Sarah is a makeup obsessed 30-year-old in Little Rock, Arkansas. I love trying new makeup and watching tutorials on new looks.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Everyone has an opinion on whether it's better to be short or tall, thin or curvy, blonde or brunette, etc. Some people like the all-natural look, while others love a dramatic red lip and a dark smoky eye.
When it comes to beauty, all that matters is that YOU feel good in your own skin and are able to express yourself in the way that you want to. With that being said, I have some tips that will enhance the beauty that you already have—and they're all super easy and quick! Try some of these tips below and let me know what you think.
I believe in manicures. I believe in overdressing. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick. I believe in pink. I believe happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and . . . I believe in miracles.
— Audrey Hepburn
1. Brighten Your Eyes
When you look into someone's eyes, usually the first thing you notice is the color. Are they brown, green, or blue? But what really makes your eye color pop is the white part of your eyes. The long-term way to whiten your eyes is, of course, to eat healthily and get good sleep—but an instant way is to use eye drops. This will hydrate your eyes, reduce redness, and immediately make them brighter. Don't use them every day, just when your eyes are dry, red, or you need a little pick-me-up.
2. Whiten Your Smile
Having whiter teeth can make you look younger and healthier. Straight and white teeth are signs of good health. While you can't straighten your teeth instantly, you can whiten them by using whitening strips, whitening mouth wash, or getting them professionally whitened at your dentist. In terms of straightening, it will take time. But there's no better time to start than the present! You can get discuss what method is best for you with your dentist.
3. Achieve a Healthy Glow
Having healthier skin can minimize the look of acne, wrinkles, veins, and discoloration. But if you wake up in the morning and your skin looks as tired as you feel, there is a way you can fib that healthy glow.
Using a combination of highlighter, blush, and bronzer can make your skin look dewy and fresh. And your skin and bone structure will stand out if you highlight and contour in the correct spots. This subtle "no makeup" or "I woke up like this" look started trending in 2018. So as a result, there are plenty of brands out there to try.
These products are your best friend—there's no need to bake in the sun and damage your skin to achieve glowing results!
4. Wear Red
When you think of sexy, what color comes to mind? If you are like most people, you probably think red. Why is that? Maybe because red is a color that has been linked to love and passion. Think about it, red lipstick, red lingerie, red hearts for Valentine's Day, red roses, red is everywhere when it has to do with love. So when a person wears red, it automatically makes people more attracted to them.
In the study "Oxygenated-Blood Colour Change Thresholds for Perceived Facial Redness, Health, and Attractiveness," a group of men was shown pictures of a woman. For some men, the woman in the photo was wearing a red shirt. For others, the same exact woman was wearing a blue shirt. The results found that the men rated the woman in red as more attractive than the same woman who was wearing blue. They also were more interested in dating the woman with the red shirt. Surprisingly, when the men were asked if the color of her shirt had any influence on their attraction, none reported that it did. This indicates that color influences our judgments in an unconscious way. We don't even realize we're more attracted to it.
Try wearing red lipstick or a red dress to really stand out in a crowd. Even just having red nails or wearing red earrings can increase your chances of appearing more attractive.
5. Wear Vanilla
It's long been believed that vanilla is a natural aphrodisiac. The sweet, welcoming smell of Vanilla has a euphoric effect that sets a sensual mood. If you are looking for a scent that is sexy, you want a scent that has vanilla in it. It has been proven that people prefer scents that remind them of comforting situations. Vanilla is a sweet, warm fragrance that reminds people of their childhoods. Some perfumes that have a vanilla scent are:
- Byredo Gypsy Water
- Hypnotic Poison By Christian Dior
- Victoria's Secret Coconut Passion
- Britney Spears Hidden Fantasy
- Krigler Subtle Orchid
- Pacifica Island Vanilla
6. Wear Nude Heels
You probably already know that wearing heels is supposed to make you look more attractive by making you appear taller, walk with better posture, and even lift your booty. Not to mention that heels make you appear more feminine, which has been known to increase attractiveness. But why nude heels? Well, because it creates the illusion that you have longer legs. You can wear nude heels with dresses, skirts or jeans. Because it is a neutral color, it pretty much goes with everything. Try buying some nude heels today and see how great your legs look!
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7. Fill in Your Eyebrows
Eyebrows are important because they really frame your face. It has been proven that bushy, full eyebrows are often preferred. Scientists at Oakland University asked 1,000 people to rate images based on attractiveness. Dr. Lisa Welling, the study's senior author, explains some of the possible reasons for the preference:
“It could be that relatively thicker eyebrows signal other qualities, such as a tendency towards more grooming . . . It is also possible that this preference reflects current fashion trends. Whatever the associated trait, it seems to be particularly desirable in a long-term mating context, such as marriage.”
So to make sure your eyebrows are "on fleek," you can try getting eyebrow extensions, using eyebrow gel or powder, or even get microblading, which is where they are essentially tattooing the perfect eyebrows on. I know that sounds scary, but if you go to an expert, it looks great!
Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.
— Coco Chanel
8. Show Off Your Neckline
Sometimes when women think about showing off skin to look sexy, they think they have to show a lot of cleavage, but the truth is that they don't! Showing off your neckline or décolletage without showing off too much cleavage can be very attractive. It's feminine, flirty, and leaves you wanting more. It also draws attention to the length of your neck. To achieve this look, try wearing an off the shoulder shirt or cold shoulder sweater. To emphasize it more, you can actually take a highlighter and highlight your collarbone. Try layering some long but dainty necklaces to really draw your eye.
9. Wear Lipstick or Lip Gloss
Lipstick is an important beauty trick that most women can't live without. Wearing lipstick brings out the beauty in you and frames that gorgeous smile. Also, it draws people's eyes to your lips, which, of course, then makes them think of kissing.
You don't have to wear a dark color to look attractive. Even a nude color with a shimmery gloss will really pull the rest of your look together. If nothing else, wearing a lip product will make your lips look more hydrated and healthy, which is always a plus.
Aside from the cosmetic appeal, the best thing about lipstick is that it makes people feel more confident and put together. Nothing like a good lip to brighten up your day!
10. Make Eye Contact and Smile
While making eye contact and smiling may not seem important, it really is. Making eye contact shows that you are confident and giving attention to whoever you are talking to. Smiling makes you seem outgoing and more approachable. If there was someone at a party that you were thinking about talking to, you wouldn't go up to them if they were frowning or always looking at their phone, would you? No. Because it makes it seem like they want to be left alone.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2018 Sarah Spradlin
Zoe on August 16, 2020:
I think everyone is Beautiful the way they are but I also think this stuff is pretty cute too.
Eleanor on August 12, 2020:
What do I do with my eyebrows if they are super light?
K on August 02, 2020:
This is dumb and not helpful.
Hahsti on July 27, 2020:
I hate this quiz bc everybody is beautiful & unique
Jess on July 18, 2020:
I Think This Is Really Good Information But I Think Stuff Like Were A Red Dress Like That’s not Something you Can Were all The time so I feel Like it would show some Pictures Of like cute Clothes and Like cute shoes and hair accessories and some good makeup so that people can Try that stuff out and see If they like it I think How to be pretty is more about Clothes and what you wear and like what your hair ,nails.shoes and skin look like me I’ve got the worst skin ever My hand and Really Really Bad from slime But I think everyone Is pretty In there own say That no matter what your skin looks like or what you wear you are still gorgeous In your own way!
Sarah Spradlin (author) from Little Rock, Arkansas on July 06, 2020:
I'm sure you are beautiful!
Amelia on July 02, 2020:
I am going to try i am sooooooooooo ugly
emily on July 04, 2019:
this is great thanks
Unknown on March 29, 2019:
I think these are helpful, but they need a little more.