How to look good

Have you seen this video by Jenna Marbles? It’s called ‘how to trick people into thinking you’re good looking‘ and even though it’s a couple of years old, it recently got a second breath online. The video now has more than 53 million views – if you haven’t seen the video yet, take a look.

This video got me thinking – even though she is completely taking the piss it’s still a valid question to ask. We all want to know how we can always look good, or how we can be a better looking version of ourselves. That’s why we dress a certain way / queue to buy the latest beauty products promising to do XYZ / visit spa’s and beauty salons and so much more. It’s natural to want to look better and continuously improve yourself, and to be honest – I think it’s a good thing. That being said, while you should pay attention to how you look, it’s also important to improve other areas of yourself – for instance your skill set through further studying, learning new languages, reading and so forth.

My tips on how to always look good

With that in mind – if you’ve ever asked yourself ‘how can I look beautiful‘ or ‘how can I look prettier‘ or even ‘what to do when you’re ugly‘ then here are some of my tips that you may find useful.

What is your definition of beauty?

Firstly, I think it’s important to define what you think is beautiful or pretty when it comes to looks. Let’s use celebrities as examples – do you like Gwen Paltrow’s natural beauty and chic style or Kim Kardashian’s over-the-top makeup and dress sense? Before you can take a step towards improving yourself, you need to know what direction you want to go in.

I believe in playing up your natural assets and working with what you have – cleverly applied makeup can go a long way! There is no need for plastic surgery or drastic beauty treatments. There are quite a few things you can do beauty-wise that won’t cost you an arm and a leg and that will result in a better you.

Get your tan on

Nothing says ‘healthy’ like a golden kissed skin and I for one love being tanned, but I don’t like being in the sun or sun beds.  My answer? Self tan. It’s an easy way to have a sun-kissed glow all year round and once you get the hang of applying the self tanner people won’t be able to tell if your tan is fake or real. My preferred self tanner is St Tropez’s quick drying mousse and I wrote a post on how to apply it for the best results.

Take care of your skin

Good looking skin is another aspect of looking prettier. I’m no beauty expert and it took me years to find the perfect routine – but after using many fancy products I ended up trying out natural products like baking soda to wash my face with. My skin has not looked better in years and I’m definitely not switching back to processed products in the near future.

Give your hair TLC

Healthy hair is another aspect of looking well groomed. Step number one here is going to be to find a GREAT hair stylist. That is the one thing that I’m willing to spend money on. Even when we moved away from the CBD I made a point of always driving in from Table View to visit the same hair stylist I have been visiting for years. A great haircut can make a big difference, and it’s very important that you find a hair stylist that will listen to what you want (you know you hair best after all) but she also needs to let you know if she thinks a specific look is not going to work.

The next step is going to be to use good products on your hair. I’ve used many salon products as well as other, cheaper products and I’ve finally settled on baking soda and vinegar as my shampoo and conditioner. When I blow dry, straight or curl my hair I apply TRESemmé’s heat activated leave-in conditioner. None of these are expensive products. Another fantastic beauty secret that I love for healthy-looking hair is using coconut milk as a hair mask. Since I’m following the Paleo way of eating, I have loads of cans of coconut milk. Still, even if you have to go and buy it – it’s dirt cheap compared to some hair mask products on the market.

The finer details

There are a few finer details that you can also pay attention to. A chic mani and pedi can go a long way to round off your look, and you don’t have to go to a salon to get the look. There are many tutorials on YouTube that will show you how to give yourself a proper manicure – and even how to file your nails perfectly square for the perfect manicure. If you want a longer last manicure or pedicure, and you’ve gotten the hang of applying nail polish – it may be worthwhile to invest in a DIY gel manicure kit.

Another worthwhile investment in my opinion is learning how to apply makeup properly. Again, there are many makeup and beauty tutorials on YouTube that you can use to learn new techniques. I suggest investing in proper makeup, especially when it comes to foundation.

Exercise

I for one feel a lot better about myself when I’m exercising. You don’t have to spend hours in the gym to look good – I like Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred videos (available on YouTube) for a quick workout at home. Each session is about 30 minutes long and you get a good, all over workout. A healthy body will go a long way!

Dress for success

You don’t have to spend thousands on a new wardrobe to look good, but investing in a few classic and durable pieces is one of my top fashion tips. Build your wardrobe around these key pieces and buy ‘trendy’ items at cheaper, franchise stores. Figure out what works for your body and find a signature style – whether it’s red lips or bold jewellery, own it!

The list can go on and on, there are so many things that you can do to ensure that you always look good. You don’t have to spend hours in the morning to get ready, but planning is key. I have a set beauty routine and on certain days certain things need to happen – for instance a body scrub, a face mask, a hair mask, etc.

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