It’s easy to get stuck in a beauty rut, but learning to embrace one or two of the trends needn’t be a daunting prospect. Be unexpected and rock a day time bright lip. As long as you play the rest of the face down, this is a look that’s fresh but modern and will catapult your casual day look straight into 2014. Scared to try it? Then meet this trend half way. Instead of a fully opaque application, blot a bold colour onto lips and treat it like a stain. This will give a berry-bitten effect that is far more subtle.
Be High Brow
Like haircuts, eyebrow shapes aren’t a one size fits all area. Your perfect brows depend on the dimensions of your face, and the right arches can not only emphasise your eyes and make you look younger, the perfect brow will make you look fresh, rested, young, healthy and overall, more attractive. Do we have your attention yet? So how do you go about achieving this Holy Grail of facial features? Square shaped faces should go for a softer shape whilst rounder faces suit a more angular form. For all those with heart shaped faces hoping to rock the Cara Delavigne brow, think again. Because of the petit jaw line and emphasis on the upper portion of the face, it is important to keep brows well-manicured and exceptionally groomed. No matter what facial shape you have, a well formed brow can open up the entire eye area and work to improve the face’s overall symmetry so it’s worth visiting a professional to find your signature golden arches.
Looking for some thrifty resolutions for the new year? Making use of what’s in your kitchen is a natural and, if done properly, beneficial way to keep gorgeous. For a DIY pedicure, start with a foot scrub of rock salt mixed with body lotion and apply it to dry skin. Scrub away for an at-home pedi that will have your feet baby soft in no time. For an at home facial, look no further than your bathroom cupboard. Crush two asprin and mix with a tablespoon of organic honey. Apply to the face for 20 minutes and then wash off. The aspirin contains beta-hyroxy acid which is a key ingredient in many expensive facial treatments. It dramatically revitalises and rejuvenates the skin without having to set foot inside a salon.
When it comes to your make up, dark shades recede while light colours bring features forward. Clever contouring can dramatically slim and lift your face and to do this, you’ll need a matte bronzer or contouring powder one or two shades deeper than your complexion. You can use cream or powder textures just as long as you make sure to blend, blend, blend – streaky make up is a major beauty faux pas. Create the illusion of thinner cheeks by applying your contour shade in a diagonal line from the center of your cheek to the ear. Suck in your cheeks slightly to enhance your cheekbones, while you do this to figure out the perfect placement, and don’t forget to blend. The higher you place your contour shade, the sharper your cheekbones will look. Sweep a highlighter across the tops of the cheekbones to really enhance your natural shape.
To fake a thinner nose, swipe a contour powder down the sides of the bridge, stopping before you get to the nostrils and then blend highlighter down the bridge in a vertical line. Blend a highlighter between brows, the bridge of the nose, cupids bow and centre of the chin to draw attention to the centre of your face. This technique will help bring these features forward and instantly slim wider shaped faces.
Whilst contouring can add definition, using concealer underneath foundation can subtly lift your complexion, making you appear younger and more well rested. This simple make up trick will instantly brighten and boost a tired face. Using a matte concealer, draw ‘whisker ‘lines on either side of your nose and mouth as well as vertical lines in the centre of your forehead. Next, take a luminous highlighter and draw more lines in between the first set before blending upwards and outwards. Your cheekbones and brow look immediately lifted and your entire face looks more awake...easy.
Another super simple trick is to use a clear lip balm to make your complexion glow. Stroke a little clear balm down the brow bone and up the cheekbone is a sideways V to highlight the eye area. For a pretty, rosy glow, mix a little with a cream blush and apply to the apples of the cheeks.
Looking your best starts from the inside out. A healthy diet and regular exercise will keep you beautiful and radiant even when you’re make-up free. Get your circulation going by daily body brushing to help eliminate the toxins that build up in our lymphatic systems, improve skin tone and boost the immune system. Sweep a long handled body brush across your limbs and torso, directing strokes towards the heart. Excess toxicity in the liver will make your skin appear dull and fatigued so ditch the espresso and start your day with the juice of half a lemon in warm (not hot) water to flush away any nasties and cleanse your system. Investing in aesedophillis supplements will aid digestion, which in turn means you will absorb more of the nutrients in your food.
If you’re looking to make one diet change this year, let it be refined sugar. As well as being emotionally addictive, refined sugar drags valuable nutrients out of our bodies, gives us cellulite and is incredibly aging. Sugar has a similar effect on the brain as opiate pain killers such as morphine, meaning that it’s instantly pleasurable. Many of us turn to something sugary for ‘energy’ - and though it technically is a form of energy, it’s a bad type. A spike of insulin will give you a quick burst after eating a chocolate bar, but about ten minutes after that you’ll feel more tired than you were before. A far better way of getting energy is to rely on natural, nutritious foods such as complex carbohydrates (low-GI fruits and berries), clean proteins and vegetables as well as making sure you drink lots water and exercise regularly. If you do all of these things, you won’t need to rely on sugar to keep you energised and you’ll notice your skin is clearer and brighter.