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The onset of a new year is always an exciting time, and not just because you have new presents to play with. It’s a time for change, when you can make adjustments in your life so that the new year will be a better one. What’s not to like about that? While these resolutions may typically center on things like your diet or being more productive, there’s no reason to exclude your beauty routine. Chances are, even if you already consider yourself a face makeup, eye makeup, and lip color pro, there’s room for improvement. That’s why we’re proposing ten makeup resolutions—dealing with everything from primer to eyeliner—to start in the new year.
If you haven’t been convinced to hop on the primer bandwagon thus far, now’s your chance. Who can benefit from wearing primer? Well, the short answer is everyone. As long as you’re someone who wants your makeup to last longer and apply easier, it’s a good idea to use a makeup primer every time you wear makeup. To prep your face for foundation or BB cream, apply a primer that matches your desired makeup finish, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Glow Lock Makeup Primer or the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Lock Makeup Primer. Don’t forget to use eye, lip, and lash primer, too!
Do you really want to spend 2019 playing it safe? Instead of reaching for the same shades you wore this year and the year before, try wearing colors that are something different. To mix up your eye makeup, sweep a bright eye shadow, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow in Glistening Garnet, along your lower lash line. As for your lips, rock a bold lipstick, like the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Shine Lipstick in Splendid Blackberry.
Even those who are experienced with eyeliner can struggle with liquid eyeliner. We’ll be real with you, it isn’t the easiest thing to master! But we’re confident this is your year. Put your pencils and gels to the side, and make a liquid eyeliner, like the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Liquid Eyeliner, your new BFF. Our best tip? Practice makes perfect! It may sound overly simple, but it’s true. The more you use liquid eyeliner, the easier it will get. Then, once you’ve managed a solid line a time or two, you can focus on learning to create a cat eye. (Here’s How to Achieve Your Sharpest Winged Eyeliner Look.)
When it comes to makeup, “the more the merrier” does not always hold true. Applying too much bronzer or blush can totally transform your makeup look—and not in a good way. That’s why we’re encouraging applying all your products with a lighter hand. Tap excess product off your makeup brushes before applying and start small—you can always build up for more intensity.
Let’s be real, we’re all guilty of it. Sometimes you slip into bed, only to realize that you’re still sporting a full face of makeup. The problem is, at that point you’re too comfy to get out of bed and wash it off. Thankfully, we’ve found a solution. You can remove lingering makeup at the last minute—from the comfort of your bed. Keep a bottle of a no-rinse facial cleanser, like the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types, on your bedside table, along with a stack of cotton pads, and you’ll have no excuse for forgetting to take off your makeup. Simply saturate a cotton pad and sweep it across your skin to remove all your makeup—even waterproof mascara. It’s that easy!
There’s nothing wrong with wearing makeup—we’re big fans, after all—but it never hurts to have the option to go without. Not only will you save yourself some time in the morning, but you can focus on perfecting your complexion instead. Add an anti-aging moisturizer, like the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Cicacream Face Moisturizer Pro Retinol & Centella Asiatica, and a brightening charcoal mask, like the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Face Mask into your skin care routine and soon enough going makeup-free won’t be scary at all.
Why limit yourself to one way of defining your brows? With so many different brow shapes and looks, make a resolution to try out all of your options! Check out our article, 3 Brow Looks for Achieving On-Trend Arches, for three ideas to try.
Cleaning your makeup brushes is so important—and let’s be honest, many of us are guilty of not cleaning them as often as we should. Overdue on a cleanse? You can find out everything you need to know in our article, How to Clean Makeup Brushes and Makeup Blenders.
Just like primer is an essential step before starting your makeup look, setting spray is a must-do step to end it. A setting spray will keep your makeup from budging throughout the day (or night), so you can rock a “just applied” makeup look all day long. Use the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray.
Of course, this is arguably the most important resolution. While it’s easy to get into the habit of wearing the same look, with the same products, every day, make a promise to yourself that this will be the year of trying new makeup trends, whether that’s orange eyeliner or a blurred lip.
Next up: Your Post-New Year’s Eve Skin Care Routine