It goes without saying, but you are beautiful as it. You do not need any product, clothing, or style change to become prettier, everyone is uniquely different, and has their own version of beauty.
Within this day and age, many women, and people, struggle to feel beautiful.
We are all constantly bombarded with images of photoshopped models, and subconsciously, we begin to relate beauty with something that we, and anyone, cannot obtain.
While the beauty model has changed from model skinny, to curvy like Kim K, women are always under pressure to look gorgeous. It was once if you’re not skinny, you’re not sexy — and now, unless you have thick thighs, you aren’t insta-worthy.
It’s hypocritical, and it’s designed to make you feel bad about yourself.
Not only that, but it’s important, before revealing ways that can make someone look prettier, to explain that they aren’t the problem. You, reading this article, really are beautiful as you are.
Most women, most people, end up feeling insecure about their looks at some point or another in their life.
Making Changes For Yourself Vs. Making Changes For Society
We say that, because there’s a difference between making changes to feel good about yourself, and making changes because you feel like you do not fit in a mold.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to look prettier and implementing steps to highlight your natural beauty.
However, if you feel like you do not match up to versions of women you see online, then you really need to understand that nobody does — these are edited creations, that have caused an impossible standard of beauty.
With all that said, if you want to look prettier because it makes you feel good, and feel more beautiful, then please, go ahead.
There is nothing wrong with that, in fact — we endorse it, if it’s because you want to feel prettier, and you know that there is nothing wrong with the way you already look.
It’s called beauty therapy for a reason, changing our appearance can really boost our self-esteem. Even doing smaller acts like putting on makeup and doing our nails can really release endorphins, and make us feel good about ourselves.
For some people, this is basic self-care, because they enjoy feeling, and looking good.
While you are beautiful just as is, there’s nothing wrong to want to jazz up your appearance and look, or feel, prettier.
With that said, let’s dive into 24 quick ways to look prettier!
How To Look Prettier Quick: 24 Tips
Below, we have 24 amazing tips on how to look prettier, quick. Some of them relate to physical appearance, some of them are more inner confident building, and others related more to self-care.
1. Get Your Nails Done
This can be as inexpensive, or as expensive, as your budget allows.
Getting your nails done is one of the quickest ways to look prettier. Nails are one of the first things that people notice, so if they’re looking good, it’s going to make you look more attractive.
Likewise, if you have cracked nail polish or dirty nails, it just suggests that you don’t care for yourself.
Whether you get your nails done professionally or paint them yourself, be sure to pick a color that makes you feel happy, and a shape that you love.
2. Wear A Bold Lip
There’s no color quite as iconic as a rogue. If you apply red lipstick, you’ll look prettier instantly. It’s a bold look and looks incredibly beautiful. Apply a matching lip liner to make sure your lips look even, and it’ll help your lipstick last longer.
When choosing a shade, make sure it compliments your complexion, too.
3. Grab Your Eyeliner
Eyeliner can seriously transform your look. If you want to look prettier, try a makeup look that involves eyeliner. For a more catty, serious look, use liquid eyeliner. If you want a smokier, more relaxed look, then you can use a pencil.
You don’t have to do winged eyeliner if it’s not your thing, but it looks seriously chic. If you would rather just have a pop of eyeliner on your lids, that can also be a cute look.
There are tons of different looks you can create with eyeliner, so choose your favorite, and try to mimic it.
4. Wear A Gorgeous Perfume
Perfume can be intoxicating. If you smell good, it can definitely make you feel, and look, prettier. That’s because a good perfume is enticing, and people naturally want to be around those who smell good.
No one wants to be around people who smell bad, and most people sway between smelling okay, and not really having much of a fragrance.
Don’t just buy any old perfume, though. You should wear perfume that you enjoy. Just because perfume is popular, does not mean you have to wear it. Sometimes, it’s about the way we carry ourselves.
If you’re wearing a great perfume, but you have a miserable face because you do not like the smell, then it’s not going to make you look prettier.
If you have a perfume you love, you’re going to not only smell great, but you will physically look prettier because you will hold yourself with much more respect and confidence.
Generally speaking, there are four main types of perfume: floral, woody, oriental, and fresh. Pop down to a fragrance shop, and try out some different scents to work out which type of perfume is for you.
If you smell good, you’ll be more noticeable, and people will find you more appealing, and hence, more attractive.
5. Use A Blackhead Face Mask
Ah, self-care. Sometimes, self-care hurts. In this case, a blackhead face mask can be a real painful one, but the result is amazing fresh skin. It basically pulls out all of your blackheads and the junk that’s in them and leaves you with much healthier skin.
Most of the time, these are peel-off masks, which is why they can hurt. However, your skin will thank you, as your pores won’t be as clogged up. It’s a super easy, and cheap way to get prettier skin.
6. Prep Your Lids Before Eyeliner
Yeah, this is a small tip, which can transform your makeup routine.
So, you can either buy eyeshadow primer or if you have any concealer, you can use that too. All you’re going to want to do is place that on your eyelids before you plan to apply any eyeshadow. A little goes a long way, so don’t overdo it.
The reason we prep the eyelids is that it’ll give your eyeshadow a base to stick to, which will make it last for longer. Plus, it’ll show off that gorgeous pigment better, so your eyeshadow will be popping.
7. Strike A Smile
We all hate it when men tell us to smile. It’s rude, it’s condensing, and it’s exactly what I am going to tell you right now.
However, if you want to look prettier instantly, whether in a photo, or real life, a smile can really do the trick. If you’re sat with a grumpy face, you’re not going to look very sociable, or appealing. While some people might like that, it’s not why you’re here.
When people see a smile, it really is infectious — it suggests happiness, warmth, and joy. It’s appealing to be around. So, if you want to make a good impression with someone, be sure to smile.
8. Pamper Your Hair
Is your hair looking a bit dull and boring? If so, then you’re in need of a hair pampering day.
First, you need to evaluate the condition of your hair. Are you a bleach blonde, with frizzy, damaged hair? Do you have healthy hair, that’s lost its shine? Are you somewhere in the middle?
Damaged hair: If you have super damaged hair, then you’re going to need to do a super-intensive hair mask treatment. While you cannot fix damaged hair, you can alter the appearance of damaged hair, so that it looks far prettier than before.
Healthy Hair: If you have healthy hair that’s lost its shine, then opt for products that promote shine and moisture. You want your hair to become hydrated and happy again, instead of boring, or dull.
You might even want to opt for a treatment that is specifically for your hair color. So, if you have brown hair, look for treatments that will bring out the shade of your hair.
Average Hair: If you’re somewhere in the middle, it’s generally an easier job. You want good treatment for your hair, that is hydrating. Look for products that have ‘coconut oil’, ‘avocado oil’, or even ‘shea butter’ in them.
You want to bring softness and life back to your hair. Like above, you can also try to find products that match your hair color, so it can make your shade shine.
Taking the time to look after your hair is really important, and is a very easy way to make yourself look prettier.
Whether you have super damaged hair, or your hair is relatively healthy, using hair masks will make the condition of your hair even better, and it’ll make your hair look a lot prettier because it looks healthier.
While a lot of people find affirmations cheesy, those who actually practice affirmations, swear by it, and it’s a science to it. When you say positive affirmations to yourself, it activities the reward center of your brain.
It’ll fire up neural pathways and begin to make you feel happy, and good when you say it. It’s akin to having a positive experience or eating good food.
Plus, our brains love a confirmation bias. So, if you keep telling yourself ‘I am pretty’, ‘I have value’, ‘I am confident’, over time, you’re going to find yourself agreeing with those affirmations.
The tricky bit here is that if you already have good self-esteem, this will work much quicker for you. Your brain already has a bias — you know you are worthy, so you’re confirming it. If you have low self-esteem, then this will take more time to work.
While this won’t be a quick fix, if you tell yourself affirmations, you will feel a level of positivity. This positivity is going to give you more confidence, and you’ll display more confidence to the world.
When you feel more confident, it often goes hand in hand with being comfortable with your looks, and thus you really do feel prettier, because you have the ability to acknowledge your beauty.
10. Use Lip Balms And Lip Scrubs
I honestly think that as a society, we have not focused on lip care enough. We buy lotions for our body, spend hundreds of dollars on skincare products, and end up spending a dollar on lip balm, which some people never end up using.
Now, I’m not telling you to spend a fortune on lip care, so please do not do that. All I’m saying is that you should consider looking after your lips more.
That might mean applying lip balm every morning and every night. It also might mean buying a lip scrub, so you can exfoliate the dead skin off your lips.
Lip care is amazingly cheap. You can buy that dollar lip balm, just be sure to use it. You can also get lip scrubs for under $10. If you can’t afford to spend money on lip scrubs, then you can even use your toothbrush.
Yep, just scrub your lips after you’re done brushing your teeth!
11. Wear Clothes That Fit You
Look, we’ve all been there, there’s no shame in having clothes that don’t fit you. However, if you buy a piece of clothing that’s too tight, but you won’t buy the next size up, because you feel embarrassed, then you need to reevaluate a few things.
The size you wear does not define you. It does not define your beauty, and it does not define your worth. In fact, most shops have different measurements, so it’s very likely that you will have clothes in a few different sizes anyway.
Wearing clothes that are pretty, but that does not fit you, is not an objectively good look. Now, if it really makes you feel happy, then wear what you like, but you came for an objective opinion.
Clothes that fit you properly will naturally look better, otherwise, it just looks like you are squeezing into clothing, and that’s not a great look.
Instead, try buying the clothes that you like, but purchase the size that fits you. You can still wear what you please, but you will look more comfortable and confident, rather than uncomfortable.
12. Wear Clothes That Make You Happy
Likewise, when it comes to your clothing choices, do not feel like you have to follow trends so heavily.
If you know that a certain type of clothing is in season, but you hate how it looks, or you hate how it looks on you, you don’t have to wear it. In fact, it’s more fashionable to have your own unique style, than it is to copy every fashion trend.
Now don’t get me wrong, staying on top of the trends can be great, you know what’s in and what’s looking good. You also learn why certain styles are bad, and it can help you discover what clothes you like.
However, if you are copying every single trend to a tee, then you aren’t really discovering what styles you like.
If you want to stress smart casual, if that makes you feel good about yourself, then buy more clothes that you can wear like that on a day-to-day basis.
If you love wearing dresses, then buy more dresses — there are thousands of styles you can choose from, you don’t have to dress like you’re going to a club. Likewise, if you love a style, then buy more clothes that reflect that style.
Some people love 1950s fashion and wear clothing that mimics that period. Other people love the 1990s grunge fashion, and primarily wear clothes that reflect that time. Do you see?
Whatever you like, wear it, you’ll look prettier because you’ll feel a lot more confident, and happier.
13. Apply Blush To Your Cheeks
If you want to look prettier, then make sure you use a blush in your makeup routine. If you don’t already know, blush is a type of makeup that is used to add color to your cheeks.
You can get blush in a lot of different tones and colors, but you’ll often see different shades of pink, berry, and peach.
When you use blush, it gives the appearance of a healthy completion. It gives the face a glow, and even adds subtle definition to the face. If you’re not super feminine, and the idea of blush scares you, don’t fret.
You do not need to look rosy-cheeks, you just need to apply a small amount to the apples of your cheeks, and it’ll brighten up your face, making you instantly prettier.
14. Eye Contact
If you can make eye contact while talking to someone, it exhibits confidence. If you haven’t gathered by now, confidence exudes prettiness, it shows a bold character, and that you’re comfortable with who you are.
Maintaining eye contact can make you seem more attractive, and in general, more friendly.
People want to be seen, so while you can use this technique in your day-to-day life, and dating, it’s also applicable for your relationships with friends and family.
It shows engaged conversation, that you are really listening to the other person — and it’s a good practice to maintain in general, as it is polite.
15. Illuminate Your Skin
None of us look fresh as a daisy every day, so consider using an illuminator in your makeup routine. This was actually a game-changer for me, when I started to use an illuminator I was incredibly shocked how it transformed my face.
An illuminator will make your skin have a gorgeous glow, and your face will look a lot brighter and prettier. It’s considered to be a light-diffusing product, which will give your entire face a gentle glow.
You’re not going to end up looking like the moon (unless you used the whole bottle). Depending on the brand, it can be applied in two different ways.
The first is to apply a bit of the illuminator to your foundation, and then apply it to your skin as normal. The second method is to apply your foundation as normal, and then add the illuminator to your skin.
This generally comes down to individual preference, but read the instructions on your specific illuminator.
16. Eat Healthy Foods
I know that you know this, but I’m including it because it’s true. It’s one of the most effective ways to look prettier because it literally makes you glow from the inside out.
There are so many delicious and tasty foods out there that are healthy and nourishing. A lot of people equate healthy eating with diets, and this is wrong and incredibly bad for you.
Healthy eating has nothing to do with diets and everything about giving your body the nutrition that it needs. While it’s true that to diet, you need to eat healthier — eating healthy does not mean you’re on a diet.
I hate to break it to you, but you are what you eat. If you feed your body healthy and nutritious food, you’re going to have a glow, because your body is thriving.
If all you eat is junk food, you cannot expect yourself to look your best, because you’re not giving your body the tools it needs to thrive. There’s no shade here, you eat what makes you happy!
If you’re here for advice on how to look prettier, though, eating healthier food will help you, and it’ll also help you feel a lot better mentally, too.
There are actually particular healthy foods that do, technically, make you prettier. Foods that are full of vitamin C are vital here because vitamin C produces collagen. Collagen will help keep skin strong, and firm.
Other great food to consume would be that which is high in beta-carotene, lycopene, and lutein. These can reduce the damaging effects of the sun. Here, you’ll be looking at tomatoes, carrots, sweet potatoes, and pretty much any green leafy veggie.
If you want to eat to become prettier, then you’ll also want to include healthy fats.
As a society, we’re slowly starting to understand that fats are good for us, and won’t actually make us ‘fat’.
Science, of course, knows that, but diet culture has made it so that millions of people across the world are scared to eat healthy fats, in fear of gaining pounds. It’s deeply problematic because healthy fats are a vital part of our diet.
Healthy fats will give you that lovely glow, and it’ll help with skin elasticity. Examples of healthy fats include salmon, walnuts, and avocados.
17. Go To a Make-Up Counter
Yeah, I’m really going to suggest that. While some of you might find this to be a basic suggestion, not everyone goes to professional make-up counters.
The thing is, it can be really helpful for a makeup artist to explain what colors suit your skin, and show you what products will work for you.
In most make-up shops, you can talk to a make-up artist, and they can help you find products, and do swatches on your skin. You don’t have to buy any of these products, and you might even get a few samples.
If you’re completely lost with your style and don’t know where to start, go ask someone who does it professionally.
18. Invest In Skin Care
While the real, long-term effects of investing in skincare will take a few weeks, even a few months, there are also some short-term effects that can make you look instantly prettier.
Cleanser: Firstly, just using makeup wipes will not get the full extent of the makeup, and grime off of your face. You need to use a cleanser. This will ensure your face is totally clean, and it should leave your skin nice and smooth.
Serums: You can then also invest in a serum. Serums are designed to be full of nutrients, hydration, and antioxidants to help your skin become healthy. They’re very impactful, and can really help better your skin.
If you’re a little lost, serums with vitamin C are a good place to start. This will help prevent inflammation in the face and brighten the skin. If you have sensitive skin, then only use it once every two days, ideally in the morning.
You could also use a serum that has hyaluronic acid, which is incredibly popular right now. It helps hydrate your skin and keeps it staying moisturized. It’s transformed a lot of people’s skin, and I can’t live without it.
However, it’s also not advised to overuse it if you have sensitive skin. Once a day should be enough for normal skin types, and sensitive skin should use it every two days.
Moisturizer: Then, of course, you need to use a moisturizer. This is vital! Your pores are wide open, and now you need to close them. You should use a moisturizer twice a day, no matter your skin type.
Obviously, if you have oily skin, do not use a moisturizer designed for dry skin, make sure you’re using a moisturizer that is right for you. If you’re unsure, you can pop into a skincare shop, and they’ll be able to help you out.
There are also lots of videos online that’ll be able to help you determine your skin type.
This is a very brief overview of a skincare routine, some people use one item and one item only, other people use 8 different items, it depends on how much time you have, and how much effort you want to put in.
Sometimes one good product can be as good as eight different products, though, so don’t be fooled by marketing.
Usually, you can notice a difference immediately. Your skin will look clearer and brighter, which automatically makes you look prettier. While it’ll take a while for the long-term effects to kick in, your skin will typically look fresher immediately after.
19. Try Out A New Hairstyle
If you’re bored with your usual hair routine, try a new style out.
Have a look through Instagram, or Pinterest and see what types of styles you like. Maybe you want to try out braids, or an updo, or go with a more classic style. Whatever you think would look cute, try it out!
There are tons of videos and how-to articles online, so with a bit of practice, you’ll be able to master the look.
Trying out new hairstyles will not only make you physically prettier, but it can make you feel happier on the inside too. Sometimes changing our hair can be really creative and fun, and you’ll feel proud of your creation.
If you wanted to, you could call up hairdressers, and request a styling appointment, so you can try out a new hairstyle professionally, such as an updo. Let’s be honest, though, not everyone can afford to try out a new style professionally.
Trying a new style out at home can be fun, and you might end up with a new favorite look. The internet is full of beauty influencers, so you have so many options when it comes to learning how to style hair.
20. Get Your Beauty Sleep
Ah, a tale as old as time. How do I look prettier? Get a good night of sleep, duh.
While it can seem patronizing, having a full night of sleep can really make you look prettier, especially if you’ve been run down. A lot of us are running on minimum energy. We’re only getting just enough sleep at night if that.
We don’t have a proper sleeping routine, and we don’t take the time out of our day to get the full 8 hours of sleep. There’s no shame in that either, a lot of us can’t get the full 8 hours of sleep, due to the manic work, or studying we have to do.
However, if you have the luxury of a good sleeping pattern, then utilize it. A lot of people don’t realize how bad they’ve been looking until they start getting a proper night’s sleep. It can be completely transformative.
You’ll get rid of the dark eye bags, the puffy eyes, and the dull skin.
When you sleep, your body has time to recharge and replenish. When you get enough sleep, it results in glowing skin, healthier hair, and overall, a much more clear head.
If you really want to get some beauty sleep, then you should invest in a silk pillow cover.
Not only are silk pillow covers incredibly soft, and feel like a luxury to sleep on, they’re much better for your hair and your skin.
Silk will cause less friction, so when you move your head in your sleep, your hair is likely to get less damaged. Silk is also hypoallergenic, which means it’s resistant to dust mites and mold.
It’s ideal for those who suffer from acne because it’s less likely to absorb the dirt off your face.
21. Give Your Hair Some Volume
If you have a case of serious bed head, then you need to get some volume in your hair.
While flat hair can look some on certain people, on others — it can look like one hell of a bad hair day. Adding volume to your hair can be really easy. You can buy certain products from shops that work to add volume, and you usually apply these after a shower.
You can also add volume when you blow-dry your hair. Once it’s all blow-dried, flip your hair upside down, and put the cool setting on your hair. You’ll blow-dry your hair for a couple of minutes, and it’ll result in voluminous hair.
This is because it forms pockets of air between the strands of your hair, and it makes your hair look voluminous.
Having voluminous hair can instantly make you look prettier. It’s not by mistake that all the Hollywood stars use hair extensions — it gives them fuller, more voluminous hair.
22. Try Being (A Little) More Positive
Look, I am firmly against toxic positivity.
Every day will not be good, some days will be miserable, but we try our best, and hope for better days. With that said, toxic negativity is a thing too.
You don’t want to sit around all day, feeling miserable that you don’t look as pretty as you would like to. That’s a complete waste of your time.
Validate your feelings, it’s okay to feel that way, but a feeling is just a feeling. Remember that you are beautiful as is, and your looks do not determine your worth.
Do you know what looks pretty? Being really, truly happy.
23. Watch Your Posture
Having a correct posture can really transform a person.
If you’re walking around looking like a hunchback, you are not going to look as pretty as you do when you’re standing straight. When you have a good posture, you automatically exude confidence and respect.
If you walk around with a hunched back, it suggests insecurity.
Standing tall can really make you look prettier.
24. Have A Day of Pamper
Yep, that’s what I’m going to end with. If you really want to look prettier, have a day when you try to tick off as many suggestions on this list as possible. You should look, and feel, a lot better.
Maybe you get your hair done, try a new makeup routine, try some affirmations and get a good night of sleep. Maybe you invest in new skincare products, change your posture, and finally let go of clothes that no longer serve you.
Or, maybe you truly have a day of pure pampering. You eat great food, you go to a spa, you have a massage, and you relax.
To conclude, there are so many ways that you can look prettier. You can try out new makeup, you can invest in a silk pillow, or you could add volume to your hair. You could do everything on this list, or only select one thing to do.
Not only that, but you’re still beautiful, no matter what.