The Biggest Beauty Regrets Our Editors Made

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Every now and then we make mistakes in terms of what we consider to be acceptable and necessary in our beauty routines. Here, NewBeauty editors fessed up to their biggest beauty mistakes—ones that they made on more than one occasion only to later learn just how bad they were.

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Liz Ritter, Executive Managing Editor

Tanning beds. In college I convinced myself it was safer to always have a base tan. Obviously, that’s incredibly off-base and really stupid. I’ve been pretty diligent though about wearing sunscreen since those days; I don’t think I can afford not to!”

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Elise Minton, Executive Beauty Editor

“I wish I had known just how damaging eyelash extensions were going to be. Sure, they looked great while I wore them, but once they were fully removed, I was left with stubby lashes that just never seemed to be as long and thick as they were pre-extensions.”

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Tatiana Bido, Special Projects Editor

“When gel manicures started getting popular, I was instantly hooked. It seemed like the perfect way to stop me from nervously fidgeting with my nails and let them grow out longer while extending my manicure for a few weeks. In the beginning, the manicures helped me grow my nails a little longer than usual. But eventually, when the gel would grow out and I couldn’t make it to the salon to remove them, I would get antsy and peel off the gel, leaving my nails damaged and brittle. Now that I’ve learned my nervous habits can’t be trusted with a gel manicure, I just get a regular one every week and keep my nails short.”

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Brittany Burhop, Senior Editor

“Doing single process color on my hair! I started it in college and continued for years, going every six to eight weeks. My color was the lightest blond possible without using bleach, but it was still incredibly damaging. My hair had a lot of natural wave before I started coloring it, and now I can’t even let it air-dry without looking like a flat mess. Eventually I started growing out my natural color so it became an ombré of sorts, and now I do babylights once a year to maintain some brightness. My hair is so much healthier!”

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Danielle Fontana, Editorial Assistant

“I used to wear false lashes almost every day. I absolutely loved how they would immediately make me look awake and glamorous with barely any effort. That was until I realized how sparse and thin my lashes were becoming underneath. The combination of the glue and little care I gave them added up to short, unhealthy lashes that I didn’t like unless I had a strip of falsies on top. After saying good-bye to false lashes for good (except for special occasions, of course) and adding a lash serum to my nightly regimen, my lashes have never looked better bare. And, I love how they look with a knockout mascara layered on top.”

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