Ready For Some 2018 Beauty Resolutions? Take a Cue From This K-Beauty Guru
Dec 29, 2017
What does an esthetician-slash-makeup artist-slash-K-beauty guru need to change in her beauty life for 2018? You’d be surprised! K-beauty gurus: Sometimes they are just like us. Read on for contributing editor Coco’s 2018 beauty resolutions.
The New Year is just around the corner already (how???), and it's time to sit down and have a real conversation with ourselves about our beauty resolutions. Waste less? Indulge more? Impose spending limits? There are so many ways we can go with this. I sat down and really thought about my personal beauty resolutions, and this is what I came up with.
Just say no to yet another neutral palette
I have a serious problem. I cannot say no to an eyeshadow palette, and if it's a neutral palette, it's going in my cart with the flimsiest of justifications. "I need this exact color combo in one place on hand at all times tho," I'll tell myself, knowing damn well I have these colors in other palettes already.
Girl, stop. You're embarrassing yourself, you hear me? Walk away from the neutral palette. You have a graveyard of palette bodies stacked up collecting dust in almost every room of the house. I vow to say no to buying another neutral palette this year**, but listen, everything else is still on the table so wow me and my wallet.
Stop neglecting my feet
OMG, my poor feet. I spend so much time on my face and body that sometimes my little redheaded stepchild feet get no love. That's especially rude since I live in a large walking city where bipedal transportation is what I rely on.
Now, to be fair, my feet don't sweat and they don't stink, so I don't really think of them that much. I'm very much a "squeaky wheel gets the grease" person, but my problem is my poor feet don't squeak until they crack, and then I'm in a world of hurt. I walk about 4km a day, my feet are my chariot, and I've let them go off the rails far too many times. Little feetsies, I vow to baby you more, especially when I'm sat up on my couch writing and doing little else. You'll get a once-a-month pedicure (I consider this like an oil change for a car), a nice foot mask (tire rotation), and lotion application every day (gas tank fill-up).
Don't be skin lazy during the day
Come hell or high water, I do my nighttime routine. I'm not kidding. I've done it in varying degrees of drunk, when completely wiped out, I even do it in the hospital. I cannot sleep unless I know my face is done. Chalk it up to anxiety, I call it the perks of being "differently wired" — deadlines are always met and important things always get done, otherwise I'd lose my mind.
But here's where I sometimes slack: Sometimes I straight-up forget or get too busy to do my daytime routine. Part of this is because I've perfected my nighttime routine to such a degree that my skin is still chok-chok well into the afternoon. Because of this, I don't have a physical reminder that I need to do my routine. Since I sometimes don't leave the house until it's already dark here (4:30 pm — it's not like I'm a recluse), I don't have the sunscreen reminder either. All in all, it's not such a bad thing, but I'm really not doing my best when it comes to my moisture barrier and living in a climate like I do — that's not really OK. So skin, I vow to do you better dans la matin.
Keep a sunscreen spray or pact in every purse
Backstory: I have a rotating harem of about five purses and bags, and not all of them are packed with the same level of care and thoroughness. The other day I was in a remote meeting with the K-Beauty Squad — I was playing supermom and juggling this meeting with rushing to a parent-teacher conference. As I hurried out the door while power walking to the bus, I yelled, "SH—T!" in the middle of our meeting/the crowded street. In the chaos I had forgotten to apply my sunscreen! Thankfully my colleagues laughed, since they totally understand what a horror show that was for me, but my fellow pedestrians however gave me the wtf-eye. I panicked and fished through my bag and came up empty. Double sh—t!
I now vow to have a backup contingency plan for situations like these when my brain doesn't quite carry me all the way to responsibility-land. I'm vowing to keep a sunscreen spray or pact in every purse I own. It sounds like overkill, but it's not like I won't be using them for reapplication. It's a good investment for me and the peace of mind knowing I'm always covered is totes worth it, my guy.
(**This will be my first broken resolution. I give it three months max.)
So what are your 2018 beauty resolutions? Are they serious? Are they silly? Let me know!
Coco Park is an author, beauty journalist, blogger, podcast host, and all around oddball living in Montreal Quebec with her family. Originally from the southern USA, she worked for several years in the makeup industry as a professional makeup artist and holds a certificate in esthetics. She is a proud member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. Want to know more? Check her out on the Beauty Beyond Basics podcast, on her blog TheBeautyWolf.com, on Instagram @thebeautywolf, and in her book "Korean Beauty Secrets: A Practical Guide to Cutting-Edge Skincare & Makeup."