As anyone who picked up a curling iron at 9 years old knows, beauty comes with a learning curve. And while some old-school beauty advice is genius, some of it is straight-up crazy. Unless your master plan is to walk around with burned eyeballs or outdated makeup à la your Great-Aunt Margot — no offense to great-aunts everywhere — it’s probably best to leave these beauty tips where they belong: in the past.
1. Line your lips with a pencil that’s a shade darker than your lipstick.
Girl, no. Mom might’ve done it, but there’s no bigger faux pas on the planet than having visible lip liner, which defines your lips a little too well and just looks cartoonish and antiquated. Lip liner should either be worn all over your lips (which creates a rich color that’s pretty much unmovable) or it should be an exact match to your lipstick shade.
2. Shave and redraw your eyebrows.
From microblading to brow products that won’t budge, there are more options than ever for beefing up scraggly eyebrows. Therefore, you should leave this odd move to the ladies who swear by it. Not only do you eliminate the depth and texture of IRL brow hairs — and therefore any chance of your brows looking natural — but once you shave those, you also have to deal with stubble on a regular basis.
3. Heat up your eyelash curler with a hair dryer.
This seems like a great idea in theory, since it essentially turns your lash curler into a mini curling iron, but you’re also putting it dangerously close to your eye — the key word there being “dangerously.” You run the risk of burning your eyelids, and, in the same way heated tools damage your hair, the curler may harm your lashes. If you want pretty AF lashes, use your curler in tandem with lash-curling mascara instead.
4. Skip moisturizer if you have oily skin.
One of the biggest skin-care myths out there is that people with oily skin shouldn’t use moisturizer. But if your skin is lacking hydration, your oil glands begin to produce excess oil to compensate. This makes your skin greasier, trapping you in a cycle of slick, shiny skin. Moisturizing regularly, on the other hand, can actually keep your oil production at a healthy, normal level.
5. Redheads shouldn’t wear red lipstick.
Your hair color should dictate literallynothing — not your clothes, not your makeup. For years, gingers have been handed a set of rules by well-meaning beauty authorities about what will or will not clash with their hair. But rules were made to be broken (obviously), so opt for a shade of red that’s just an intense version of your own hair color. Or just pick whichever you like best — because that is all that matters, queen.
6. Your skin should feel squeaky-clean after you cleanse.
Nothing satisfies the soul like scrubbing the grime, grease, and makeup off your face at the end of a long AF day. But if your skin feels tight at all afterward, slow your roll, because it means you’ve stripped your skin of its natural oils. Instead, use a cleanser that makes your skin feel soft and smooth after you wash it, which means it’s properly moisturized.
7. Skip the mascara on your bottom lashes.
Lower lashes are having a moment. There are even some mascara brushes designed specifically to accommodate the short, stubbly lashes on the bottom. Playing them up with mascara can make your eyes look wider and more defined, or even just give them some Twiggy-inspired drama.
8. Rinse and repeat when you shampoo.
The old-school directions on the bottle to lather, rinse, and repeat is steering you wrong. Who actually has the time and desire to shampoo twice? No one. Plus, it’s a recipe for dry, straw-like hair. When you wash your hair, just shampoo once —then move on with your life.