New Years' Beauty Resolutions - Glossed By Claire

A New Year is upon us and no sooner than the turkey is eaten will the “New Year, New You” adverts start popping up on our TV screens. It’s not always necessary to make massive resolutions that may be a little over ambitious. If that’s not your thing this year, here are a few very simple Beauty Resolutions that can easily be kept up!

1. Wash your makeup brushes and sponges once a week. 

Make up, bacteria and general dirt along with dead skin cells can quickly build up and increase the risk of spots as well as being rather unhygienic. Also if your brush is caked in make up it won't perform as well as it should and you won't get as flawless a result with your application.

If you are a makeup artist, then your brushes need to be cleaned after every single client but if your brushes are for personal use only, deep clean them once a week with soap or a solid brush cleanser and spot clean them with a spray cleaner in between. 


 2. It's never too early to start looking after your skin.

 As we get into head into the thirties at the very latest, anti-ageing products, treating dehydration and filling in the fine lines become more important but it is never too early to establish a good skincare routine. It might seem like a hassle but once you get in the habit of using a good cleanser, toner, serum and moisturiser that are appropriate for your skin type morning and evening, your skin will really thank you for it. Skincare doesn't have to break the bank either – there are plenty of affordable yet effective drugstore brands out there.


 3.Have your foundation professionally colour matched.

Porcelain, Ivory, Mahogany, Warm Beige, Honey... the foundation shades out there are endless. Warm skin tones, cool skin tones and neutral skin tones all need different underlying tones in their foundation shades and it's easy to get it wrong. I know I've done so many times. Pick a makeup counter that you trust and ask them to recommend a foundation and colour match you.  Then ask them for a sample to take home before you buy so that you can see how the foundation looks under various lighting conditions. You will also need to be able to see how it oxidises on the skin. Then do the same with a few other brands if you can!

The right foundation for your skin tone should blend perfectly into your jaw line and should be the exact same shade as the skin in this area so that you can't even see it. It shouldn't make your skin look orange or grey and should provide the coverage you need while being suitable for your skin type - whether that is normal, oily, dry or combination. 


4. Give your makeup bag a good declutter. 

Have you had mascaras lurking in your makeup bag since last New Years' Eve? Well now is the perfect time to sort through your collection and bin anything that has passed its best. Plus it's a great excuse to buy some new makeup to replace it and sure we don't need much encouragement do we? Most makeup and beauty products have a shelf life guideline on the packaging and they shouldn't be kept for longer than that.


5. Be kind to your hands.

 Extreme hot and cold temperatures, constant washing, constant sanitising and dishwashing and exposure to the sun mean that your hands are one of the first places to show the signs of ageing. Invest in a good hand cream and keep a tube in your handbag too for on the go applications and a cuticle oil to rub into your cuticles at night time. Again, hand creams are available to suit every budget – and what better time of year than Christmas time to gift someone a bottle of their favourite hand cream or indeed to treat yourself too!


 6. Give your hair a weekly treatment. 

Colour treating, sun exposure or regular use of heated appliances can play havoc with your hair and leave it feeling and looking dull, dry or brittle. An intensive hair mask once a week will replace any lost moisture and provide some protection from the elements and from heat damage. 


Have you anything else to add to the resolutions list? If so, please feel free to comment below! 


Wishing you all a peaceful and happy New Year and all the best for 2021!


Bye for now,

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