Stuck in a beauty rut? Refresh your look and beauty regime by giving your beauty bag a quick overhaul. You only need to change one thing!
Try these 5 quick ways to refresh your beauty regime…
Prefer matte lips?
Give them a hint of shine
Weighing up effort required vs impact, many women opt for matte lipstick because it’s simple to apply. Less simple, though, is the upkeep – touch-ups, paranoia about getting it on your teeth, and dry lips – it’s a good thing sheen’s making a comeback.
Swap to… New sheer formulas
The latest ones still give you plenty of colour coverage. In a blind test, you’d swear The Body Shop Colour Crush Shine Lipstick, R50, was a balm, thanks to the comfortable formula infused with marula oil. The nine shades really pop with pigment, but the modern, lightly reflective finish means lips look lusciously full.
Always black eyeliner?
Move into colour
When dark kohl is your thing, you might look at eye coloured liner with a certain degree of suspicion. But before you rule anything out, check out this season’s new nature-inspired shades – they’ll help make your eyes look fresher and more wide awake than black ever could.
Swap to… A grown-up green
Trust Clarins to create the perfect lush forest green for grown-ups, Clarins Waterproof Eye Pencil in Green, R335. “For a soft yet sultry look, apply to the lash line and smudge using the natural brush tip,” says Marie McKeever, head of training at Clarins. Skip lower lashes and the waterline to keep this look modern.
Like the lightness of BBs?
Try a new texture
It’s easy to see why these multitaskers have gone down a storm, but brilliant as BBs are, they can’t always deliver on every skincare claim. Technology is moving on, so try the latest skincare/make-up hybrids for hydrated, glowy skin.
Swap to… A new gel formula
Ever since Chanel Les Beiges All-In-One Healthy Glow Fluid SPF 15, R760, launched, beauty editors have been abuzz about it’s incredible formula.
The super-light gel moisturises with a hyaluronic acid derivative, evens out skin tone and softens flaws, without creating a mask of colour. It also gives a dewier finish than most BBs. Top marks for the SPF 15.
Can’t do contouring?
Practise a fresher take
If you have mastered the art of contouring, well done! For the rest of us, it can be at best intimidating, and at worst a disaster. A new and easier route to shaping up is to enhance your cheekbones with subtle highlights and fresh, flattering pink or peach shades.
Swap to… Subtle sculpting
Revlon Photoready Insta-Sculpt Sculpting Palette, R285, makes light work of sculpting. Sweep the highlighter shade across the tops of your cheekbones, then apply the deeper contour shade just below. To finish, swirl your brush over the blush and apply to the apples of your cheeks for beautifully even colour.
Addicted to eyelash curlers?
Use a new brush
If you have short, straight or downward-facing lashes, then you’re probably very much in love with your curlers. But, we might have found a way to skip a step entirely, and who wouldn’t love that more? Also great for anyone who’s never got to grips with curlers.
Swap to… The latest wand technology
Remember those old-fashioned pink hair rollers with all the little hooks? The smartest wand goes to Clinique High Impact Curling Mascara, R350, which scoops up every lash (gently!), then lifts and curls for a fuss-free, fluttery look. The formula is soft and nourishing – no crisping or clumping.
A freelance writer and editor, with 15 years’ experience in the media industry. With a passion for health and fitness, Tammy loves nothing more than researching the latest wellness trends. And if she’s not running around after her sweet four-year old daughter, you’ll find Tammy on her bike, in the gym or exploring the great outdoors – followed by a good coffee, of course!