January: The guilt month that will have you turning over new leaves faster than a tai-tai en route to a Joyce sale. If refreshing your image rates among your many New Year pledges, then read on.
“This is a great time of year to get your life organized,” says Eve Roth Lindsay, of Savvy Style, a company that specializes in image consultancy for individuals and corporations.
“People wake up after the New Year and scream, ‘Aargh! I have to pull myself together.” Lindsay says the best place to start is with the wardrobe, and sort the good from the bad and the ugly.
“It’s important to know how to dress to suit your body type. People in Hong Kong have too many clothes and too much make-up,” she says. “But what they don’t have is a lot of time. That’s where I come in. I can read a wardrobe and advise people on what looks good, what doesn’t and how to simplify your getting ready routine.”
The company also has it own Colour Me Beautiful range of make-up. Lindsay can advise on the best colours to wear make-up and clothing and how best to wear them. For more information on Savvy Style, visit www.savvystyle.com.
New year tips and tricks Make me up: Updating your cosmetics routine can simplify your life, help you stay organized and enable you to make better beauty choices, says Lindsay.
“Bring your make-up bag in and I’ll rummage through it, find out what can stay and what must go, and will do your colours so you get to see what colours suit your skin tone.”
It’s also a good idea to throw out old stock that’s been clogging up your bathroom cabinet or handbag. Bobbi Brown has some rule-of-thumb life-span advice for products after they have been opened: lipsticks (one-two years), mascara (three-four months), powder (two years), sponges (wash weekly, discard monthly).
Help: Laura Mercier’s super light loose powder – Secret Brightening Powder ($190) is made of micronized pigment and creates a smooth, natural finish. Available from Laura Mercier counters.
Help: Clinique’s new High Impact Mascara ($145) adds dramatic volume and length to lashes and is allergy-tested. Check out the limited-edition Sapphire and Plum Drama colours for a change. Available from Clinique counters.