Makeup: Less Is More continued...
"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fashions from the 1960s," says Weston, "but if you do the look from head to toe you'll just end up looking hopelessly out of date."
Instead, choose one vintage-inspired piece -- perhaps a soft, flowing baby-doll top, or a trapeze-style jacket -- to capture the essence of the trend. Pair it with something ultra-modern, like a slim pencil skirt or well-cut jeans.
"This will give your look a modern edge," Weston says.
What you definitely should tuck back into the closet as you head into the New Year: Sequins, rhinestones, metallic embroidery -- embellishments that were all the rage in 2005.
Taking their place are embellishment using natural elements, in matte -- not glittery -- colors.
"Embroidery is still in, embellished hemlines are more in than ever, beading and quilting [are] in, but the colors are softer, more muted, with a homespun look, while the embellishments are earth-toned and more natural -- shells, wooden beads, mother of pearl," says Weston. "Adding just one or two key pieces with these embellishments will instantly update your look."
If holiday spending has left you with little to spare, Weston says, the crafty among us can create the look for a pocketful of change.
"Buy a few strands of chunky wooden beads and wear them over a denim jacket, and hem up last year's mid-calf skirt to hit just below the knee, and instantly you're on trend," says Weston.
What's also hot for 2006: Lots of lace! In fact, Weston says you can turn most any look from last year into this year's model simply by adding a lace-trimmed camisole top.
"Lace will continue as a strong trend in the coming year," she says. "It connects a lot of different looks and softens the lines of almost everything you wear."
Finally, for those of us who spent most of 2005 standing up in an effort to avoid the obvious hazards of sitting in trendy, low-cut jeans, pull up a chair and relax: Higher-cut jeans are on the way.
"We're working our way up towards a more natural waistline, so you can say goodbye to the really low-slung styles," says Weston.