4 Tips to Help You Out if You Want to Change Something About Your Look
Changing the color of your hair, the shape of brows, or simply applying makeup in a different way — even the smallest changes can affect the way we look. And that means feeling differently too. Researchers have found that dyeing your hair, for example, can influence your self-image, bring psychological satisfaction, and even release stress.
We at Bright Side want our readers to look (and feel) their absolute best, that’s why we’ve prepared these tips on changing your appearance in case you feel like trying out something new.
1. Changing the color of your hair.
- If your skin has a warm undertone, it’s advised that you go for cool blonde shades if you have fair skin (it will neutralize the redness), cooler brown tones (dark chocolate, chestnut, etc.) will suit those with medium skin. And if your tone is deep, look for warm brown colors (caramel, golden brown, etc.) to complement your skin’s depth.
- If your skin has cool undertones, try out something warm. Those with fair skin would look great with gold and caramel-colored hair. To avoid looking washed-out, dye your hair golden brown or amber if you have a medium skin tone. People with deeper skin tones look great with their naturally dark hair or they can add chocolaty color to neutralize the cool tones of their skin.
- A neutral undertone means that generally, you have a wider choice. Fair skin looks great against the strawberry blonde, copper, and amber-colored hair. Those with medium skin can try out different shades of black: true black, espresso, etc. People with a deep skin tone can rock vibrant colors like auburn red, reddish-brown, and others.
2. Choosing the perfect haircut.
There are many things we should consider before cutting our hair, for example, your face shape (we have a comprehensive guide on it right here). Another thing that’s crucial to take into account is the texture of your hair.
- Fine hair will benefit from haircuts with minimum graduation, for example, bob cuts, pixie cuts, and wedges. To make the hair appear more voluminous, you can add texturizing products or chemical wave/root lift applications.
- Medium hair texture means that you have more variety, as you don’t have to do too much to change it. Think about whether you want your hair to appear thinner or thicker. In the former case, try out razor cut styles. If you’d like more hair, use minimum graduation. Haircuts you can choose from are a simple bob, long hair with layers, or a layered shoulder-length ’do.
- Finally, if the texture of your hair is coarse, it’s a good idea to try to lessen the bulk. That’s why this type of hair looks best with layered styles, razor cuts, etc. In addition to looking good, these hairstyles will also make maintaining your hair a bit easier. Consider getting a pixie cut or a rounded layered bob.
3. Changing the eyebrow shape.
Getting your eyebrows right can be tricky sometimes. Luckily, there is a technique for mapping that can make this task a little easier for us.
- Start off by placing your eyebrow pencil vertically at the side of your nose. The point where the pencil meets the level of your brows should be your starting point.
- Then place the pencil next to the side of your nose, but this time, turn it diagonally so that it lies over your eye. The point where the pencil meets the brow bone is where the arch of your brow should be.
- Lastly, let’s determine where the brow should end. Place the pencil next to the side of your nose and align it with the outer corner of your eye. The end should be parallel to the starting point of the brow.
4. How applying blush can change your face
Make-up artists believe that blush placement is not universal: applying it to the apples of your cheeks might not be the right choice for everyone. Like with many makeup-related things, there are individual nuances. In this case, it all depends on your face shape. Here are some recommendations:
- Oval face: place blush all over your cheekbones. You want to avoid the hollow below the bone itself to make the cheekbone appear higher.
- Square face: apply blush below the cheekbone. This will help your face appear softer.
- Oblong face: place blush on your cheekbones below the inner corners of your eyes. Blend the product well to make sure that it extends below the tip of your nose. This technique will make your face look shorter.
- Heart-shaped face: place blush to the outer corner of the cheekbone, starting by your ear and blend toward the center of your face. It will soften the edges and make your face appear more oval.
- Round face: apply your blush starting from the ear down the cheekbone. You can also sweep some blush on the chin to make your face look a bit longer.
- Triangular face: you can place blush in the shape of a sideways V in the area of your cheekbones. Blend the product up toward your temples — this will help to balance out your features.
Bonus: Determine the undertone of your skin
When it comes to the tone and undertone of your skin, there might be some confusion. Makeup artists suggest that the former can change throughout the year depending on how much time you’ve spent in the sun, the undertone of your skin doesn’t change — it’s the shade within the color of your skin.
While matching things like foundation with your skin tone is quite straightforward (just make sure it blends in seamlessly), determining your undertone can be a bit tricky. Here are a few ways to do it:
- Look at the veins on your wrist. If they appear blue and purple, you have a cool skin tone. If you see green (or greenish) color there, your undertone is warm. If you can’t tell for sure — it’s neutral.
- Think about your favorite jewelry. Those of us with warm undertones look better in gold, whereas silver suits cold skin undertones better.
- Remember how your skin reacts to the sun. If you burn easily, it’s likely that you have cold undertones. If you get tan — it’s warm. If you do both — your undertone is neutral.
When was the last time you changed something in your appearance? Did you like the outcome?
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