By Robyn Moreno & Corinne Griffith-Cole
This story originally appeared in the December 2016/January 2017 issue of Latina magazine.
No need to overhaul your life to look gorge this year. Give these awesomely clever — and totally doable — beauty tweaks a try.
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OLD RULE: Don’t go to sleep with your makeup on.
NEW RULE: Wash your face as soon as you get home.
Skin starts renewing itself as soon as the sun starts to go down, says aesthetician and beauty blogger Caroline Hirons. She recommends a non-sudsing double cleanse: "The first typically removes makeup and SPF; the second actually cleans your skin,” she says.
Try: PIXI + Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse, $24, target.com
OLD RULE: Stop heat styling.
NEW RULE: Use heat less.
We don’t expect you to ditch your flat iron, so just cut down on usage. Try maxing out at two times in between shampoos, and use a good heat protectant.
Try: Mizani 25 Miracle Milk Leave-In Treatment, $20, ulta.com
OLD RULE: Spend all day Sunday with your hair in a mayonnaise bun.
NEW RULE: Save time, and your strands, with a fast-acting hair hydration.
No one’s got time to sit for hours to let a deep conditioner (or kitchen condiment, for that matter) sink in. Get the same results way faster with a penetrative mask.
Try: Phytolisse Express Smoothing Mask, $45, phyto.com
OLD RULE: Find a signature scent.
NEW RULE: Create your own custom fragrance.
Instead of hearing people ask, “Is that so-and-so you’re wearing?” it’s way cooler to create some mystery. If you don’t feel comfortable playing with different scents on your own, buy a kit that comes with mix-and-match oils for a goof-proof result.
Try: The Blend Custom Fragrance Blending Kit, $150, sephora.com
OLD RULE: When it comes to makeup, stick to what you know.
NEW RULE: Learn one new technique and nail it.
Thanks to YouTube, there are zero excuses for skipping out on a makeup look just because you don’t have the skills. So whether you’ve always wanted to learn how to apply false lashes or draw the perfect cat eye, let your favorite blogger show you how, and practice, practice, practice.
Try: Ardell Flawless Lashes, $8, sallybeauty.com
OLD RULE: Never leave the house without a full face.
NEW RULE: Downgrade your makeup routine.
Let your skin breathe and learn to appreciate your natural beauty. If you don't want to go full-on #NoMakeupMovement, try — even if it's just for one day a week — to cut the number of products you use to three. Pick your must-haves and call it a day.
Try: bareMinerals Let It Glow Set $39, sephora.com