It’s fun being a woman. Beauty products are a great way to express your individuality. Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about products and skincare from my own experimentation, research, and, of course, my friends. I’m not a beauty expert, but here are some beauty rules I live by in my own life:

Take off your make up every night (including eye make up)

This is a must. No matter how tired I am, I never go to bed without washing my face. An easy and cheap way to remove eye makeup is to use baby oil. Another time-saving trick I’ve learned: for nights when you’re too exhausted (or had too much to drink!), keep makeup remover wipes by your bed- then there are no excuses! Washing your face every night is a great way to keep your skin healthy.

Moisturise

I do this twice a day- after I remove my makeup at night, and before I apply it in the morning. I usually use some form of eye cream as well. Seriously, it’s one of the best things you can do to slow the process of aging. Dry skin ages faster.

Always wear proper fitting undergarments

This should be obvious, but, unfortunately, it’s not. You need to know your cup size and you need a good bra. Let’s try to avoid sagging and nip-slips, ladies.

Wear sunglasses to prevent crow’s feet

I don’t know if this is a scientifically proven fact, but I’ve convinced myself that if I don’t squint, I won’t have a lot of wrinkles around my eyes. Because of this, I refuse to go outdoors without sunglasses, even if it’s overcast. I personally stand by this rule… take that for what it’s worth.

Experiment with different colours/ looks

I usually wear neutral shadows, but it’s a lot of fun to try bolder colours, especially for date nights or girls’ night out. Try the “cat eye” look with your liner (my day-to-day look), wear false eyelashes, or red lipstick. Be dramatic from time to time and step out of your comfort zone. Being able to play with makeup is one of the many great things about being a woman.

Wear lotion

I always put lotion on before bed and before I get dressed in the morning. Lotion is especially important for hands so I try to coat my hands several times a day. All skin ages-take care of it.

Keep your finger nails and toenails groomed

I do my own nails to save money, but always make sure they’re groomed. If you paint them make sure the polish doesn’t chip off. Unless you’re trying to achieve Guinness World Record status, please keep your toe nails trimmed, and, for the love of all that’s holy, keep your nails clean! If you’re not a kid (or a man) there is no reason to have dirt under your nails.

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