I can’t believe it’s 2014. In celebration of the new year, I’ve made a few “beauty resolutions” that I want to keep this year.
1. Go makeup free (and not feel guilty about it).
I love makeup, but it doesn’t mean I (or you) need it all the time. And there are surely other ways to look fresh-faced — exercise works wonders. One thing that’s not skip-worthy: A moisturizer with SPF like Kiehls’ Ultra Facial Moisturizer SPF 30.
2. Always wash my face at night.
I feel like celebrities are always espousing the benefits of this — it’s probably the easiest thing you can incorporate into your beauty routine. But I get lazy and just splash water onto my face (or worse) skip this altogether. When I’m on top of my game, I like to create a mini spa experience, with a turban headwrap to pull back my hair, a gentle-yet-effective konjac sponge and my fave cleanser from One Love Organics. It takes three minutes and it keeps my skin from freaking out in the morning. Plus, I could always watch this horrifying video (two words: premature aging) the next time I’m tempted to crawl into bed with a face full of makeup.
3. Don’t be afraid of color.
I’ve experimented with berry and plum pouts, but I still hesitate to rock a full red lip when I’m out and about. I have a great red lipstick from Tom Ford (his lipsticks are super luxe and worth the splurge). It’s basically disrespectful to keep it relegated to the cluster of products on my bathroom counter.
4. Do more with my hair.
I have a TON of hair and it’s kind of a signature part of my look. But my hair pretty much always looks the same. Do I really need to straighten my naturally curly hair every day? No. I wear it down almost everyday — I see a lot of top knots in my future. Your beauty resolutions may have nothing to do with your hair, but be sure to embrace (and display) your best attributes. If you’ve got it, flaunt it, as the saying goes.
5. Stop putting myself down.
We all have insecurities and I’ll admit mine are pretty silly — I hate the gap in my teeth, worry my freckles are too prominent and never like the way my eyelids look (seriously) in photos. I have a pretty self-deprecating sense of humor, but I’ve said some downright awful things about myself. I’ll focus instead on what I like most about myself and remember the many times people have said I’m beautiful and unique-looking.