Do you want brighter skin on your face and your body? No-brainer makeup that makes you look polished and pretty in no time? Who doesn’t? If you’re looking for ways to give your beauty routine—and yourself—an extra boost, try these 15 tips for a more beautiful you:
- Use a vitamin C cream or serum. You’ll get antioxidants and a cheerful glow. Try Boscia Antioxidant Recovery Treatment Vitamin C ($48, Sephora).
- Increase your omega-3 fatty acids intake with a fish oil supplement. Ask your doctor before adding a supplement to your diet, but omega-3s have been shown to improve skin texture by reducing dryness and inflammation.
- Try dry-brushing your skin. This can make your skin glow, reduce cellulite, cleanse the body, increase immunity, stimulate circulation, and more. Find a bath brush with bristles that feel comfortable to your skin and “brush” your body from your extremities inward, working toward the heart (you can start at the neck or the feet). Use a circular motion on your abdomen. Do this once a day in long strokes on dry skin prior to your shower.
- Eat more fruits and vegetables to give your skin a golden glow—much better for you than the tanning bed!
- Try a gradual sunless tanner. Sunless tanners have moved past the stinky, streaky creams of the past, and now you can get a light glow that will make others ask, “Did you do something different?”
- Mix some baking soda with your favorite shower gel and use the combo to exfoliate in the shower. It’s an inexpensive way to make your body glow. Plus you’ll get rid of dead skin cells, allowing your lotion to sink in better.
- Give brow-threading a chance. Threading can result in more precisely groomed brows than waxing and doesn’t take as long as plucking one hair at a time.
- Use a deep conditioning treatment on your hair once a week.
- If your nail splits, save it by using Super Glue over it. Once it dries, paint over the top with nail polish.
- If you don’t have one, find a shimmery white, cream, or beige shadow that’s a shade lighter than your skin tone. You can place it on your lids, inner corners, cheekbones, bridge of the nose, or cupid’s bow. If it’s a loose powder, you can even add it to your lotion for an all-over glow.
- Give lining the waterline a break. If you always put a dark color on your waterline (the strip of skin above your lower lashes), try taking the pencil down a fraction of an inch. By applying the color directly to the roots of the lashes instead of on the waterline, you’ll still get the contrast, but your eyes will look larger. If the color looks too harsh because it catches and clumps on the lashes, use a cotton swab or sponge-tip applicator to smudge it in.
- When you’re choosing an everyday natural-toned lipstick, try to choose a shade that is one to two shades darker than your lips.
- If your lipstick tends to bleed but you can’t quite get the hang of lining your lips, try a clear or flesh-toned liner just outside the natural lip line to lock your color in place without harsh edges. Try CARGO Reverse Liner ($16, Ulta).
- Use a highlighter under your eyes, not just the average concealer you use for covering blemishes. Concealer has a tendency to look dry and travel into the tiny creases that would otherwise remain almost invisible. A light highlighting concealer will deflect light away from circles, not just cover them up. Try Maybelline’s Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer ($7.99, drugstores).
- Pick a bright lipstick for days you don’t have a lot of time for makeup, but want to look polished. It doesn’t matter if it’s red, pink, or orange as long as it packs a punch of color and makes you feel confident. Add some mascara and you’re set.
With just a few changes, you can enhance your beauty and even boost your health. Look great from head to toe with just a few tweaks to your usual shower, makeup, and grooming routines.