There’s a difference between looking ‘expensive’ (aka, put together) and looking like you’re trying to look expensive (aka, disheveled, no matter how many expensive things are actually on you). It’s not about money, it’s purely simple self care and drawing the line at too much. Looking expensive is all about simplifying at the core. It’s becoming as natural as possible and doing damage control rather than damaging acts in order to look better. So what’s an indicator of lack of care and what makes you look like a million bucks?
Hair That Makes You Look Like a Celebrity:
- Smooth and shiny. Curls with definition, not frizz.
- Hair Don’t: Frizzy and dry without any shine
- Silky quality, looks effortless. Bouncy with body, mostly on the sides and not too much on top (which looks dated)
- Hair Don’t: Teased high, rat’s nest quality. Too many layers.
- Looks touchable and free flowing
- Hair Don’t: Too many products! Looks stiff and/or greasy and hard.
- Multidimensional hair color with not only well blended highlights but also nice low-lights.
- Hair Don’t: Streaky, chunky highlights without any low-lights. Solid block of color with no body to it.
- Color has a nice glossy finish and is grounded in your natural color.
- Hair Don’t: Unnatural color with obvious roots and platinum blonde that looks damaged and fake. Color clashes with skin.
Skin and Face That Radiate:
- Well groomed brows that are well arched and accentuate eyes.
- Don’t: Overplucked and sparse brows; drawn on brows; brows that are too far from natural hair color; brows that look blocky or squiggly.
- Pearly whites. Well maintained.
- Don’t: Unnaturally white teeth that blind you like headlights. Very stained and brown/unmaintained teeth.
- Shiny, well polished and well shaped, natural looking nails. Great classic manicure hue with high gloss.
- Don’t: Very long, artificial looking nails. Chipped polish and raggedy edges, dry cuticles.
- Legs that are smooth and hydrated.
- Don’t: Stubbly and ashy looking skin.
- Glowing complexion (whether it’s a gradual moisturizer self-tan, bronzer or a golden self tan from the bottle)
- Don’t: Obvious fake tan: too dark, too orange, patchy, dull.
- Foundation is well blended and matches skin tone.
- Don’t: Obvious demarcation lines in skin from makeup. Makeup not blended in properly or applied hastily with a heavy hand.
- Lashes long, curled, dark and clump free.
- Don’t: Spider leg lashes with chunky clumps and flakes.