New Year’s Resolutions: 4 Beauty Panel members share their plans for 2014

New Years Resolutions Beauty Panel
New Years Resolutions Beauty Panel

Out with the old, in with the new. Fresh into 2014 and a few hours past our New Year’s Eve hangovers, it’s time to wipe the slate clean and start making some promises to ourselves for the year ahead. Being kinder to our bodies typically tops most New Year’s resolution lists, and we’re zooming in on how to make that happen, beauty wise.

For today’s edition of Beauty Panel, our experts share their beauty resolutions for 2014. Whether it’s drinking more water, or vowing to wear a bold lip, these are sure to inspire you to strive for a bigger and better beauty routine this year.

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New Years Resolutions Maggie Ng

Maggie Ng
Toronto | Beauty PhD

Why wait till New Years to make a resolution? If you want to do something, you should do it now. Here is something I always want to do year round, but with my busy and hectic schedule, sometimes I forget, and that’s to drink more water everyday. Rather than focusing on topical creams, serums or cosmetics that are applied on the outside, sometimes focusing on the inside is just as important.

Our bodies are made of approximately 60% of water and is vital to our health and overall well-being. Dehydration also makes your skin look more dry and wrinkled, which can be improved with proper hydration. I also find when I remember to drink more water my skin looks clearer too. Happy New Year to everyone and let’s cheer to a glass of water! Your skin will thank you for it.

Products used: Dermalogica Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF 30, Laura Mercier Foundation Primer, Glo Minerals Pressed Powder Foundation in Natural Medium, e.l.f. Eyebrow Kit in Medium, Annabelle Biggy Zebra Bronzing Powder, Sothys Graphic Kohl Liner in Noir Profond, Sothys Lipstick in #33 Rouge Rock, Rimmel London Scandaleyes Curve Alert Mascara in Black.

New Years Resolutions Laurelle Alexandra

Laurelle Alexandra
Toronto | Paint Me Pretty

I love a bold lip but sometimes I get lazy or intimidated by red lipsticks. My beauty resolution is going to be to wear a bold lip more often. And not just red lipstick: burgundy, dark plums, bright hot pink. Red lips can be intimidating and you have to have the confidence to wear them. Here are some tips on how to wear a red lip or a bold colour so you won’t feel intimidated:

Apply concealer all over the lips, and then apply a translucent finishing powder. Apply a lip liner (sharpen before use) that is close to the lip colour you plan on wearing. Apply your lipstick with a good lipstick brush. Your lipstick will not bleed and will last for hours.

Products used: Cover FX CC Cream, Benefit’s PORE-fessional, Cover FX Cream Foundation, No Dark Shadows, Makeup Forever HD Translucent Powder, Benefit’s ‘Hoola’ Bronzer, Amazonian Clay 12-hour blush ‘Exposed’, Bobbi Brown Intensifying Long-Wear Mascara, Smashbox Brow Tech ‘Dark Brown’, Annabelle’s Black Khol Liner, MAC ‘Redd’ Lip Liner, MAC ‘Russian Red’ Lipstick.

New Years Resolutions Marilou Moles

Marilou Moles
Ottawa | Twenty York Street

While amping up my beauty routine by applying hair mask and facial mask regularly (Maskeraide is my current fave) is definitely on top of my list, this year I vow to work-out and practice yoga more. I believe there’s a natural and long lasting glow to one’s skin, which comes with all that endorphin boost you get from exercising What better way to clear the palette for your makeup than a stress-free healthy and glowing complexion?

Though my gym make-up is zero, my skincare is not. I vow to take better care of my skin by being more cautious, washing my face immediately post work-out to prevent acne or at least using an anti-bacterial wipe and making sure I hydrate it as well. I use some sunscreen and a light touch of BB cream and THANN lip balm right after. Cheers to being fit, healthy and positively beautiful in 2014!

Products used: Caudalie Grape Water, THANN Shiso Lip Balm, Neutrogena Sunscreen, Maybelline BB Cream and Oxy Face Wipes.

New Years Resolutions Jennifer Francis

Jennifer Francis
Durham | Spiced Beauty

Since I’m newly engaged, my hands are a serious focal point. Try showing off your ring when your nails looks horrid. It’s so embarrassing! No one want to give a disclaimer every single time someone asks to see the ring! My beauty resolution is to take care of my nails. This year, I will try my best to use cuticle oil daily. Keyword: TRY.
At the moment my favourite product to use is Dior’s Creme Apricot. It’s a fortifying cream for your nails. It’s literally a luxury product for your nails. All you have to do is apply the product around your nails and massage it in! I like to use it on naked nails. Perfect product to use right before you go to your bed.