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January 15, 2013

9 tips to cure your bad grooming habits

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6. Do Moisturize Your Neck

"Everybody forgets the neck," Beck says. "But keeping it moisturized is essential to projecting a youthful appearance." Indeed, a woman's aging neck can be a source of contention as years wane. Nora Ephron even wrote a book about hers! Cutting your skin-care regimen off at the chin is doing a disservice to your Diane Keaton Institute anti-aging campaign. Giving your neck attention could determine whether people believe you're celebrating your 30th birthday (again).

The Fix: Extend a moisturizer such as Kiehl's new Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Cream ($52, Blue Mercury) to your neck. Looking for something lightweight? Beck recommends a serum. "Sometimes people don't want to put moisturizer on their neck because they fear it'll get on their hair and clothes. A quick-absorbing serum is a good alternative."

7. Do Apply a Top Coat to Your Nails

You've managed to make it past the smudge zone (phew), but that doesn't mean you can give yourself a well-manicured high five. "Bad habits are a result of not enough time," Beck says. Rushing your paint job and failing to apply a top coat leaves your digits susceptible to chips and dings. Take an additional five minutes to seal your polish with a long-lasting top coat that will save you time in the long run.

The Fix: Illamasqua makes a high-gloss, non-yellowing top coat that dries evenly in as little as five minutes ($12, Sephora). The heavy-duty varnish can extend the life of your manicure for up to two additional weeks.

8. Do Wash Your Makeup Brushes

Using a dirty brush is like applying makeup with the bottom of a shoe. "When you're putting something on your face, you want to make sure it's clean," Ramos says. "Brushes carry a lot of gross bacteria because they're sitting in your bathroom or floating around your makeup bag collecting germs." Maintaining brush cleanliness extends their life and keeps evil, acne-causing organisms away from skin.

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