8 Things You’re Not Doing In Your Beauty Routine But Should

by Stephanie Montes

When it comes to our beauty routine, our motto is: If you’re going to do it, do it right. You’re already taking the time to perfect your skin, hair and nails, so why not add just one more step to ensure that you’re getting the most out of your regimen? From the secret to a closer shave to making your manicure last longer, these eight updates will change the way you approach your beauty process—and the results you get.


Do It Right

Cleansing Oil Before Cleanser

A cleansing oil works wonders for melting away makeup—especially stubborn mascara. Use this before your favorite cleanser and you won't be left with residue under your eyes.

Exfoliator Before Shaving

Lightly exfoliating before a shave softens the hair and opens up the root. To avoid irritation, scrub downward and be very gentle.

Serum Before Moisturizer

Always start your skincare routine with a serum. Since this product is lighter and thinner, it absorbs deep into the skin to treat all types of concerns. Moisturizers create a barrier on the skin to keep pollutants out—applying that first will only keep serum from doing its job.

Face Mist After Translucent Powder

By now, you know how important it is to set liquid foundation and concealer with a translucent powder. However, what comes next is just as important. A few spritzes of face mist will moisten your powder and prevent it from looking chalky.

Primer Before Face Mask

Clay and mud face masks can be drying to your skin. Starting your spa routine with a primer will hydrate your complexion while still allowing you to reap the benefits of a detoxing mask. If you don't have a mask primer, a hydrating face mist will also do the trick.

Heat Protectant Before Blow-Drying

Always apply a heat protectant before blow-drying your hair. Not using one can lead to split ends and dry, dull locks. This multitasking product protects your hair from high temperatures and fights frizz. Win-win.

Color Corrector Before Foundation

No matter what your skin concern, everyone can benefit from color-correcting products. Use colored concealers to neutralize redness, dark circles and more before applying your foundation.

Base Coat Before Nail Polish

Sure, we all get lazy sometimes, but taking a few minutes to apply a base coat before your polish will make all the difference. In addition to making your manicure last longer, it smoothes out imperfections for flawless application and can prevent nail discoloration.