Low-Risk, High Results – 5 Ways to Easily Amp Up Your Look

by Jessica Pigza

I have a confession, I have a fear of commitment. I’m not the biggest fan of trying new things that may be long lasting or even permanent. I get super nervous trying someone new to do my hair which is not good for someone who moves a lot. That’s also why I don’t have any tattoos and although I do want to try microblading on my thinning eyebrows, I’m afraid that I won’t like them so I’m perfectly happy continuing to fill them in using temporary methods. Don’t get me wrong, I do like to try new things but I prefer things that are more on the low risk side. What kind of risk taker are you? Are you daring or do you tend to shy away from new things? No matter what category you fall into the below ideas are low risk things you can try that can have a major impact on your look. If you try them and love them that’s awesome! And if you don’t, there wasn’t much risk or cost involved.

1. Try Red Lipstick

Red lipstick shouldn’t just be saved for special events but worn because you feel like it, because it’s Friday or because you just want to feel extra special. Red lipstick is fun but I will admit, a little intimidating, that is, until you find the right shade. I didn’t think I was able to wear red lipstick. I remember trying to wear my grandma’s shade when I was younger and I wanted to love it because she looked so amazing in it, but the truth is, I needed to go out and find my own shade. It did take a lot of trial and error but once I did I felt fierce and it was fun but it was also totally outside my comfort zone. That’s the funny thing about comfort zones though, only you know you’re pushing your comfort level, to everyone else you just look amazing! So go ahead, find your perfect shade of red and rock it!

I’m wearing LipSense in Blu-Red with a gloss

2. Experiment with Hair Accessories

Really any hair accessories are in right now so you can’t go wrong. These days I tend to wear my hair up a lot and not to say I don’t love a good top knot or messy bun, but it sometimes feels really repetitive. By adding a cute headband, a scarf, or even a side braid going back into my bun or ponytail I can easily change up my look. If you want to add more volume to your messy bun you can try a faux hair scrunchie like this one.

3. Change Your Part

Okay, when I first heard about this I was dumbfounded. It’s so simple yet it’s something I never really thought about. Sometimes we’re so programmed to wear our hair the same way and let our part naturally occur but not only can trying a new part make your hair look fresh but it can also help add some additional volume because you’re forcing your root to lay a different direction. Below are some pictures I took when I finally discovered this simple yet impactful tip.

Deep Side Part vs. Center Part

Center Zig Zag Part

4. Explore Fake Eyelashes

There are so many options when it comes to enhancing your eyelashes. There are mascaras with small fibers to build up your lashes, glue-on lashes, magnetic lashes, and professionally applied lashes. Whatever option you choose enhancing your lashes is another quick and easy way you can amp up your look. I recently went on a girls’ trip and my friend does lash extensions. I was more than willing to let her work her magic on me and now I’m in love. I didn’t go crazy but she was able to enhance what I already had. They look totally natural but now when I wake up I look awake even though I haven’t even had my coffee yet. They will last 3-4 weeks and while I’m not sure if I’m going to get them done again, I’m certainly going to look into the other eyelash options out there. I know Alison swears by her Kiss Lashes (#11) and applies them with black lash glue and they always look amazing!

5. Try a New Nail Polish

I’ve said it before but there’s just something about painting my nails that makes me feel girly and put together. I tend to stick to colors I know I love but every once in a while I do try a new color and nine times out of ten I end up loving it. And if I don’t, I’m only a few swipes of nail polish remover away from getting rid of it. Last week I got my nails done for the first time in a while and it was one of those times I decided I wanted something new. I tend to stick to shades of pink but this time I opted for a soft red with a coral undertone. For me, this is something I’ve never tried but I loved it so much I ended up ordering the shade to add to my own home collection of polishes. If you’re looking for some fun fall nail color inspiration, check out last week’s blog HERE.

I’m wearing My Chihuahua Bites by OPI

Your turn! What do you do when you want to amp up your look?