6 Beauty Crimes You May Be Committing


Many of us are committing beauty crimes without us knowing. I know I am, and I know many bloggers, vloggers and celebrities that commit a few of the beauty crimes listed on here. Nobody’s perfect, neither is any makeup or skincare routine, but some crimes are worst than imperfect, they could leave us with lasting consequences.

Here are some of the most common beauty crimes I see around:

Bloggers/Vloggers Selling Used Makeup

I see a lot of bloggers/vloggers selling old makeup online, claiming it has only been swatched or used once, so it is good enough to be sold. Deep down, I am hoping we all agree this isn’t right. Like lipsticks, foundations, concealers, eye pencils, mascaras, and all the others, should not be shared, or bought unboxed. The only makeup you should be buying, should be brand new. Sharing makeup products could lead to skin infections, eye infections, and other skin problems you really can do without.

The only exception is when it comes to makeup artists. So if you are having your makeup professionally done, you will likely be using the artist’s makeup, which is fine as long as every product is applied with a makeup brush. The artist should obviously have the makeup brushes cleaned after each use.


Swatching on the Back of your Hand

I see a lot of bloggers/vloggers swatching makeup products behind the hands. This is so common and so wrong. The skin on back of the hand is a lot darker than our face, due to sun exposure. To ensure you get the ride shade, swatch the makeup products preferably on your jaw line, or the inner part of your arms, which is the closest shade to your face. This ensures you pick the right shade of product.

MAC Concealer Image

MeMeMe Trio Eyeshadow Swatches Image

Concealer before Foundation

The concealer should be applied AFTER the foundation and not before. The reason being is once the foundation is applied correctly, you may find that you don’t have to use the concealer as much, if at all. The foundation creates the right base for makeup. It is called ‘foundation’ for a reason.


Wrong Shade of Foundation

I have been sold the wrong shade of foundation like I said in my previous beauty post, so I know all about buying the wrong shade of makeup. However, some women deliberately go for a light/pale concealer, thinking it will help conceal the areas that need concealing better. This is so wrong. Your concealer should match your foundation to cover up and hide shadows.

If you find that you have the wrong shade of concealer already, do not panic. You can most likely correct the shade by mixing your concealer with a bit of foundation, providing that foundation is in the right shade.

MAC Pro Longwear Concealer Image


Not Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes

Many of us do not clean our makeup brushes as often as we should, which is BAD. You should clean your makeup brushes as often as you use them. I use mine like twice a week most times, so I clean them once a month. If you use them every day, you should be cleaning them every week.



Watering Down your Cosmetics

I know I am so guilty of this. I tend to water down facial wash products when they are almost finished. I don’t know why I do it but I do it. Maybe it is because I do it with the dish washing liquid, it has become a kind of habit now, but it is beauty crime. Skincare products contain water, making them susceptible to contamination by micro-organisms: bacteria, viruses, fungi and yeasts. That is why it is so important not to water down cosmetics, as you change the natural balance of preservatives designed to keep products safe.

Have you committed any of these beauty crimes? Let’s discuss in the comment section.






59 responses

  1. Omg have to ever seen people selling old make up on Depop? I found someone selling a second hand mac lippy, for full price, which legit looked as if someone had chewed on it. I just don’t know what some people are thinking!


  2. Great points! I have many friends that, sadly, don’t clean their makeup brushes because they think it is not necessary since the bronzer or foundation they use is in the same shade…. You should see my face when hearing it!


  3. 9/10 for me with those, meaning there is 1 I kind of do. The 1 do is buy cleanser/toner/moisturisers without the boxes, though they have to be new without box though, never used.

    I can get the expensive cleanser/toners/moisturisers for a fraction of the price if you buy from companies who are selling without the boxes where (the boxes) have either been damaged hence sold without the boxes/bankrupt or the like stock.

    Also you can get people who have won things they dont want, who sell them on these online sites for a fraction of the cost, so they will come in boxes. They are also always loads cheaper. That’s how I afford the more expensive items.

    The unboxed one’s are sold as new without box and available on the 2 online sites which sell everything. I wont name them as I dont know if I can. However you will all know who they are. Simply type in the website search box the name of what you want, putting new next to it, of the sites. You will be pleasantly surprised.

    Believe me you can save a fortune, through this.

    I have only ever bought make up once unboxed as like you said it something not to do. That was a new item. I would never buy something used in make up or skin treatments either.. The item I purchased was a new Jane Iredale lip pencil going for £2 when they are normally £15-00. The items were damaged box stock, hence.

    I used to do swatching on the hand until I found out why not too, many years ago. Oh God eww at people who dont wash make up brushes out. That’s like not washing your clothes. Yuck! Yuck! Yuck! I can’ believe people don’t. It is common sense to wash them out regularly. I usually wash them weekly. It doesn’t take long.

    Interesting topic Stella. Really enjoyed reading it. Thank you

    • I get what you mean about buying new unboxed products. I guess you can get away with that. I have bought new unboxed perfumes from a popular pefume shop. As long as you can vouch for the products being untouched, then you are good I guess. Many do not wash their brushes for months. Shocking xo

  4. Wow you are really sharing good points here. I am guilty of not cleaning my makeup brushes always. But trust that has to stop. Thanks for sharing.

  5. I’m not sure about the concealer before foundation… I haven’t come around yet on what gives the best effect… I do it alternately… and I still haven’t found the perfect concealer!!!

  6. I always used to put concealer on before foundation and I can’t even remember why but then one day it occurred to me that foundation had it’s name for a reason! I hardly ever clean my brushes, I really need to though!

  7. I never even thought about some of these things! Cleaning your makeup brushes is definitely a good idea. I have a feeling a lot of people forget about that!

  8. Well, I don’t know anything about make-up, number 1 and 6 did shock me though….thanks for getting the terrible number 6 into my head. My foundation is running out *tears* used make up? Hehehehehe let me just be going like that . Thanks all the same

  9. I’m definitely trying to get into the habit of washing my makeup brushes more regularly, in fact I actually did mine this evening as I’m taking them away at the weekend! xxx

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  11. Informative post!

    I have been guilty of the following;

    1. Applying concealer BEFORE foundation powder.

    2. Not cleaning make up brushes weekly. I wear make up six or seven times a week 😨😨

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