5 beauty mistakes to never make again

Max May is one of Australia's beauty luminaries who has worked with the likes of Olivia Palermo, Whitney Port, Pia Miller and Bambi. So needless to say, he knows his way around a beauty 'do' and 'don't!' 

Max shares with LifeStyle YOU his top 5 beauty misdemeanours, and how to salvage them in a few simple steps.

Beauty Blunder #1:

Mismatching your foundation shade to your face!

Real Life Remedy:

“The one and only place to try is your face,” Max insists. “I always suggest sampling foundation while your skin is as makeup-free as possible. Test the foundation to the side of the mouth onto the chin and along the jaw line to not only make sure it matches your natural skin colour but blends out flawlessly into your neck,” he says.

Max also recommends checking the match both indoors and outdoors in the natural light. “Another great way to document the colours you try and get an outside view of what it looks like, is to take a selfie! Once you think you have found the correct shade, do your entire face and see how it wears!”

Beauty Blunder # 2:

Using cosmetic brushes daily. Cleaning them never.

Real Life Remedy:

“Like washing your hair you need to clean your brushes,” advises Max. The build-up of products deep in the bristle of the brush breeds bacteria that can result in breakouts as well as affecting the overall colours and finishes of the products you apply. “I simply wash my brushes using a baby shampoo from Johnson & Johnson,” Max says. “It’s gentle on the bristles but strong enough to lift oily build-up.” Max advises completely rinsing any brush cleaner through, then lay them down on a dry towel to dry so the water doesn’t destroy the glue that binds the bristles together.

Beauty Blunder #3:

Slacking off on body moisturiser post-shower.

Real Life Remedy:

“The best way to trap moisture into the skin is to moisturise straight after a shower,” Max insists. “In fact while your skin is still slightly damp!” Max – who is Jergens Ambassador – can’t go past the richness of the Shea Beauty Oil - as it traps moisture under the skin and simultaneously nourishes. “The oil is weightless but leaves skin with a beautiful red carpet glow!”

Beauty Blunder #4:

Applying mascara to lacklustre lashes.

Real Life Remedy:

You have fuller, bigger, lusher lashes than you give yourself credit for. The only way to unfurl them, however, is with an eyelash curler says Max, who lists this tiny tool as an absolute essential on any shoot he does. “Curling your lashes makes your eyes look big, and lashes longer and thicker,” he says. Max loves Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler for its high-quality rubber that protects lashes from breakage and is perfectly angled to get close to the bottom lashes when curling, therefore maximising length and effect. “Always curl lashes before mascara, cautions Max. And it’s okay to curl a couple of times if lashes are stubborn.”

Beauty Blunder #5:

Caking on fake tan. Forgetting to clean it off. 

Real Life Remedy:

Removing your old tan before applying a new one is essential when wanting a flawless professional finish, Max insists. “The more layers that are left on the skin, the more inconsistent your tan will wear,” he says. “Cleaning the skin of your old fake tan will allow the skin to accept better and hold the new one.” Add a cup or two of Bi-Carb Soda to a bath and soak the areas you want to re-spray for 15 -20 minutes, advises Max.“Conclude with a good body exfoliation to loosen any stubborn patches.

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