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10/12/2013 11:26 am ET Updated Oct 14, 2013

The Biggest Mistake You're Probably Making In Your Bathroom

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Those bags under your eyes could signal a need for more rest or, you may just be making one of the most common bathroom design mistakes ever.

No judgement here -- we just learned about this ourselves, thanks to Houzz contributor Tiffany Carboni, who points out that task lighting mounted above a mirror -- including recessed lighting -- can cast unflattering shadows and darkness below the eyes.

"Not only is this light ineffective for shaving or applying makeup, it can visually age you by 10 years," lighting designer Randall Whitehead told Houzz.

Instead, Whitehead recommends using a pair of sconces mounted at eye level on either side of the mirror. This way, faces are illuminated from all angles minus the harsh shadows, giving you the perfect setup for shaving, brushing teeth or applying makeup.

Up there with improper lighting is inadequate lighting, as TLC's Jessica Brown explains. "If you think muted lighting will make your yellowing teeth or receding hairline less noticeable (to you anyway), get a grip on yourself," she says, adding that poor bathroom lighting can actually lead to dangerous slips and falls.

Play it safe and save your face with these alternatives to overhead lighting that don't require rewiring your entire vanity.

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