10 Beauty Rules to Break
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Just Do It1 of 11
By Petra Guglielmetti for WomansDay.com
There are certain mantras that turned out to be valuable truths to live by — you know, things like “Never go to bed angry” and “You look so much nicer when you stand up straight.” But when it comes to beauty, some of the wisdom passed down to us by our elders turns out to be — well, not so wise. Here are 10 beauty “rules” that you can definitely rebel against.
Brushing Hair 100 Times2 of 11
Perching on the edge of your bed and patiently counting brush strokes may be a relaxing ritual, but it’s not going to make your hair healthier. “Too much brushing will only lead to breakage,” says Miami-based celebrity hairstylist Raphael Reboh, who advises his clients to brush only as often as needed for styling and detangling.
Matching Lip Liner For Longer Color3 of 11
This may have been the purpose for which lipliner was intended/invented (and the reason it’s called “liner,” after all), but nobody really uses it this way anymore. The reason? You risk ending up with an unattractive darker outline around your lips once your lipstick wears off. The new rule: Color your lips entirely with the liner first, then layer lipstick on top for super-staying power.
Drink Lots of Water for Glowing Skin4 of 11
It’s true that being dehydrated does nothing pretty for your complexion, but drinking excessive quantities of water (beyond the eight or so glasses generally recommended) will only lead to superfluous bathroom visits, not plump, perky skin.
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Keep Lathering for Clean Hair5 of 11
That squeaky feeling just means you’ve washed away all the natural oils that give hair its shine and bounce. “I wouldn’t go with the squeaky-clean theory unless you’re washing dishes or the floor,” Reboh says. “The hair shaft is extremely delicate, and this can strip essential oils, which is damaging.”
Only File Nails in One Direction6 of 11
Your nails grow and get their health from the base, not from the edge that extends beyond your fingertip and gets filed. If you sit there and really saw away at your tips with a rough file, you could create enough friction to impact your nails’ health—but generally speaking, as long as you don’t saw away too crazily, filing back and forth won’t weaken your nails.
Don't Let Your Roots Show7 of 11
It figures that now that there are jillions of excellent products designed to help you cover up those telltale roots, having visible roots is actually one of the biggest hair trends. The concept is called “ombre” hair, the roots are dark but the hair gets lighter and lighter toward the ends.
Red Hair = No Red Lips8 of 11
This is another long-running beauty rule that all of Hollywood seems to be breaking lately — and the results can be gorgeous. Flame-haired actresses like Amy Adams and Emma Stone love to work the red carpet in fiery red lipstick. Red hair itself is also a huge beauty trend this season — perhaps because it no longer has those old makeup rules associated with it?
Only Pluck From Below Your Eyebrows9 of 11
Go to any tweezing, waxing or threading place, and it’s pretty much a guarantee that your aesthetician will remove hairs from above your brows. “Removing hair above the brow line helps to create a more defined shape,” says Shobha Tummala, a New York City–based hair-removal expert.
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Eating Chocolate Gives You Pimples10 of 11
Your waistline is much more likely to benefit from a no-chocolate rule than your skin — the idea that the sweet stuff is an acne culprit is a common myth. Clinical studies have failed to show that any food can actually cause acne (though in some rare instances, foods might exacerbate existing acne).
You Must Be Either Warm or Cool11 of 11
Can you honestly say you’ve figured out which tone you are—and what that means in terms of which eyeshadow, blush and lipstick hues you should choose? “Warm and cool is really most important when you're picking foundation and concealer,” explains New York–based makeup artist Fiona Stiles. "But you can break the rules with colorful makeup."