Saturday, 10 January 2015

New Year, New You! (Guest Post)

It’s something we all promise ourselves as January comes calling. New year, new me. I’m going to be healthier, I’m going to lose weight, cut out chocolate, spend less money, see my family more…

Instead of forcing all of those false resolutions on to you today I want to share with you five ways you can create a new you by spicing things up in your bedroom, more specifically your makeup bag! No, I’m not about to tell you to run out and buy one hundred and one new expensive products. I know that’s not what you’re about on Laura’s blog, nor on mine for that matter…  Although I do like to dream. Instead I have for you five of my tops tips on how to switch up or improve your day to day look without being over dramatic. I hope you enjoy.

1. Don’t be afraid of colour but don’t overdo it either. Adding a hint of bright colours to either your eyes, lips or even cheeks (but never at the same time, obviously!) can really give you that little bit of something extra. Plus, if you know your colour theory then you can do wonders with your eyes. A big thing in 2014 was bringing the colour along your lower lash line and if done well this looks amazing and can really open your eyes. It’s ever so subtle too.  

2. Learn about your face shape and skin tone. Something I’ve learnt while studying make up is the importance of understanding your face shape and the undertone of your skin. Once you’ve got this covered you can get to know which areas of your face you should focus on contouring & highlighting, which shades of blush you should be using and on which part of your cheek to apply it. This really will make a difference to your look. 

3. Brows. Brows are such a big thing these days. A few little things that I think are important to remember are that eyebrows are sisters and not twins, over drawn on brows never look good and always make sure to get the best possible shade to go with your natural hair colour. Eyebrow grooming is a big industry and you can get anything from brushes, powders, creams, waxes, gels, tints and even HD brow treatments so really make sure that if you’re going to do it, do it good. 
If you’ve been doing a really strong brow then why not try doing something a little bit more natural? Unless you’ve got very sparse brows then a more natural approach can be really attractive. Try using something such as Benefit Gimme Brow or gently drawing individual strokes with a powder to create the effect of real looking hairs. If you don’t do your brows then why not try this year? You’ve got nothing to lose. Beat those brows! (note: now I’m sick of the word ‘brows).

4. Think of one thing that has been constant in your routine for the longest time and change it. I know they say don’t fix what isn’t broken but from time to time it’s important to get some variety into our makeup bags. If it’s a blusher, go out and buy a slightly different shade from a different brand. Try things out, experiment. If it’s a lipstick then try a stain or lacquer or a gloss instead. Using a volumising mascara? Try lengthening. Your current one is probably near dried up anyway and you never know what that small change could do for you. There are so, so many gorgeous products on the market that you just can’t not mix and match! 

5. Rock that red! Finally, I beg of you to not be afraid to rock a red lipstick every now and then. I know it’s bold and a little bit scary if you aren’t already used to a bright colour daily but there is a shade of red out there to suit everyone, honestly. If you keep getting it on your teeth then use a stain that will dry out and if it bleeds into those pesky fine lines around your lips then invest in a decent liner. There’s no excuse really and a red lippy makes every woman look glam. So whether it’s the brightest and shiniest or the deepest and most subtle, I dare you to rock a red this year.

I really enjoyed writing this post and I hope these little tips help you to freshen your look in 2015 and in turn gives you an extra boost of confidence. I know every gal needs a helping hand in that area occasionally.

If you’d like more from me you can find me on my blog TheClumsy Beauty or by clicking one of my links below. I’d love to hear from you.



  1. haha 'eye brows are sisters not twins' this made me laugh. sucg a wel written post as usual! id love it if youd comment back xx

  2. Thank you for having me guest post on your blog! :) x

    1. Awh it was a pleasure, thank you for writing the post! xxx

  3. Great article and points...especially number 4, about changing up products and experimenting.


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