Forget giving something up, for 2018 it's all about trying something new. From over-the-top blush to bold, glossy lips, it's time to step out of your beauty comfort zone and put on the year’s biggest trends.
We've dedicated years of blood, sweat and tears to attempting the 'no makeup, makeup' look and this year, we call it quits. It turns out trying to achieve a dewy but flawless base, a nude eye that still pops and just-bitten lips that don't flake in winter temperatures, is incredibly time consuming. So, this time around, we're championing the honest approach as we vow to embrace our natural beauty.
There's no doubt, the quickest and easiest way to achieve a lit-from-within glow is through your skincare regime. After cleansing, apply Pixi Glow Tonic, £18, to a cotton pad and sweep over your face and neck. Thanks to the miracle blend of glycolic acid, aloe vera and ginseng, you'll find yourself looking instantly rejuvenated with brighter, more radiant skin.
For times when your skin could do with a little extra help, try a brightening sheet mask. Gone are the days of having to wait around for masks to work their magic, in as little at 15 minutes, a sheet mask can de-puff, soothe and moisturise, transforming the dullest of complexions.
Not quite ready to brave it? Instead of going cold turkey, try slowly reducing the amount of makeup that you wear over time. Start by swapping out your foundation for a radiance-boosting tinted moisturiser and ditching the contour for a subtle pop of blush. Soon enough, you'll be walking out of the front door with nothing more than a lip balm in tow.
Forever hiding behind a smoky eye? It’s time to mix things up and step into 2018 with more colourful outlook. Seen all over the A/W catwalks, we just can’t get enough of pastel washes. Up until now, we have safely admired this pretty trend from a distance, but with a new year comes a new mind set. So, dig out that long-forgotten colour-pop palette and embrace all things bright and bold.
The key to achieving an understated coloured eye? That it looks low maintenance and fuss-free. Using a cream-based shadow formula, such as a cream pot like Shiseido Paperlight Cream Eye Colour £22, or an eyeshadow stick such as Nars Cosmetics Velvet Shadow Stick, £21, apply directly onto the lid and blend with your ring fingers to create a light, subtle wash. Stick to easy-to-blend pastel shades for a chic, ultra-feminine look.
Still not convinced? Opt for a coloured eyeliner or coloured mascara instead. While pastel shades work best when it comes to shadow, for liner and mascara, the bolder, the better. Electric blues and shocking pinks are the best way to create a high-impact look without feeling like a totally different person.
These days, we all seem to feel more comfortable strategically applying the darkest of bronzers than we do a puff of blush. After spending years covering our natural pinkness with heavy-coverage foundations, colour correctors, bronzers and highlighters, a certain uneasiness has arisen around whether or not we should be applying blusher. It turns out, that 2018 is all about putting some colour back into your cheeks.
Pink cheeks are making a comeback and the models at Emilia Wickstead showed us exactly how it’s done. Team pink shades with a more natural look, ensuring eye makeup is kept to a minimum. Liquid formulas such as Nars Cosmetics Liquid Blush, £23, and Lancôme Blush Subtil Cushion, £29.50, are easily buildable so that you can achieve a natural looking flush.
If you’re after something a little bolder, choose powder blushes. Our favourites for high-impact colour? Tom Ford Cheek Colour in Flush, £48, is a bright coral where a little goes a long way, and Giorgio Armani Cheek Fabric in shade 507, £35, is the perfect hue to suit every skin tone.
Our top tip? When applying your blush, make a big smile at the mirror to expose the highest points of your cheekbones. Then, using a brush (or the pads of your fingers if using liquid), drape your cheek bones with the colour, concentrating the apples. Applying in this way still highlights bone structure, without having to go in with contouring powders.
The past 12 months became all about the bold, matte lip, but truth be told, we’re really starting to miss our coveted glosses of yesteryear and feel as though now is the time to make a change. Although the idea of reapplications and sticky hair on lip scenarios might seem daunting at first, we urge you to take a dive back into the world of statement gloss.
Be warned, it’s important to leave shimmery nudes and sparkling pinks alone and opt for darker colours to pull off this modern update. Take inspiration from Giambattista Valli, where blood red, slightly blurred colour was coated in thick wet-look gloss to create instant glamour.
To achieve, first apply lipstick, straight from the bullet to your lips and blend at the edges either with the clean brush or your little finger. Then, take a gloss in a similar shade and apply over the top. The trick is to not fuss too much over neatness, the effortless nature of the look lends itself to imperfections.