Game face: How to amp up your beauty routine from home

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Game face: How to amp up your beauty routine from home

With a little extra time on your hands – and as you eagerly await your next salon visit – consider this your DIY at-home guide to help you achieve ‘beauty goals’ status. With many of us now applying lipstick again for the first time in a while, here's how to refresh your beauty and skincare drawer before facing the world again.

Whether you’re a beauty novice or self-acclaimed expert, these tips are sure to make even your beauty therapist proud.

Cleanse, moisturise, SPF, repeat

Consistency in your daily skincare routine is key, and sticking to it, particularly while spending more time at home, will help to keep the state of your skin a priority.

Your daily skincare mantra; cleanse and moisturise, every day once to twice a day, remains necessary – and don’t forget to apply SPF either via your moisturiser or as a separate step. Fact – did you know SPF is a skincare essential, even if you’re indoors? Windows protect us from UVB rays, however not UVA rays, which can cause ageing. Given you have some free time on your hands, now is also a very good time to work a weekly face mask back onto your list - your dry, indoorsy skin will thank you for it.

If you need a top up of your skincare essentials, the experts from Farmers, Life Pharmacy, Clinique and The Body Shop know what they're talking about.

At home brows

It’s been weeks since you were last able to visit your favourite brow salon and your brows could be getting a little out of control.

Thankfully, there are roughly 7 million tutorials out there on YouTube and IGTV to help you achieve perfectly shaped brows, otherwise simply follow these simple two steps.

Top tip! If you fill in your eyebrows with brow pencil before tweezing them, it helps save you from over tweezing accidentally.

First up, using an angled brow pencil, fill in your brows to your desired shape to create a barrier for yourself so you don’t overdo it. Start off by lifting at the arch. Very lightly outline the top and underneath. Fill in the centre – remembering less is more – to avoid ending up with a sparse situation on your hands.

If you have growth below the brow line, carefully tidy them away with tweezers available from Life Pharmacy.

Refresh that makeup kit

Whether you're soon to be heading back to the office or seeing friends you may not have caught up with in a while, what better excuse to get back into your daily makeup rhythm than with a new lipstick from L'Occitane or Farmers. A pop of colour never goes astray once the temperature drops, and remember - the darker the hue, the more important a lip liner becomes to keep that top lip definition. The pros at L'Occitane or Farmers will help you find the perfect shades to match your lipstick collection.

The perfect DIY mani

Right now, it’s all about the ‘back to basics’ mani, which can be achieved at home in just a few simple steps.

Back to basics mani
1. Add a cuticle oil
2. Use a base coat (to prevent staining your nails with strong colour)
3. Paint with a pop of colour
4. Top coat

Pick up your mani supplies from Farmers and Life Pharmacy.

For more inspiration, follow @westfieldnzstlukes