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November 13, 2013

Consumer Reports: Beauty products you're probably using wrong

Do you end up with manicure-wrecking bubbles in your nail polish? Does your hair go right to Frizzville after you blow-dry it? According to ShopSmart, the shopping magazine from the publisher of Consumer Reports, odds are you’re not using your hair and beauty products the right way.

ShopSmart offers these tips:

• Blow-dryer. One of the biggest mistakes that many people make when they blow-dry their hair is flipping their head over. That’s a sure recipe for frizz. “This method sucks all of the moisture out of your hair while creating no sense of direction,” says Nina Aprile, a stylist at Blow, a blow-dry bar in New York City. Another common blow-dry error is using too high of a temperature, leading to damaged, burnt ends.

The right way: Start with freshly washed, towel-dried hair, which will shorten dry time and cut your risk of damaging strands. Apply a heat-protecting spray and use a paddle brush to detangle your hair.

• Eyeliner. The most common mistake people make when applying liquid or pencil eyeliner is to follow the natural downward curve of the eye, which can give you a sad, droopy look — the opposite of the youthful, wide-eyed look you’re probably going for.

The right way: Extend the line outward past the end of the eye and slightly upward to lift and open.

• Nail polish. In addition to shaking the bottle like it’s a maraca — an instant manicure ruiner — women often store their polish in places that lead the ingredients to break down prematurely, says Erica Marton, a celebrity manicurist in New York City. The main culprits: heat, moisture and sunlight.

The right way: ShopSmart recommends keeping polish in a cool, dry place away from sunlight. When it’s time to use it, gently roll the bottle between your palms to mix the dye particles. If, out of habit, you do happen to shake the bottle, set it down for a few minutes to give the tiny air bubbles time to pop.

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