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    34 Super Cheap And Easy Ways To Upgrade Your Beauty Routine In 2019

    I don't know what will be shining more this year: your skin, your hair, or your super happy bank account! ✨

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    1. Study up on your makeup brushes — each one has a specific function and purpose to make your overall look appear ~perfectly done~. For example, a kabuki brush will give you an airbrushed effect, while a contour brush brings out your angles (hello, cheekbones).

    2. Trick people into thinking you take regular trips to the salon by maintaining blonde hair with some Fanola shampoo. Not only will it keep your hair from yellowing over time, but it'll actually INCREASE the brightness and platinum levels in your hair. *Color* me impressed.

    3. Assign the proper shade of concealer when addressing different concerns so 2019 is the year pimples don't stand in our way of killer makeup. Surprise zit? Go with green. Dark under-eye bags? Orange is the answer.

    4. Kiss faded puckers goodbye with theBalm matte liquid lipstick — its lightweight yet long-lasting formula will make sure you never have to ~pout~ over feathered lips again. I guess 2019 really is all about payoff.

    5. Bolden your eye game *without* tricky eyeliner by simply applying a highly-pigmented, colorful eyeshadow and swiping on lots (and lots) of volumizing mascara.

    6. Take your favorite face wash a step further by washing up with a cleansing brush. This bb gently exfoliates to remove dead skin, treat breakouts, and reduce excess oil — gone are the days of overpriced facials.

    7. Make this the year that your brows are not only related, but actually complement the rest of your features (instead of overpowering them). Match your brow makeup to your hair as closely as possible so that your look always seems ~au natural~.

    8. Keep pro-level nails ~on hand~ without the hefty bill by finishing at-home manis with a layer of Seche Vite gel effect top coat. Basically, you'll get all the perks of a fancy gel mani straight from your couch — it's fast-dry, high-shine, and will make your hard work last (and last).

    9. Switch to an all-natural dry shampoo that's formulated to perfectly match brunette hair (so long, annoying white streaks) AND add major volume in-between washes so it seems like we totally shower every day. Feel free to tell everyone you get regular blowouts.

    10. Use a Fenty highlighting stick to effortlessly brighten your complexion in subtle areas, like your under-eye, nose, and chin. It'll look absolutely natural, but bring out an effortless *glow up*. Plus, it'll make your eye makeup really stand out!

    11. Turn your living room into your very own spa by subscripting to a monthly delivery of Facetory sheet masks with four monthly K-beauty masks. It's essentially the cheapest way to explore cutting-edge Korean skincare, because it gives your skin benefits usually reserved for high-end derm brands.

    12. Add major shine to even damaged tresses with just a few pumps of Verb hair oil. Its blend of Moringa oil and essential nutrients smooth frizz, fight humidity, and promote bouncy, healthy tresses no matter how many mornings you use a straightener. Fried hair is no longer in our vocabulary.

    13. Continue your newly luxe regimen even when you go to sleep! An Elizavecca brightening night cream plus a silky pillowcase will bring mornings of glowing skin and smooth hair *overnight*.

    14. Nix bad hair days with nothing more than a deceivingly fancy updo. A few twisted braids, bobby pins, and a total of ten minutes is all you need to forget you ever even worried about frizz.

    15. Bring out clearer skin with just a flick of the wrist by adding some Nip + Fab glycolic cleansing pads to your nightly routine. Not only will it feel like a ~luxurious~ last step, but their formula of exfoliating 2.8% glycolic acid, hyaluronic acid, and witch hazel will get you a brighter complexion before January is even over.

    16. Upgrade your shower habits with nothing more than a little Tree Hut shea sugar scrub, because spa days are expensive but that won't stop you from getting the extra smooth skin you deserve thanks to vitamins A, E, and F's abilities to promote a healthier complexion while you exfoliate.

    17. Amp up your lashes volume with extremely little effort, courtesy of L'Oréal double-sided mascara with both a conditioning primer and an ultra-lengthening topcoat. Pricey falsies or a few quick swipes of this? I'll keep your secret between us.

    18. Dry your natural curls with a diffuser (and hold it at an upwards angle) instead of air drying so that your ringlets have more volume, yet a heck of a lot less frizz. Overpriced hair products? NOT THIS YEAR.

    Just 👏look👏 at 👏that👏 definition!

    19. Flake on dry lips by exfoliating on-the-go with some Kopari lip scrub. It's loaded with antioxidants and coconut oil so that your pucker is soft, nourished, and of course, selfie-ready. Uneven lipstick? We left her in 2018.

    20. Spritz your way to clear, happy skin (all while scoring a luxe midday pick-me-up) with a Mario Badescu misting trio. Each formula addresses a different concern from dull skin to stubborn breakouts. Are you basically a derm now? Yes.

    21. Brighten your teeth with a vegan charcoal toothpaste that'll give you fresh pearly whites without a) costing you a lot of *green*, b) making a mess of your sink, and c) requiring any more effort than just regularly brushing. We are READY for 365 days of blinding people with our smiles.

    22. Pick your eyeshadow shade based on the ~color wheel~. The hues opposite to your iris shade (aka complementary) are what will make your eyes look the most prominent — and therefore will cause even drugstore makeup to appear almost custom-made.

    23. Put an end to broken cuticles and chapped knuckles by ending the day with a soothing pair of Karuna hand masks (yes, we're making this a thing this year). Ten minutes with these deep conditioning bbs and your hands won't even remember what winter used to do to them.

    24. Research what foundation methods are best for *you*, especially if your current routine just isn't cutting it. If you have oily skin, maybe a powder foundation is actually better than liquid. Not getting enough coverage? Time to start with a primer! One small change = big, big, difference.

    The easiest yet most important tip to remember? Test foundation on your neck, instead of your arm so that your makeup seamlessly matches the rest of you! Your ~look~ will seem 10 times more expensive when properly shaded.

    25. Check that your makeup translates well outside (the ultimate test) by enlisting the help of an LED magnification mirror that mimics natural light. AND go one step further by opting for a travel size so hotels never disrupt your very important process again.

    26. Transform your hair *without* the commitment by creating faux bangs. Think of it as a chic "new year, new me" look, except scary scissors stay far away. All it takes is a deceptive high pony and some hair spray!

    27. Conquer your fears of the cat eye by secretly stamping in the winged tip with a double-sided eyeliner. Apparently it *is* this easy to look extra sharp.

    28. Drop some serum onto your makeup sponge to say a final goodbye to foundation dry patches. Your makeup will look natural and dewy, and acne scars will stay safely flake-free. Aka the next 12 months will have A LOT more selfies.

    29. Brighten your complexion from face wash alone with some Acure brightening facial scrub. This'll become your go-to to exfoliate away excess oil and treat breakouts — all while bringing out a clear, glowing complexion from underneath. Lazy people REJOICE!

    30. End painful waxes by opting for a far gentler facial hair epilator. It removes chin, cheek, and upper lip fuzzies without any of the dreaded ~ouch~ moments. If this isn't the most welcome change to 2019, I really don't know what is.

    31. Keep your brushes clean this year! An easy-to-use scrubber will help you avoid breakouts (hello, bacteria) and apply makeup a whole lot better when there isn't icky residue in the way. Your eyeshadow deserves to SHINE.

    32. Treat eye bags with a healthy dose of luxury, aka 24K gold eye masks. They'll reduce puffiness, hydrate your skin, and add shine to dull skin so your complexion matches how rich you feel while wearing these.

    33. Map out your eye makeup to make your eyes appear brighter and larger by using three colors (a neutral, a darker shade, and a highlighter). How many selfies can you add to your Insta story per day now? The limit does not exist.

    34. Take skincare up a level by incorporating a microneedle roller into your routine. When combined with a serum, it essentially *boosts* the oil's usual benefits to exfoliate, brighten, and repair irritated skin so that you're left with a dewy glow.

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