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.

Sunscreen

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.

Exfoliants

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 finish.

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.