We are all living through trying times during a pandemic that has reached epic proportions worldwide, and affected our lives in various ways, whether physically, mentally, or financially. With Pesach just around the corner, shuls and schools shut down, and social distancing becoming the norm, life suddenly takes on new twists and turns, bringing along new meaning and purpose.

A nude lipstick can be a welcome addition to any woman’s beauty case, but choosing the perfect shade is often more complicated than finding a vibrant color. Beige, which is a wonderful neutral, can also be considered a drab color on its own. One woman’s neutral is another woman’s pink, orange, or brown.  Different shades flatter diverse mouths and skin tones, because it’s not a one size fits all.  So how do you pull off a nude lip without looking washed out, drab, or like you erroneously applied concealer to your mouth?

Many people ask me if they should add or skip the toning step in skincare. Others have no clue what a toner is all about.  There are various misconceptions about toners, since they were originally formulated years ago as astringents to target acne and oily skin. Many contained a high concentration of alcohol and were harsh and drying.  Some were more harmful to sensitive skin than they were beneficial, which was certainly not conducive to a healthy complexion.  In fact, some toners of the 90s were damaging to the capillaries and a problem for rosacea. I have never been a fan of those type of toners and many dermatologists did not approve of them either. 

The beauty industry is always buzzing with new trends each season and continuously thrives on constant changes in makeup and skincare. It seems the industry is taking positive strides to be more inclusive and socially conscious than ever before.  It’s also about to become more individualized and sustainable. The following trends can be expected in the coming year: 

There is something special to be said for pink makeup, which is both beautiful and feminine. This look is on trend this season, and pink is one of those colors that’s universally flattering to all skin tones and eye colors. Pink also works well with most eyeshadow colors.  Whether you’re trying to achieve an understated look with muted pinks or create a bold and brilliant eye with more vibrant hues, there’s something rosy for everyone.