The new year is upon us, and since you’re already resolutions-minded, it’s a good time to start replacing chemical- and fragrance- laden products with natural versions that work just as well, if not better. Here’s everything you need to rock 2016 with glam—and without guilt. (Oh, and everything listed here flatters all skin tones, complexions and ages.)   

1) Glowing Skin

Start your night off with a long bath (and dump in some Epsom Salts if you like). The steam will get blood flowing to your face. After cleansing, apply a facial mask and soak while you let it work its magic. Beauty bloggers swear by The Problem Solver Correcting Masque by May Lindstrom, which contains natural clays, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg and turmeric to calm breakouts and wake up the complexion. (Fun bonus: it comes in powder form and you get to mix it into a mousse-like concoction yourself.)

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2) Serious Cheekbones 

A few dabs of RMS beauty's living luminizer on the high points of cheekbones (and for extra credit, dotted along the brow bones as well) gives us mere mortals the angular cheekbones of a goddess. This universally flattering coconut-based cream attracts light without glitter, excess shimmer or grease, making you look seriously healthy and dewy.

3) Well-Groomed Brows

Those full, expressive teenager eyebrows made popular by model and actor Cara Delevingne aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. You don’t need to be a plucking virgin to rock them, either—just fill in sparse spots with a pigmented eyebrow wax such as EcoBrow, a favorite of Matthew McConaughey’s supermodel wife Camilla Alves

4) Lush Lashes

Nothing opens up the eyes better than a few coats of black mascara. Lola Lash, by Antonym Cosmetics, lengthens lashes and contains organic wax and linseed extract to keep them healthy and separated. The formula was developed by Valerie Giraud, an editorial makeup artist and breast cancer survivor.

5) Red Lips

There’s nothing like a classic red lip to show off a well-cared-for complexion. The key to finding a shade that works for every skin tone is to make sure it doesn’t veer toward tomato red (too orange). You’re better off with what makeup artists refer to as a “true” red or a “blue” red (don’t be scared, we’re talking blue undertones, not frostbit lips). Barracuda from Armour Beauty fits the bill. A long-lasting, opaque gloss formulated by singer and model Theo Kogan, it contains shea and avocado butters and smells like grapefruit. 

 

Sources:

  1. May Lindstrom: The Problem Solver
  2. RMS Beauty: Living Luminizer
  3. EcoBrow
  4. Credo Beauty: Lola Lash
  5. Armour Beauty: Barracuda Lip Gloss