Thanks to women’s magazines, YouTube tutorials, and countless blogs dedicated to beauty, everyone can be an expert when it comes to hair and makeup. We know how to create the perfect smokey eye, braid our hair, and sculpt our face, but a quick chat with my friends confirmed one thing: There are certain beauty basics that we all fail to follow.

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Whether it’s laziness, lack of time, or simply indifference, there always seems to be a reason to ignore the following beauty tips:

1. Protect your hair from heat

Do you blow dry your hair? Do you straighten it? Do you use a curling wand? Chances are you’ve answered yes to at least one of those questions. Do you apply heat protection spray before doing so? No? Me neither. Even though every single hair stylist tells us how damaging heat can be to hair and that’s it’s sooo important to use a product that protects our hair from the heat, most women skip this step.

2. Clean your brushes

Just think about it: Makeup brushes and hair brushes are used almost everyday and pick up whatever is on our scalp and skin including bacteria, which we then spread again the next day. Most beauticians would tell you to clean your brushes at least weekly, but I’m yet to find a person who actually does this.

3. Apply a base coat

If you can’t be bothered to get a professional manicure every week or you just like to change your nail colour regularly, you probably DIY it at home. Your bathroom is filled with nail polish bottles in every colour of the rainbow, but do you apply a base coat before applying that dark red varnish to keep your nails from turning yellow? I didn’t think so.

4. Use toner

We are repeatedly told how important it is to remove make up and really clean our skin before going to bed. Most of us have a good cleanser for this purpose, but how many of us add that extra step of using a toner to our skincare routine? The right toner can repair and restore your skin, yet, many of us have never owned a toner.

5. Floss

You know it’s important. And you know your toothbrush can only do so much, but somehow, flossing can be found at the bottom of our priority list. Oh well, we’re only human.

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