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Beauty Rules

10 Beauty Rules to Break

No wine on weeknights. No white after Labor Day. Some rules were just made to be broken. When it comes to your beauty routine, forget old-school primping protocols—here are 10 no-no’s we think are absolute affirmatives.

Old school: Blue eye makeup belongs in Molly Ringwald flicks
New rule: Swap 80s-era powder-blue for some nautical navy and you’ll take this style from #tbt to now trending. “A navy smoky eye or a swipe of navy liner is universally flattering and is a chic alternative to basic black or brown,” says Raychel Wade, a celebrity makeup artist and owner of Cheek to Chic. Right now, we’re swearing by Sumita’s Color Contrast Liner in Raina.

Old school: Oily skin types should go for oil-free everything
New rule: If you’ve been wed to your oil-free moisturize since your adolescent acne years, it’s time to make a change. Many naturally derived oils, like those found in PLANT Face Oil improve your complexion without any deep-fried sheen. “Pomegranate oil can help minimize the appearance of pores,” says Joshua Zeichner, MD, a dermatologist at Mount Sinai in NYC. “And lavender oil soothes inflamed skin without causing breakouts,” he adds.

Old school: Redheads shouldn’t wear red lipstick
New rule: That’s just crazytalk. Just look at Christina Hendricks! “Redheads have some of the most beautiful, versatile coloring,” says Wade. Bring attention to your mouth with a red lip color that’s a more intense version of your hair color—we love Smashbox’s lipstick in Legendary.

Old school: Scrub your face regularly
New rule: “It takes two weeks for a baby skin cell to make its way to the surface and then, enough of them need to accumulate on top to cause dullness,” explains Zeichner. Instead of rubbing yourself raw daily, use a gentle exfoliator, like Vasanti’s Brightenup! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator, which mimics microdermabrasion without the irritation, 3 to 5 times a week.

Old school: Always apply foundation before concealer
New rule: There’s really no set rules when it comes to the order of these two. “If you aren't a fan of wearing a full layer of foundation all over your face, try applying your concealer first,” suggests Wade. This way you can spot-treat areas that need extra coverage, like under your eyes and around your nose. After blending the concealer with your fingers or a brush, “you’ll need a very small amount of foundation to even everything out for a flawless finish,” she explains.

Old school: Treat pimples with an astringent product
New rule: Intense is not better when it comes to addressing blemishes. “Using ‘more’ often just leads to more irritation,” says Zeichner. Studies have actually shown that lower concentrations of classic pimple fighters like benzoyl peroxide are just as effective as mega doses. Even naturally-powered formulas like Juice Beauty Blemish Be Gone can quell breakouts just as well.

Old school: File your nails into a short, square shape
New rule: Short and square is like the LBD of the manicure world—it’ll never go out of style—but if you’re growing out your nails, go with a round or almond shape. Square nails often fray and split once they grow beyond the tips of your fingers because the sharp edges are susceptible to snagging, but a rounder edge ensures they’ll stay smooth. An almond shape can also elongate the look of short fingers.

Old school: Wash your face with hot water for a deeper clean
New rule: Sudsing up with piping H20 can strip the skin of essential oils, leaving it dry and tight, says Zeichner. Save face by turning the tap to lukewarm, which will de-gunk your mug just as well as the hot stuff. A cleanser like Jurlique’s Purely Bright, with its superfruit-powered formula—will do all the work you need.

Old school: Toners will totally dry out your skin
New rule: We’ve come a long way from the the-more-it-burns-the-better Seabreeze tips of toners of the past. “The newest generation of mild, non-irritating toners provide options for all skin types, not just for oily or acne-prone individuals,” says Zeichner. Liz Earle’s Instant Boost Skin Tonic is one of the best—it’s alcohol-free and contains soothing botanicals like chamomile so it calms and hydrates your skin while removing bacteria.

Old school: Lather, rinse, repeat
New rule: “There’s absolutely no need to wash your hair every day, especially if you have a dry scalp,” says Zeichner. Over-washing strips your scalp of essential oils, causing dryness and itching, and excess water can lead to brittleness. We (and Gwyneth Paltrow) swear by Klorane’s Gentle Dry Shampoo with Nettle for days when we’re skipping the shower.

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