“Let’s get makeovers!” The phrase conjures up images of teenage girls giggling over magazines during a sleepover. But a makeover doesn’t have to be a leftover memory from our high school years. Makeovers are all about reinventing yourself, creating a look that makes you feel beautiful, and wearing it confidently; that is an idea we can use at any age.
Whether you want a look to take with you to your new job or want a fun way to spend a Friday night, we’ve got you covered with everything you need for a killer makeover.
As younger girls giving each other makeovers, we often scoured magazines looking for what was “in” to help us create the “perfect” fashionable look. But when it comes to creating your look, there is no “correct” way to do it. There are countless styles and aesthetics out there, and the goal of a makeover is to try out the look that will make you feel fantastic.
Of course, all these possibilities can make giving yourself a makeover an overwhelming experience. So, developing a vision of one specific look you want to try is a good idea. If you don’t know where to begin, try exploring your options by:
- Browsing Pinterest
- Visiting stores you don’t usually go to
- Check out your local thrift store
- Think of people in your life with styles you respect
- Rewatch movies or TV shows with costuming you enjoy
Remember, creating a vision of the type of look you want to create for your makeover doesn’t mean you will be stuck with that look for the rest of your life. The idea is to try something new.
For some, a makeover is a head-to-toe experience, and if that’s true for you, then a shopping trip may be the perfect way to kick off your makeover. When looking for new clothes for your makeover, don’t focus just on buying what’s the most expensive or what is currently trending on social media. Look for clothing that suits you and makes you feel gorgeous.
There is a plethora of ways to do this. This may involve looking for outfits that create a different type of silhouette or trying out different colors. It isn’t always easy to break out of the mold of the same sort of clothes that you’ve always worn. An excellent exercise to help you try something new is to bring a trusted friend with you and have them choose an outfit or two for you. Even if you don’t like their chosen outfit, it may help you identify what you want to try.
Accessories are usually a small part of anyone’s outfit, but they can significantly impact your overall look. For example, the right pair of earrings can take a dress from a casual look to wear at the farmer’s market to a glamourous look you’d wear on a first date. Things that fall under the category of “accessories” include:
The nice thing about accessories is that there is so much variety, so if you think that a specific accessory doesn’t look good on you, you can try another one. For example, someone who doesn’t like how an early 2000s newsboy-style hat looks on them may find that they like how berets look on them.
A Gorgeous Makeup Look
Makeup gets a mixed reputation. Many women argue that they’re made to feel like they must wear makeup to be beautiful. Others argue that wearing makeup is a form of empowerment to embrace. You’ll have to draw your own conclusion. But if makeup is something you enjoy or have always wanted to try out, a makeover is the perfect time to turn your face into your canvas.
If you’re looking to create a new makeup look, here are a few things to keep in mind:
Where Are You Wearing This Look?
Are you creating a look to wear for a night on the town? Are you going to a job interview? Or do you just want an everyday look to wear when you run to the store? The venue will usually change the intensity of the look. A “going out” look will sparkle more than an elegant, understated, professional interview look.
How Eye-Catching Do You Want To Be?
Even if you’re planning to hit the clubs, that doesn’t mean you have to dial your makeup look to 11. For some ladies, bold-colored eye shadow and lipstick make them feel fierce and ready to take on the world. For others, it makes them feel uncomfortable. You can still create a glamourous look without going as big with the colors. Using more neutral colors that match your skin’s undertones will still give you a beautiful, radiant look.
What Are You Wearing With It?
The bright red lipstick that looks amazing with that jumpsuit you wore to the Fourth of July barbeque may look different with the peach-colored dress you want to wear to a wedding. When creating your makeup looks, remember what outfits you have and imagine which looks would match which outfits.
A New Do
Our hair is our crown, and a makeover is a perfect place to play with new styles. Of course, any Black woman will tell you that creating new looks can be time-intensive and painful, depending on the style you’re attempting. This is especially true if you’re looking to try a new braided look. If you want a genuinely elaborate look, you’ll want to look up the style in advance and make sure you can find someone to help you pull the look off.
Another great option that will allow you to try out incredible styles without the time, energy, or scalp pulling that goes with an evening spent at the salon is to invest in a wig. You can choose from a wide range of styles and even try a different hair color without risking your natural hair texture using hair dye.
Visit Instant Arewa Hair for a wide variety of styles you can try during your next makeover, including our beautiful collection of locs wigs. Then the only things you’ll need for your next makeover are a little confidence and a lot of attitude.