If you don’t want to look like a completely different person, but you wouldn’t mind hearing a few “whoa!”s and “well, hello!”s from co-workers and friends, read on!
There are many ways to make your look pop without layering on the makeup, Kardashian style. By simply adding a slight highlight and contour here, and a little extra color there, you can easily accentuate what you already have.
The first three ways to spice up your look were to make your eyes sparkle, to give yourself a dramatic, feminine part, and to instantly whiten your teeth. Have you tried those out yet? If not, learn more here.
But if you’re getting tired of the “whoa!”s those tricks got you, here are three MORE ways to spice up your look.
Highlight your décolletage
It might sound ridiculous, but collarbone envy is a thing. And why not? Defined collarbones are ultra-feminine. But not everyone was blessed with a set of pop-out clavicles. Lucky for you, it’s super simple to fake the look with a few brushstrokes.
The tools you’ll need to highlight your décolletage are a fluffy eyeshadow brush like this one from Sephora, a taupe eyeshadow or blush like NYX’s Powder Blush in Taupe, and a shimmery, white or cream eyeshadow. CoverGirl’s Flamed Out Shadow Pot in Blazing White should do the trick.
First, plant yourself in front of the mirror and pull your shoulders up to make your collarbones pop out. Take note of their natural dips and hollows, then relax. Now, dip your brush in the taupe eyeshadow or blush and lightly sweep the product right above the bone, and right below it, contouring those natural dips and hollows.
Next, clean your brush and dip it in the light, shimmery shadow. Just like a coloring book, fill in the space between your taupe lines with the shimmer.
Clean your brush again, then finish the look by using it to lightly blend the two colors at their meeting points.
Voila! Instant envy-worthy collarbones.
Strengthen your brows
Many women shy away from strong, confident brows because they think they’ll overpower their face, or make them look too manly. But strong brows are essential for that bombshell look — not only do they frame your eyes, but they also give your face definition and balance.
The first step in obtaining strong, confident brows is figuring out what eyebrow shape will work best with your face shape. Do you have a round face? Eyebrows with a dramatic arch will elongate your face. How about a heart shaped face? Pick rounded brows with tapered ends. These brows are soft and feminine, and will compliment your feminine face. Square face? Thick brows with a slight arch are the best for you. And finally, do you have a long, oval face? Lucky you — almost any brow shape will work. Try rounded brows with tapered ends to start.
To create your eyebrow shape, first draw a light outline using a small, angled makeup brush like this one from MAC, and eyebrow pomade. NYX’s Tame and Frame Brow Pomade is the most wallet-friendly version. The color should be heaviest at the outer edges of your brows, so start there, then work your way in. Use small, light brushstrokes, and always follow the direction of hair growth.
After the color is applied, take a step back from the mirror and make sure both brows are similarly shaped. Use a spooly brush to remove excess product, then finish your brows off with Maybelline’s Great Lash Mascara in Clear, or something similar.
Does that all sound like too much? You can always just swipe a tinted brow mascara on for a little extra oomph without all the work. Try NYX’s Tinted Brow Mascara. At just $7, you’ve got nothing to lose.
And remember: It’s okay if your brows don’t match exactly. Your eyebrows should be sisters, not twins.
Plump up your pout
Lip fillers? No way. You can easily plump up your pout without chemicals or your life’s savings. All you need to get those kissable lips is lip primer, a shimmery white or cream eyeshadow, your favorite lipstick, and lip liner that’s just a shade or two darker.
You always want to start any makeup application with a clean base, so first things first — wipe your lips with a washcloth, removing any flakes or roughness. Then apply a lip primer like Too Faced’s Lip Insurance Lip Primer. Stretch your lips as you swipe the product on, making sure to get it in all the nooks and crannies. This priming step is essential in ensuring your lip color stays on all day. You don’t want your hard work to go to waste, do you?
Next, line your lips with a color that’s just slightly darker than your lipstick. Lip liner that’s a shade or two darker will give the visual effect of fuller lips. But don’t go too dark — keep it natural. Then apply your favorite lipstick, and blend the two together with your finger.
Now comes the fun part. Pull out that shimmery white or cream eyeshadow (and hey, why not try the same one you used to highlight your collarbones?) and lightly touch your finger to it, picking up just a small amount of product. Now dab that finger right on the cupid’s bow of your upper lip — you know, the little triangle below your nose. Put a little more product on your finger, then dab the center of your bottom lip at its fullest point.
Full, pouty lips — no needles required.