In partnership with bareMINERALS

5 Unexpected Ways To Start Living Your A-Game Right Now

by Michelle Guerrere

It’s never too late (or too early, for that matter) to start thinking about new ways to live your best life. Making upgrades both big and small can help you on the never-ending adulting quest. It can also help you reach the next level in just about all aspects of your daily grind. From acing it on a personal level (say, finally mastering the kitchen) to scoring big professionally (like becoming a networking pro and eventually snagging the corner office), we’re here to make sure you feel ready to take on any challenge... at any level of difficulty.

That’s why we’ve partnered with bareMinerals, the creators of clean beauty. This cult-favorite mineral beauty brand has been bringing its A-game long before non-toxic and cruelty-free products were ever trending — it’s been all about formulas that are full of what’s good and free of what’s fake since it launched in 1995. It's clear bareMinerals has set the ultimate example of how positive changes — even small ones — can make you feel better, inside and out. Inspired by the brand's innovative approach to beauty, we’ve come up with five simple ways to totally up the ante on your daily routine.

Game on.

Build Up Your Network

Every girl boss knows it’s crucial to have a support system she can lean on, both personally and professionally. As you climb to the top, surround yourself with positive role models that can help build you up and get you to new heights.

To do that, don't be afraid to reach out to people, strike up conversation, and maintain relationships. And remember — be direct with your dialogue. It will project assertiveness, keep your intentions clear, and give every interaction context.

When it comes to working a room at an event, though, we fully get how uncomfortable that can be. Before heading in, try swiping on your favorite lip color. It’s an easy hack for boosting confidence and fending off any shakiness (hey, it happens). The bareMinerals Statement Matte Liquid Lipstick, GEN NUDE Matte Liquid Lipstick, and GEN NUDE Buttercream Lip Gloss come in a combined 45 shades, so you're sure to find a tube (or ten) you can rely on. Bonus points: The formulas' moisturizing clean ingredients (like avocado butter and vitamin E) are good for you skin and will keep your lips hydrated through a busy night of networking.

Start Stretching

By now, you’ve likely gotten your fitness routine down to a science: toning barre classes, sweaty spin seshes, and even those HIIT workouts for maximum conditioning (see, you’re up on the trends). But if you find you’ve been feeling a teensy bit stiffer and sore-er than usual, that might mean you’re in the market to kick up your stretching game.

Lay out a yoga mat or find a comfy spot on your area rug, and gently glide your muscles along an exercise ball or foam roller. Not only is it the perfect way to soothe your tired body, it’s also an ideal way to decompress your mind as well.

Don't have an exercise ball or foam roller on hand? You can always use objects like tennis or lacrosse balls to get an equally deep muscle massage. Combine that with classic moves like quad stretches and reaching for your toes, and you'll be well on your way to stretch masterdom — which also means you'll be ready, limber, and able to take on any curve balls adulting may throw at you.

Be Strategic With Your Makeup

From pollution to the sun's rays, there are plenty of "opponents" out there that can threaten the health of your skin. That's why it's so important to arm yourself with a clean-skin strategy, and that starts with picking the right products.

Choose makeup formulas that are clean without compromise, meaning they deliver amazing payoff but don’t include anything potentially damaging, like parabens, phthalates, and chemical sunscreens — bareMinerals is free of these (and many more) unnecessary additives. In fact, bareMinerals ORIGINAL Loose Powder Foundation SPF 15 contains just five mineral ingredients while offering luminous, buildable, healthy coverage.

Another perk? If you slack off and forget to wash your face after a night out, you’ll be okay, since this mineral makeup is so pure, you can literally sleep in it.

Get Your Home-Cooking Game Rolling

Becoming comfortable in your own kitchen is just one more step to embracing your best, more mature self (as valuable a skill as it is, knowing how to order delivery unfortunately doesn’t count here). By taking ownership over prepping and making your own meals, you’ll save money in the long run and will also be in full charge of the good nutrients you’re getting (and the questionable ones you're avoiding).

An easy way to score major points on this wellness leaderboard is to prepare the majority of your dishes with olive and seed oils. These good-for-you fats are not only packed with heart-healthy omegas, they also ensure every meal is a perfect strike.

Aim To Drink More Water

We don’t need to tell you that drinking plenty of fluids should be one of your main targets. After all, when you skimp on sipping, all of your body’s processes suffer, bringing you further away from hitting your goal. For truly healthy hydration, drinking more water is a bullseye.

To make sure you stay on point, set a daily goal. Generally speaking, 11 cups of water a day should be enough (you also get water from other sources like fruits and tea). If you're still struggling to — real talk — get your urine to a pale color, try infusing your drink with lemon or cucumber to naturally up the taste and encourage more intake. And switch to sustainable straws that promote frequent sipping and limit environmental waste. How’s that for a win-win?

This post is in partnership with bareMinerals.

Photography: Will Styer; Prop Styling: Astrid Chastka; Art Direction: Diana Weisman/BDG