And just like that, 2017’s over. As we look back on our year in beauty, we realize two things: one, there’s a lot we can still improve on. And two, there are more than a few things we’ll be proud to continue. To keep us all on the right track, we’ve come up with 10 beauty resolutions for 2018.
These are easy enough to live by, but they make all the difference. All you have to do now is put your best foot forward and step confidently into the new year. Have a happy 2018, beautiful! Stay gorgeous!
1. SAVE UP FOR WHAT YOU REALLY WANT.
If that highlighter or lip tint you covet is out of your price range right now, don’t settle for second best! Save up for a few weeks. When you finally have that #1 thing on your wishlist, you’ll thank yourself for waiting!
2. TREAT SKINCARE AS HEALTH CARE.
Let’s get one thing clear: there’s nothing frivolous about taking care of your skin. It’s essential to vitamin, antioxidant, and nutrient absorption—A.K.A., only the best things. On top of that, radiant skin gives us a self-esteem boost like no other. So moisturize away—it’s good for your health!
3. NEVER SKIP THE SPF.
You’re probably tired of hearing this, but it bears repeating. Sunscreen will keep your skin in tip-top condition, so don’t skimp on it. And no, not even on cloudy days! (You’ll thank us later!)
4. LISTEN TO YOUR SKIN.
Your skin has a funny way of letting you know when your body’s unhappy. It kicks up a fuss! Establish a routine of skin mindfulness by looking out for all the telltale signs. Whether that means breakouts or dark circles, they’re worth looking into in case they go deeper.
5. DO YOUR RESEARCH.
Make it a habit to look up brand stories and ingredients lists before purchasing any product. If nothing else, this should help you make better, smarter beauty choices!
6. GO GREEN WHENEVER POSSIBLE.
Green beauty is on the rise, which means lots of options for eco-conscious shoppers. Even if you’re just looking to swap out old faves for newer finds, consider going for the green stuff. It makes a world of difference!
7. HAVE MORE EMPTIES.
When there’s always a new product begging to be tried, it’s hard to use up anything to the last drop. But this can also mean a lot of waste, especially when we hoard products with short lifespans, like mascara or concealer. So next time you find something you really like—keep using it until it’s empty. Bye bye, waste!
8. REUSE OLD CONTAINERS.
Whether it’s because of their material (glass, tin, plastic) or because they’re just too cute, some items really do come in packaging that are gems in themselves. Don’t throw these away when the product’s all out—repurpose them for some super crafty DIY realness!
9. REGULARLY CLEAN YOUR TOOLS.
If we showed you the bacteria that builds up in your everyday beauty tools, you’ll never let them touch your face again. To avoid breaching that point of grossness, give your tools a bath! For sponges, daily is ideal, while brushes can be cleaned 1 to 4 times a month.
10. MAKE BOLDER CHOICES.
Finally, don’t forget to have fun with beauty this year. Makeup and skincare are all about experimenting, figuring out what you like, and making things work for you. So don’t be afraid to try out a crazy lash look or an ultra bold lip. You’re in charge!
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