One of my favorite ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve is to take a trip through memory lane by visiting the past year’s photo albums. Eventually, the past year becomes the past decade to the past lifetime. While this is a fail-safe way to put a smile on my face, I can’t help but cringe at some of my hideous fashion choices: “How come those jeans look good on everyone but me? That haircut seemed to be a good idea at the time. Wasn’t that shade of blush supposed to give me a rosy glow instead of a Bozo the Clown mystique? Whoever said the color mushroom is the must-have nail polish color of the season must have been blind!” These insightful regrets somehow find a spot on my list of New Year’s resolutions: “I will be more selfless. I will change my wardrobe, hair, and manicure.” Somehow, my last resolution trumps my previous resolution, and in order to make myself feel better, I change my resolution into “I will take care of myself before taking care of others … because seriously, how am I supposed to take care of others if I don’t take care of myself first, right?
This article details a one day experiment that will allow you to focus on yourself without taking away from your more philanthropic resolutions. If you ask me, that’s a pretty good way to start the year!
Step #1) If you’re like me, then you know my firm resolve turns into overwhelming confusion on how exactly to achieve this goal of a newer and more improved version of me. Luckily, InStyle and Sally Hansen has just the solution for you. If you’re suffering from serious wardrobe malfunction, then you clearly need to reevaluate your body type. InStyle’s “Shop Your Shape” breakdowns your body into four basic categories: triangle, inverted triangle, hourglass, and rectangle. If the celebrity visual aid and quick definition of said body type is still too vague, then just enter your body measurements for an exact calculation. Once you’ve found your exact shape, InStyle will provide sixteen fashion tips for every style of clothing.
Step #2) If you have suffered a serious setback with your latest haircut, then you probably miscalculated the ratio of bone structure to hair length and skin tone to the appropriate hair color spectrum. InStyle’s “Hollywood Makeover” helps solve these mind-boggling equations by giving you the option to either pick a celebrity that looks like you or upload your own picture. If you opt to upload your picture, make sure you secure your hair into a ponytail or bun and sweep your bangs with a hairband. Once you’ve set up your picture, you’re free to experiment with your hair, eyes, lips, and skin.
Step #3) Whew! Wardrobe, makeup, hair! What’s left? Oh right, nail polish! Why not turn to the renowned Sally Hansen to figure out what shade is right for you? After figuring out your skin tone and nail length, test drive hundreds of colors without cracking open a single bottle!