A New Look in 3 Easy Steps

A New Look in 3 Easy Steps

Every now and then it is nice to update your look. The change can be temporary or something you choose to keep around a bit. These subtle changes can make a big impact and don’t have to break the bank. Budgets are important – especially when it comes to beauty and fashion. These three simple steps will help you create a new look that is also easy to maintain.

Mix and Match Accessories

Most women have a variety of accessories, but choose to wear a specific item with a specific outfit. This can make you predictable. Sure, the look might be great and may turn heads, but mixing and matching accessories and different outfits may make it seem like you went on an expensive shopping trip.

Consider using a scarf as a belt in a solid colored outfit. This can add a pop of texture and color. Choose accessories that match and complement the scarf rather than the outfit. This creates a flashy new look without spending a fortune. If you don’t own a scarf, visit a resale shop or thrift store as you are likely to find ample options there. Instead of wearing heels with an outfit, try flats or a pair of wedge sandals. This also helps update a tired looking outfit.

A New Hairstyle

When there’s no time or budget to go to the salon for a new look, you still have options. Try using some hair combs near the crown of your head for a little extra lift. These are inexpensive and rather easy to use. You can use them with straight or curly hair. Use a lightweight hair product to help keep your hair in place without damaging it.

Consider temporary hair dye to add a few accents to your natural look. You can place these accents underneath for texture, on the surface or blend the look with some underneath and some on top. Try to put a few accents around your face to help shape it and add dimension.

If your hair is rather thin and hard to do anything with, consider adding tape in hair extensions. These extensions can give your hair body and length. Once you have them where you want them, style your hair as you normally would. If you have a special occasion planned, adding extensions will also help give your hairstyle the “wow factor”.

Try New Makeup Tricks

A few changes to your current makeup can make all the difference. Contouring is a great way to enhance specific areas of your face. Contouring with a little darker shade underneath the cheekbones can give them more depth. It does take a bit of practice to get the technique right.

Use a different shade on your eyes. Your friends, family and co-workers may be used to seeing you wear the same shade of eyeshadow every day. Change it up and learn a few new tricks. The multi-color palate shadows are ideal for creating a custom shade that really makes your eyes pop. Use a light shad at the inner corners of your eyes to make them appear brighter. A cream-based eyeshadow may help you blend colors together better than powder options. The shades chosen do not necessarily need to match the outfit you have on, but should complement your face and eyes. The color should not be a complete contrast, but should add to your overall look. Accent your eyelash lines with a liquid liner. These are easier to use than pencils and create less of a mess. They can also be easier to remove should your lines be a little off.

Closing Thoughts

These three easy steps will help you update your look, maintain your budget and maybe boost your self-esteem a little. Think about updating your look to land a new job, attract a new love interest or fit in better with your current group of friends. Changing your look from time-to-time isn’t a bad thing. It shows that you are bold, daring and embrace change. The compliments you receive may have you making these little changes more often.


Mary is a millennial who works as a part-time freelance writer. She's trying to realize more ways to live a sustainable lifestyle while learning Spanish on her vacant times.

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