Get a New Look for the New Year
Makeup: Less Is More continued...
When it comes to updating your eye makeup, leave the complicated four-color shadow kits in the drawer. The look going forward in 2006: A single color on the lid, one that is lighter and less intense than in recent years.
"The newest shades are brighter and fresher, like pale citrus greens, frosted sherbet colors, and crystal tints of pale aqua or coral," says Karcher.
To further soften your look, toss the heavy, voluminous mascara that gives you that clumpy "false lash" look. In its place: Long, sweeping lashes that are separated and well-defined. And, says Karcher, be sure to curl, curl, curl those lashes, using one coat of waterproof mascara to lock in the look.
"Putting water-based mascara on a curled lash is a little like spritzing water on curled hair -- it's going to cause it to droop," says Karcher. With a lower water content, waterproof mascara acts more like hairspray, keeping the curl in your lash longer.
For lips that look new, skip the sticky patent-leather glosses of 2005. Just line and fill in your lips with a natural-color pencil, then top with a pink-toned gloss that has a touch of shimmer.
To complement the look, Karcher says, change your cheek color to a warm watermelon pink. Pinkish blush promises to replace traditional bronzer as the way to add healthy color to skin in the upcoming season.
"If you can only change one thing on your face, change your blush," Karcher says. "I don't think women realize how much this one shot of color can do to give you a totally brand-new look."
Fashion: A Few Key Pieces
Who among us wouldn't love to start the New Year with a brand-new wardrobe? But who among us can afford it?
The good news: You can make over your wardrobe for 2006 by adding just a few key pieces (and tossing a few as well).
"One of the trendiest looks going forward into the New Year is fashions from the 1960s," says Weston, "but if you do the look from head to toe you'll just end up looking hopelessly out of date."