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6 New Year's beauty resolutions

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Beauty

6 New Year's beauty resolutions

[caption id="attachment_6649" align="aligncenter" width="480" caption="Image courtesy of ImaxTree.com"] [/caption] 1. Wear more red lipstick "Generally, blondes should look for a warmer red and brunettes a red with a cooler blue undertone. But it's really about differentiating between personal preference and style. Orange is a little trendier, while blue-red is more classic." - New York-based makeup artist Min Min Ma. Vanessa Craft [caption id="attachment_6650" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="Image courtesy of Tina Zellmer"] [/caption]

2. Wear a sock bun There are two critical periods in any woman's life: before the sock bun (oft signified by a sad, limp little twist of hair) and after (basking in the glory of a bountiful bun). It's a game changer. Try it as a trendy, high topknot or at your nape for a ballerina-inspired 'do. Kathryn Hudson Step 1: First, cut the toe off your favourite sport sock. Step 2: Make a ponytail and slip it through the sock hole, sliding the sock to the tip. Step 3: Tuck the ends under and roll inward until you reach the top of your head. Step 4: Secure your bun with a few bobby pins.

[caption id="attachment_6652" align="aligncenter" width="482" caption="Photo courtesy of Norbert Mayer"] [/caption] 3. Choose a signature scent We all want to find that certain head-turning fragrance, but Nahla Saad, co-owner of Toronto niche-fragrance boutique Noor, knows that creating a scent signature isn't about sticking to one perfume - rather, it's about having a wardrobe of perfumes in the same fragrance family. "Think of fragrance as a colour wheel," she explains. "If you love florals, that's your red, but you can wear a floral with an oriental and create a pink. It's still recognizable, but it adds some personality and depth." Ally Dean

[caption id="attachment_6657" align="aligncenter" width="398" caption="Image courtesy of Norbert Mayer"] [/caption] 4. Then, learn to layer a fragrance Finding the right fragrant blend is about trial and error, but there are a few shortcuts. Nahla Saad recommends applying a warm, woody fragrance (oriental) before adding a light, fizzy scent (citrus or floral) on top to create the best blend. "It’s also important to moisturize because dry skin won’t hold a scent and will actually distort the dry down," she says. Moisturize in the evening, though, since even unscented lotions hamper fragrances from blending. Ally Dean

[caption id="attachment_6653" align="aligncenter" width="360" caption="Image courtesy of Geoffrey Ross"] [/caption] 5. Choose the right makeup brushes Makeup artist Min Min Ma suggests these brushes: Powder: Get the fluffiest brush possible for full coverage. Blush and bronzer: Opt for a medium-sized natural-hair brush for powder and a synthetic brush for cream. Eyeshadow: Try an all-around fluff brush and tap off any extra product. Brows: An angled brush helps define brows, and it can also be dipped in water to create a cat-eye look.  Amanda Chen Out of these five beauty resolutions, which one will you try in 2012?

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6 New Year's beauty resolutions