Does the whole ‘new year, new you’ thing freak you out with everyone talking about the new diet they’re on or flashing their fancy new gym memberships if your face? Forget the traditional promises (which you’ll more than likely break before February!) and take up these beauty resolutions which will make you the same you, but better.
1 – Try out a new hairstyle or makeup look. It doesn’t have to be anything too dramatic but taking yourself to a makeup counter for a makeover can help you choose a new lip colour to suit your colouring or even something as simple as changing your parting can really lift your look.
2 – Perfect winged eye liner. Simple, bold and perfectly winged eye liner is a striking look that can take you from office to bar in one sweep. Practise makes perfect with this one.
3 – Rock a statement lip. Always stick to the same dusky rose or barely there nude? Now’s the time to delve into the darker shades or something completely different!
4 – Wash your makeup brushes once a week. Dirt, oil and bacteria can breed and build up on makeup brushes so gently wash them in baby shampoo once a week to keep them in tip-top condition.
5 – Wear SPF every day. It’s no secret the sun ages skin and even in the colder months you should always apply a generous coating of SPF, look for moisturisers with at least an SPF of 20.
6 – Look after your nails. Chipped nails look unattractive and even unprofessional and a regular manicure keeps your nails stronger and healthier as well as being a relaxing treat for you.
7 – Throw out old products that you don’t use any more. Cosmetics don’t have a very long shelf life, it’s recommended you shouldn’t keep mascara for longer than 6 months, cream/liquid products longer than a year and powder products longer than 2 years.
8 – Give your hair a weekly conditioning treatment. Set aside some time once a week to really give your hair a deep condition, you will notice an immediate difference in the feel and condition of your stressed locks.
9 – Get regular facials. There’s no point in spending money on high-end makeup if your skin isn’t as it’s best!
10 – With your phone weekly with an anti-bacterial wipe. Dirt and bacteria can accumulate on your phone resulting in break outs on your skin… Eww.