Doing a great job applying makeup is hard enough as it is. The whole routine can take years to perfect, and what’s in style can change all the time. However, when you’re just flat out using a product wrong, that’s certainly not going to help your case. And unfortunately, that happens with beauty products all too often.

To help with identifying these misused products and finding solutions, we spoke with the skincare and beauty researchers at Adore Cosmetics. Here’s what they had to say.

#1 Exfoliants
An occasional exfoliation is quite helpful for removing dead skin cells and leaving the skin with a healthy, youthful glow. However, more than once or twice a week, and it’s soon going to have the opposite effect, drying the skin out and causing blemishes and other problems.

#2 Foundation
People make two critical mistakes when it comes to foundations. One, they tend to choose the wrong color (either too dark for their natural skin, or too light if they plan on using bronzer). And second, people tend to not blend their foundation enough, which can make it stick out more than it should.

#3 Powder
Powder as a makeup ingredient is only intended to blend and hide shiny areas. Unfortunately, a lot of people get ahold of that powder and have a tendency to blast their entire face with it, regardless of the areas that actually need it.

#4 Concealer Pens
Concealer pens are really designed to be applied under the eyes to hide circles and lines and make you look refreshed. However, many people see the name and think they’re intended to cover up every blackhead and blemish. This just makes the fix stand out more than the problem.

#5 Eyelash Curlers
Eyelash curlers require a gentle touch to get good results. Some tend to apply too much pressure, which can distort the eyelashes and cause problems. In addition, different eyelash curlers are shaped to suit different eyes, and many people don’t consider this aspect when buying one.

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