While eating well and exercising on a regular basis are important for living a healthy lifestyle, you don’t need to spend hours at the gym or starve yourself to look your best. From using sunless tanners to wearing the right clothing, making small changes to your beauty routine can make a big difference in your appearance and confidence level.
Check out the tips and tricks below to learn how you can get an instant makeover that makes you feel drop-dead gorgeous.
1. Stay hydrated.
Dehydration is rough on your body and your skin. Drinking the recommended eight glasses of water a day can help you improve your skin’s texture, prevent water weight and bring out your natural glow. Try vitamin-infused water to up your energy levels and get the nutrients your body needs to stay healthy.
2. Choose a haircut that flatters your face.
It’s an often forgotten fact that the wrong haircut can make you look older and heavier – so don’t pick your hair style based on fashion trends alone. In general, haircuts that come down below your collarbone and just above your bra strap are the most slimming. If you have a round face, avoid layers that create a lot of volume around your cheekbones. Rather than a trendy angular cut, stick to softer styles. Long layers and a side fringe are feminine and flattering on all face types.
3. Get toned with sunless tanners.
Besides giving your skin a healthy glow, a sunless tan can help hide imperfections and reduce the appearance of cellulite. To create your dream body shape, use sunless tanners and bronzers to accentuate your natural curves. Contrast is key, so don’t be afraid to play around with shades and highlights. For a dramatic transformation, go with an all-over sunless tan. Spray tans are perfect for creating a deep base tan. You can always add more definition with bronzing powders and tanning lotions at home.
4. Wear dark colours.
Black is naturally slimming, and it works well with any colour palette. If you’re self-conscious about your weight, avoid horizontal stripes – they make the body appear wider, and are rarely flattering to curvy physiques. To pull off bold shades and patterns, wear them around the thinnest part of your body and stick to one pattern at a time.
5. Slim down your face with bronzers and skin illuminators.
When used correctly, bronzers and skin illuminators can add slimming highlights in all the right places. Try using a matte bronzer to give naturally pale skin a subtle colour boost or add dramatic highlights to your sunless tan with shimmer-based skin illuminators.