8 Beauty Problems You Can Prevent

8 Beauty Problems You Can Prevent
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8 Beauty Problems You Can Prevent

Brow shaping

What Goes Wrong: Despite your meticulous efforts, your brows look crooked or too thin.

Beauty Fix: Put the tweezers down immediately! "Tweezers are not a magic wand — the more you tweeze, the less you have to work with," says Joey Healy, an eyebrow specialist in New York City. "It might be torture, but you have to give yourself three to four weeks of regrowth before you can fix your brows." He also warns against trying to balance any problems on one side by taking it out on your good brow: "It's better to have asymmetry than to have both messed up."

You can encourage new growth by using a brow growth serum to speed things along. And, says Healy, you can use a brow powder or pencil to correct a shape or disguise errors.

And next time you work the tweezers, use your bone structure as a guide. The bridge of your nose and the outer edge of your eye offer guides for end points. "Don't use a magnifying mirror," Healy warns. "It doesn't allow you to see the whole picture."

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What Goes Wrong: Your doctor warned that peeling from prescription-strength vitamin A is a side effect, but now your skin is looking way too reptilian to be seen in public.

Beauty Fix: “There’s a very small margin between a dose of topical tretinoin to treat fine lines, acne, and wrinkles, and a dose that causes sun sensitivity, broken capillaries, or a burning sensation,” says Neal Schultz, MD, creator of Beauty Rx skin care products.

To reduce the risk of irritation, try one of the newer retinoids, such as Retin-A Micro, a time-released formula that limits the amount of active ingredient that sits on skin. But the best way to avoid such problems is to start using a retinoid slowly, with a tiny amount twice weekly, and gradually build up the frequency of use.

And when in doubt, moisturize. Increasing your use of moisturizer will calm your skin and help fight flakiness.

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Lip liner

What Goes Wrong: Once your lipstick disappears, you’re left with a dark outline around your lips.

Beauty Fix: Dark liner with a lighter lipstick is an early '90s look and can date you. A better strategy is to match your liner and lipstick or opt for a nude liner that matches your natural lip color.

“Liner helps to keep color on your lips as long as possible. It’s not a definer,” explains Mathew Nigara, a makeup artist for NYC New York Color. Try to draw along your lips’ natural line; too far out and you risk having the color run into the fine lines around your mouth.

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Hair extensions

What Goes Wrong: The new hair doesn't blend — or worse, the bonds are visible.

Beauty Fix: This is a case of getting what you pay for. Usually, the more expensive, human hair extensions are worth the investment for the realistic effect they deliver.

"Blending the color is key," says Kristina Barricelli, co-owner of Gemini 14 Salon in New York City, who has done extensions for Miley Cyrus and Vanessa Hudgens. Blonde hair, for example, may require up to five different shades for a believable match, Barricelli says.

Texture is also important, says Christa B., a stylist at the Rita Hazan Salon in New York City. "That may involve having the extensions cut and colored to match with your current style," she says. Barricelli is a fan of Great Lengths extensions. "The wavy texture of Great Lengths blends with almost all hair textures," she says, "but they can also be curled tighter or worn bone straight."

And never be caught — as Britney Spears was — with visible extension bonds. "No one should be walking around with bonds showing," Barricelli says. To ensure you aren't a victim of this crime, make sure your stylist is an expert at doing extensions for fine hair (the finer the hair, the easier it is to detect the bonds).

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Sunless tanning

What Goes Wrong: Dark patches and streaks develop rather than a flawless, golden glow.

Beauty Fix: The way you apply the tanner is just as important as the shade you choose. Always remember: Tanner is attracted to dry patches of skin — especially areas like knees and elbows. The key is to exfoliate rough spots and moisturize areas prone to dryness.

And even though you avoid getting color on the palms of your hands and the soles of your feet, moisturize those areas as well — if some of the tanning liquid migrates, it can be removed more easily from moisturized skin.

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What Goes Wrong: You end up with zebra stripes in your hair rather than subtly shaded strands.

Beauty Fix: Unless you’re going for a bold contrasting effect, highlights should never look intentional. Leave the job of highlighting to a professional — preferably one with some artistry and a good eye for placement. If your highlights are looking zebralike, seek help. A colorist can add extra streaks where necessary or fix the overall tone with a quick rinse or toner; a clear glaze can impart shine and make color last.

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Under-eye concealer

What Goes Wrong: A too-light shade creates a spotlight-effect around your eye area.

Beauty Fix: Once upon a time, makeup artists and beauty editors said you should choose a concealer one shade lighter than the natural color of your skin. But not any more — you’re not trying to bleach out the discoloration under the eye, just camouflage it.

Find a concealer that exactly matches your skin tone and apply it after your foundation (chances are you’ll need less then). “Concealer is the accessory to your foundation,” says Nigara. “Apply it sparingly, and only in those areas that need extra help.”

To avoid laying it on too thick under your eyes, makeup artist Kimara Ahnert suggests dotting on a small amount, then using a concealer brush to sweep the product from the inner corner of the eye to just beyond the outer lower lashes.

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Chemical peels

What Goes Wrong: Your face feels (and looks) as if it's on fire.

Beauty Fix: Chemical peels are one of the most popular cosmetic procedures today because they provide quick, visible results. A peel speeds the exfoliation of skin, the process whereby the skin's uppermost layer is shed, revealing a fresh new layer.

If you're interested in a peel, talk to your dermatologist. "Professional peels should only be done in a medical office or medical spa," says Marina Peredo, MD, a clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. She explains that the higher concentration of acids used in professional peels requires a medically trained professional to control the penetration and neutralize it if necessary.

And if you attempt a DIY peel with over-the-counter options stop using any form of retinoid and avoid sun exposure for at least a week before and after the peel. Dr. Peredo advises trying a 10 percent (or weaker) glycolic peel, because salicylic peels tend to be more irritating.

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It starts with the best of intentions - you try a retinoid or a chemical peel to fight fine lines, or perhaps a few highlights to brighten up your hair, maybe a fake tan to give your skin some color safely. But it's all too easy for these endeavors to veer into territory that's just plain ugly.

Before you attempt your next brow shaping or self-tanner application, peruse this catalog of misfortunes to find out what can go wrong in the name of beauty - and how you can fix it.

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