What this post is about: I’m proposing 8 beauty resolutions that you need to make and follow in twenty eighteen! Who’s with me?
It’s time to own up! One month of twenty eighteen down, are you still going to the gym? Not eating ramen for dinner? Working on being more productive? Or training your mind towards positivity? Commiting to new year resolutions is not as easy as having to keep them up all year-long. So this year, why not make some resolutions that you can truly keep? Even if you already consider yourself the makeup pro, chances are, you are too lazy to commit to some of the following beauty rules — with beauty, there is always room for improvement! Revamp your daily makeup routine, experiment a bit, and jazz up your beauty game — with 8 resolutions to start the year right.
Prep and Prime
Starting with a flawless canvas is the key to makeup that goes on easily, looks impeccable and stays on till the drunken selfies at dawn. Layering products seamlessly and bringing out the vivid colours of your blushers and shadows, is all a result of how well you prime before you paint. Never ever skip the primer.
There’s nothing worse than looking in the mirror only to notice that your lipstick has faded away by midday. To ensure that your lip look stays put, your cupid bow is enhanced and your lip colour stays unscathed, make sure to apply a lip primer, followed by a lip liner. Then, finish off by dabbing a tiny bit of translucent powder over your lips.
Tip 1. If you have oily skin and your kohl seems to smudge all over the place, turning your smokey-eye into a dark circle cloud, use translucent powder under your eyes to keep eye products from over-smudging.
Tip 2. If you can’t be bothered to stack a mug full of lip liners or don’t want to spend big bucks on hoarding a tonne of them, just pick one nude liner (high coverage, long-lasting) that will cover all bases.
My recommendations: The Innisfree No Sebum Blur Primer (an all-natural, cruelty-free dupe for the very pricey Benefit Porefessional), the Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder, M.A.C Prep + Prime Lip for lip primer (see my review here); M.A.C lip pencil in Spice or Boldly Bare.
Choose a foundation with SPF
This year, become BFFs with sun protection. If a full-blown sunscreen is adding too many layers to your skin care, get involved with a foundation or BB that has some SPF in it. Korean beauty brands offer cushion foundations with broad-range SPFs that are as good as using a sunscreen.
My recommendations: The Face Shop BB Power Perfection Cushion SPF50+ PA+++ (see a full review here) or the Garnier Skin Naturals BB Cream SPF24/PA+++.
Remove makeup before bedtime
As basic as this might sound, you know you don’t really follow this rule. And hence, it bears repeating.
Sleeping with makeup on is torture for your skin. Remnant makeup mixes with the dirt and oil in your skin and clogs your pores. Clogged pores further lead to acne, breakouts and blackheads. Stock up on some makeup remover wipes or a micellar water. A French favourite, and one that doesn’t need any rinsing, micellar water has tiny oil molecules (or ‘micelles’) suspended in soft water that help lift any scum, dirt, oil or makeup from the surface of the skin. This no-rinse facial cleanser has the power to gently remove makeup without any vigorous rubbing or tugging. Just saturate a cotton pad with the solution and gently wipe away the makeup. Hold the cotton pad over your eyes for 5 seconds before you wipe your eye makeup off. Be kind to your skin at the end of the day and check this resolution off your list.
My recommendations: The La Roche Posay Physiological Micellar Solution for Sensitive Skin, the Garnier Skin Naturals Micellar Cleansing Water, or a personal favourite, the Neutrogena Oil-free Eye Makeup Remover (a much cheaper and super functional alternative to the M.A.C Gently off Eye and Lip Makeup Remover, especially for waterproof makeup).
Bring sexy back with some gloss
Who’s sick of matt lips? I’m definitely not but on some days I miss the good ol’ lip gloss. No primer, no liner — just one sexy lip gloss that enhances the pout and makes lips look full and juicy. So this year, perfect the 90’s lip. Line the borders of your upper lip and lower lip with a lip liner that matches your lip gloss (you could overdraw if you like). Next, make an X on your cupids bow with the liner. Now fill in with some lip gloss and voila! you have the prettiest looking, well-defined, ombré pout.
So, this Valentine’s day, dump the matt red lip and go glossy.
Makeup brushes and beauty blenders
A flawless-looking complexion is all about how you apply your base make up. Instead of dabbing it on with your fingers, put some liquid foundation on a damp beauty blender, then use gentle tapping and rolling motions to blend the foundation seamlessly into the skin. The beauty blender is great for concealing under the eyes or around the nose.
Do a smokey eye like a professional with the right set of brushes — a crease brush, a blending brush and a lining brush. When there’s glitter all over your face and your clothes, it’s time to use a brush to do your highlight (also your bronzer and blush). And, if you wish to start learning how to contour, then now is the time to invest in a good set of makeup brushes.
Try the Real Techniques Core Collection Set and get a feel of the art of face painting.
Jump on the colour correcting train
I’m not the one to be easily convinced with a new beauty trend. For example, I’m not mad about ombré lips or purple-mauve blushers. So, it took me a while to accept colour correction to be a transformational trend. But, let me tell you that this trend is here to stay and rightly so. Dark circles, sallowness, dullness, pigmented skin, dark spots, or just lack-lustre complexion — whatever your skin lacks, these correctors will compensate for it. Peach, yellow, orange, lavender or green, there is a colour for every complexion and skin-colour. Read up on what you need, and start correcting!
Try some drug store correctors this year, and take your base makeup to a whole different level. See a full review and some tips on colour correcting in an older post here.
Learn to master the highlight
Yes please. No, you don’t need to necessarily look like a shiny disco ball. Not if you are doing it right. A highlighter pulls double duty — it enhances your bone structure and adds a natural glow to your face such that when the tiny shimmer particles catch light, your facial features look more pronounced, infusing life into your makeup look. There are a tonne of you tube videos that will walk you through how to apply highlight the right way, but very briefly, these are the 8 ways/places to apply highlight — under the brow bone, apples of the cheeks or diagonal along the cheek bone, bridge of the nose, inner corner of the eye, cupid’s bow, centre of your eyelids or all over the face when mixed with your foundation/BB cream.
I always use the top row of my Morphe 35F Fall into Frost eye shadow palette (see a full review here) for doing my highlight and it’s perfect for me. I never really go heavy on the highlight, so I don’t believe I need another one (though Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop is on my 2018 wishlist!). Unfortunately, both Morphe Brushes and Becca do not retail in India.
Less is more – apply with a light hand
When it comes to makeup, ‘the more the merrier’ does not always hold true. Applying too much bronzer or blush can totally transform your makeup look—and not in a good way. Overdrawing you lips too much or going crazy with the contouring can make your look go from classy to trashy in 10 seconds. So, this year I encourage you to apply all your products with a lighter hand. Go slow, go easy. Tap excess product off your makeup brushes before applying and start small—you can always build up for more intensity. Find a comfortable chair to sit down and do your makeup. These are precious 5-8 minutes of my kind of sit-down meditation. Don’t you agree?
What beauty resolutions are you making this year? Tell me in the comments down below!
If you need me, I’ll be taking some long, romantic walks along the makeup aisle at Sephora. Care to join me?
Until next time, XOXO