A lot of us invest so much time and effort into trying to be beautiful, this is understandable as it’s clear we live in a beauty-obsessed world and the beauty business is a multi-billion dollar industry.
However, being pretty is so much more than just using the right beauty products. It’s about finding ways to feel beautiful, powerful and confident. And it doesn’t have to cost much money at all.
It’s about finding ways to be naturally beautiful that work for your life and feel authentic to you.
20 tips to make you more attractive:
1. Make eye contact.
Not only is making eye contact with someone respectful, it’s also a sign of confidence. When talking to people, look them in the eye and truly listen to what they have to say.
This type of active, engaged communication not only makes you seem more attractive, prettier and more confident to someone you may find attractive and want to date, it can help you at work and even in your relationships with family and friends.
2. Smile more.
Smiling can boost your mood from the outside-in. Think of something that makes you laugh, a family member or pet that brings you joy, and let that smile come across your face.
The fact that smiling makes you prettier is just an added bonus.
3. Wear clothes that are comfortable and fit well.
You don’t have to have the latest styles or copy the hottest influencers to have a wardrobe that boosts your overall prettiness.
In fact, unless you absolutely love shopping and keeping up-to-date on trends, it’s best to stick with styles and brands that are a bit more timeless and make you feel great.
4. Take good care of your skin.
The skincare products you use need to be suited to your skin and your particular needs.
Remember that even if your gorgeous friend uses a particular cleanser with great results doesn’t mean it’ll do the same for you. Our skin needs are as unique as we are!
5. Exfoliate the right way.
Another thing to consider is how you exfoliate. While it is recommended to do it regularly to get rid of dead cells and make the skin more vibrant, you should make sure to be gentle.
Instead of using a rough scrub, try something with very fine exfoliating particles and then apply gently. You can also try a chemical exfoliant.
6. Find a makeup routine that works for you.
Makeup should help you feel confident and beautiful, not awkward or overdone, and only you can define that for yourself. The process of trial and error is usually the best way to do this.
Your natural beauty comes from inside of you — your smile, your personality, and the sparkle in your eye, and that is what you really want to enhance with your makeup.
7. Add a little shimmer to your glow.
There are many ways to highlight your natural beauty with makeup, but one of the easiest and most universal is to use a product that has a bit of shimmer or strobing effect on your cheekbones, under your eyebrows and along your jawline. You can even add a little to your collarbones.
Healthy skin glows naturally, and your shimmer should replicate that — not give the effect of glitter on your skin.
8. Gently curl your eyelashes.
If you’d like to naturally draw attention to your eyes where your personality can really shine through, try curling your eyelashes!
For maximum effect, apply mascara after curling.
9. Invest in a professional eyebrow shaping.
A great brow shaping can make your eyes pop, make you look well-rested, and help add balance to your features.
After one good shaping, you can carefully maintain your brows by tweezing just a few hairs every day as they grow back.
10. Take great care of your nails.
There are different styles and preferences when it comes to nails these days and that is something we should all accept. However, one thing has not changed: Whether you prefer long or short nails, bare or polished, they need to be even and clean.
Also, if your nail polish is seriously chipped or otherwise ruined, be sure to remove it.
11. Protect the skin on your neck.
There are many skin care products that claim to have anti-aging effects that will revitalize your skin and bring its youthfulness back. But did you know that most facial products can and should be applied to the neck area, too?
Check the label and choose the products that can be applied to both décolletage and neck, as those are also quite prone to aging signs.
12. Use lip balm to heal chapped lips.
If you have flaky lips, do not put on lipstick. Instead, try to get rid of dead skin cells with a toothbrush (be gentle) and utilize a moisturizing balm. Once you get rid of dryness, regularly use a medicated lip balm like Carmex to heal and restore the natural balance of your lips.
After your lips are healed, you can return to making your lips beautiful with lipstick.
13. Keep perfume light.
Everyone loves an attractive woman with a fresh and attractive scent, but you need to know where the limit is when applying perfume. There is no need to leave behind your scent minutes after you leave the room.
Remember, you want people to say, “She smells good” — not, “she smells like perfume!”
14. Change your hairstyle regularly.
Some women love wearing a ponytail, bun, or braid and that’s their favorite hairstyle for all occasions.
While there is nothing wrong with that, you should make sure not to always tie it in the exact same position. These types of styles lead to plenty of hair tension and if you’re wearing it every day, you can weaken the quality and health of your follicles. You may even notice some hair loss in the areas where your hair is pulling.
In addition, mixing it up frames your face differently and gives you a fresh look.
15. Keep your teeth white.
You don’t need to spend thousands of dollars on bleaching to have a brighter smile. Whitening strips work well, and can give you whiter teeth that still look natural.
Add whitening toothpaste, regular flossing and visits to the dentist and you’ll have a naturally pretty smile.
16. Set yourself up for a night of true beauty sleep.
Everyone needs a good night of sleep. After all, that’s when the cells in our bodies regenerate and heal! According to the CDC, adults need at least seven hours each night.
There are many factors contributing to lack of sleep, but getting an inadequate amount of sleep greatly affects our beauty. Not only will you feel tired, but you will also look tired.
From dark circles under our eyes to premature aging, getting 7 or more hours of uninterrupted sleep is key to being naturally attractive.
17. Start your day with a big glass of water and then sip all day.
Hydration not only helps every organ in your body work better, it also prevents headaches, can help reduce anxiety symptoms from dehydration and can help your skin look plumped and fresh!
If you exercise and work up a big sweat, you will need to add in more fluids to this minimum, including electrolytes.
18. Exercise regularly.
There are so many benefits to getting regular exercise that we can’t even list them all here! The first thing to know is that — despite what the beauty and fitness industries may try to sell you — being beautiful has nothing to do with the size or shape of your body.
With that in mind, remember that exercise is proven to boost “happy hormones” in your brain — and there’s nothing more naturally pretty than your smile.
19. Feed your body healthy foods.
There are many foods you can eat that will help you be naturally pretty because they promote good health overall. But some specific foods can help boost your natural beauty by nourishing your skin and hair, too. Unsurprisingly, fresh fruits and veggies top this list — but that’s not all.
According to Healthline, foods like avocados, salmon, and walnuts contain healthy fats that can help your hair look healthier and give your skin more elasticity (which reduces fine lines and wrinkles).
They also recommend eating foods that are high in vitamin C like bell peppers and many fruits.
Finally, eating foods that are high in beta carotein, lutein and lycopene can help reduce the damaging effects of the sun’s rays. That means carrots, tomatoes, dark leafy green veggies, and sweet potatoes.
20. Eat dark chocolate.
If you’re looking for a little indulgence, head straight to one of our favourite foods: dark chocolate. Despite the warnings from your mother that chocolate causes acne (it doesn’t!), dark chocolate (which has very little dairy compared to milk chocolate) can actually help your skin look better.
Also, when you eat something you love you can experience a boost of happy hormones in your brain and body, helping you feel relaxed. And when you feel good, you look good!