I was talking to a friend of mine on the phone the other day about make-up. She’s an actor and had to do some 1950s style glam for a play she was doing. As she was perusing the aisles and asking me for make-up advice, we started talking about how many different types of make-up there are, and how many different ways there are to use it. She said “Oh, and I can’t forget about my eyebrows.” And I sighed and said, “Eyebrows, and eyes, and eyelashes and skin and lips and cheeks and hair…and that’s just your head. Beauty is a lot of work.” But are their ways to achieve beauty without all the hassle.
I know of 4 tricks for sure.
1. Going “no poo.” I have written about going “no poo” before, but I’m not sure that I emphasized how hassle-free it really is. Granted, it depends a little bit on the texture of your hair. And I’ve heard people say that it didn’t work for them because they have straight or fine hair. My hair is fine, but it is also pretty damn curly. But I have a friend who does no-poo and she has straight hair and says it works great. But, if it does work, it really works. Not only do I no longer have to spend money on shampoo, but my hair looks absolutely amazing. And I never use any product anymore. In the middle of a humid memphis summer, my curls are still frizz free. So, no matter your hair texture, it is worth a shot if you spend time and money on styling.
2. Drinking lots of water. Everyone knows this, but it bears repeating. The more water I drink, the clearer my skin is, and the more glowy it gets! In addition to this, I have more energy to work-out and all that good stuff that makes someone feel beautiful. Just taking a moment every now and then to ask myself “Have I had enough water today?” and chug a glass really quickly, has made a huge difference in the quality of my skin.
3. Focusing on what you do well. I cannot for the life of me do a cat-eye. I have tried so many times. I got it right one day, and then tried to do it every day after that and I ended up with wonky looking eyes. While practice makes perfect, there are lots of other things that I can do that I know make me look good. I’m killer at lipstick, and I know that a specific cut of clothing looks good on me. When you focus on what you do well, you can work that into a style, without having to worry about trends or difficult application processes. It helps you to embrace yourself, your style, and to focus on your strengths. Which brings me to my last beauty trick.
4. Confidence. Yes, it is a cliche, but it’s also true. Why worry about whether or not the latest trend looks good on you or your body when you can instead roll your shoulders back and walk into a party just knowing you look good? If you’ve embraced what you do well, and you are taking care of yourself, then you probably look great. Sometimes it may take some extra time in front of the mirror to push yourself to that level of confidence. And sometimes it means being a little overdressed for some occasions. But it’s all worth it if you look and feel great.