Wash Your Face at Night, Every Night
Yes, it’s annoying and we all want to climb into bed as soon as possible (especially after a night out) but washing your face is an essential step in your beauty routine.
As you sleep, your skin works to repair itself. If you don’t wash your face, not only are preventing your skin from breathing, but you are letting all of the dirt, oil, and debris from the day soak into your skin and clog your pores.
Test It: Squeeze some toner to a cotton pad and apply it to your face at the end of the day, then look at the cotton pad. You can see the dirt! This is what sits on your face for hours while you sleep!
At the very least, keep a pack of cleansing wipes on your bedside table to do a quick rub down before you pass out. Your skin will thank you in the morning.
Splurge on Foundation
I’m a huge fan of scouring the drugstore beauty aisles in search of deals, but there is one item that I will not skimp on, and that’s foundation. While you can definitely find a few gems in the drugstore, (I like Revlon Colorstay and Black Opal foundations), nothing really compares to higher end/professional foundations.
You have a greater chance of finding your perfect shade, the quality is better and you’ll have more options when it comes to the type of finish you desire, be it dewy, matte, satin, natural etc..
Perfect your canvas and you’ll find that the rest of your makeup just looks better.
Stop Smoking. Seriously.
Aside from the fact that you are 10-20 times more likely to get lung cancer than a non smoker, you are aging yourself with every puff! With each inhale, more than a trillion free radicals are produced in your lungs. Free radicals speed up the aging process immensely. Smoking also depletes the collagen in your skin, which in turn, gives you premature wrinkles. Collagen fibers are protein fibers which work with elastin to give your body tissue firmness and strength.
Aside from aging you at a much faster rate, smoking also:
- Causes dark circles
- Clogs pores
- Gives you ugly lip lines
- Turns your teeth yellow
- Makes your hair brittle and dull
Learn How to Apply False Eyelashes
Applying false eyelashes is on many women’s “wtf, how do I do this” list. Despite the frustrations they cause, false lashes are a great way to jazz up your makeup and add a little extra drama to your eyes on special occasions. This year, face your fear of the false lash and learn to apply them once and for all.
- Use a handheld or vanity mirror and position it on the counter so you are looking down (with your eyes) into it. This will put your eyes at the perfect angle and you will still be able to see what you are doing.
- One of the biggest mistakes people make is trying to apply the lash before the glue is tacky. Wait longer than you think you should and it will be so much easier to get the lash to adhere. If you apply before the glue has a chance to get sticky, it will make a mess as the lash flutters around, unattached to your eyelid.
- Cut the lash in half and apply each half separately. The smaller strip will be easier to manipulate until you get the hang of it.
Clean Out Your Makeup Bag
How old is that lipstick in the bottom of your makeup bag?
Many women are unaware that their makeup actually has a shelf life. This year, freshen up your makeup collection by trashing any item that has been lingering around for longer than you’d like to admit.
Check out my post on how to tell if your makeup is expired: HERE