By Caitlin King / Special to Sunday Market
The New Year is the perfect time to re-evaluate your beauty regimen. But this year, ignore the “new year, new you” rhetoric and skip a major makeover. Instead, try these simple get-gorgeous ideas to make 2014 your prettiest year yet.
Update your makeup
Bold lipstick was one of the biggest beauty trends of 2013, and you can expect to see the look continue this year.
Go for a polished, flat look with MAC’s Retro Matte Lipstick in cult-favorite Ruby Woo ($15 at Macy’s).Or try an exciting new color along the lines of “radiant orchid,” Pantone’s color of the year, such as Laura Mercier’s Crème Smooth Lip Color in Royal Orchid ($26 at Nordstrom).
Too bold? Test-drive the color on your nails with Butter London’s Molly Coddled Nail Laquer ($15). Save your manicure with the company’s Patent-Gel Top & Tails Set ($40, both at Ulta, Nordstrom and Whole Foods), a base and top coat that lock in nail color and give a professional shine.
If you don’t have time to keep up on the never-ending nail trends, Seattle company Julep will do the work for you with its Julep Maven program ($120 for six boxes at julep.com). Members get a box of beauty goodies each month based on their style profile, plus 20 percent off all Julep products and free shipping.
Take care of your skin
If you have your daily routine nailed down, up the ante with grooming products guaranteed to give you glowing skin. Josie Maran’s 100 Percent Pure Argan Oil ($14–$96 at Sephora) can be used as a daily moisturizer or skin treatment. The multitasking product also can be used to treat split ends and soften cuticles.
Ditch dryness with Ahava’s Deadsea Mud Gentle Body Exfoliator ($23.50 at Pharmaca), a body mask for dry, sensitive skin. It includes Dead Sea mud to clear skin and lava granules to leave skin smoother.
Commit to wearing sunscreen every day. Maybelline’s Dream Fresh BB Cream ($7.59 at Target) contains SPF 30 and is packed with antioxidants to hydrate and even out skin tone.
Vary your hair
Put the bad-hair days of 2013 behind you with products that create luxurious locks. Achieve your best blowout ever with John Frieda’s Luxurious Volume Root Booster Blow Dry Lotion ($7.49 at Ulta). The spray protects strands from heat and lifts roots for bombshell voluminous hair.
Add shine to your sleek side ponytail with a hair oil such as Moroccanoil Treatment ($16.50–$43 at Nordstrom). A couple drops of the serum will smooth hair and tame flyaways.
If you crave a fresh-from-the-ocean look, spray Herbivore Botanicals’ Sea Mist ($18 at Cairo, Capitol Hill) into your hair. The Seattle company’s all-natural spray provides texture and produces beautifully tousled waves.
Be a gorgeous guy
Resolve to pick out a signature scent this year. Try a fragrance by Olo, based in Portland; Dark Wave ($45 at Hammer & Awl, Madrona) has notes of cardamom, Indonesian vetivert oil and wood.
Triumph & Disaster’s Gameface Moisturizer ($63 at E. Smith Mercantile, downtown) is made for men, though women love it, too. The fast-absorbing lotion is packed with ingredients that keep skin supple and hydrated, such as jojoba and ponga extracts.
Don’t forget your lips. The all-natural Kiss Lip Moisturizer ($4.25 at E. Smith Mercantile), from Seattle company Essential Apothecary Alchemist, is made with organic cocoa butter, almond oil, vitamin E and more.
Tame your facial hair with Blackbird Beard Oil ($38 at Prism, Ballard), which contains argan and grapeseed oil to soften hair and has a light cedar scent.
And control bedhead with a strong-hold styling product such as Imperial Barber Products Classic Pomade ($20 at Amazon.com). The water-based pomade provides more hold on dry hair and less on wet hair, and can be reactivated throughout the day by adding water.