We’ve devised 12 ultimate beauty resolutions for 2012 that are sure to spice up both your makeup and skincare routines. From extreme eyeliner to upgraded manicures, these on-trend techniques and products will help you reach your glamour potential. Click through the gallery to see these resolutions in action.
Resolution #1: Give your face a workout
In-shape skin isn’t only about what’s on the outside—believe it or not there are proven devices that go beneath the surface to help prevent wrinkles and fine lines down the road, or even help smooth and plump existing ones away. NuFACE’s new Trinity delivers pain-free microcurrents that tone facial muscles, boost collagen production and lift, while the LightStim for Wrinkles uses red LED light therapy to diminish fine lines, tone and encourage elastin growth. Meanwhile, the Clarisonic Opal targets the delicate eye area with 125 sonic movements per second that conspire to brighten, tighten and reduce crow’s feet and smile lines.
Makeup: MAC Mineralize All-Over Lotion, Chanel Pro Lumere (No. 40) foundation and MAC Lilicent Blushcreme. Nails: Chanel Graphite.
Resolution #2: Experiment with Extreme Eyeliner
Nothing welcomes a new year quite like trying a new look, and one of the quickest ways to inject a little edge or high-fashion sensibility is via elaborate or shockingly shaded eyeliner, as seen on runways like Monique Lhuillier (both cobalt blue and tribal-inspired in shape), The Blonds (dual-winged liquid liner) and Yves Saint Laurent (rounded sides). A bold streak in a vivid color can take a look to the next level, while the more avant-garde shapes require a steady hand and high confidence so as not to veer into Black Swan territory.
Makeup on Lavinia (left): Smashbox Jetset Waterproof Eyeliner in Midnight Black and Smashbox Vanilla and Halo Bronze eyeshadows. Lips: Smashbox Aura lip gloss. Makeup on Jessalyn (right): Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner High Precision Waterproof Eyeliner in Diamond Turquoise Blue. Lips: MAC Euroflash lipstick.
Resolution #3: Moisturize your hair as much as your skin
Of course a good conditioner is second nature during the course of a shower, but how much time do we actually spend deep conditioning and pampering our manes with profoundly penetrating treatments? Not enough. This year, make good on a promise to slather on a salon-worthy, protein-enriched remedy like Serge Normant’s shine-bestowing Meta Morphosis Hair Repair Treatment at least once to twice a week. Your lustrous un-split ends will thank you.
Masque: Serge Normant Meta Morphosis Hair Repair Treatment. Shorts by Kimberly Taylor, tights by Pretty Polly.
Resolution #4: Take your lashes to doll-like lengths
In this age of Latisse, lash extensions and falsies (even in the morning), there’s seemingly no limit to the distance we’ll go for fantastic fringe. This season, instead of simply growing and extending to the hilt, take a hint from Louis Vuitton’s catwalk, where models mimicked wide-eyed dolls with thick, bold lashes on top. With a plump, shiny formula such as Lancôme’s new Hypnôse Doll Lashes mascara or Yves Saint Laurent’s Mascara Volum Effet Faux Cils, you can forgo practically all other makeup and focus on batting those flirty lashes.
Makeup: Smashbox High Definition Concealer and Smashbox Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder in Light. Eyes: NARS All About Eve eyeshadow and Smashbox Full Exposure mascara.
Resolution #5: Discover your perfect red
Red lipstick is an eternal sign of sexy, sophisticated sirens, but not every hue works on every skin type or hair color. Make 2012 the year you find the most sumptuous scarlet for you by experimenting with tones that go from poppy to brick and, most importantly, conferring with a lip color expert like Poppy King, founder of Lipstick Queen, whose line contains the perfect pigment for every pout.
Makeup on Jessalyn: Dior Bronze in Healthy Tan and MAC Satin Powder Blush in Fashion Frenzy on cheeks. Eyes: MAC Superslick Liquid Eyeliner in Signature Blue. Lips: NARS lipstick in Funny Face and Lipstick Queen in Saint Red. Shirt by Tristan + Trista.
Resolution #6: Flaunt sun-kissed cheeks
Who doesn’t want to look healthy and ready for vacation? Porcelain skin with pink cheeks makes for a timeless English rose visage, but this year we predict the hottest cheekbone embellishment to be a sunny, bronze-y peach cheek that looks like it is straight from a game of beach volleyball. Try a coral blush on just the apples for a minimal take, or go full-tilt with a rich, golden liquid formula such as Clarins’ new Instant Light Blush.
Makeup: Clarins Instant Light Blush in Brown Fizz on cheeks. Eyes: Smashbox Ignite eyeshadow. Lips: Smashbox lip gloss in Aura. Dress by Boulee.
Resolution #7: Treat your man to a luxe shave at home
The way the fairer sex indulges in ritualistic pampering via clay masques and expensive eye creams is frankly a little unfair. Most men keep themselves happy with a Gillette razor and a can of aerosol shaving cream, but it’s time for a little extravagance. Surprise your man—or guys, treat yourself!—to a deluxe experience, complete with an old-school razor, a fluffy boar-hair brush, hot towels, and silky pre- and post-shave serums and potions sourced at The Art of Shaving (try the timeless, unscented Shaving Cream Kit for starters) or another equally classic spots.
Makeup: Make Up For Ever HD Foundation in shades 110 and 118 and MAC Mineral Blush in Dainty. Eyes: MAC Vanilla and Shroom eyeshadows and Stila Convertible Mascara. Lips: NARS Satin Lipstick in Casablanca mixed with MAC Matte Lipstick in So Chaud. Nails: RGB Too Red. Dress by Rag and Bone. Razor: The Art of Shaving Stainless Steel straight edge.
Resolution #8: Upgrade your manicure
One close-up look at the Spring 2012 fashion runways and it was obvious nail art is here to stay. Whether it was claws in black to blue ombré (Jen Kao), with pink and navy windowpanes (Nicole Miller) or boasting geometric, diamond-shaped reverse French manicures (Pamela Love), talented manicurists’ imaginations were the limit. Take inspiration to the nail salon, pick a pair of coordinating lacquers and let your nails be your most talked-about accessory.
Resolution #9: Make your skin your best asset
Skin is by far our body’s biggest organ, so why is it we concentrate the vast majority of our coddling on just the upper portion? This year, resolve to pay a little more anti-aging attention to keeping your legs taut and smooth, arms radiant and soft and décolleté sunspot- and wrinkle-free. LaROCCA’s paraben-free Cashmere and Black Truffle Body Emulsion and Cellular Gold Hydrating Body Balm are like the holy grail of whole-body potions.
Resolution #10: Make a bold statement with your brows
The massive movement toward fuller brows has been well documented in the last year, but in 2012 it’s time to go even bigger. We’re not advocating out-of-control, bushy eyebrows, but rather powerful, ’60s-inspired brows à la the recent runways of Derek Lam, Jil Sander and Burberry Prorsum. Give the tweezers 10 and instead reach for a growth product (like Anastasia’s new Brow Enhancing Serum Advanced) and a precise pencil such as Tom Ford Beauty’s calligraphy tip Brow Sculptor.
Makeup: Giorgio Armani Designer Shaping Cream Foundation in 5.5, Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Powder in 6.5, La Mer powder in 02. Brows: MAC Lingering Brow Pencil. Eyes: NARS Eyeshadow Duo in Caravaggio and Chanel Quadra Eye Shadow in 47 Dunes. Lips: NARS lipstick in Belle Du Jour.
Resolution #11: Play with your ponytail
This season’s runways and red carpets proved a ponytail isn’t only for the gym. Those who still have a Topsy Tail tucked away should dig it out, because new iterations of the pony include braids, twists, tucks and flips. It’s all about getting creative, which can take the stalwart style into the office or to a cocktail party. If refined is the goal, finish it with Number 4’s Lumiere d’hiver Fluoro5 Elixir Restore & Repair Oil, and if you’re going for a bit mussed-up, try Bumble and Bumble’s Surf Spray.
Hair on Mimi (left): Smoothed with Straight Sexy Hair Smooth & Seal Aerated Anti-Frizz Spray and Number 4 Lumiere d’hiver Fluoro5 Elixir Restore & Repair Oil. Makeup: Make Up For Ever HD Foundation in shades 110 and 118, Make Up For Ever Shine On Powder in shade 6 and Make Up For Ever Sculpting Kit in shade 3 for cheeks. Shirts by Benjamin Jay.
Resolution #12: Forget the powder and let your complexion glow
Enough with mattifying powders and foundations—dewy and luminous are the watchwords for 2012. There’s nothing wrong with covering up where needed, but venture out of your comfort zone toward formulas that release a little glow and glimmer (not glitter, however). The bonus is besides being the highlight of every room, light-reflecting and radiance-assisting products will make you look younger, refreshed and well-rested.
Hair: L’Oreal Studio Line Unkempt Out of Bed Weightless Texturizer. Makeup: prepped with Bakel P-Lipic Rebuilding Formula. Eyes: MAC Costa Riche Eyeliner. Lips: Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense lipstick in Shade 48 Satin Blackcurrant. Shirt by Stylestalker.
Photography: Ethan Pines. Makeup: Yohanna Peet, Gabrielle Pascua, Heddie Sinatra. Hair: Chase Kusero, Erica Birdoes. Manicure: Jennifer Ippolito. Styling: stylehaüs. Production Assistant: Meghan Wilson. Models: Mimi Sander and Jessalyn Toro from Wilhelmina Models, and Lavinia Findikoglu.