In today’s world, many believe that looking good is merely upholding a culture of unrealistic standards of beauty. It is just bringing in profits for the beauty industry, they say.
So why is looking good so important? Well, it’s because nobody can deny that when you look at yourself in a mirror and you’re pleased with what you see, your confidence increases by leaps and bounds. Everybody realizes how looking smart and beautiful is important when it comes to your personal life, but being well groomed is also of an advantage when it comes to your professional life. To show that you care about your appearance implies that you are conscientious, look after details and are not afraid of putting in hard work to reach perfection. That is why we are always told to look smart while going for interviews and client meetings. Looking good makes you feel good.
So how do you ensure that you always look smart, be it for a meeting or to go clubbing after work? How do you make sure that your date likes what he sees and your boss is not embarrassed by your appearance while meeting important clients? Here is a list of 10 points that will help you make sure you always look as gorgeous as you feel-
10- Keep your hair neat
Your hairstyle can make or break how you look. Nobody will look good even in the most fabulous of dresses if their hair is greasy and unwashed. Whether it is for office or partying, your hair should look healthy and well cared for. Shampoo your hair as often as necessary and oil it to avoid dryness and dullness. If you’ve treated your hair chemically, also invest in special hair care products to protect it from dust, heat and dry locks. Guys, remember that too much gel makes you look like a 15 year old teenager trying too hard to impress. Girls, remember that messy hair works for the beach, not for office. If you want to look professional, try braiding your hair instead of leaving it open. For parties, you can leave it open or go for a high ponytail if you plan to get sweaty dancing the night away.
9- Choose things that compliment your face structure
Your hairstyle should compliment your face. If you are conscious about your bulging cheeks, avoid short hairstyles. Instead, go for a layered cut that frames your face. Similarly, your spectacle frames should look good on you. Not everybody can carry off thin rimmed or nerd glasses. Just because they look good on your favourite celebrities does not necessarily mean you will be able to carry them off too. Instead of copying styles, choose a look that works for You and you will look smart. Long dangler earrings, for example, work well for a round face, making it appear longer and more oval. If your accessories are chosen to compliment your face and body structure, half your work is done.
8- Make up your face well
Do not cake it with foundation, eyeliner, over the top lipstick, eye-shadow, concealer, fake eyelashes and everything else you can find in your make up kit. Instead, look at the event that you’re going for and apply makeup accordingly. A light foundation or a BB cream will work well enough for office. For a party, however, you might want to apply concealer and contour your face as well. Nobody wears fake eyelashes unless there’s an important party and you’re really dressing up for it. Go easy on the blush while you’re in office, and your lipstick should be a nice and subdued shade. Keep the reds and the magentas for the after party. For parties, if you’re working up one aspect of your face, keep the other understated. For example, if you want dramatic, smoky eyes, make sure you go easy on other makeup products so as not to divert attention away from them. In short, too much makeup does not mean too much beauty.
7- Make sure your clothes are ironed
Crumpled clothes give an impression that you don’t care about how you look. Both men and women should ensure that no matter what the occasion, their clothes should be well ironed and clean. Do not go out with a huge stain in the middle of your nice shirt, or a tear in your stockings. That’s a big no no. Ensure that your clothes are never crumpled. When you iron them, hang them so as to make sure they don’t become crumpled again. If you find something is torn, mend it immediately or go to a tailor to get it repaired. Neat clothes are very important in looking smart. Even the best haute couture will look cheap if not properly washed and ironed.
6- Accessorize smartly
Do not overdo the jewellery, whether it is for office or parties. A statement necklace does not need chandelier earrings and multiple bangles, huge cocktail rings and anklets. Guys, make sure that your tie goes well with your shirt and blazer. Your cufflinks should be smart, especially for office wear. For parties, make sure you match your accessories. If you’ve invested in a smart watch, let it shine. For office, your jewellery should be smart and sophisticated. A simple gold chain with studs, paired with a smart outfit, can go miles in making you look good. Girls, while dressing for parties, choose one accessory that will shine if your clothes are simple. A statement neck piece with an LBD will look beautiful. For weddings and functions, heavy jewellery looks nice, but not otherwise.
5- Take care of your skin
If your skin looks nice and healthy, half your work is done. Drink loads of water to make your skin glow. Do not forget your sunscreen and get tanned. Going overboard with foundation that does not match your skin tone is also a bad idea. To make your skin look healthy and shining, apply face mask once or twice a week. A paste of besan, curd, honey and lemon will make your skin shine and remove tanning. You can use it on your arms and legs as well. Alternatively, you can buy one of the million organic skin masks and face packs available in the market today. But drinking plenty of water and getting enough sleep is the most important for fresh looking skin that will make you look beautiful.
4- Carry makeup touch-ups
Your makeup won’t last all day, no matter what the commercials claim. The smart thing to do is to always be prepared. Carry your basic makeup products with you in your bag. A lip balm is a must, especially during winters when lips tend to get chapped. On work days, a lipstick for touching up before important meetings is a good idea. Also, carry a comb to run through your hair before important events to make it lie down and look neater. If you have a long commute on dusty roads, maybe carrying a face wash and BB cream is also not a bad idea. And very importantly, carry sunscreen. You can apply it before stepping out in the sun.
They say clothes maketh a man. What they forget is that shoes are equally, if not more, important. You shoes form a very important part of your attire. You can wear streetside clothes and make them look good, but bad quality shoes are hard to conceal. Therefore, always invest in good shoes. Even basic shoes will do. For office wear, avoid glitter or high heels. Sober pumps or small platform heels, if you are short, will do. For guys, smart leather shoes look good. Save slippers for the beach. For party wear, you can stock up on beautiful heels, but make sure they are comfortable. Nobody looks good clumping around like a horse.
2- Coordinate your look
A red skirt, a magenta top, golden jacket, blue heels, haywire hair, red lipstick, smoky eyes, long gloves, chunky bangles and long silver necklaces- only a very, very few people can carry off this look. For us mere mortals, the best bet at looking good is to coordinate our outfit well. Choose colours that go together. Match your bag with your shoes. Use makeup well and don’t wear all pieces of jewellery you own together at the same time.
1- Dress according to your body type
There are clothes designed to flatter every type of body, the only thing is that we don’t know how to choose them. If you are on the plumper side, vertical striped will make you look taller. If you are short, long stripes with heels are your safest bet. Avoid long dresses and palazzo pants. For people with athletic frames, dresses cinched at the waist look good and give an appearance of a more rounded figure. The trick is to find clothes that flatter your particular body type. Once you do so, you will start looking better when you dress up.