Beauty School Drop Out
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Tara Goodrum
tara.goodrum15 days ago

Beauty School Drop Out

15 days ago

Why I'm Overhauling My Beauty Routine (and Why You Should Too)

I love free samples. I also love the mini products Sephora rewards you with for overspending on their merchandise. I’m also easily convinced that every new balm and powder is a miracle worker and worth trying — and buying.

Needless to say, my makeup basket is full of eyeshadows I haven’t opened since 2010 and my medicine cabinet is overflowing with packets of creams, serums and hair products that will never see the light of day. While I love to think that I’ll use them, and I faithfully pack them in my wash bag every time I travel, I always end up using my go-tos. And my samples remain untouched.

The obsession with Marie Kondo-ing every aspect of one’s life made me take a second look the last time I reached for my makeup. On a given day, I use four items — undereye concealer, cheek tint, eyebrow gel and mascara. When getting ready for a big night out, I maybe use seven. After all, I’m the same girl who wrote The Lazy Girl’s Guide to (Nearly) Effortless Beauty. You’d never guess that my makeup basket is home to nearly 50 different products.

Inspired by the New Year and the minimalist movement sweeping the globe, I decided to make some changes:

Apply the same rules to beauty products as you do your closet. A good friend once told me to get rid of every clothing item I hadn’t worn in a year. It was a great suggestion, and great way to say goodbye to numerous terry cloth Juicy hoodies, a favorite of my college years. Do the same to your beauty products, but be ever harsher. Is there a mask you’ve only used once? Toss it. An eyeshadow you’re saving for the perfect moment? Buh-bye. Only hold on to the things you love dearly and use regularly. And the next time you get tempted by samples, say no thanks unless it’s a brand you buy regularly and an item you’re actually looking to try (and buy).

Keep your skin routine simple and consistent. It’s easy to go overboard slathering a variety of products on your face. As fun as that may seem, it actually causes breakouts and doesn’t allow your skin to adjust to a new regime, which takes at least a week of consistency. Pick staples and stick to them. A nice face wash, toner, eye cream, face cream with sunscreen and nighttime serum or cream are more than enough for daily use. Pick two masks, one clarifying (like a charcoal mask) and one moisturizing and brightening (like a rose mask), to use once a week. If you do want to change your routine, do it slowly, experimenting with one new product at a time. And if you can, stick to all-natural products, which are less likely to cause irritation.

Stop buying things you’ll never use. I love getting lost in the endless supply of colored liners, jewel-toned shimmer eyeshadows, ultra-dark matte lipsticks and basically any beauty trend to hit the market. But I also love looking natural. The last-time I actually wore a non-neutral eyeshadow was over five years ago, and it was Halloween. This year, I’m going to enjoy the beauty trends on magazine pages and leave them there. It isn’t worth the wasted product and expense. If I am tempted to splurge, this is the perfect time to appreciate a sample size. You can try and toss without remorse.

It may not seem life-changing, but it’s already made my morning routine quicker and my skin happier. And my bathroom looks a heck of a lot nicer, too. 

a month ago

The Lazy Girl's Guide to (Nearly) Effortless Beauty

Being raised in California, I learned early that more is less when it comes to beauty. The year-round sun meant my skin was always a touch sun-kissed, the salty air kept my wavy hair just the right amount of tousled, and the culture of outdoor exercise and organic foods kept me glowing both inside and out.

But then I moved.

There are many perks to the East Coast, but healthy skin isn’t necessarily one of them. While the decrease in sun worshiping helps keep sunburns and wrinkles at bay, the air conditioning and heat suck the life out of your skin and the ever-changing weather makes hair maintenance a never-ending effort and experiment. Not to mention, East Coast beauty trends often involve makeup artistry that my California roots didn’t provide me.

After spending much of my life savings at Sephora in an effort to conform to the East, I did what California girls do best: I embraced my inner lazy girl. (I like to think it’s no coincidence that minimalist beauty is projected to be the it beauty trend of 2017.)

Here’s how I like to stay just the right amount of put together while sleeping in that much longer. For I’m a firm believer that it should never take more than 30 minutes to get out the door.

Highlight and moisturize in tandem. Highlighter is one of the best-known tricks for sculpting your face. But the best products are often expensive, and if it’s winter, your skin is likely dry and will flake when applying product. Skip the makeup altogether and instead use chapstick or face oil to add a healthy sheen to your cheek and brow bones. Keep in mind that a little product goes a long way. If using face oil, a tiny drop is enough. With chapstick, three small pats on your cheekbones and two on your brow bone are plenty.

Embrace your natural hair texture. A full blow-out can add 30 minutes to your morning routine. Plus, a drop of rain or snow or touch of humidity can take that hard work and puff it to shame. While certain hair types require more maintenance than others, most hair looks the most beautiful air-dried and lightly controlled with product. To get the right amount of hold, let your hair air-dry until it’s 80 percent dry. Apply whichever product helps control frizz and hold shape — for me, that’s a quick spritz of Redken Curvaceous Wind Up Reactivating Spray — and blow dry on low heat while running your fingers gently through your hair. Depending on the season, you may need a bit of hairspray, but I like to go au naturale.

Use lip stain as a 3-in-1 tool. Lip stain is equally as potent as it is light, especially the long-wear varieties. Find a shade that enhances your natural skin tone — like rose hues that tend to complement most skin tones and aren’t overpowering — and use on your lips, cheeks, and eyelids. Similar to the highlighter trick, a little goes a long way. You can be more liberal with cheeks and lips, but make sure to go light on the eyes unless you want to look like you have an accidental case of pinkeye. I also suggest using an oil-based product so it blends easily and doesn’t cake. I love Yves Saint Laurent Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stains.

A little shimmer goes a long way. Skin-toned shimmer should be a staple in any beauty toolkit — no matter how novice or advanced your makeup skills are. My favorite tricks: 1) mix your daily moisturizer with a sprinkle of shimmer before applying evenly over your face, 2) using your finger, pat a small amount on your eyelids and inner corners of your eyes, 3) use as highlighter and apply on cheekbones and bridge of your nose, 4) add a pinch of shimmer to hair serum and distribute evenly throughout hair (avoiding the roots). Stick to one tactic at a time to keep it minimal and avoid looking like a trophy, and as with all the tips on this page, remember that a little product is all you need.

Don’t get me wrong, getting dolled up and trying a bold lip or statement liner is incredibly fun and can look fantastic. But if you’re like me, natural and quick are the way to go, and equally as beautiful.

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