Because at this moment in time, it’s ALL about making yourself feel better
Break-ups suck. Whether you’ve been together 8 years, or it’s a two-week whirlwind Tinder/POF romance. And when it happens, our first thoughts (after we literally cannot produce any more tears) is how to make ourselves feel better and feel like ourselves again. And that’s where these canny beauty hacks come in…
1. Upgrade your lipstick, stat
If red lippie scares you more than a room filled with fanged clowns and giant spiders then NOW is the time to embrace it. Nothing transforms as instantly as a slick of bright, matte, red lipstick. It’s that little bit of armour and confidence that you probably need right now – and lets face it, far cheaper that spanking your monthly rent on new clothes. Our application tip? Put your lipstick on first. That way you can match the intensity of your blush and eye make-up to suit your lipstick.
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Try: MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo, £15.50 – it’s matte, stays on forever and makes your teeth look white. We’re talking mega white.
2. Buy a next-level mascara
Most mascaras do the job well enough. They coat, lengthen, darken like they’re supposed to. Which is fine, normally. But when you’re heartbroken you need a mascara that does more. Much more. It needs to create a gale force tornado everytime you blink, literally sweeping attractive passers by off their feet and into your lap. You’ll also need a waterproof topcoat, because however it ended, chances are after a few swift bevies, you’ll shed a tear or twelve.
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Try: Stila Mile High Lashes Msacara, £16 which elongates your lashes to an unbelievable degree. The follow with bareMinerals Locked & Coated Waterproof Topcoat, £12 to keep it in place when the floodgates (inevitably) open.
3. Upgrade your scent
You need a new fragrance, now more than ever. It needs to be a powerful one that says ‘screw the world, I am awesome’ in one single spritz. Though we all have preferences when it comes to scent, choosing something completely unique and different from your usual perfume just gives you a whole new perspective on things.
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Try: Frederic Malle Carnal Flower, £215– the orange blossom extract balances out mood, whilst the excessive use of tuberose creates a seriously sexy scent. In the past tuberose was banned in many countries due to it’s aphrodisiac effects. That’s why it’s ideal for all the awesome dates (and lols) you’re about to have. When you’re ready, of course
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4. Forget short nails, get talons
Though short nails are chic and easy to maintain, where’s the fun in that? Growing your nails might take a while, so invest in acrylics or press on nails that are long and pointed. They elongate your fingers, make you feel all vixeny (yes, that’s a word) like Dita Von Teese or Lana Del Rey and, you’ll have hours of fun choosing designs and colours. As a side note, don’t go past an inch long, as you’ll hinder your ability to do, well, anything.
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Try: Lily Allen Sheezus Nails, £8.99 for a temporary option. Or go for acrylics at your local nail spa, using Dr LeWinn’s Renunail Nail Strengthener, £17.85 between sets to build the strength of the nail back up.
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