30 Beauty Rules That You Should Break
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You've probably heard several rules from your mom, sister, friend, or even magazine articles.  They tell you that there are rules to applying making and fixing your hair, and you should never break these rules.

But some rules are made to be broken!  Here are some beauty rules that you don't have to follow.

So come on.  Be a rebel.  Break these rules and look your best!

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30 Beauty Rules That You Should Break

1.  Curly haired women can't have bangs.

Not all women with curly hair can pull off bangs, but some can.  In fact, they look great!  Taylor Swift and Beyonce both look great with layered longer bangs.

2.  Brush your hair to make it healthier.

This came about because the brush is supposed to distribute the natural oils in your hair, which makes your hair healthier.  This is someone true, but not for everyone.  If you have curly hair, it's best to skip this.  You'll just make your hair frizzy and risk breakage.  Instead, use a wide tooth comb to detangle.

3.  You have to wash your hair every day.

Not true.  If your hair doesn't get dirty because of swimming, gardening, or sweat, let it go two or three days.  Some styles like braids and buns look better on hair that hasn't been washed in a day.  

4.  You have to use shampoo.

Not necessarily.  The suds in shampoo are purely for your benefit so you can see that it is working.  If you have curly hair or a dry scalp, try a DIY clarifying wash with vinegar and baking soda.  

5.  Hairspray can only be used on the hair on your head.

Hairspray works great to tame eyebrows.  Don't spray on your eyebrow; instead spritz some on your finger and smooth any stray hairs.  

6.  Your hair must always be styled and neat.

Neat hairstyles always look good, but so can messy styles.  If you don't have time to wash your hair or are planning on playing hard or working hard, try a messy style.  Buns and braids both look great messy, and they are easy to style.  

7.  Your hair and brows should be the same color. 

It's OK if your brows are a few shades darker than your hair.  Actually, this frames your eyes and gives them some definition.  

8. Your bangs should fall be cut to your eyebrows.  

Bangs do look good at this length, but they can look good other lengths too.  Try longer, side swept bangs or even shorter bangs for a more serious style.  

9.  Get your hair cut every 6 - 8 weeks.

Unless your hair is colored more than a few shades different from your natural color or you have a short cut, go to the salon as needed.  

10.  Cover up gray.

Some women embrace their gray hair, and they look beautiful!  Don't feel that you need to yank our or cover every gray hair.  Women can look distinguished just like men can.  

11. Don't line your bottom lashes.

Some people think that lining your bottom lashes makes your eyes look smaller or drags your eyes down.  But when done correctly, this can help define your eyes.  Line the outer 2/3 of your bottom lash lines to make your eyes appear wider set.  

12.  Use an eyebrow pencil to fill in brows.

Brow pencils work great, but they aren't the only thing that you can use.  Who needs another beauty product that just has one use?  Use eye shadow to fill in gaps, so you can use the exact shade that you need.

13.  Bright eyeshadows are dated.

Bright color, like lime, purple, or blue, can look great when used with a natural look on the rest of your face.

14.  Eyeshadow kits made for certain color eyes can only be used on that color.

Not true!  Generally, shadows for blue eyes look best with blue eyes, but they might also look great on hazel eyes.  

15.  Use white eyeliner to brighten your eyes.

This does work very well, but nude eyeliner works even better!

16.  Bronzer is only good for your face.

After you lightly dust your face with bronzer, swipe a little on your collarbone and abs.  They can create more definition, but it will wash away if you sweat or get in the pool.  

17.  Contouring is obvious.

Not if you do it right.  Use shades close to your skin tone, and no one will ever know that you used makeup to contour your face.  

18.  Don't mix gold and silver.

Generally, you shouldn't.  But if you're going for a dramatic look, mixing them can look great.

19.  Wear light lip colors for summer.

Shimmery lips are popular in the summer, but don't be afraid to wear a dark shade on your lips for a dramatic look.

20.  Line your lips inside your lip line.

When done carefully, you can line outside your lip line to make your lips appear fuller.  

21.  You have to use brushes to apply your makeup.

Makeup brushes work great, but your finger can work just as well.  You can get more control when use blend eye makeup with your fingertip, which means a more natural look.

22.  Line lips with liner to help your lipstick last.

Lining your lips does help your color last, but you can also use liner all over your lips for longer lasting color.  Top with a clear or light lip gloss to moisturize your lips.  

23.  If you have cool skin, wear only cool makeup and vice versa.

Generally, this is a good rule.  But you should experiment to find other colors that look good with your skin.  

23.  Apply blush to the apples of your cheeks.  

To find out where to apply blush, bend over for a minute. When you stand back up, look to see where you are flushed.  This is where you should apple blush.  You'll put some on your cheeks and a touch on your forehead.  

24.  Use a concealer that is one to two shades lighter than your skin.

This can draw attention to the area, which is not what you want.  Use a concealer that is the same shade as your skin so it blends in better.  

25.  Don't wear makeup to the gym.

If you feel better working out with some light makeup, then do it.  Don't wear foundation though, because it can clog pores and cause acne.

26.  Lipstick is only for your lips.

Moisturizing lipsticks can also be used as a blush.  They look very natural, and you can even wear the same shade on your cheeks and lips. 

27.  Use shaving cream to shave your legs.

Cheap hair conditioner works better than most shaving creams and leaves your skin soft and silky.  

28.  Exfoliate your skin daily.

You may love the soft skin feeling after you exfoliate, but you should only do it once or twice a week.  More than that will irritate your skin.

29.  If you have oily skin, use only products that are oil-free.

Oil dissolves oil, so you can use products with jojoba oil and other light oils to dissolve oil.  

30.  Never pop zits.

You shouldn't do this because it can cause a scar and spread acne causing bacteria. If you must pop a zit, use a comedone extractor and only pop the ones that pop easily.

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Cari Dunn
Cari Dunn

Cari lives on a small farm with her husband, three kids, two dogs, two cats, and a goat. She loves coffee, Gilmore Girls, her chihuahua, and her kids, but not in that order.