How to Look Great

People tell you looking great is all a state of mind – and while that’s true to an extent, there are always physical things you can do to give your mind a kick-start in the looks stakes.

Whether it’s a new hairstyle, refreshing your wardrobe or accessorising to impress, make the most of what you’ve got and then add to it carefully, and you’ve got every chance of turning a few heads.

Be Kind to Your Skin

If you’re trying to turn yourself into a work of art, then your skin is your canvas. It’s hard to hide any blemishes – and while make-up can help in the short term, it’s likely to make things worse if you clog your pores and mess with your skin’s natural oil balance for a prolonged period.

A natural beauty regime is a good idea for sensitive skin, and there are plenty of products out there with few or no artificial and chemical ingredients. Find the ones that work for you, and make sure you use them as regularly as you’re supposed to, or the effects won’t be as good.

Skin ravaged by teenage acne, excessive sun exposure, hair growth and wrinkles can all be treated these days using intense pulses of laser light. Intense pulsed light systems are available from companies such as Ellipse BeautyLight, and work by targeting hair follicles and skin cells to rejuvenate the body in a non-invasive way.

Freshen Up Your Wardrobe

If you’re the kind of person who likes to wear jeans and a T-shirt all year round, that’s fine. Even just investing in a pair of designer jeans and a fitted T-shirt, rather than a baggy sack, can show your body at its best, whatever shape you are.

Skinny people can avoid looking too rakish by making sure they’re not swamped by excessive amounts of fabric, while those with curves will find fitted clothes help to sculpt them into the right places, rather than looking like there’s something to hide.

Of course there’ll always be people in better shape than you – we can’t all be Hollywood stars – so work with what you’ve got, and don’t be ashamed of it. Just a couple of good-quality garments will give you some choice for social engagements, and you can always keep your slouchy clothes for around the house.

Accessorise!

Accessories, frankly, are a lot of fun. If you’ve got piercings, make the most of your metal with some eye-catching earrings or body bars, and really rock that look. If not, there are non-invasive options that add glitz and glamour, from bracelets and necklaces for the ladies, to watches and cufflinks for the men.

Take a look at online retailer Fabulous Collections for more inspiration – they’re a great example of what’s available for both men and women, from designer jewellery for yourself or your partner, to delightful gifts that won’t cost the Earth, and ideas if you want something for a wedding.

Many brands have their own websites to take a look at, too – and simply adding accessories to your outfit is a great way to make a statement in the style stakes, without having to overhaul your entire wardrobe.