1. Clean Your Makeup Brushes
The most important resolution anyone can make is to ensure your makeup tools are clean and germ free. One of the biggest causes of breakouts is dirty brushes: if you're not regularly cleaning your tools then every time you use them you're simply wiping dirt back onto your skin. Taking time out once a month (or every week if you have time,) to thoroughly clean your tools will not only help cut out transference of nasties, but it will ensure your application is flawless; trying to use a paint brush covered in old paint is never going to create a great result. For an easy guide to cleaning your tools, check out my previous post here.
2. Make Room For 'Me Time'
Taking time out once a week to pamper yourself can really benefit your overall wellbeing. For me Tuesday nights are the time I take to have a bath, soak in some detox salts, put on a hair and face mask and shave all my hairy bits. That hour or two relaxes the senses and provides the time you need to keep yourself looking and feeling great. It's always hard to remember to use that hair treatment or find a perfect moment for that expensive face mask, so if you've scheduled an hour to yourself there's no excuse.
3. Try A New Look
We can all get stuck in a makeup rut, applying the same few products day in and day out. It's easier to stick with what we know and what works for us, but this can make your makeup look and feel stale. Why not make an indulgent purchase of a new bold lipstick, unusual eye colour or liquid eyeliner this January and play around with what works for you. So many are scared of a bold lip, but if you try it at home and figure out the best way to wear it for you (subtle eyes, hair up, dressed down...) then it will give you more confidence to strut your stuff anew.
4. Use The Benefit Of Night
While we sleep our body has a chance to repair itself, as well as fully absorbing rich creams and treatments. If you don't have time or don't like the feeling of wearing heavy body lotions, face creams and serums during the day, then wack them all on at night and let them work their magic while you're in the land of nod. Taking thirty minutes before bed to apply overnight treatments can ensure you're relaxed and ready to doze off, while a lot of night lotions have sleep inducing essential oils that promote a good nights sleep too.
5. Look After Your Feet
In the summer it's easy to remember a regular pedicure - because we're constantly looking at our tootsies. However, in the colder months when we're constantly keeping our feet underwraps in boots and socks, it becomes less of a priority. Make time every six weeks to soak your feet, buff dry skin, remove old polish and apply some foot cream; not only will this ensure your feet are looking great, but it will prevent that panic when the sun comes out without warning and we have to don the sandals once again. Our feet take as much as a battering in winter as they do in summer (long shopping trips, long cold nights waiting in the taxi queue wearing stilettos,) so look after them... You only get one pair.
What are your beauty resolutions? Will you be trying any of mine?