Tips for Undergoing a Personal Makeover in The New Year

A personal makeover is a great way of reinventing yourself, or at least giving you the feeling of a new start. What is classified as a makeover really varies from person to person. Some may want a complete image change, while others may just need a packet of hair-dye to feel as if they’ve turned a new page. If you’re seeking that ‘new year, new me’ feeling, then here are some considerations for a complete makeover.

Re-engage with your past passions

A personal makeover doesn’t have to involve complete novelty. Sometimes it’s our old passions and interests that we’ve neglected that remind us who really are. If you spent your youth and 20s attending gigs and buying new albums, why not reinvest in those hobbies? Sometimes it takes a reminder of what we’re really into to push us to re-discover ourselves. Taking your mind down memory lane to think about who inspired your fashion taste and your personality when growing up could give you a much-needed injection of vitality.

Fitness transformation

Whether you’re partial to a milk shake diet or would prefer to hit the weights, a fitness transformation can leave you feeling ready to conquer the world if you let it. Finding physical strength where you previously had none and reforming your bad eating habits can give you a feeling of rejuvenation. It’s important, however, to ensure that you enjoy your fitness regime. If you hate elliptical machines or dread the thought of getting in a swimming pool, then these exercise regimes will not be sustainable. Instead, it’s much more practical to find a sport that you love and stick to it.

If budget is containing your possibilities, then try and choose exercises that involve absolute minimum costs. For example, running requires the purchasing of your kit and trainers, and then after that it’s free. It’s an opportunity to get out and enjoy the great outdoors; and an excuse to finally get out of the house on quiet evenings. If you can’t think of anything worse than running, then there are plenty of online fitness tutorials to pick from. You can do yoga, pilates and HIIT (high intensity interval training) in the comfort of your own room just by watching YouTube.

Plan out your new look

If you’re looking to completely transform how you look, then it’s time to start browsing through Pinterest boards. If you know you want to fundamentally change how your look, but don’t know where to start, then you are clearly in need of some inspiration. Pin-board websites such as Pinterest suggests pins you might like, allowing you to browse further and further without much need for active research.

When it comes to something as personal as hair, try and look for hairstyles on your style icons. You will need to have a certain amount of rationality to make a sound judgement about whether something will suit you. Don’t be afraid to be a little bit bold, however. If you’re really concerned, ask your stylist if they think it will suit you. If you come to a firm decision on a haircut, remember to be firm when you’re in the hairdresser. If you’re not specific, then you run the risk of leaving disappointed.

Work on your skin

If you’ve always felt insecure about how you look without makeup, then why not take some time to work on your skin? The first step, if you’re prepared to make the indulgence, is to go and get a professional facial from a spa. Not only will it give you a good slate to work from, but you will also get some professional advice.

If you’re one for going to bed with a full face of makeup on after a long night out, then now might be a good time to reform your ways. Try and adopt a skin regime that works for you with products that match your skin type. If you wear a lot of makeup or product, a double-cleanse is likely to be a good starting point. This should ideally consist of these two steps:

  • Removing your makeup with an oil-based makeup remover or micellar water. This will budge the majority of the product so you can effectively cleanse your skin.
  • Cleanse your skin with either a balm and hot cloth or a mild gel wash. Bear in mind, though, that you want your face to feel clean but not tight.

The next steps should involve a serum and moisturizer, and ideally an SPF if you’re going out in the daytime.

Realize ambitions

Sometimes we need to take a step back from our own lives to reassess whether we are truly happy with them. It can be hugely helpful to take a look at our ambitions and goals and decide whether we need to change tracks. Think back to when you were a child, you probably never put a cap on your imagination when it came to how far your life could take you. While our days might now be filled with business strategies and commitments, there’s no reason why we can’t apply some childhood logic. Treat your ambitions like a business plan: you will have to forge a path to get there, but if you make progressive steps, you might just reach it. Have the practicality of an adult business mind, but the optimism of your former childish self. Create a dream board and plot how you’re going to get to your destinations.

When it comes to a personal makeover, it’s important to design it so you don’t resent it. A makeover is all well and good if it appears ostensibly impressive on the outside, however, it shouldn’t tear you down on the inside. You should feel empowered by a personal makeover, not intimidated by it. Create a path for yourself that is sustainable and worth committing to. You want to be able to enjoy the person at the other side of it, not see them as frightening or far too high maintenance to keep up.

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