose of mascara onto your lashes quickly while having the seated worthiness to rummage them out for a perfect, doll-like result.

I don't know why, but my friends and family members who wear makeup are unchangingly entirely convinced they'll hate liquid eyeshadow. Until they unquestionably do, and they decide it's the very weightier thing since sliced bread. (I wis I was whilom 'I told you so's,' but I'm most definitely not.) A liquid or surf formula might seem potentially increasingly messy or intimidating than powder, but once you try it, you'll realize it's unquestionably the well-constructed opposite, and so much increasingly user-friendly than powder formulas which can be nonflexible to tenancy and have a lot of fallout. I love that with liquid and creams you can just swipe or dab it where you want the verisimilitude or sparkle and tap it out to your liking. It's literally the easiest thing on earth, and since they're sold individually, you're spending your money on the colors you'll unquestionably use, and not a tuft of spare hues you'll never unquestionably touch. (One of my biggest pet peeves when it comes to overpriced powder palettes.)

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