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2017 is nearly upon us and once again, we have to try and think of resolutions. It’s a wonder we even bother, really – 92% of resolutions will not live to see the following New Year’s Eve. But it’s a tradition, a habit that we find hard to break and therefore is worth indulging in.

 

There are probably all kinds of areas of your life you would fix and resolve to change, but what about your beauty regime? If you’re passionate about cosmetics and skincare, it’s a good idea to dedicate some of your resolutions to how you will improve your regime in the New Year. If you’re tempted to try something different or just want an excuse to shake things up, then why not make 2017 the year when you finally…

 

… Stop Using Face Wipes

 

They’re quick, easy, convenient – and they’re going to make any facial skin problems worse.

 

Face wipes are the ultimate “too good to be true”. It’s simply not possible to achieve a thorough and proper skincare cleanse, tone and moisturize using them. They’re not on your face for long enough, they have virtually zero chance of exfoliating dead skin cells, and they may even make acne worse.

 

Are they useful? Yes, but if you’re honest, it’s not that much effort to grab a cotton pad and a cleanser and do the same thing. Your skin will thank you for it.

… See The Importance of A Two-Step Cleanse

 

The idea of a two-step cleanse is nothing new in the professional world of cosmetics, but it’s only recently burst into the mainstream. The idea is simple: your first cleanse – usually done with an oil – is to remove makeup and any dirt or pollution you’ve attracted during the day. The second cleanse is the one that actually works on your skin and tries to improve the feel, texture or whatever other problems you have.

 

The one downside of the two-step cleanse is that it’s something of a pain. If you resolve to try it, however, you will never have seen your skin looking so good.

… Use A Primer For Everything

 

Primer is a makeup step too far for some of us. It adds so much time to the process of getting ready. First you have to cleanse, then prime, then apply your makeup – who’s got time for that on a daily basis?

 

Well, you should make time. Get yourself to stores like thankyourbeauty and pick a primer that suits you. Some are colored, so if you have problems with redness – for example – then pick a green-tinged primer to cancel it out.

 

Not only should you use a facial primer, but ideally one for every type of makeup that you use. Eyeshadow primer will keep your eyeshadow from falling onto your cheeks; a specialist lip version will let you drink without worrying about imprints on a glass.

Even if you try the above and decide they’re not for you, then at least you have done something different. Beauty and skincare are there to be experimented with, so perhaps your resolution for 2017 should be to play and enjoy these areas as much as possible!

 

Everyone wants to get their makeup on fleek, but sometimes it harder than it looks. If you are struggling to look polished when you step out the door, it could be for a number of reasons that are actually pretty easy to sort out. So read on to find out why you look isn’t quite on point and what you can do about it.

 

Have you taken notice of this season’s trends?

 

So the number one reason why your makeup look isn’t quite on point is that you are wearing colors that are a little outdated. If you have has the same look for the last few seasons, then it’s definitely time to change things up a bit. Like all fashion and trends at the moment, makeup looks change fast, so it pays to be on top of them.

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For example, did you know that one of the key trends for the FW16 season’s jewel tone eyes? So if you are still wearing the powder blue from the 80’s. Or, a tropical twist from summer, get on the internet and check out some tutorials with this season’s tones instead.

 

Another massive trend this season is for the red lip. But before you jump up and down for joy because you have a red lipstick already, you need to know it’s not at all about fire engine reds. In fact, it’s about dark berry, even violet reds like raisin shades. Also, to be bang on the point you need it in a liquid lipstick, in either a matt or metallic shade. BTW a metallic shades mean something akin to a foiled lip, not that icky gloss with little flecks of glitter. Just so you know!

 

Are you rushing?

 

Another huge reason why you makeup might not be as on point as you would like it to be is that you are rushing the application. Yes, of course, time is limited in the morning before work and school, and you have to do your best to get your look together in the space you have. But rushing your makeup application can be disastrous.

 

Not only will you feel more stressed and are likely to make more mistakes, and have to start over, but it won’t set as well either. Think of your makeup as like a painting on your face. When you paint, you have to make sure that the layer you have previously applied is dry before you put the next layer on. Otherwise, they will run into one another, and all you will get is a sludgy mess. This is exactly the same as your makeup.

 

You need to apply a layer and then wait for it to dry before putting the next one on. That means apply moisturizer, then take a break. Then apply your foundation. Then a break, and then finish with powder. Then you can pick out your individual features like eyes and mouth, and do your contours. Make sure of the time by getting dressed and fixing your hair.

 

In a pinch, you can apply translucent pressed powder to set a layer when you need to, but this often results in a cakey finish so be careful!

 

Is your makeup disorganized?

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Another issue that can stop your makeup looking spot on is that all your products are so disorganized you can’t find what you need. So you just end up using anything you can get your hands on.

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This is like a lucky dip for you face, and it’s probably not a good idea unless you are really into that ‘clown that got dressed in the dark look.’ To combat this problem take a peek at some of the makeup organizers that are available. Then you can have all of your foundations together, and all your nail polishes in one place. Which means you will always get to choose exactly the colors that you want to use in your look.

 

Are you applying your makeup in the proper way?

 

Another problem that can lead your makeup to not look on point is if you are applying it in the wrong way. There really is no excuse for this as there are a plethora of brushes, sponges and blenders on the market to help you get a pro look at every application.

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Some of the latest developments include oval toothbrush shaped brushes with very soft bristles. These can help you get a blended airbrushed look very easily, and it what all the celebrities and makeup artists are swearing by this season. You can even get teeny tiny ones to apply your lipstick and eyeshadow with. Remember you can’t do a good job unless you have the right tools.

 

Here are six of the best fashion illustrators to follow on Instagram NOW

Who: @nadiacoolrista
Follow for: Life-like sketches of the fashion elite, from Diana Vreeland to Miroslava Duma.

 

 

 

Who: @paperfashion
Follow for: Kate Rodgers has a penchant for using a variety of materials in her sketches—including watercolor, sequins, beads, lipstick and even leaves.

 

 

 

Who: @sarahhankinson
Follow for: Illustrations of everything stylish including runway looks, lacy bralettes and the It-bag of the season.

 

 

 

Who: @meganhess_official
Follow for: With a client list including the likes of Chanel, Dior, Tiffany’s, Prada and more, Megan brings fashion to life in her ultra-glam and feminine sketches.

 

 

 

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Who: @lenaker
Follow for: From Balmain to Gucci, this Russian-based illustrator has sketched all of the best looks from the major fashion houses.

 

 

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Who: @Curvysketchs

Follow for: High fashion,from original designs to runway styles, draw on a plus size figure

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