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Our expert dishes out on little things that can sabotage your beauty routine – and what you can do to fix them.

When it comes to your beauty routine, it’s natural to pick up a bad habit or two. While it’s not the end of the world if you slip up once in a while, repeating the same mistakes over and over is considered poor hygiene and can potentially lead to skin irritations, eye infections or breakouts.

We asked our makeup and beauty expert how to kick these seven beauty blunders.

1. Sleeping with makeup on
Neglecting to remove your makeup before bedtime is a big beauty no-no. “It clogs your pores and can cause acne breakouts,” she says. Plus, if you do it repeatedly, your skin can look dull over time due to product buildup.

To rectify this bad habit, Peart recommends that you hit the bathroom sink the moment you arrive home for the night, before you get too sleepy.

“If you still can’t manage that, keep makeup remover wipes or even unscented baby wipes on your nightstand so you can do a quick wipe-off before you hit the sheets,” she advises.

2. Using dirty makeup brushes
Think about all of the surfaces your makeup brushes come in contact with: your face, your bathroom countertop and the inside of your makeup bag, to name just a few. Given that makeup brushes see a lot of places, they need to be cleaned regularly to prevent them from becoming bacteria magnets.

“Eventually, if you continue to use the dirty brushes, they will irritate your skin and cause itching and burning eyes,” says Peart. Using dirty brushes also impacts the look of your makeup: “The application won’t be as flawless. Dirty brushes make for streaky application,” she says.

Peart recommends cleaning your brushes once per week. “Wash them with water and liquid dish soap or shampoo once a week and lay them flat to dry,” she says. Proper brush care will also extend the lifespan of your brushes, saving you money since you won’t have to replace them as often.

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