No matter who we are, what we do, and what we’re working on, we want to know how to look good.
Let’s admit – our society is fixated on our looks, and even though we see a ton of gorgeous variety lately, there’s still constant pressure to look good everywhere you go.
And to be honest, I don’t think it’s a bad thing.
Knowing how to look good can open a ton of doors for you; it can help you win the hearts of those you like and even help you build a better career.
It isn’t lovely, but it is true, and you can take advantage of it.
Even more – you can thrive in your life (no matter your age!), using your self-love, self-care, and self-worth to emphasize and enhance your natural beauty.
Don’t forget that beauty is often in the eyes and ears of the beholder, and there is always more than meets the eye.
But in this article, let’s look at the science of looking attractive and some practical tips that will help you to look your best.
What Does It Mean To Look Good?
Looking good means looking your absolute best – healthy, happy, pretty, and put together.
It’s important to note that to look good doesn’t mean you have to follow some specific beauty standard or try to look like your favorite Instagram model.
You don’t have to be perfect.
Knowing how to look good is about learning essential hygiene, style, and beauty rules that can make anyone stand out.
It’s about emphasizing your unique features, personality, and how you see the world around you.
According to Doctor Nina, beauty is being the best version of yourself inside and out.
And when you look good and feel attractive, your whole life is influenced positively.
So, what are the practical ways to look more attractive?
Attractiveness encompasses different factors, including grooming, health, confidence, fashion sense, and posture.
Here’s how to look good, boost your attractiveness, and make everything about you extremely magnetizing!
How To Look Good In General
1. Put Your Hygiene First
To clarify a bit – I’m not making any accusations here!
Just the basic rules, okay?
No matter who you are and what you do, if you want to look good, it’s important to be clean and smell nice.
Nothing is more off-putting than someone who smells like sweat and skips the basic hygiene rules.
To make a strong foundation for anything else you do with your appearance, start your days with a shower, bath, or quick refresh.
Wash and brush your hair (or use dry shampoo when you’re out of time), cleanse and care for your skin, and ensure you wear clean underwear.
If your clothes are usually on the tighter side, I recommend seamless panties for a really “clean” look.
Funny thing – there’s a saying that if you can smell yourself a little, everyone else can smell you a lot.
I can’t confirm nor deny that, but it had to come from somewhere, right?
2. Find Your Signature Perfume
How to look good with minimal effort?
Believe it or not, a good and fitting perfume is your fastest way to that.
An interesting, sensual, or original smell can reveal your personality and create a magnetic aura around you.
Smelling good is extremely attractive, and all you have to do is find that one perfume that fits your personality, style (and nose!) perfectly.
Do not flood yourself with an ocean of perfume, though – a few spritzes on your neck or hair are enough, and you’ll be turning heads for sure.
Remember – less is always more when you want to look good!
3. Keep Your Clothes Clean And Ironed
If you want to look good no matter what you wear, make sure your clothes are always clean (especially your underwear) and ironed if you like the look of perfectly neat clothes.
An inexpensive style can instantly look better if everything is clean, spotless, and wrinkle-free.
(Hint: also, check our guide on how to develop your personal style).
4. Style Your Hair
Hair can easily make or break our look.
Here are a few examples of how much hair can influence and affect our visuals.
A general rule for good-looking hair is that your hair should look clean and healthy.
Messy, lifeless, dry, and oily hair can really diminish all of your effort to look good.
Therefore, start with taking good care of your hair and address specific needs to nurture your tresses back to health.
Then, experiment with different hairstyles until you find something that fits you perfectly.
A beautiful and stylish hairstyle should frame your face, emphasize your best facial features, and be comfortable to style and wear.
If you want your hair to look good daily with as little effort as possible, choose a simple, stylish, and easy-to-care-for haircut.
Your hairstylist can help you to choose, but here are some ideas for inspiration!
A quick tip: if you want to heal and hydrate your hair but don’t have time for that in the morning, apply olive oil to your hair, put a shower cap on, and go to sleep.
Wash your hair with shampoo and conditioner in the morning.
Your hair will be shiny, soft, and, eventually, much healthier.
5. Master Your Makeup Game
If you want to look good, why not emphasize your best features with makeup?
Of course, this is completely optional, but if you do not shy away from cosmetics, this can enhance your looks quickly and substantially.
To look good but not overdone, look for makeup products that help your face look good while giving you a natural finish.
Always choose products that match your skin tone, hair color, and eye color.
For a healthy and natural makeup that enhances your beautiful facial features, choose more delicate makeup options, like:
- Neutral-colored, soft eyeshadow colors instead of bold colors;
- Lash-lengthening instead of volumizing mascara (the latter is usually more clumpy);
- Dark brown instead of black eyeliner (it gives a softer contrast);
- Lightweight, dewy BB cream instead of full-coverage foundation;
- Contouring kit in a lighter color (you can always add a bit more if needed);
- A soft, peachy cream blush instead of darker rouge for your cheeks;
- Translucent finishing powder instead of baked powder;
- A clear lip gloss instead of lipstick (for a healthy and youthful look).
Lately, I’ve been in love with this amazing sculpting kit by Rimmel.
The colors are stunning (the photo does not show their beauty!) and look natural.
It’s the only sculpting combo that makes me look like I’ve just stepped from a fashion show.
I am not a huge fan of blushes, but this color is so natural and peachy that it looks gorgeous on my face.
The highlighter in this kit is also on point – not too shimmery, not too shiny, just gently glowy, and perfect for any time of the day.
6. Straighten Your Posture
Our body language is half of our image.
If you’re already into it or just started learning how to look good, put good posture at the top of your list.
Instead of walking, sitting, or standing in a hunched, uncomfortable, and insecure pose, try to straighten up.
Stand tall, keep your head high, push your chest forward, and roll your shoulders back.
A straight posture instantly gives you a healthier, more confident stance, thus helping you look more visually appealing.
7. Smile More
Do you want to know how to look good at work meetings, pictures, parties, weddings, and anything else except funerals?
Smiling people look better instantly because they emit positivity and friendliness – something we always look for in others.
Here is an example of how a smile can make a person appear more friendly, relaxed, and approachable:
Make use of this trick as often as you can!
The appearance of your teeth can also make a big difference.
For example, if your teeth need straightening, you could experience a drastic confidence and appearance boost just by getting them “fixed.”
It doesn’t mean you must live with metal braces for a year or two.
These days, you can straighten your teeth with modern clear braces like Invisalign, which are almost invisible.
Another way to improve your teeth’ appearance is to whiten them.
You can do that with teeth whitening strips that are suitable to use at home or opt for professional teeth whitening.
Your dentist can help you to make the best decision!
A key takeout?
Even a gentle, closed smile is better than a frown.
8. Eat Well and Work Out
A healthy lifestyle can help you to build a fit and attractive body, that’s for sure…
You look good when you feel good, so don’t forget the importance of beautifying yourself from within.
You can also get massages to improve circulation and relax tense muscles (or mind!).
Related: How To Enjoy Working Out
Another optional yet noteworthy way to care for your health and beauty is to take high-quality supplements.
Essential vitamins, amino acids, and minerals are crucial for every process in your body: hair growth, skin renewal, nail keratinization – you name it.
Our tissues are “hungry” for nutrients.
If you don’t get enough of them in your diet (frankly, it’s hard to do), consider supplementing.
The most popular supplement choices for hair, skin, and nail health are probably Biotin and Collagen.
These nutrients help your skin stay elastic, support faster hair growth, keep your skin plump and blemish-free, and help prevent wrinkles.
You can find Biotin and Collagen supplements in powder form, capsule form, or liquid form, which has the highest bioavailability.
A good example of a liquid Biotin + Collagen supplement is Wellabs Liquid Collagen for hair growth.
9. Invest Into Your Looks
Let’s bite the lemon and touch the necessary truth – beauty needs money and time.
It takes effort to find fitting clothes, willpower to exercise, courage, money to try different hairstyles or makeup, and patience to keep a skincare routine.
But hey, you want to look good, and it’s important to you, right?
Then it’s worth the effort and investment – as long as it makes you happy.
If the budget is tight, don’t worry – there are still many options.
- You can find many inexpensive skincare and makeup products at the drugstore – just choose the ones with helpful ingredients.
- Face and scalp massage is a free and effective way to improve skin and hair condition.
- You can exercise at home instead of going to the gym.
- Just drinking enough water every day can improve the condition of our skin.
- You can find nice-looking clothes at thrift stores and small boutiques – the key is to know how to dress expensive without actually buying expensive!
When you want something, you have to work for it; there’s no simple way around it (sigh).
10. Know Your Worth
Some part of looking great depends not on our visuals but on our philosophy.
So, if you want to look good, practice remembering your worth, too.
Loving and appreciating yourself doesn’t mean you must be arrogant or full of yourself.
Knowing your worth, feeling confident in your abilities, and embracing your values shows the world that:
- You like yourself and your life;
- You know that you look good;
It’s called confidence, and it’s irresistibly sexy!
How To Look Good At Work
Now that we know how to look good in general, let’s look at more specific situations, like looking great at work.
Some things can help you elevate your looks in a business or commercial environment and even help you perform better.
Let’s take a look at them.
1. Make Sure Your Nails Look Excellent
I hate this fact, but it’s easy to get cold and judgemental looks just because your nail polish is chipped.
If you’re an employee, a good manicure is a must.
Not only can it help you to look good while interacting with other people, but it’s also aesthetically pleasing to your own eyes.
I know you’re busy enough with all that work overload (aren’t we all?), so I recommend a gel manicure that lasts much longer than regular polish.
A nice gel mani will last you up to 14 days.
Do it once and forget for two weeks – now that’s life!
If you don’t have time or resources to visit a nail salon twice a month, invest in an at-home gel polish kit.
I was afraid to do my own gel manicure at first, but it turned out easy and pleasant because gel polish does not dry until you put it under a UV lamp.
You can sweep and swipe that gel polish until it looks good.
2. Stay Hydrated
This may sound funny, but if you want to look good at work, you need to stay hydrated.
People undervalue the importance of water!
Lack of moisture can make your whole face look tired and dull:
- Your skin might look dry and irritated;
- Your eyes can appear red due to the dryness;
- Your lips get chappy if you don’t drink enough water.
All of this can be avoided with a few sips of water several times per hour.
You don’t need to chug a whole gallon – just make sure your body is getting regular water ingestions, and you will look good just because you are properly hydrated.
3. Dominate In Power Colors
Have you ever noticed how striking black, white, or red outfits look?
Something about these colors makes you look really good and almost hypnotic when you wear them.
So when you strive to look good at work, wear clothes in colors that speak power, confidence, status, and energy.
Deep black, snow white, cherry red, and navy blue are the perfect colors to choose from.
These colors look extremely stylish in cold winters, too.
Heels or stylish platform shoes, a hint of your favorite high-quality fragrance, and some red lipstick are other options that help you to look good and professional.
How To Look Good In Pictures
Ah, the camera game!
Knowing how to look good in pictures is pretty useful, so here are my best tips that I’m sure you will love.
1. Take Your Photos From Far Away
The number 1 lesson to learn if you want to look good in pictures is to create distance.
Taking pictures up close always makes your face look distorted and not what you look like in reality.
To look good in a photo, ask someone else to snap it for you (a few feet apart), or use a timer function and pose!
2. Never Take Your Pictures From The Bottom
Taking a photo from the bottom angle makes you look weird and adds extra “weight” that doesn’t necessarily exist in reality.
On the other hand, taking pictures from the top perspective emphasizes your eyes and cheekbones, which will always look good in any photo.
3. Play With Angles
Everyone has an angle that looks better than another (yes, you too), and it’s a good idea to find yours.
To do that, don’t be afraid to experiment and take many pictures to determine the most flattering angle for you.
Once you find it, play it like your best card and emphasize this best side to look good in every selfie (and life, of course!).
How To Look Good Without Makeup
Makeup is awesome, but there are times in our lives when we just want to look good… Without it.
Maybe your workplace has strict no-makeup rules.
Maybe you’re invited to a third date with that guy you’re crushing on hard.
Maybe you are prioritizing productivity instead.
Or maybe you just don’t want to overwhelm your already tired and irritated skin.
There are many reasons to learn how to look good without makeup; thankfully, it’s not that hard!
1. Keep The Best Skincare Routine You Can Afford Right Now
SPF sunscreen, BB cream, and masks – pamper your skin so it can be glowing, healthy, and soft without any makeup on.
Caring for your skin requires effort but can reward you with an even complexion and healthy pores.
If you struggle to find what suits your skin, it might be helpful to see a dermatologist.
This way, you will avoid overspending on products that don’t help your skin.
Also, sometimes, our skin needs stronger treatments to reduce inflammation, eliminate bacteria, or minimize scars and wrinkles.
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2. Wash And Brush Your Hair
Your hair can be very helpful if you want to look good while all-natural.
Going no-makeup with unwashed, limp hair can easily ruin the look.
However, combining clean skin and a simple, clean, tidy hairstyle looks natural and youthful.
So, this one is easy – just make sure to wash your hair and tidy it up a bit.
3. Take Care Of Your Lips
When your skin is cared for, and your hair looks great, the last thing to check is your lips.
Are they clean?
Are they moisturized?
Are there any visible dryness or cracks?
To make your lips look good (and irresistible) without makeup, put them on a nice lip scrub session.
Then, apply a generous amount of lip balm and check on them a few times daily to ensure they still look good.
4. Maintain Healthy Lifestyle
Skincare and haircare can sure do a lot for our beauty, but some things are undeniably more powerful.
A healthy diet, regular exercise, a satisfying sleep schedule, and daily stress-relief activities can sometimes do more than any product.
Because it shows when you maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Your skin glows, your hair shines, your eyes sparkle, and your smile stays on your face more often.
Healthy is pretty!
Can You Look Good At Any Age?
Absolutely, 100% yes.
Just because you’re used to seeing younger models everywhere in the media doesn’t mean that only young women can look good.
Many women look good despite their age – and that’s not some exception to the rule.
A few examples of women who look good after 50 (or even 80!) are Christie Brinkley, Demi Moore, Jennifer Lopez, Halle Berry, and Elizabeth Hurley – this list could continue.
You can age gracefully and look good simultaneously – it all comes down to your choices and how you feel about yourself in the first place.
How To Look Good: Conclusion
To look good, you must take care of your appearance – that’s undeniable.
Because hey, even the prettiest girl can look good hiding behind four walls – but does it matter if she’s afraid to show her beauty to the world?
Confidence and courage to embrace your appearance are undeniably some of the most important things to remember when you want to look good.
It can make people fall for you not just because you’re pretty but because you like yourself.
And that, my friend, is completely, extremely, magnetically attractive.
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