by Natalie L. Nichols, Health & Beauty Writer
These days, it’s tough for many of us to find the cash and time to go all out on a makeover. But even during the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, we should all take time out for ourselves--and some beauty pampering. Whether you want to perk up your complexion, change your hairstyle or give your entire look a little more glamour, you don’t need to spend hours in the salon or spa. Just one or two tiny tweaks can give your look the big, beauty boost it needs. Try these 10 simple makeovers to spruce up your look in just minutes!
Want to add a haute look to your hairstyle? Try cutting some fringy or blunt bangs that hit right at your brows. Styles like this that frame the face can really make your best features stand out; whether you have high cheekbones, big eyes or full, pouty lips. Ready to grow out your bangs? Simply sweep them to the side with a decorative hair clip for a whole new look in a jiffy
Totally change up your hairstyle by utilizing some easy, at-home texture techniques. Have straight hair? Add some waves with the curling iron that’s been sitting in the back of your hall closet for years! Tired of natural curls? Try flat ironing your hair tomorrow morning. You’ll be surprised how dramatic your look can change with just some simple styling tweaks.
Want those pretty eyes to pop? Then don’t disregard those brows, darling. Sometimes, just tweezing two hairs can make a big difference when it comes to showing off those peepers. If you already tweeze and like the look of your brows, try brushing on a tinted brow shaping gel that’s a shade or two darker than your hair color. The darker brow combined with the perfect shape will widen your eyes even more.
A brighter smile, is a more youthful smile and can change your overall look and demeanor entirely. Nowadays, you can get whiter teeth that will help you walk with more confidence without breaking the bank. You can buy at-home teeth whitening systems and strips at a fraction of what you’d pay visiting a dental professional.
You don’t have to shell out the big bucks at the salon to entirely revamp your ‘do. Simply playing with the way you part your hair can make a big impact on your style. Always part your hair straight down the middle? Add a mysterious air to your coif instead by creating the illusion of a longer bang with a deep, sweeping side part. Tend to part your hair on the side? Go for a middle part to perk up your cheekbones. “Messy” zig-zag parts down the side or middle of your hair will also show off a fun, rock star side and create a lot of lift at the roots.
Have just an extra few seconds this morning for styling your hair? Put a headband on it! Pick one with a bold, bright color or decorative style to completely refresh your daytime look in seconds. And if you’re heading out for the evening, try a satin headband in a darker hue for a more sophisticated take on this style trend.
You don’t have to go under the knife to emphasize your beautiful facial bone structure. By simply using a bronzing powder that’s a shade or two darker than your natural skin tone, your face will look instantly sun-kissed and well-defined. Blend a matte bronzer under your cheekbones, on your jawline and add a bit to your forehead for a glistening, glammed-up look, sans tanning.
Did you know that the way you apply eye shadow can sometimes make your eyes look smaller? Who wants that? Just skip the shadow altogether if you want to make your eyes seem bigger! All you need to do is add a bit of concealer to your lids and some black mascara to your lashes for an instant eye-opener.
Just a simple pop of dramatic color can really make your pout stand out, plus add a hint of rebellious sexiness to your look. Think you can’t go red when it comes to your lips? Think again! There is a shade of red lip color that looks good on every skin tone. Be sure to test out some colors at the makeup counter before deciding on your perfect, pouty-lip hue.
Whatever you do, don’t neglect those nails during your mini makeover! An easy, at-home manicure can go a long way when it comes to kicking up your look a notch. Feeling bold? Swipe on some electric blue or hot pink polish. Feeling like getting a little crazy? Try painting on some fun patterns. You can even add some gold or silver polish on your nail tips for a glammed up French manicure. When it comes to your nails, it’s all about your unique personality--and the ability to show it off is right at your fingertips!
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