Beauty products you’re using incorrectly


We don’t want to boss you
around and tell you what to do. But we do want to help you live your best life.
Sometimes that means shattering everything you thought you knew into tiny
pieces. It’s not because we want you to feel dumb, but we want to pass on our
beauty knowledge.
Granted, if you currently do
something that works for you, keep on keeping on! However, there are some
beauty products you might not be using in the best way.

Bobby pins

Our lives changed the second
we realized we were using Bobby pins the wrong way. If you’ve ever put a pin in
your hair only for it to fall out, you know it can be incredibly frustrating.
They never seem to stay in place, do they? That’s because you’ve been putting
them in upside-down. The squiggly part should go against your scalp, not the
flat side. The bumps create more grip so your style won’t fall out. Want extra
hold? Spritz hairspray on your pin first.

Eye cream

Many people apply eye cream
too aggressively. The skin around the windows to your soul is very thin and
sensitive! Be nice to it. When you apply eye cream, you don’t need a lot, and
you should use your ring finger to dab it in. Your ring finger has the lightest
touch and is perfect for applying cream to such a sensitive area.

First of all, if you’re not
wearing sunscreen on a regular basis, start doing so now. SPF is your BFF when
it comes to preventing wrinkles, sunspots, and skin cancer. Put it on every
single day, whether it’s cloudy or not! Thank us later.
If you already wear it on the
regular, great! But make sure you’re reapplying every few hours, especially if
you spend a lot of time outside. Now, it’s a little difficult to apply SPF
after you’ve already done your makeup. Do yourself a favor and get powdered SPF
that you can apply throughout the day.

Put down the face scrub.
Exfoliants should only be used two or three times a week. Whether you’re using
a scrub or a brush like a Clarisonic, over-exfoliating can cause damage to your
skin from severe dryness to tears. Plus, when you exfoliate too much, your skin
can start over-producing oil to compensate, leading to breakouts.
Dry shampoo

Have you ever used dry shampoo
and then wound up with a stark white scalp? Yeah, it’s not fun. When you use
dry shampoo, make sure you hold it at an arm’s length away from your head.
Spritz it along your roots in sections. Then wait one minute to let it soak in
before rubbing it into your scalp. Remember: less is more. Start with a little
bit because you can always spray on more if you need to.
Makeup sponge

Sponges are great makeup
tools, especially when used correctly. If you’re rocking a dry makeup sponge,
you’re doing it wrong. Thoroughly wet your sponge, and squeeze out any excess
water. Pour foundation or concealer onto the back of your hand, and gently dab
the sponge to pick up product. Then bounce your sponge on your face to build up
coverage in stages. This will lead to a much more natural and long-lasting
Eyelash curler

True story: you can pull your
eyelashes out if you put mascara on before using a lash curler. When you apply
mascara, it makes your lashes a little sticky. Combine that with a lash curler,
and you have a dangerous situation. Don’t risk it. Instead, curl your lashes
before putting on mascara. You’ll get a better look and won’t rip your lashes
out. Win-win.


Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.