The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on all of us, both physically and mentally. With many Americans across the country continuing to work from home, pajamas and bedhead have become the official work attire for some. For others, sporting the hairstyle, outfit, and makeup for daily Zoom meetings has become the norm.
If you’ve taken a look in the mirror lately and said “this isn’t it”, it’s time for a change. A complete makeover is great for some, but for others who aren’t too keen on committing to their new look, temporary fixes are the way to go.
If you’re part of the latter group, here are some ways to switch up your look without the commitment or breaking the bank:
Pick a New Lip Color
Even something as simple as switching your lipstick color can bring a big change to your look. While it’s good to have that go-to color you can wear anytime, it can get boring after a while. Do you mostly wear bold reds? Try sporting nude shades or using a tinted lip balm to give you a more subdued look. If you’re a fan of more natural shades, wearing vibrant colors can help switch up your look.
Buying a new lipstick is daunting, especially if you’re not sure about the shade. Lots of makeup brands offer lipstick samplers or even give big discounts on their products, so be on the lookout for those juicy deals!
Change the Shape of Your Brows
Our brows are one of the most important parts of our face, and even a little tweak can completely change the way you look. Before getting that brow appointment or DIY-ing it, do some research on the best eyebrow shape for your face. Once you’ve got an idea about the best shape for you, you can go about changing your brow shape in a couple of ways: schedule an appointment at a salon, which might set you back a few dollars, or take out an eyebrow razor and tweezers and do it yourself.
Eyebrows tend to grow back really quick, especially when you only shave them. So if you change your brows and end up not liking them, wait about a week and they’ll be back to how they were pre-shave.
Give Yourself a Mani-Pedi
Salons are only starting to open. With having spent so much time at home, you might not feel comfortable enough to schedule an appointment just yet. These days, it might feel like the hours aren’t enough to get anything done, but take a breather, have a self-care day, and paint your nails the way you want them. You might be used to seeing your non-polished nails, but having a bit of color on them can improve your mood.
Style Your Hair Differently
Just like your eyebrows, your hair can completely change your look. There are lots of ways you can go about changing your hair to give you a new boost of confidence and look better in your Zoom meetings.
Change Your Part
This is the easiest way to change your look because all you need is a comb. When you’re feeling lazy, you can even use your hand to change your hair part. If you usually part your hair in the middle, give your look an edge by switching to a side part and vice versa.
Do you want shiny locks like the kind you see in hair commercials? Get yourself a bottle of hair gloss. It can last you anywhere from 3 to 4 weeks depending on what kind of shampoo you use. If you use shampoos with harsh chemicals like sulfates, it might wash off quicker. Use gentle shampoo free of sulfates and other harsh chemicals to keep your hair shiny and healthier-looking for longer.
Get a Wig
Want to get creative with hair color and hairstyle but can’t deal with the commitment that comes with it? Don’t worry about it, because a solution to this problem exists. Get a wig! You might think that wigs are only for costumes, but they can be used in everyday life too. If you ever find yourself in a store that sells wigs, you’ll see some cool wigs in unique styles and colors. Some of them even make use of real hair, giving you a more natural look.
Add an Accessory or Two
If you’re tired of your plain hairstyle, get an accessory to match your look or even your mood that day. Accessories are a great way to show off your personality and complement your outfit.
Try a New Outfit Combo
Everyone has a favorite outfit they like to wear, but wearing the same combination of outfits can get old quickly. Get your clothes out of the closet and find new combinations you can wear. This will help you make it seem like you freshened your wardrobe up without having to spend any money.
While we continue to live through the pandemic, it won’t hurt to liven things up by changing your look now and then. With these quick and easy tips, you can change your look whenever you want and however you want without burning a hole in your wallet.