The natural-beauty world seems to be making itself over. These new releases not only look good—they also work!
Shiffa Brightening Ampoules ($90, shiffa.com): Apple extract helps brighten skin, while cucumber calms.
Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Luminous Lip Crayon ($22, juicebeauty.com): Eggplant extract provides the pigment in this moisturizing lip color.
Forager Woodland ____ Eau de Parfum ($98, foragerbotanicals.com): This blend of cedar, lavender, and vetiver is like a forest in a bottle.
Ellis Brooklyn Excellent Body Milk in Raven ($55, shen-beauty.com): When the beauty editor Bee Shapiro was pregnant, she couldn’t find a phthlalate- and paraben-free body lotion that thrilled her, so she created her own. I love the new mandarin, peony, and patchouli scent.
True Nature Botanicals Dead Sea Bath Salts in Tranquility ($48, tnbotanicals.com): Lavender and chamomile make these magnesium-rich salts the ideal de-stressers.
Buck Naked Soap Company Lavender & Rosemary Bar ($8, bucknakedsoapcompany.com): This divinely scented, sudsy bar offers a moment of Zen in the shower.
Label M Organics Moisturizing Lemongrass Conditioner ($29, labelm-usa.com): The nourishing quince-seed extract and moisturizing jojoba oil left my hair feeling silkier than ever.
Farmaesthetics NutrientDense Fine Facial Oil ($58, farmaesthetics.com): Nine oils, including evening primrose and sunflower, join forces to protect and hydrate on cold days.
S.W. Basics DIY Skincare Essentials Lavender Essential Oil and Hydrosol Spray ($14 and $16, swbasics.com): I use these two lavender-based potions together to promote blood circulation, soothe irritation, and even heal breakouts.
Predicting the Beauty Trends of 2016
You’re going to let your hair blow free!
The Spring 2016 runways showed nary a straight head of hair, as stylists and designers favored letting models’ natural wave fly freely.
…Or You Might Just Shave It Off.
After you get over the initial shock, you will not believe the freedom you’ll feel from shedding all that unnecessary weight. Just try to avoid Marine Corps recruiting offices. And maybe wear more dresses. And some lipstick.
Ditto for the Nail Art
Hey, Monet manicurists? Let’s stick to just one solid shade this season. Hint: Nude is having a moment, say our friends at Tenoverten nail salon. So is Crimson. Something for everybody.
Your Cleanser Will Require a Removal Cloth
Direct from Korea, an unctuously rich cleansing balm with the consistency of Crisco will land on your sink (hence, the required washcloth). Once you feel how soft your skin feels afterwards, you’ll start looking forward to the ritual.
The Emperor’s New Skin Care Step Japanese brand SK-II introduced us to the essence, but it’s the new post-cleansing must-have. It may feel like water, but its magical powers prepare skin to accept that moisturizer more optimally.
By the end of this year, you might have control over the amount of sun exposure you’re getting—or, at least you’ll be made aware. L’Oreal-owned skin and suncare brand LaRoche-Posay is hoping to launch a patch that lets you know how much sun exposure you’re getting, along with times when your skin is most vulnerable. It’s like having your needling grandmother with you at all times!
You’ll Consider Giving Your Grays a Smoky Eye
As the root concealer explosion continues, the notion of aiming spray-paint looking cans or eye shadow brushes on your grays will become completely natural.
Banish the chiseled cheekbones. You’ll be striving for teenage-like rosy-not-rudy cheeks long before it’s time to break out the rosé—because contouring is so out.
Photo courtesy @lucia_pieroni.
Red My Lips
When the best makeup artists in the biz (think: Pat McGrath, Aaron De Mey, Diane Kendal) all send a red lip down the runway, you’d be smart to make the statement too. Just think of it as the perfect supplement to joining the ‘Just Not Sorry’ campaign.
What will come of implementing the ever-growing slew of skincare innovations into your routine? All the more reason to show your hard work off with a #humblebrag, especially if you’re #blessed with freckles.
Color, Better In an age where you can have everything, now, makeup that’s just that won’t cut it. You’ll reach for the color from skincare brands like La Prairie, Omorvicza, Eve Lom, Algenist, and Perricone M.D. Not to worry, though, your favorite makeup brands are catching on, too.
Goop Goes Rogue
What do Juice Beauty, Milk Makeup, and Glossier all have in common? They were created by women who took the path less traveled before landing in beauty. Our thoughts? Where have they been?!
One Thousand Points
You will rely on a combination of radiofrequency and a handpiece containing micro-needles to vanquish your deep wrinkles, acne scars and stretch marks. Could cellulite removal be far off?
And speaking of needles…
You will stick your arm out to relieve what ails you. The beauty home delivery app Priv has added Nutridrip to its offerings. A registered nurse will come to you and administer a drip whatever ails you, be it the flu, a hangover or just plain old lethargy.