Even though I despise the winter as soon as the holidays come to an end, I do enjoy the beginning of the year. As someone who loves planning, there is nothing more energizing or exciting then starting fresh, setting my goals for the year, and revamping my personal style, even if it is just with subtle, fresh touches and adjustments.
I tend to stay pretty classic and subtle with my beauty routine (a little bit of lipstick, mascara, neutral eye shadow and liner and a bit of blush) and yet I love to try new looks and products every now and then to keep my look from becoming stagnant. Although I am not one to necessarily follow the trends in the sense that I adopt every look that is of the moment, I do like to keep up with what is new and buzz-worthy when it comes to beauty, if only to keep me inspired. After scouring the internet (especially Pinterest), I rounded up a few of my favorite beauty looks.
While everyone loves the “natural” look, not everyone wants to truly bare all. For a low maintenance but put together look, a swipe of mascara and dab of rosey lip tint are all you need. For a dewy, velvety complexion, a light, hydrating BB cream will provide sheer, natural looking coverage.
If you are anything like me, you haven’t had neon liner or shadow anywhere near your eyes since the early 2000s. For the longest time, brightly coloured shadows and liners would evoke flashbacks of myself in 2001 wearing ultra-shiny, cotton candy pink lip gloss with sky blue shadow up to my brows, complete with flecks of silver glitter on my overly rosy cheeks. Flash forward a decade and a half and my makeup skills have certainly improved, as have the trends in terms of beauty. With bright eye makeup a little goes a long way and its amazing how flattering a swipe of emerald liner can be. Emerald stuns against all skin tones and especially makes hazel eyes pop. Those new to coloured eye liner can get their feet wet by lining close to the lash line for a subtle effect. Otherwise, there is nothing as striking as a razor sharp cat-eye.
Ruby red lips are the epitome of classic beauty. Some shy away from red lipstick because they feel it is too dressy, too loud or that it doesn’t look good with their colouring. The truth is that there is a red out there for everyone. Those with fair skin should choose lipsticks with cool, blue undertones while those with olive or darker complexions should lean towards warmer reds. Complete this polished look with subtle contouring (use a light hand to give the face natural looking colour and structure) and highlighter for a soft, gorgeous glow.
While I rarely use false lashes during the day, they can be a fun way to make your makeup a little bit more special on any given day. I like these lashes from Flutterfluff as they are very natural looking while still creating a feathery, doe-eyed effect. Little else is needed to complete this ethereal look. A touch of shimmery shadow to act as a back drop for your lush lashes and a soft, light pink lipstick to brighten the face and complete this simple, pretty look.
1// Buxom Lashliner
Here’s a confession. I used to put on eye makeup before bed when I knew that I had to get up early the next day, in order to save myself the trouble of doing my makeup the next day. As terrible as it was for my lashes, eyes and skin (seriously, never do this. I learned my lesson, several broken lashes and breakouts later), I would simply touch up the next day, brush my teeth, splash water on my face and go. Obviously, this is something no one should ever do as it is a known fact that sleeping in makeup is one of the worst things anyone can do for their face. That being said, I have always liked the look of smudgy, slept in liner. It’s sultry yet effortless, like a model off duty. Get the look (without making your complexion and lashes pay the price) by lining your eyes and smudging them slightly with a shadow brush or Q-tip. Urban Decay’s Naked Smokey eye shadow palette is unbelievable with a range of high-pigmented, silky shadows to help give you a grungy, smokey eye that would make Kate Moss proud. A sheer, pearly balm adds a touch of ethereal innocence to offset this edgy look.