New Year New Beauty: 3 Tips to Get Started
Beauty Editor’s Note:
Happy New Year Bold Blind Beauty community! I love when the new year begins, it is like a refresh and renewal for me. I’m always anticipating what new and exciting things are to come in the new year. Give yourself a fresh start and try something new!
May old beauty habits be forgotten. It’s time to prepare for something new. Here’s some ideas to help get you started on the path for the new year! ~Dana
#1 Goal Getters
“Never have a lack of goals”~entrepreneur.com
I thought I would try something new for 2022 and since I already have a goals list I thought why not do one for beauty. I am still a little old school in that I write things down. This process helps me commit to memory in my brain versus typing it out on a computer.
I’m approaching it like I would any other goal setting list by breaking it down to immediate, short-term and long-term goals. This list will include things that I would like to try in beauty and wellness and what I would want to incorporate into my beauty and wellness routine. For example a new look, makeup cam set etc. And just like with any other goals list that I create I will not beat myself up if all of the things are not accomplished. Let’s see what happens, I’ll keep you posted.
#2 Goodbye To All That
It’s time to refresh and renew your cosmetics. Even beautyjunkies have to cycle out their products. For one, because of bacteria yuck! Secondly, nothing lasts forever. If your products have expiration dates on them, toss them when they expire. Once you open a product, that clock starts ticking on how long it will last.
- Mascara should be replaced every 3 months.
- Eyeshadow and eye pencils should be tossed after 6 months.
- Lipsticks and glosses should be also tossed every 6 to 9 months. If they have a rancid funky crayon smell to them, toss them out immediately.
- Cream makeup such as foundation and blush should be discarded after 9 months.
- Powdered versions of foundation and blush have a shelf life from 9 to 12 months.
Eye makeup, such as mascara, should really be a high concern for getting rid of it because it can lead to eye infections. When you pull the mascara wand out of the tube you should hear a popping sound. If you don’t that means too much air has gotten into the tube and can be very unhealthy to use due to potential bacteria.
In regards to skin sare, unopened products can last up to two years. Once you open them they may have 6 months to a year tops. Skin care products with active ingredients such as AHA’s/BHA’s, retinol, retinol derivatives, and hyaluronic acid can become either stronger or weaker over time if not used properly. So please be diligent in your beauty safety. If you are unsure, toss it out. Besides, you can always replenish. For me, it’s just another excuse to buy more beauty products.
#3 Decency And Order
Now that you have set your beauty goals and cleaned out your cosmetics it’s time to put some order to it. First of all, don’t store your makeup in the bathroom. I know that is very tempting; however, it can shorten the life of your products.
Develop your own labeling system for your products. For example, put them on once you opened it. Regardless if it’s braille, bump dots, color coordination or masking tape, it’s whatever works for you.
Put the things that you use the most in the forefront so you can easily access them. I would order them from most used products to the least used products. I keep my stash of unopened products in a separate place until it’s time for me to get ready to use them.
There are cute handy storage options that you can keep your products in so explore those options and see what you like. This may include stackable boxes to make it look like shelves or storage containers that really are unique. Have some fun putting your beauty wares in order.
By Dana Hinnant, Beauty Editor
Connecting With Dana Hinnant
Dana Hinnant, a Washingtonian native, whose journey into the beauty industry began 20 years ago after receiving her B.A. in Hearing and Speech Sciences from the University of Maryland in 2000. She received her aesthetics training at Von Lee International School of Esthetics in Baltimore, MD.
Dana started as a local makeup artist and events coordinator with Alluring Looks, Inc. in the Washington DC metropolitan area. Her articles were featured in local publications such as Pose Magazine and Yndigo newsletter. In the mid-2000s, she was a volunteer instructor with the American Cancer Society’s Look Good…Feel Better program, which landed her an esthetician position at an area day spa.
Over the past several years, Dana has worked with various non-profit organizations and small businesses. During her tenure as the President of the Health and Wellness division of the National Federation of the Blind DC affiliate, she utilized the platform to provide salon safety tips and skincare advice throughout the community. She was a consultant with the Ecumenical Health Council in Port Towns, MD doing beauty and wellness presentations at area churches and events.
In 2019, Dana received the Maryland Association of Community Service Award for Volunteer of the Year due to her community engagement work for The Arc of Prince George’s County. In addition, she also received the Volunteer of the Year award for 2020 from The Arc of Maryland. She is a member and an ambassador with the Professional Beauty Association. Dana is one of the co-owners of Capitol Collective Consulting LLC which launched in April 2021.
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- Closeup of a hand writing a checklist in a notebook.
- Illustration of the word “Expired” in a red speech bubble.
- Young woman is neatly organizing her lipstick, lip gloss in the makeup storage and putting it into a vanity drawer.
- Author bio photo is a headshot of Dana wearing a black scoop neck top under a black jacket. She has glowng caramel colored skin and short dark hair.