A new year is a new beginning and a chance to freshen up your look. From good foundations to sparkly eye shadows, how you treat your skin before you put your makeup on is vital. Year round, you should have a cleanser that rejuvenates, but you need to make sure you have a hydrating moisturizer for the dry winter season. My favorite brands for face washes and moisturizers range from Aveeno and Olay to Clinique. I recommend Aveeno’s Positively Radiant Cleanser, which is under $10. For the winter, my go-to moisturizer is Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizer. Since skin can dry out a lot from the cold weather, this thicker moisturizer works wonders without clogging your pores. In the summer, it is important to wear a moisturizer that contains some sun protection, which Clinique’s moisturizer unfortunately lacks. Healthy Skin Face Lotion by Neutrogena provides 15 SPF along with multivitamins in a lightweight formula.
Once your face is cleansed and hydrated, a clean, simple look shows a sophisticated and chic sense of style. Bare Minerals is a great brand for foundation powders and blushes. Their makeup brushes are really nice, too. They have an awesome starter set that contains foundation, blush, brushes and valuable tips. Sonia Kashuk is a great eye shadow brand featured at Target. For nights out, the palettes consist of colors that will work great for a smokey eye. It is not overpriced, and the colors show up well. Luckily for me — since my eyebrows grow back two days after waxing them — thicker, arched eyebrows are trending.
My favorite lip gloss is Clinique’s Long Last Glosswear in Plum. Polished nails can easily pep up your look. My favorite brand is Essie, and I love colors like mauve, burgundy, red, brown and violet for the winter. Bright colors like coral and pastels such as seafoam blue and lavender are perfect for the spring. This year, pale hues will be the leading trend.
For the upcoming season, the bun will be a popular hairstyle. You can mix up the trend with loose messy buns or ballerina buns, which can be perfected by using a sock. Start out by cutting off the toe area of a clean tube sock that you no longer wear. Put your hair up in a high ponytail then roll the sock back into an even doughnut shape. Then, pull your ponytail through the doughnut and slide your hair around the whole thing until it is covered. To secure it, place a hair tie around the bun. I hope these tips can be useful for your beauty resolutions!