“New year, new you.”
Does anyone buy that predictable January tagline besides magazine editors and morning talk-show producers? In my experience it leads to some truly regrettable makeovers — the kind that prompt most of us to respond, “Ugh!” or even “Unbelievable!”
In the real world, meanwhile, most of us make vows in our heads to begin a diet or a workout routine. To start wearing sunscreen each day without fail. To finally — finally! — get that skin-cancer check.
This to-do list is something of a setup: It sets us up for the push-pull drama of effort and resistance that plays out over the coming year. So this year I’m proposing a different way to press the “reset” button: The seven do-it-yourself rejuvenators below are all under $15.
Now, repeat after me: In 2015 I will ...
2. Get healthy with a rosy cream blush. Self-tanner and bronzing powder are clearly not the fountain of youth. Instead, spend two seconds blending a pink glow high on your cheekbones; your skin will look brighter, and you’ll look happier. You might try L’Oréal Paris Visible Lift Blur Blush.
3. Correct those under-eye circles. Does that skin-toned cover-up wand just not do the job anymore? If so, a dab of peachy-pink concealer can counteract blue, purple or brown pigmentation, making you look peppy and well rested. Possibilities include Almay Smart Shade CC Concealer + Brightener.
4. Beef up my skinny hair. No more extreme diets or daily heat styling, please. Even if you’re thinking about trying Minoxidil in the near future, for now simply resolve to eat better — and to use a body-building dry shampoo, which can add texture, fluff and a fresh scent to second-day flat hair. Try, among others, Pantene Pro-V Blowout Extend Dry Shampoo.
6. Use a foundation brush. Resolve to say goodbye to fingers and sponges. For perfect blending that yields a truly authentic, skinlike finish, only a tapered synthetic brush can make “wet” makeup disappear. (By “wet” makeup, I mean BB and CC creams, tinted moisturizers, and liquid or cream foundation.) Candidates include Sonia Kashuk Core Tools Synthetic Pointed Foundation Brush #121.
For additional beauty and style tips for women 50 and up, check out my Wardrobe Wakeup: Your Guide to Looking Fabulous at Any Age.
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