Pretty up your daily routine with smart products and techniques for curing bad grooming habits. (We're looking at you, Ms. Eyebrow Over-Plucker.)
Don't wash your hair daily
Your scalp constantly produces oils that nourish, moisturize and protect hair. Unless your lifestyle requires you to sweat a lot (marathon runner, hot-sauce tester), there's no need to strip your tresses of a healthy amount of grease daily.
The fix: Ojon's Rub-Out Dry Cleansing Spray ($24, Sephora.com) keeps hair fresh between showers. Made of oil from a nut found only in Central American rainforests, the stuff is safe for colored locks.
Don't pump your mascara
Repeatedly drawing the wand in and out of a mascara tube to get more product allows air to enter the container, which can dry out your lash-luxing formula and shorten its lifespan. Today's mascaras come in long, thin tubes meant to maximize the product on the brush, making pumping unnecessary.
The fix: If your Diorshow or Great Lash has lost its luster, add three to four drops of hot green tea to the bottle. The warm liquid loosens up the contents, and the antioxidants in tea just might promote lash growth.
Don't rub wrists after applying perfume
Perfume is a delicate combination of scented oils and alcohol. Spritzing it on and smashing your wrists together creates friction between the oils in your perfume and those in your skin, which can distort the sillage (the scented trail left after applying a fragrance). It won't necessarily make your Chanel No. 5 smell like Eau du Dumpster No. 12, but it will result in a slightly different waft than the maker intended.
The fix: Spray each wrist separately, along with your decolletage. If you overdo it, smear a little rubbing alcohol on the application points to dilute. Or, for a fool-proof option, gently dab on fragrance using a roll-on. Try Marchesa's parfum d'extase roller ball with hints of lilac and star anise ($25, Sephora).
Don't think red lipstick isn't for you
While you may initially balk at the "Look-at-me!" Marilyn-Monroe-meets-Gwen-Stefani vibe, true reds can work for every skin tone. Not ready to take the plunge? Use your finger to dab a little red on and top it with a sheer gloss.
The Fix: Some true reds to try: Illamasqua's matte lipstick in Box ($24, Sephora); Maybelline's Red Revival ($8, CVS).
Don't pluck your eyebrows too close to the mirror
It's too easy to lose sight of their overall shape. Here a hair, there a hair, and before you know it, you've plucked yourself into a Dr. Evil look-alike.
The Fix: Get your brows groomed by a professional and maintain upkeep of strays, steering clear of the arch itself. Or Anastasia Beverly Hills' brow stencils provide an easy-to-follow blueprint ($20, Sephora).
Do Moisturize Your Neck
A woman's aging neck can be a source of contention as years wane. Nora Ephron even wrote a book about hers!
The Fix: Extend a moisturizer such as Kiehl's new Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Cream ($52) to your neck. Looking for something lightweight that won't get on your clothes? Try a quick-absorbing serum.
Don't Wash Your Face in The Morning
Like your hair, your face benefits from a healthy amount of naturally secreted oils. Cleansing skin at the end of the day strips it of pollution and dirt buildup as well as makeup. But washing it again in the morning is overkill.
The Fix: Trade harsh cleansers for a warm washcloth or gentle wipes such as Korres' Milk Proteins Cleansing & Make-up Removing Wipes, which nourish and refresh a sleepy dermis ($12, Sephora).