Getting a beauty routine together that you are happy with can really be an uphill struggle.
In the first instance, finding the right cosmetic products for your skin can be a real challenge too.
It’s all too easy to go with the various bestselling products, but if they work so well, why are there so many people with appearances that they are unhappy about – whether it’s blotchy reddening or outright acne, or overdone foundation leaving a tide-mark, or eyebrows that look like they’ve been drawn on by a joyrider laying down rubber in a souped-up Vauxhall Corsa, we see cosmetic train wrecks every time we leave the house. We don’t really want to see one every time we look in the mirror too!
Mastery of any skill comes from having a good routine.
Doing the same thing day in day out, week in week out, can be a great strength for your beauty routine. Apart from anything else, you’ll know exactly how long it takes you to do any particular thing, and how long extra it takes when it’s a special night out.
In the ideal world, we could all just used a little blush, a little mascara, and a little lippy and be good to go, and it’s worth asking yourself if there is anything you can do to simplify your look or your routine. Do you really need that Lumea Device to singe away your hair? What is the bare minimum you can get away with?
Of course, there is no law that says you have to wear make-up all the time, or even that you have to live up to any standards of presentation when you leave the house – apart from actually wearing clothes!
When was the last time you experimented with going completely au naturel? This can be hard for some people who have really got into the habit of plastering on loads of warpaint before they do anything. Is that you? Do you find yourself nipping off to the bathroom when your bloke has stayed over to put on a bit of make-up before he wakes up and sees you?
I don’t mean to judge, of course, but perhaps that is taking things a little far.
The bottom line is that your beauty routine isn’t just about makeup. The way you look is a good indication of the way you are living your life. Sleep is perhaps the most important thing of all when it comes to looking your best. They don’t call it beauty sleep for nothing!
So, before looking for the next product or treatment to plump up your skin or make it look perfect one way or another, how about treating yourself to a week of early nights? If you have to get up early to apply all your makeup for work, why don’t you try spending that time in bed, and when you do makeup, use only the bare minimum to get the job done?
For another idea, why don’t you try a week of being vegetarian?
Or maybe a week off dairy?
There are loads of ways drastically improve your beauty routine without spending anything extra, in fact, spending less.
Not only that, when you do go back to your full war paint, you might find yourself shocked that you ever bothered.