A new year is here! Why not use it as an opportunity to edit and recreate your look with these five easy tips.
1. Make a pact to eat and drink healthily
While make-up, when applied correctly, can create miracles, the real road to being confident in your skin is through your diet. To achieve complexion perfection, make a promise to include the following foods for great skin: avocado – a great source of biotin, which helps prevent brittle hair and dry skin, tomatoes (lycopene rich, they fight the signs of ageing), eggs, nuts and seeds, and omega-rich oily fish such as salmon.
2. Change your make-up
Start wearing make-up or, if you’re already a fan, wear less! Too many women are stuck in a make-up rut. Break out and try something new, like the orange/coral/peach trend that’s big on lips, nails and cheeks this season. It’s surprisingly easy to wear on most skin tones and it gives all complexions a warm, lit-from-within glow.
On cheeks Dust coral blush on your apples, nose, and hairline for that straight-from-the beach flush. Try Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush – Peach Satin, or Wet n Wild Megaglow Illuminating Powder – Catwalk Pink.
On lips Slick on an emollient-rich orange lipstick to hydrate your lips. Try L’Oreal Rouge Caresse – Princess, Maybelline Color Sensational Shine Lipgloss – Electric Orange, or Wet n Wild – Megalast Lipstick in Just Peachy/Cora-line.
On nails A slightly sheer peach polish will even out ridges caused by ageing. Try Maybelline Colourshow Nail polish – Peach Pie or Wet n Wild Wildshine – Blazed.
3. Have fun with your hair
A quick way to update your hairstyle is to add a fringe. Somehow they never fall off fashion’s radar, with short crops, long curls and sexy up dos all complementing a fringe perfectly.
Also try these timeless classics that have been radically transformed on runways for an utterly modern look:
- Ornate ponytails: worn super sleek, super shiny and in the nape of the neck.
- Old world braids, coiled on top of the head – a look fit for a queen.
- Make room for romance: embellish hair with floral or gold accessories.
- Parting ways: create a part much deeper than you normally would and sweep your hair over your eyes for dramatic effect!
4. Just add colour
Black has long been lauded for its ability to flatter women’s figures and suit every occasion. But the colour has a rather less flattering side effect – it ages the face. Black clothing can highlight dark lines under the chin, shadows around the eyes and wrinkles. Wrinkles and sunken areas appear deeper and more pronounced, meaning the effect is more prominent in older women. But fear not. The effect can be tempered by a splash of colour around the neck – in the form of a scarf or chunky jewellery – or a low neckline. But don’t follow fashion slavishly. Do your homework and find out which tone on the colour spectrum suits you – and wear it with confidence.
5. Have a facial (and professional exfoliation treatment)
If you haven’t yet, it’s time to start prioritising facials. Skin tightening and resurfacing treatments like microdermabrasion (which lifts dead skin from the surface, increasing circulation and smoothing the skin’s texture) is a monthly procedure that will keep your skin in top condition. "You should have, according to your skin’s needs, a peel or microdermabrasion regularly – the sort of treatments that do what creams at home can’t do," says cosmotologist Yvonne Heathcote from Elements beauty salon in Cape Town. Have a monthly facial at a good salon, she advises. The skin regeneration process is 28 to 30 days, which means monthly facials will relax, repair and stimulate renewal. Also use a mask at home to tone, tighten and condition your skin, and clean pores.