You’ve heard it all before… but that doesn’t mean it’s true.
I’m not a huge fan of rules. In fact, I’m always looking for reasons to break them. So here’s a list of beauty rules and why you should break them.
Never Wear Your Long Hair After 40
This is my favorite rule breaker. There is absolutely no reason you should cut off your hair after a certain age. It is true that as we age, our hair becomes more brittle and won’t grow as long or as lush as it did when we were younger. If your hair is in great shape and suits your face shape, then wear it any length you want.
Never Pluck Hairs Above Your Brows
There’s an old wives tale that one is never supposed to pluck the hair above the brow. Nonsense. Pluck away. If you don’t, your brows simply won’t look as clean and polished as they could be. Go to any brow expert and they’ll clean you up above and below and you will see for yourself how much better you look.
Don’t Wash Your Hair Every Day
You’ve probably heard that it’s bad for your hair to wash it every day and if you can make it a few days, your oily hair actually stops looking oily, but I don’t really believe it. These days shampoos are formulated to be used daily. What will harm your hair, however, are heated styling tools. Give your hair a break from these if you can by allowing your hair to air dry for a long as possible or letting your natural texture go.
Never Let Your Roots Show
One of the biggest beauty rules over the years is to never let your roots show. It’s both a sign of a possible pregnancy (you’re not supposed to dye hair in the first trimester of pregnancy) and a sign of laziness. But “ombré hair” — where there are gradient shades of color — is actually very trendy at the moment and the rumor is ombré became popular because so many women were waiting many months to get their hair colored and liked the results.
Your Manicure Should Always Match Your Pedicure
There’s no reason your fingers and toes should be matchy-matchy. In fact, it’s quite the trend these days to have entirely different color schemes going on for the hands and the feet.
Redheads Should Avoid Red Lipstick
I don’t know where this rule came from, but it’s absolutely ridiculous. One can look no further than Mad Men to discover that redheads look marvelous in red lipstick.
Always Put Mascara on Your Bottom Lashes
I have never, ever put mascara on my bottom lashes. This is up to you, a personal choice. I don’t like the way my bottom lashes look with mascara on them. I feel that my eyes look bigger without it.
Braided Hair Doesn’t Belong on Women Over Age 30
Elle MacPherson was recently seen rocking braided hair at age 50. There’s no reason you can’t wear a braid over age 25 if you feel it looks good. Go for it. And ignore your daughter who’s probably rolling her eyes at you right now.