Glo's Beauty Editor Tells All (Yes, All)By Shannan Rouss
If your childhood was anything like mine, then chances are you come from the do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do school of learning. Which means you understand when I tell you that, as Glo's beauty editor, I'm guilty of giving advice I don't always take.
The good news (for me) is that I'm pretty sure I'm not alone. Like the MD who smokes every once in a while, there are dermatologists who skip washing their faces, hair stylists who abuse their own strands, and makeup artists who continue using a product past its prime.
The good news (for you) is that you can cut yourself some slack. Nobody—not even the experts—is perfect. And you can benefit from knowing their blunders and bad habits—both the ones that have been disastrous and the ones that are no big deal.
As Glo's tireless (and somewhat shameless) beauty editor, I bring you a few of my most impressive beauty foibles, past and present.
Not-So-Peak Experience: Around the time I turned 18, I read an article about Rita Hayworth that happened to mention how the Hollywood star had her hairline reshaped with electrolysis. Naturally, I thought, "That's a great idea!" Having a widow's peak only slightly less pointed than Eddie Munster's, I was desperate for a "normal" hairline. I may not have been able to afford electrolysis, but I was an ace with a pair of tweezers. And so I began the task of reshaping my own hairline, one wayward strand at a time. Needless to say, the results were problematic—and the re-growth phase far more painful than the plucking.
Being Picky: If my complexion even so much as thinks about a pimple, I'm at the mirror, fingers poised to excavate whatever may or may not be brewing just under the surface of my skin. I know, I know. This is a big no-no. Huge. But it's my lot in life. (There are people—my people—who experience a sense of relief from picking.) Stopping altogether seems next to impossible, so instead I've become an expert at damage control. Picking is followed by cleansing, followed by concealer (I'm partial to this product), applied with a brush for better coverage, and finished off with a light dusting of translucent powder.
Aquaphoria Effect: I suffer from Aquaphoria, the sudden elation that comes from using Aquaphor, leading to dependence on it. Chapped lips? Aquaphor. Dry cuticles? Aquaphor. Flyaways? Aquaphor. (I've even polished a pair of boots with the ointment.) So when I developed a rash-like patch on my face, I daubed the affected area with Aquaphor. When the patch didn't go away, I ignored the product's instructions to stop use after seven days, until finally, more than a month later, I made an appointment to see the derm. Her diagnosis: perioral dermatitis, a condition sometimes made worse by petrolatum, the active ingredient in Aquaphor.
Since then, I've continued to use Aquaphor, though more sparingly than before. There have been other mistakes made and rules broken. But I like to think that's part of the fun. Because even the worst beauty blunder isn't so, so bad. (Famous last words? Let's hope not!)
After a hairline overhaul, Rita Hayworth gets coiffed.John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images