5 Simple Ways to Change Your Look
Whether you're planning a night out with all the single ladies (cue the Beyoncé!) or spending the day with your main squeeze, you'll want a look that takes you from day to evening without changing a thing. Here are some subtle changes you can make that are sure to send Cupid's arrow soaring in your direction — whether you're a glam girl who loves to go all out or a natural beauty who wants to spice up her everyday look.
Start With a Clean Canvas
Before you start putting on any makeup, make sure your skin is clean and smooth. If you're dealing with dry winter skin, use a gentle exfoliating mask or scrub to smooth away flakes. If you have acne or rosacea, use a color-correcting primer. These are primers made specifically to even out your skin tone before you put on foundation.
Say Meow With Cat Eyes
Want to make your eyes pop? A sophisticated cat eye will add a touch of retro glamour to any evening. All you need is your eyeliner, either pencil or liquid — whichever you're more comfortable with. To get the look, follow your lash line from the inside outward, extending the line out past your eye and slanting it slightly upward. The trick is to make sure the length of each line is even. The longer the line, the more dramatic the effect. On the bottom lid, be sure you follow the lash line all the way to the outside corner of the eye, meeting the top line.
Want to up the flirt factor? Try falsies — eyelashes, that is. Apply half strips of fake lashes to the outside of the eye to make the cat effect even more dramatic. For a romantic, fairy-tale vibe, try to keep it more Taylor Swift and less Amy Winehouse (you know why).
Pucker Up With Ruby-red Lips
Think you can't pull off red lipstick? Think again. Follow celebrity makeup artist Vincent Longo's advice for the perfect red lip.
For warm skin tones, choose a warm red with yellow undertones, like a brick red.
For cool skin tones, try a blue red, like cherry red.
Those with neutral skin tones should explore red corals.
Grab a girlfriend and hit Sephora! With so many options and shades out there, take some time to really test them out and find the one that looks best on you.
Indulge in Some Metal Mania
Don't break out your old Metallica or Poison records just yet — we're talking nails here, girls. Shimmery, metallic nails are perfect whether you're dressed up or down — they complement nearly every outfit and every skin tone. Try radioactive colors that really stand out — like metallic baby pink, red, graphite, or silver.
Splurge:China Glaze's Metallic and Minerals collection (price varies) has some great options, but it's available only in salons.
Give Your Hair a Break
If you're planning on blow-drying, straightening, or curling your hair, give your tresses a treatment first! A deep conditioner or hot-oil treatment is like a jolt of amped-up conditioner, taking your hair from dull and frizzy to shiny and healthy in 30 minutes or less! Then dress up that shiny, beautiful hair with accessories like decorative clips, barrettes, or a headband.