Hello 2017! And Welcome …

If you ask me … I’m kinda glad 2016 is done with. If I see one more Instagram post or YouTube video of someone using a fork, or a dishwashing sponge, or a cut up silicone bra insert to apply their makeup, I will turn into She-Hulk and pummel them all. No special effects makeup needed. None.

The truth is, makeup and hair – beauty in general, really – does not have to be that complicated. You just need a bit of knowledge, some beauty tools, and plenty of practice to be your own Instragram beauty guru. No one knows your face better than you, and the same goes for your personal style. The only thing that’s missing is a bit of guidance to point you in the right direction and keep it simple. And that’s where I come in!

With the start of 2017, I’m introducing the 31-day guide to making more beautiful choices when it comes to makeup and hair. From today until the 31, the team and I will help you become your own beauty artist by providing the classic tips and tricks you really need to know. Shall we start? But of course, we shall …

Day 1 : January 1

Stores are closed and you slept in, so today is the perfect day to start with where people make the most mistakes with beauty : an overstocked, out of date, messy makeup bag. Am I right?

Take inventory of all the makeup you own. Gather it all up from all the different places you keep it : your purse makeup bag, your bathroom makeup jar, the lip balms in the junk drawer, the glosses in your pockets, the emergency stuff you keep in the glove compartment of your car. ALL OF IT.

Separate lipsticks with lipsticks, concealers with concealers, shadows with shadows, so on and so forth.

Start your edit with trashing what is expired and/or broken. Expired products includes anything you have had for more than 2 years (ew!), mascaras that clump, cream or liquid products that have separated or for sure changed colour or consistency. Broken cases, shattered powders – toss toss toss – who needs a messy stained makeup bag?

Next, put aside all the items you know you NEVER wear … those misguided purchases, or items gifted to you that didn’t really flatter you. These items can be passed down to a sibling or friend easily.

Once you have completed these two steps, you should be left with items you wear regularly (or possibly have doubles of), or wear for the right occasion. These items will most likely be representative of the colours you favour and that make you feel good, and products that work with your skin type.  Whoo hoo!!!  You’re now ready to restock your makeup bag (and drawers), but before you do, clean it all up. Wash your makeup bag. Sanitize your cream products and wipe down all your cases and compacts.

And … you’re done, Day 1! Congrats … I’ll see you tomorrow!

TIP : For all the products you just put back in the drawer, mark them with a dab of bright nail polish, or a coloured sharpie. Next year, when you repeat your clean out … you’ll know you have had the items for a year if not more. This will help you determine if the item is expired and should be trashed!

HOMEWORK : Create a list of the items that you need to replace – you’ll need this later on. You can also create a list of everything you own … to help you with future hauls at Sephora. Feeling super productive – create a swatch book : I carry a notebook with swatches of every lipstick I own … so that when I am thinking of purchasing a lipstick on a whim, I can determine if I already own a similar shade!