It is impossible to describe exactly what beauty means to everyone, although as a society, we seem surprisingly in agreement. Society extols physical attractiveness; people with the “right look” gain advantages in the workplace, relationships, and politics. Unfortunately, those who fall short of trending beauty standards are vulnerable to bullying, viral shaming, and worse. On some level, we all know the impact of beauty is internal, too. The Journal of Happiness Studies reports that attractiveness affects psychological well-being and other outcomes in life. All of us have some questionable beauty routines that could be doing more harm than good.


1. Using the Wrong Foundation

Foundation serves various purposes. Many companies formulate different options for specific skin types. If you have oily or combination skin, a matte foundation will help absorb excess oil and make your look last longer. A foundation with a satin finish works better on dry skin. Your foundation should feel comfortable and allow your skin to breathe. It should look as close to your natural skin tone as possible. The product should not irritate your skin, either. If you see rashes or breakouts after switching to a new brand, try something else.

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