If you want to change your look, you are certainly not alone. It's a common feeling shared by many people, especially among young women. Chances are you are already a gorgeous woman and just don't know it. By learning how to feel better about yourself and adapt your look to more match who you really are, you can feel completely different and absolutely gorgeous!
Part 1 of 4: Take care of yourself
Step 1. Drink enough water
Drinking enough water can help you get fitter, more focused, and even shed pounds. To calculate how much water you should drink each day, divide your body mass (calculated in pounds) by two (to get the amount of water in ounces you should drink).
A 150 pound (68 kg) woman will need 75 to 150 ounces (2 to 4 liters) of water per day, depending on her climate and activity level. If she is active and lives in a hot climate, she will need more than 4 liters per day
Step 2. Eat healthy
Avoid consuming too much sugar, salt, or processed foods. Your diet should include the following foods.
- Proteins: fish, white meat, beans, nuts, eggs, etc.
- Healthy fats from nuts (almonds, for example), vegetable oils (extra virgin olive oil) and fatty vegetables like avocado.
- Whole unprocessed carbohydrates including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans and other legumes.
- Vitamins and minerals: you can find them in food supplements if they are not sufficiently present in your daily diet.
Step 3. Listen to your body
Drink when you are thirsty and eat when you feel hungry. It may take you a while to learn to decode the signals your body is sending you if you used to ignore them, but once you get used to it, it will be much easier for you to follow a healthy diet. and even lose some weight.
- If any food or drink gives you a migraine or makes you sick, take note of it and try to avoid it in the future, especially if you are regularly ill after drinking or eating that food.
- Also watch out for foods and drinks that make you feel good. Eating a healthy diet of water and nutrients will not only help you stay healthier and in a good mood, but also make you feel more beautiful.
Step 4. Exercise regularly
Set a goal of exercising 30 minutes (at least 3 to 5 times a week) and more if you want to lose weight.
- The most effective exercises if you have limited time are those that work multiple muscle groups such as swimming, dancing, or even a good spring cleaning.
- Taking a 20-minute brisk walk twice a day is also a great way to stay fit and healthy.
- Yoga is also a fantastic exercise for relieving stress and building and toning muscles. Make sure to pair it with cardiovascular exercises like walking, running, or swimming.
Step 5. Have a healthy lifestyle
Wash and moisturize your face and don't forget to brush your teeth twice a day. Take a shower at least every other day and wash your hair when it starts to get oily (every other day or a week depending on your hair type).
- If you have an acne breakout on your face or back, wash your hair more regularly, as the oil naturally produced by the latter can transfer to your face, neck and back, causing pimples to appear..
- To keep your teeth strong and healthy, visit the dentist at least once every 6 months.
- Having good hygiene will make you feel fresher and more attractive. Take care of yourself every day, even if you are feeling down.
Step 6. Keep a journal daily
Writing in a journal regularly can help relieve your anxiety, stress, and depression. It can also help you resolve any issues you may be having and improve your self-confidence. Try to write at least 20 minutes a day in your journal.
Write in your journal even when you have nothing to say. You can start by writing that you don't know what to talk about and let your writing flow. Sometimes you will find inspiration and even end up surprising yourself
Step 7. Meditate regularly
Meditation helps you ground yourself in the present and connect with your feelings. Scientific studies have also shown that it can change the structure of your brain and make you smarter and happier.
- There are many ways to meditate. One of the most popular is to sit in a comfortable position with your eyes closed and try to let go of any thoughts.
- If a thought occurs to you as you meditate, imagine it disappearing or name it and mentally remove it from your mind. The goal is to connect with the present moment, not to be distracted by your thoughts.
- Don't start with long meditation sessions. You can start with sessions of 1 to 2 minutes. Ideally, they will end up lasting 10 to 15 minutes daily. If you can't, just do your best.
Step 8. Be positive
We all have that little voice whispering negative thoughts to us, including that we're not up to the task. You can counter them by training yourself to be grateful and opposing them with positive thoughts.
- Being positive can be a difficult habit to develop, so be patient as you learn to counter negative thoughts with positive ones.
- One physical trick that will keep you positive is adopting good posture: stand up straight with your shoulders slightly back and chin up, then stretch your arms as far as you can. This will make you feel more powerful and positive, and that feeling will follow you throughout your day.
Step 9. Smile
Studies have shown that the happier we look, the more attractive we are to others. What's more, even when you're feeling miserable, smiling has also been shown to boost your mood.
If you are feeling down, try smiling for 30 seconds to cheer yourself up
Step 10. Have confidence in yourself
Self-confidence is easier said than done, but working on your self-esteem is worth it. This will make you feel healthier and happier, which will automatically make you more attractive.
- One way to boost your self-esteem is to list your strengths, successes, and things that you appreciate about yourself. This can be very difficult and sometimes you will only have one item to fill in each of your lists. Even if it takes you several hours, it will eventually stretch out, as will your self-esteem.
- Counter your negative thoughts. This exercise is related to staying positive. When you catch yourself thinking negative thoughts about yourself, counter them with positive thoughts. For example, when you have the feeling of being fat or ugly, counter those thoughts by saying to yourself "I have a really nice butt" or "I love the color of my eyes".
Step 11. Get a good nights sleep
When you don't get enough sleep, your brain can't operate to its full potential, and you find it difficult to eat healthy, exercise, be positive, and be confident.
Adults need 7-9 hours of sleep per night, and adolescent girls should sleep 8, 5-9, 5 hours
Part 2 of 4: change your hairstyle
Step 1. Cut or color your hair
Whether you want to change your hairstyle or color, adopting a new hairstyle can completely transform your appearance. Think about what hairstyles and colors would look best on you.
- Look for the message you want to send to others with your hair down. Are you more of an extrovert and love to take risks? You can cut your hair short and choose an original color. Are you more natural and slightly hippie? In this case, keep your hair long and choose a natural shade.
- Search online or consult trade magazines to find the hairstyle that is right for you (you can find hairstyling magazines at most bookstores).
Step 2. Determine the shape of your face
One important thing to consider if you want to change your hairstyle is the shape of your face. There are many shapes available and to find yours you just need to look at yourself in a mirror and outline your face with lipstick or eye pencil.
- The oval faces are balanced and slightly wider at the nose.
- Square faces are the same width across the eyebrows, cheekbones, and jawline.
- Triangular faces are wider towards the bottom, at the jawline which is usually square.
- Faces that are shaped like a heart (or an inverted triangle) typically have a thin jawline and wider cheekbones.
- Round faces logically have the shape of a circle.
- The diamond-shaped faces are angular and have wider cheekbones than at the eyebrows and jaw.
- Rectangular faces are as wide at the forehead as they are at the jawline, making them appear more elongated.
Step 3. Choose your hairstyle based on your face shape
In order to have the best hairstyle possible, choose it according to the shape of your face.
- Oval faces can afford any hairstyle, although longer hairstyles will tend to make them look elongated.
- Square faces are more suited to a hairstyle that is longer than the jawline. Especially avoid hairstyles that stop at the jawline, as they can accentuate the square shape of your face. Also avoid angular hairstyles like raw bangs or short squares. Prefer tapered bangs, waves and gradients that will go better with the shape of your face.
- If you have a triangular face, adopt a short haircut that will balance your square jawline while giving depth to the top of your head. If you have long hair, make sure it falls lower than your jawline, so you don't want your face to look too wide down.
- The heart-shaped faces go perfectly with a bob at the chin. Avoid shorter cuts and thick bangs that will weigh down your face. High ponytails and hair pulled back can also accentuate your little chin, so these cuts are to be avoided.
- Round faces go well with asymmetrical cuts and gradients that help balance the width of the face. Short squares and raw bangs can make your face look wider, as can the stripes in the middle. Prefer the stripes on the side and the tapered fringes.
- Diamond shaped faces look great with volume on the sides and not on the top of the head. In other words, avoid cuts that are too high. The bangs and gradients that frame the face will be perfect. Avoid making your parting in the middle.
- Oval faces can appear elongated, so it is important that you break the length of your face. Avoid too long cuts and prefer short squares, layers and thick bangs.
Step 4. Consider dyeing your hair
Dyeing your hair is also a great way to dramatically change the look. Before going to the hairdresser, consider the color that will go best with your skin tone and the color of your eyes.
- Your skin tone and eye color can go well with most hair colors, but not necessarily with its different shades. For example, warmer skin tones will look best with reddish colors like raspberry, but rosy or bluish skin tones will best pair with brighter tones of red.
- Choosing a hair color that is close to your skin tone and eye color will allow you to achieve a more natural look. For example, think about how an ash blonde with a more tanned complexion and blue eyes will go together.
- The greater the contrast between your skin tone, eye color and hair color, the more dramatic your look will be. For example, a pale complexion, green eyes and a vibrant auburn color will make a great combination.
- If you are unsure of your skin color, you can take online questionnaires that will also suggest what color you can adopt.
Step 5. Keep Your Hair Healthy
Wash your hair when you need it, using a shampoo and conditioner that matches your hair type (colored hair, normal, oily, etc.) You may need to wash it every other day or once a week, depending on your hair type. The drier they are, the less you will need to wash them regularly.
- If your hair is dry and brittle, do a deep treatment at least once a week. For example, you can mix olive oil with the yolks of two eggs, an avocado, mayonnaise and conditioner and leave it on for several hours (or overnight, if possible.)
- If you have dandruff or other hair problems, avoid homemade masks. Instead, prefer products that target your problem. If it is severe, see a doctor or dermatologist.
Part 3 of 4: applying makeup
Step 1. Know how to apply makeup naturally
Applying makeup in a natural way will allow you to highlight your finery. That doesn't mean you don't have to wear a lot of makeup, you can still apply foundation, blush or bronzer, mascara, eye shadow and lipstick and look natural.
- You can use make-up to unify your complexion (especially foundation and concealer), lengthen your eyelashes (with mascara), sculpt your cheekbones (thanks to blush, bronzer and "contouring" kits) or give volume to your lips (with lip liner and red).
- For example, you will need a lot of makeup to give your face the particularly fashionable glow this season.
- If you don't like wearing makeup, but would like to improve the quality of your skin, you can use tinted moisturizer or powder. These products will allow you to even out your complexion without feeling like you're wearing too much makeup or having oily skin.
Step 2. Use makeup to make your eyes pop
You can use different colors of eyeliner or blush to highlight your eyes.
- If you have blue eyes, go for light, natural shades like coral or champagne. Dark eyeshadows won't show off as much, so do several tests before choosing your makeup.
- Gray or blue-green eyes pair very well with undertones of gray, smoky blue, and silver.
- Gray eyes pair well with purple and brown hues.
- Hazelnut or brown-green eyes can sport metallic or pastel shades that help bring out their color. Powder pink, soft copper, and golden shadows also go great with hazel eyes.
- Brown eyes go well with a lot of colors and styles of makeup. Neutral shades of salmon and gold work great, like darker makeup (where you just need to add a little black blush to the crease of your eye).
- A very popular eye makeup is "smokey eye", which involves mixing two to three shades on the eyelid to achieve a layered look, usually from black to a lighter color in the brow area.
Step 3. Wear lipstick
Rouge is a great way to play with your lips and make your look more interesting.Red is naturally the most popular color: this shade can be worn by all women. The secret is to find the right shade for the color of your skin.
Step 4. Use a lip liner
Apply lip liner before putting on your lipstick so that it lasts longer. You can also use lip liner to change their shape, making them fuller or slightly thinner depending on the effect you are going for.
Step 5. Balance your makeup
Wearing heavy makeup on the eyes with dark lipstick is generally not recommended by professional makeup artists. If you go for a "smokey eye", wear a lipstick of a more natural shade.
- If you are wearing a very deep red, the rest of your makeup should be kept subtle. For example, you can be satisfied with a line of eyeliner on the eyes.
- The same rule applies for balancing your hair color and makeup. For example, vibrant red hair will limit the colors you can use for your face.
Step 6. Use the “contouring” method to apply makeup
This technique involves varying light and dark shades to change the appearance of your face. For example, it can help you make your nose thinner or your cheekbones more prominent.
You will certainly need a little time to get the hang of it, but if you don't like your face at all, it can come in very handy
Step 7. Remember to remove your makeup well
Make-up can irritate your skin and cause pimples to appear. Wash your face well at the end of the day to remove all traces of makeup and therefore avoid skin problems.
- To avoid acne breakouts, choose non-comedogenic products (that is, products that do not clog your pores). Make sure this is mentioned on the packaging of your makeup, even if it doesn't completely reduce your acne risk.
- If you wear a lot of makeup on your eyes, use a specific makeup remover or coconut oil to make sure your eyes are completely cleansed.
Part 4 of 4: dress well
Step 1. Find your style
Do some research online to find the style that suits you best. Base your decision on which styles you like and in which you feel most comfortable. Take into account your personality and how you can express it through your clothes.
- For example, if you are outgoing and love punk music, you can take inspiration from punk photos from the 1980s. If you are more natural or hippie, take inspiration from the pictures from the 1960s and 1970s.
- Your clothes should be an extension of your personality. This means you need to feel comfortable and attractive there, not choose them to come across as someone you're not.
Step 2. Know your body type
Knowing your body type will allow you to choose clothes that highlight your attributes and hide the parts of your body that you like less. To do this, you just need to measure certain parts of your anatomy.
- Use a tape measure to measure your shoulders, bust, waist, and hips. You will definitely need the help of a friend.
- The inverted triangle: if your shoulders or your bust are wider than your hips, your morphology is that of an inverted triangle. Your shoulders or bust should be 5% wider than your hips.
- The rectangle: this is your body type if your shoulders, bust and hips are approximately the same size and your waist is not very defined. Your shoulders, bust and hips should be the same height with less than 5% margin of error, and your waist should not be 25% thinner than your shoulders or bust.
- The triangle: if your hips are wider than your shoulders, you have the morphology of a triangle. Your hips should be 5% wider than your shoulders or bust.
- The hourglass: this is your body type if your shoulders and hips are approximately the same height and your height is defined. Your shoulders and hips should be the same size (with a margin of error of less than 5%) and your waist should be at least 25% thinner than your shoulders, hips and bust.
Step 3. Dress according to your body type
Now that you know your body type, you can choose the clothes that will suit you the most.
- For inverted triangles, the top of your outfit should keep it simple and avoid details that could overwhelm it. Keep them at the bottom of your outfit, adding volume to balance your upper body. For example, you can wear a t-shirt with a very simple V-neck, a wide belt and wide pants.
- For rectangles, your goal is to redefine your size to have the shape of an hourglass. Wear a bottom with details to create discreet curves and a tight top that will define your size. Avoid square pieces or with a belt that is too showy.
- For triangles (or pears), the goal is to balance the width of your lower body (your hips and legs) by wearing clothes and accessories that will give volume to the top and give the illusion that your shoulders are wider. Avoid embellishments at the bottom and keep it simple with a classic fit.
- For hourglass-shaped body types, wear clothes that follow your curves. Bodycon pieces are generally a great choice, as they allow you to accentuate your natural shapes. Avoid oversized clothing that will hide your small size and may make you look bigger than you are.
Step 4. Take your height into consideration
Beyond just your body type, you should also consider your height, especially if you have a long torso or long legs (as this will affect the way you dress).
- If you have long legs, you can wear low waist pants with a long shirt or dress with a lower waist to balance your figure.
- If you have shorter legs, you can wear a high waisted shirt and pants, a cropped top, or tucked into your pants to make your legs look longer.
Step 5. Wear clothes that fit you
No matter what you decide to wear, make sure your clothes fit properly. Pieces that are too wide or too tight will never fit you and won't make you feel more confident.
- Remember to be patient, especially if you are trying to lose weight by adopting healthier habits, such as a new diet or a new exercise routine. It may take you a month (or more) before you notice the effects of your diet changes, but eventually you will see (and feel) the results of your efforts.
- A good way to determine what clothes or hairstyles would suit you is to take inspiration from celebrities, as they are often dressed and styled professionally. Do not forget, however, to add your personal touch and keep your own style.
- If you are worried about the possible risks of hair dyeing, you can lighten or darken it naturally, for example using henna. With the exception of henna, natural methods will only change your hair color a few shades, so don't expect a more drastic result.
- If you are not sure how to apply makeup, you can make an appointment at a specialty store to meet a professional makeup artist. These sessions are often free, although the brand expects you to purchase products in return.