Resolutions are hard to keep but these will be good for you in the long run. Trust us.

Now that 2017 has arrived, cue the ‘new year, new you’ list. Whether you swore to wake up for those early hot yoga sessions or still want to learn French, we know January seems to be the month of broken vows. But hope is all we need, and also 28 consecutive days of doing it so it becomes a routine. Do the same for your beauty regime and you get an almost Barbara Palvin face – natural beauty and close to perfect skin.

Here are seven simple beauty resolutions to get you through the year. No need to thank us.

Clean face

A common mistake that every woman has made in her life at least… (We’re still counting) is hitting the sack after a long day of work sans removing makeup, leading to a pathway for clogged pores. The ultimate goal is to have it squeaky clean by double cleansing and moisturising to allow your skin to repair itself well at night. If you’re not up for the cleansing and water routine, take the shortcut and opt for cleansing wipes. What we’re loving this month:

Dior Purifying Cleansing Milk Normal
La Mer The Cleansing Gel
Estēe Lauder Take It Away LongWear Makeup Remover Towelettes

Cover all bases

Get your sunscreen on. When it comes to protecting our skin against ageing and cancer, we often neglect all other parts of our body and direct all the attention to our faces. Needed all day and every day especially with the ever so humid weather we face is an SPF30 at minimum. If you’re guilty of not including sunscreen in your morning skin routine, use a BB cream or a built-in moisturiser. What we’re loving this month:

Bobbi Brown BB Cream SPF30 in Fair
Fresh Peony Brightening UV Shield Sunscreen SPF 50
Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ Wetforce For Face/Body
Sisley Super Soin Solaire Milky Body Mist Sun Care SPF30

Fresh face

Dior Spring/Summer 2017

If you haven’t tried the no-makeup makeup, let this year be the one you try it. Pared-down: glowy dewy skin, brushed-up brows, nude eyeshadow with a tinge of highlight. Perfect the effortless beauty look by prepping your cleansed face with a primer before using a tinted moisturiser or a lightweight foundation. Cover up those imperfections with a concealer and glow it up with a highlight. Brush out your brows and lightly fill them in with a powder; press a nude shadow all over your crease and get your lash game on with mascara. Pout it out with a swipe of lip gloss and you’re ready to take on the day. What we’re loving this month:

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat in 1 Luminuous Radiancee
By Terry Touche Veloutee in N-1-Porcelain
GIvency NOIR COUTURE VOLUME WATERPROOF
Shiseido Lacquer Rouge in Ophelia
Burberry Beauty burberry Eye Colour Glow in Nude No.002

Clean your brushes

Another rule in the beauty book that we seem to (purposely) overlook is cleaning our makeup brushes. And you wonder what causes the many breakouts even when you stick to the strict skin regime. Clean your brushes and beauty blenders at least once a week and you’d be surprised at how much gunk that gets off each time.What we’re loving this month:

Bobbi Brown Brush Cleaning Spray
DIOR Brush Cleanser
Shu Uemura Brush Cleaner

Bold moves

Stay away from the usuals, 2017 is the year to step out of your comfort zone by making a statement. Go for a turquoise eyeliner, a slick of blue mascara and glide on a brick orange lippy. As scary as it may sound, all we read is a woman of sophistication and confidence. What we’re loving this month:

Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner in 88 Top Seacret
Diorshow Waterproof in 258 Azure Blue
Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Matte Sculpting Lipstick in Volatile

Cream of the crop

As much as concealers are our best of friends, there are days when our designer eyebags decide to flaunt themselves. This is where eye creams pack a punch being the solution to the ‘I woke up like this’ face. Work it through your night time regime and apply a dollop amount of eye cream right after cleansing your face. Don’t be surprised when you wake up feeling fresh as ever sans coffee. What we’re loving this month:

La Mer The Eye Concentrate
SK-II Essential Power Eye Cream
Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment With Avocado

Masque it

If you long for silky, smooth hair like we do, then here’s what you should do to achieve just that. Yes it does take up more time in the shower but it also means nourished hair. Once you’ve chosen the right hair mask according to the type of your hair – frizzy, thin, dry or oily, apply a generous amount onto your tresses (don’t forget the ends) leaving it on for 15 minutes. Shampoo and condition the hair after you’re done and repeat the steps once a week.

Living Proof Restore Mask Treatment
Aveda Dry Remedy™ Moisturizing Masque
Kérastase Nutritive Masque Magistral

 

Images: Tpgvip and respective brands

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