Welp … 2013 is officially over, and so are all of last year’s bad beauty habits. That’s right, this year we’re kicking your beauty routine into high gear — that means going a little lighter on the winged eyeliner/red lip combo, Taylor! With the help of some 2014 spring runway inspiration and a little thing we like to call our beauty conscience, here’s your list of 2014 resolutions:
1. Get Organized
Most of our resolutions involve getting organized — whether it’s finances, overstuffed closets, or beauty routines. Keeping your makeup organized makes getting ready a breeze, and gives you more time in the morning to catch some much-needed z’s. Take a tip from NARS and organize your makeup by type. Once you’ve grouped your lipsticks, eyeshadows, glosses, primers, brushes, etc. together, be sure to store them in a way that suits you. We’re obsessed this makeup organization Pin-spiration!
2. Be More Daring
This year, vow to be a little more daring with your beauty routine. You can interpret this any way you want — just as long as you step out of your comfort zone a little bit! Baffled by how to use a lash curler? Head to Sephora and ask them to teach you! Always wanted to try the uber-popular bright lip trend? Go ahead, swipe some on! Dreaming of changing your hair color as often as Emma Stone? Make 2014 your year of ‘do switcheroos! After all, you never know until you try, and you might be pleasantly surprised.
3. Keep it Simple
2014 spring runways boasted an “enhanced minimalism” when it came to makeup. To everyone else, this just means: keep it simple! Instead of caking on that blush, tracing under your eyelids one time too many, or gluing on those fake lashes, try to refer back to the basics. Highlighting your features with just a hint of foundation, blush, highlighter, mascara, and gloss shows off your natural beauty! Just remember: A little goes a long way.
4. Grow Brows, Grow!
No more pencil-thin brows! We know how pesky those strays can be, but please no over-plucking this year, okay? Spring 2014 runways were jam-packed with big browed beauties, and It Girls like Cara Delevingne are proof that thick is beyond beautiful. Plus, bushier brows accentuate your gorgeous eyes and brighten your face. Ask your stylist how you two can work together to grow yours out this year.
5. Go Faux
It’s January, but you’re already thinking about going to the tanning bed for that gorgeous spring break glow. BUT WAIT JUST ONE MINUTE. First things first, swipe the words “tanning bed” from your beauty vocabulary completely. It’s horrible for you (bulbs boosts your risk of melanoma by 75 percent) and it prematurely ages you, too. In 2014, be good to your skin and your future self by turning to faux self tanners. Our favorites of the moment are anything by Jergens, and if you’re looking to splurge, try hitting up the department stores at your local mall. We love anything by Dior and Clinique.
6. Master the Updo
Lucky for your morning routine, updos are here to stay! For those of you who shy away from anything fancier than a ponytail, you’re seriously missing out! The Beauty Department has amazing tutorials for you to try, and they’re so easy that even Snooki could do them. A few of our favorites for 2014 include the milkmaid braids, the ’50s pony, and the twist-flip bun. Don’t forget to grab a fine-toothed comb for teasing, along with lots of bobbies for defying gravity!
7. Protect & Nourish
If there’s one beauty resolution you make this year, let it be to protect and nourish your skin. Your skin is your most important feature, so be sure to treat it right — starting with SPF. Always, always apply a broad spectrum sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection with at least 30 SPF. That’s right — 30 SPF! Don’t skimp on the coverage or assume that your makeup has SPF. Also, make sure you know how to care for your skin properly using the right washes, moisturizers, and makeup. We are obsessed with this infographic featuring four steps to healthy, radiant skin.
Cheers to a beautiful you in the new year!