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New Year, New Makeup

[Featured above: Sephora + Pantone Universe Marsala Multi Stick how-to.]

I just assisted my BFF with a beauty overhaul. She had failed to keep her makeup arsenal updated and she hadn’t added anything fresh to her beauty routine in awhile. I introduced her to some product options and educated her on the art of contouring and highlighting, and now she’s ready to face 2015 fabulously. Are you?

My friend’s scenario is typical. She’s a busy, career-oriented mom and wife. Her daily focus isn’t on her makeup, and since she found some reliable products, she just depended on those to get her through. Her plan worked until one day she just got bored with her look. It’s a common problem, but it’s also an easy fix.

The good news is that you don’t need to replace all of your makeup (unless what you have is years old). If you have the solid basics, such as mascara, eyeliner, and foundation, all you need to do is add a little something new and different every now and then. It can be only one thing, too, like a lipstick or a blush. There’s no need for you to turn into a beauty junkie like myself. (Believe me, an addiction to makeup and skincare products is a hard habit to break. Don’t start now.)

Below, I’ve got three product collections you’ll want to check out. Don’t get overwhelmed! You don’t need to buy all of these recommendations. Just focus on one or two pieces to modernize your look and routine. That’s the key to keeping your beauty current. Add newness in small doses. Just click on the provided links for purchasing information, and prepare yourself to face 2015 fabulously.

Your New Go-To: Pixi Ultimate Beauty Kit 2nd Edition ($34)
With 40 eye shadows, six highlighters, and six blushes, you can throw out what you have now and replace it with this. This Pixi kit is what my BFF opted for, and she loved it so much, she bought one for her mom. I love mine, too, and it’s become my reliable daily go-to.

pixi beauty kit

Drama Mama: MAC Cosmetics Heirloom Mix ($13.50-$30)
If you’re ready to turn it up in 2015, then you need a little bit of MAC’s new Heirloom Mix. Yes, it’s drama. But it’s GOOD drama. I saw this new makeup collection in person, and as glamorous as it is, it’s not over-the-top. It’s completely do-able. What’s really cool is that the products layer really well together. According to MAC Senior Artist Cynthia Rivas, you can use Fluidline in Gentrified alone for eye color. But you can also layer Pressed Pigment in Nostalgia over the Fluidline for added power. The look is statement-making, but still realistic. [Note: available online only.]

MAC Heirloom Mix

Woman of the Year: Sephora + Pantone Universe in Marsala ($18-$39)
Remember, Marsala is the color of the year for 2015. Mix some into your cosmetic bag and you could be woman of the year in an instant. Sephora does the trend justice with its exclusive collection. I’m especially loving the Cooling Multi Stick, which you can use for eye or cheek contouring. But I also love the Metal Shine Liquid Liner, for when you’re feeling fun and funky.

sephora marsala multistick

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