Update your beauty products in 2016

If you've been using the same powder for a year, it's definitely time for an update!

If you’ve been using the same powder for a year, it’s definitely time for an update!

When a new year begins, it brings with it a chance for a fresh start. It’s a time for resolutions, makeovers, and a time to make any changes you’ve been wanting to make but just kept putting off in the flurry of holiday festivities. Perhaps you need an update to your makeup drawer? If you received any gift cards to stores like Ulta, Sephora, Target, or any major department store, now is a good time to splurge a little.

So where do you start when you are updating your beauty products in 2016? Primer, if you wear it. It can neutralize your skin, smooth it out, and make the perfect canvas for your foundation. Try Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer. For eyelids, try Urban Decay Primer Potion.

Once you’ve got your primer down, you’ll want a foundation that’s designed to give your skin type a flawless finish. The Maybelline Fit Me line has formulas for dry and oily skin types. If you want to splurge, try Chanel Vitalumière Aqua Ultra-Light Skin Perfecting Sunscreen. For spot coverage, the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer is a creamy, opaque choice that’s great at hiding circles and blemishes without emphasizing fine lines.

If you’re taking care of your brushes and cleaning them regularly, powder products can stay good for up to one year (sometimes even up to two). If there’s a hard film over the top of the powder, it’s time to toss it. You may not need or want to replace any of your shadows or blushes since they last so long, but if you do, look for a shadow palette that has a solid selection of neutrals and a bonus fun color or two thrown into the mix for playing up your eye color, lining your lids with an unexpected shade, or just adding interest on days you feel like doing something out-of-the-ordinary with your eye makeup. Try the Too Faced Chocolate Bar or Semi-Sweet palette. For a more affordable option, check out the Wet n Wild Color Icon palettes.

For blush, look for a skin-brightening shade in a pink, peach, or even nude if you prefer the no-makeup look or like to wear bright, colorful shadows or lipsticks that require a more muted cheek color. Try the LORAC Baked Matte Satin Blush with a stippling brush and a light hand since these blushes are highly pigmented. Do you prefer cream blushes? Try Stila Convertible Color. Keep in mind that cream blushes don’t last as long as powders, so they’ll only last 12 to 18 months compared to the two years a powder could last. You’ll want to do this again next year, though, right?

Liners and mascaras only last about three to four months, so if you bought yours a little while before Halloween, it’s probably time to replace them. Start with a black or brown (your preference) gel liner so you can get crisp lines or smudge them out for a smokier look. Update your tube of your favorite mascara formula to prevent eye infections. Looking for a new one to try? Check out Clinique High Impact Mascara.

It can be tempting to hold on to a collection of lipsticks in every shade from the most perfect nude to the richest plum, but if you do need to replace or replenish your collection (since lipsticks are only good for about a year), you can start with just two tubes: your perfect nude or “your lips, but better” color, and a bold in your color family of choice – whether it’s red, pink, berry, plum, or orange for when you want something more exciting than your everyday makeup look. Another option is to pick up a palette with several shades so you can customize your own favorite colors. Try the Coastal Scents 32 Lip Palette, which will give you the freedom to create almost any shade you want without requiring a ton of storage space.

Starting fresh with your makeup at the beginning of a new year is exciting. If you can’t replace everything at once, just pick a few items to start with that are past or nearing their expiration dates. Keep adding new products every few weeks until you’re content with your updated collection.

Crystal Schwanke

Crystal has been a freelance writer and editor since 2005. Her work has appeared on multiple channels at LoveToKnow.com, as well as Mia, M Magazine, Moultrie Magazine, and others. Her interests include fashion, beauty, history, hiking, reading, and spending time with her husband and daughter. You can find her blog at http://mommybeauty.blogspot.com