The time has come to accept the inevitable: you’re growing up. Embrace it! Becoming an adult can be daunting, but not when you have guides as easy (and, let’s face it, as cool) as the ones in our new Adultify series. Now, you won’t ever have to utter that cringe-worthy term “adulting” when you accomplish something, like doing your laundry—you know, basic, responsible grown-up activities—because you’ll know these truths to be self-evident.
A few weeks ago, I turned twenty-six, and for the first time ever, I felt the need to start acting a little bit more like an adult. While I grasp onto my youth for dear life and cringe at the idea of calling myself an “adult” (ugh!), I do realize there are certain things I should start taking into consideration in order to get my act together, at least on the beauty front.
My hair is currently lime green and, believe me, I have no plans on dyeing it back to a natural hair color anytime soon (because that would be boring). However, I’m a constant offender of falling asleep with my makeup on, having ruined numerous cotton pillowcases with black mascara and fuchsia lipstick stains, which at this stage in my life seems slightly unacceptable. With that in mind, I've recruited the help of several experts to teach me how one can “adultify” their beauty routine, making sure to cover all of the bases from hair to makeup and nails.
While this may sound awful and bleak, fear not. “Adultifying” your beauty routine doesn’t mean “become a boring grown up” (and I’m pleased to confirm that the experts say my hair can stay green), but rather taking the time and extra steps to take better care of your body, polishing and refining your look, and making sure you cleanse off that cat eye before you hit the hay.
Read on for seven tips that will whip your beauty routine into shape.
1. Invest in a proper set of brushes
Now that you’re planning on taking a more adult approach to your beauty routine, it’s time to stop applying your makeup with your fingers. “I would recommend building your collection of proper brushes to diffuse the use of fingers to apply eyeshadow and foundation,” says Rocio Matos, Blushington Makeup and Beauty Lounge’s director of education. "This will make your application look more professional and less amateurish." While a quality set of brushes can be a bit on the pricier side, it’s worth the investment in the long run. They’ll last you for a long time, and your makeup will consistently look flawless.
Additionally, now that you’re going to invest in a brush set, please make sure you properly clean them. Dirty makeup brushes have the potential to cause breakouts, irritation, and—gasp—even pink eye (never share your brushes, it's a major no-no). Make sure you have a brush cleaner on hand to improve the quality and life of your new, super-adult makeup brushes.