Beauty is an inherently personal pursuit and one whose definition changes from individual to individual. That being said, while most people would love to enhance their beauty practices, it can be overwhelming to know where to start. After all, as there are so many products, tools, and offerings on the market, it can be frustrating even to know where and how to begin.
To help you in the pursuit of your ultimate beauty routine, here are five steps to help you upgrade your beauty routine.
1. Rethink your beauty philosophy.
While you may think that “beauty” solely incorporates the make-up products you are putting on your face, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Your beauty regime should include a healthy diet (plant-based is the best for clear and healthy skin), regular exercise and sleep, and lots of hydration. In other words, beauty is directly connected to health.
Therefore, if you are looking to upgrade your beauty routine, you first need to start with rethinking your beauty philosophy into a holistic approach that covers all aspects of health and wellness. Just as important as your new makeup splurges, you want to be consuming an abundance of fruits and veggies, eliminating (or drastically reducing) your sugar intake, maintaining a healthy gut, avoiding stress, and prioritizing sleep.
You probably already take some vitamins for your overall well-being, so consider adding some vitamin D to the mix as this one is in charge of ensuring that your skin can guard itself against toxins and wounds. After all, the skin is in.
2. Prioritize your skin.
No matter what you do with your beauty tools and products, at the end of the day, you want to be working with the best base possible. This means prioritizing your skincare routine and learning what products work and which products irritate your face. While you have probably heard about the importance of looking after your skin for years, too many women still overlook this vital aspect.
- First and foremost, you need to be washing your face twice a day. Even on the days that you are feeling slightly lazier than usual, it is essential that you take the time to remove your makeup, as well as all the dirt, free radicals and environmental toxins that have accumulated on your face during the day.
- Additionally, add a retinoid cream to your nighttime skincare routine if you want to see an evener skin tone, reduced lines and wrinkles and an increase in elasticity and firmness — who doesn’t want that?
- Be sure to practice the basics. Make sure you are wearing sunscreen every day (the most critical factor for healthy skin) and are drinking plenty of water.
- Exfoliation is essential for glowing skin as it removes depleted, dull skin and enables the products that you do use to enter the surface and do their job more effectively.
3. Clear out your stash
For most women, it is easy for make-up products to add up in multiple drawers in the bathroom, never to see the light of day again. Particularly if you are a fan of experimenting with an array of beauty looks, you are likely to have an overwhelming amount of products in your possession. However, unless you organize these goodies, there is almost no chance that you are ever going to know what you have and where there are gaps in your make-up collection.
In the next month, set yourself a goal of combing through and clearing out your stash of beauty products.
First, uncover everything from the crannies of your drawers and makeup bags, lay them all in one place, and then organize the products by type. By doing this, you will be able to get an overview of all your items and make some decisions about what should stay and what can go.
Unfortunately, makeup products do expire, so when contemplating what can be removed from your collection, make sure to take into account expiration dates. If you are unsure, give the product a smell, that is generally a critical indicator that something should no longer be used.
During the clean-out, be practical and honest with yourself about whether a product is worth taking up space and if you are going to use it in the near future. If you aren’t, it is better to dispose of it to make room for items that are going to bring value.
4. Try something new
More often than not, individuals find a beauty regime or makeup style that they like and then never stray from that look. While this can be great for getting ready quickly, it also stops you from ever updating your look.
Even if it seems a little scary to step into the unknown, there is no better time than the present to try something new and — as it is only makeup — you can easily remove it should things go awry.
Some ideas to get you started include wearing a bold lip, swapping out your neutral eyeliner for a colored one, trying a more vibrant blush, adding an exaggerated cat-eye, rocking a metallic eyeshadow, or making a statement with bold brows.
5. Learn from the professionals
One of the best ways to upgrade your beauty routine and learn more tips and tricks is to work with a professional. Whether you opt to watch beauty tutorials on YouTube or attend a makeup masterclass, spending some time increasing your beauty education is going to do a lot to improve your skills.
If you opt to attend a professional makeup class, you can be assured that you are going to learn new makeup techniques and get answers to your questions in an intimate and nonjudgmental environment. Plus, your teacher is specially qualified to assist you in acquiring the information you need to feel confident about your makeup routine.
Are you looking to update your beauty routine? What tips and tricks do you have to share with others who are looking to take theirs up a step?