If you’re wondering how to be pretty, let’s get one thing straight, you are already pretty!
But, we get it.
Covid-19 put a stop to beauty rituals and kept most of us inside, making it normal to lounge in pajamas and skip the makeup.
Going a while without a self-care routine, the insecurities start to show up, calling for a reminder of just how pretty we can be.
That’s why we’ve got 11 tips to look your best every single day.
Most of our tips focus on self-care because feeling pretty starts on the inside; good thing you already know that!
So, next time you’re feeling under the weather, take these tips out for a spin, remembering just how beautiful you are.
1. Take good care of your skin
The no. 1 tip on how to be pretty is to take good care of your skin.
There is nothing that makes us feel more “blah” than dry, dull, lifeless skin.
That’s why investing in products that promote healthy, happy skin is a must. Work with a dermatologist and jump on a routine for your skin type that keeps the face fresh and hydrated while preventing acne, oil, and breakouts.
Then, wake up each morning with a clean complexion full of moisture, ready to take on whatever comes your way! There’s nothing like the dewy glow of healthy skin, helping you feel radiant and confident.
Read our top 20 tips for clear skin for a great start to your newest skincare routine!
2. Keep good hygiene
There is something about a great shower that leaves us refreshed.
That’s why tip number three for how to look pretty is to focus on your hygiene. Take a nice shower with hot water and work up aromotic suds that scrub the stress and wash negativity away.
Make sure that you take care of everything from head to heel so you can walk out the door with your head held high.
For an extra “oomph” to your confidence, spritz a bit of your favorite fragrance before you walk out the door, surrounding yourself in good smells and transmitting good vibes.
Don’t forget to add moisture to the skin, using a hydrating cream or oil for a smooth-to-the-touch feel.
3. Eat healthy/exercise
They say, you are what you eat, and that couldn’t be more true.
You may be thinking, “what’s food got to do with how to be pretty?”
Well, a lot actually!
Eating healthy meals means fewer calories, giving your immune system (and mood) a boost.
It’s just as important to avoid foods that don’t work for you.
Add veggies, fresh fruits, a glass of oat milk, avocado, and nuts to your daily snacks, and notice an immediate change. Throw in some heart-pumping exercise and you’ve got an equation for looking good in no time.
Working up a good sweat reveals a healthy glow, helping you feel good from the inside out. Plus, keeping active reduces wrinkles, promotes good health, and boosts your attraction (to yourself)!
Expert Tip: Add more calcium in your diet to promote strong bone structure and tendons to keep your body feeling its best. Calcium is found in milk, celery, and other green leafy veggies.
4. Get good sleep
Sleep is linked to a whole lot of goodness.
Not only does it make you feel amazing but, helps your body and mind heal.
Keeping a good sleep schedule is key to looking your best, feeling refreshed, and ready to take on the day.
With a good night’s rest, you’ll wake up first thing in the morning to flawless skin, sharper focus, and happier thoughts (even without caffeine!).
Sleep reduces the appearance of dark circles, wrinkles, promotes overall good health. There is a reason why it’s called beauty sleep!
5. Find a makeup look you love
Beauty comes from within and is all about how you feel. If you feel great, you look great; and that’s a fact!
Though makeup is optional, it has the power to elevate your features and bring them out.
So, find a makeup look you like and try it out.
The key when wearing makeup is to bring out your features, not to change them. That’s why a little concealer goes a long way.
Keep the eyebrows shaped and clean, eyelashes curled, and always moisturize before any makeup look.
Pop some mascara on your lashes, brush a bit of blush on your cheeks, and dab your favorite lipstick on your lips for a simple yet glamourous look that enhances your skin tone.
Beauty Tip: Use a highlighter in places where the sun naturally hits your face (cheekbones, nose, and chin) and bronzer on the collarbone and forehead for a subtle, chic glow.
Oh! And don’t forget the sunscreen!
6. Get clothes that fit you and your style
There is nothing better in this world than a pair of denim jeans that fit just right!
Ok, well also a whole new outfit, a red dress, stylish high heels, and anything red!
The key is finding fits and styles you love. The right fit can highlight your curves, helping you feel confident.
So, take a day to focus on your wardrobe, adding things that catch your eye. Go for bold colors and fun prints to play up your style and kiss your insecurities goodbye!
7. Try a new hairstyle
When we have a bad hair day, everything seems to be a mess.
The good news is that bad hair days only come around once in a blue moon.
If you’ve had the same hair for a while, why not try and give it a change?
Take that messy bun or ponytail down and work with your stylist to highlight your brows, shape your forehead, and frame your face.
Even just adding random bits of color to your strands can breathe life back into your hair, giving you goddess locks that are sure to make you feel prettier.
Once you have a new hairdo, style it up and add a serum for your hair type to add gloss and make it shine!
8. Add a new perfume/fragrance
We associate smells with attraction, and are drawn to those that smell good.
That’s why adding a new perfume or fragrance can make you smell great all day and make you feel more pretty!
Find your preference by trying out new scents until you find your favorite.
You’ll leave behind a good impression and an invigorating smell, making people wonder why you’ve got a sudden pep in your step.
9. Have time for yourself
Though we all live busy lives, there is nothing that can leave you feeling better than some quality time with yourself.
Have a glass of red wine and pop on your favorite podcast, enjoying a little TLC.
Make a mini DIY spa day and give yourself a manicure, an avocado face mask, and a cucumber eye treatment that reduces puffiness and relaxes stress away. While you’re at it, throw on a deep conditioner and nose strips for a head-to-toe treatment.
Afterward, take time to reflect with meditation, checking in with yourself to see how you’re doing.
You’ll feel more connected to yourself, seeing yourself in a more positive (and beautiful) light.
When you glow on the inside, it shows on the outside, surrounding you in an aura of beauty.
10. Smile more
Smiling from ear to ear not only makes us feel pretty but also makes others feel happy too.
Smiling is contagious, spreading from person to person within seconds.
So, smiling is a great way to feel prettier, making you appear friendly, happy, and positive-which means instant attraction!
Work with your dentist to reveal bright, pearly whites that you can help but pair with a smile.
Being pretty is not just about how you look, it’s about how you feel, so make happiness a new norm and practice it daily.
Beauty Tip: Nothing brings out bright white teeth better than red lipstick or lip gloss. You’re welcome!
11. Schedule spa days
Spa days are a must.
Depending on your goals, you could go for treatments to add moisture to dry skin, treat acne, oily skin, or breakouts, or clean up cuticles.
Even if you can only go once a month, make it worth it, scheduling a massage and mani/pedi combo.
Treating your skin is the best way to feel good, transmitting what you feel on the inside-outside.
When your spa day is done, you’ll walk out with perfect posture, holding your head high and leaving insecurities behind.
If it’s been a long time since you’ve scheduled a spa day for yourself, go for a combo to find out what you like.
There’s a fine line between confidence and insecurity, one which we cross too often.
That’s why jumping on a routine can help you steer clear of negativity, keeping you feeling your best.
Feeling pretty is not about how you look, it’s how you feel.
That’s why keeping yourself clean, healthy, and mindful, will radiate your beauty from the inside out, drawing eyes and smiles to you.
You are already pretty, and it’s time to remember that, getting your groove back and feeling your more fierce each and every day!