Game-Changing Beauty Resolutions You'll Keep
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Great Expectations1 of 12
By Morgan Olsen
Instead of vowing to get a dramatic haircut or to retire your blow dryer by Feb. 1, try following one of these 11 realistic beauty resolutions this year. They're all easy to stick to and can still make a big difference. Here's to a stunning 2014!
Cut It Out2 of 12
Rather than asking your hairstylist for that life-changing pixie cut, just schedule regular trims. Make an appointment every six to eight weeks—the longer your hair gets, the more susceptible it is to breakage and split ends, so trimming the fragile ends helps your tresses grow back faster and healthier.
High Brow3 of 12
While you may not be able to grow full Cara Delevingne-style brows, you can commit to putting down the tweezers and learning how to achieve more natural-looking arches. Makeup artist Sage Maitri suggests starting at a brow bar, where an expert can help you create your desired shape.
Arch Over4 of 12
For day-to-day maintenance, "use a pencil or brow powder to create your shape or fill in any bare spots," says Maitri. Then with a tinted brow gel, like Anastasia's, close to your brow color, feather up through the hairs.
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Brush Up5 of 12
Cleaning your makeup brushes regularly helps minimize bacteria-related breakouts, but it's easy to neglect them. "Sephora has a great brush cleaner that you can use on brushes about once a week," says makeup artist Allan Avendaño.
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Come Clean6 of 12
Once a month, he suggests using a gentle shampoo (like Johnson's Baby Shampoo) and conditioner to keep them soft. Wash your brushes Sunday night, allow them to air dry (or use a blow dryer to speed up the process) and they'll be ready to use the next morning.
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Smell Test7 of 12
Try refreshing your perfume collection this year. The downside to wearing the same scent over and over is that we adapt to smells quickly and don't notice them as much over time, says Los Angeles Scent Bar co-founder Franco Wright. "If you stick to only one fragrance, it's likely you won't smell it after a few minutes and may overdo the application," he says. Wright's favorite scents for 2014? Perfumes with notes of passionfruit, guava and tobacco.
Oil Up8 of 12
Despite the popularity of oil-based cleansers, many people still worry the products will make their skin look greasy. But even if you have oily skin, the right oil cleanser can actually balance your sebum production and keep acne at bay. Look for safflower, jojoba, soybean, sunflower seed and macadamia nut oil products, which have the added benefits of antioxidants and vitamins.
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Waste Not9 of 12
Just like perishable food, your makeup has a shelf life, but it's tricky to know when to toss products without any clear expiration dates or foul smells. "Using old product not only compromises the formula's efficacy, it's also harmful, potentially causing breakouts or irritation," says aesthetician Renée Rouleau. She recommends writing the purchase date with a marker on the bottom of the jar or bottle. After a year for nail polish, three months for mascara, six months for liquid face makeup and two years for lipstick, lip gloss and powder eyeshadow, throw it away.
Flying Colors10 of 12
If you're bored of the makeup routine you've had since your 20s, wake up your look by trying at least one hot new color in 2014. It can be subtle (pastel-hued eyeshadow) or slightly more dramatic (tangerine lipstick); either way, your friends and family will notice something fresh about your look.
Play Dirty11 of 12
No one wants to go to work with dirty hair, but try not to wash your tresses every day. Hairstylist Aviva Perea cautions that over-washing hair strips it of natural oils. "It's ideal if you can get by with washing it twice a week," she says. Banish oil with dry shampoo on the mornings you skip a wash. "I love Psssssst dry shampoo," Perea adds. "Focus spray at your roots and massage in. It'll give your hair a beachy texture."
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Blown Away12 of 12
Whether you get your hair professionally blown out or do it at home, the heat from the hairdryer and the tugging from the round brush can be damaging. Perea recommends serious blowouts no more than three times per week. It's also important to inject moisture back into your hair. "Use Dove's repair shampoo and Macadamia Natural Oil's mask," she says.
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