Beauty & Fashion Habits That Will Change Your Life

Last updated on : November 19 2019

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Article Summary

Adopt these 12 beauty and fashion habits to change your life. Each a healthy beauty habit, you can start today.

Plus, the more good habits you adopt, the less place there is for the bad beauty habits we need to avoid - like leaving our makeup on overnight or forgetting to apply sunscreen when we go out for the day.

Take the opportunity to review your daily procedures and ensure you adopt as many as you can below.


The trick to new habits is to make each bite-sized, easy to achieve, and fun to do. After a while, they'll become second nature and baked into your regular routines. 

1. Drink more water

It is easy to drink plenty of water during the hotter months because your body gives you ample clues. However, the truth is that your body needs hydrating throughout the year.

Women need to consume at least 2.2 liters of water every single day. When you break it down, that comes to about nine glasses of plain water.

Water energizes and hydrates your body, helps you control your calorie intake, and works wonders for your skin. 

Ensure you keep a bottle of clean drinking water with you – in the car, at work, in your bag, etc. During lunch and dinner, reach for fruits and vegetables that contain a high water content.

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2. Explore your kind of fashion

You most likely have a few makeup and wardrobe staples that you bank on to create your signature look. 

Break this habit by taking more beauty and fashion risks. Testing your boundaries is invigorating. It allows you to find new looks and makes you interesting and attractive. 

Instead of bling jewelry, try styles that are timeless and classic like pearls and rare stones. Instead of solid black opt for stripes or polka dots with black base colors. If you never wear bright red lipstick or figure-hugging dresses, try them now. 

Make it a habit of exploring your fashion sense as often as you can. 

Read more: How To Wear A Bandage Or Bodycon Dress

ginger colored bandage dress on a model

3. Rejuvenate, invigorate, and refresh daily

After a long workday, you are likely exhausted, falling onto your favorite sofa within moments of walking through the door. Most of us cannot wait to drop into bed to catch some zzz’s.

While getting enough sleep is essential, pledge to wash your face thoroughly before going to bed. 

Makeup residue and impure particles that cling to your skin result in clogged pores and cause acne and oily skin. Your skin naturally repairs itself. However, it is more efficient if your skin is clean and fresh.

If you don't have the energy to go through a full skincare routine, stash some alcohol-free makeup removal wipes in your night-stand and do a quick wipe off your face.

girl washing face

4. Repurpose and upstyle your wardrobe

Upstyling your wardrobe doesn't mean spending money on buying new clothes. Upstyling is taking what you own and reinventing it. 

Instead of hitting the stores or making online shopping your new hobby, head to your wardrobe to repurpose your clothes.

We’ve all got stuff we haven't worn for a few months or years taking up space in the wardrobe. Look for closet staples that shine with the right accessories you already own and pair them together differently. Dive into your wardrobe, and you are likely to discover new styles and fashion to enjoy all year round.

Try these ideas to get you going. 

  • Roll-up long sleeves for a different look, or roll up jeans into a single or double cuff to expose a sexy pair of shoes better.
  • Try knotting your shirt in the middle to give it a new look.
  • Add a top over a dress to turn it into a skirt.
  • Tuck in or half tuck in a top you usually wear loose over a skirt.
  • Add a belt to define your waistline or to add shape to an oversized top or shirt.
  • Spice up your wardrobe by adding color. Try a colorful scarf, accessories, pumps, or a hat.
Styling a dress with a belt

5. Protect your skin and glow

The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that every person wear sunscreen daily to protect their skin from harmful UV rays.

Regardless of your complexion or skin type (dry or oily), wearing sunscreen is crucial to protect it and preserve your feminine glow. 

Wear sunscreen if the days are overcast, or you intend to spend most of your time indoors. Exposure to mild sun rays during winter or indoors causes cumulative skin damage over time

Make it a habit of wearing sunscreen every day to protect against wrinkles, freckles, and other blemishes. 

Try retinol, a vitamin-A derivative, a second crucial skin application after sun protection. Retinol reduces fine lines and wrinkles and maintains glowing, beautiful skin. It boosts the collagen in your skin, so you wake up looking fresh and more radiant. 

Before applying it at night, clean your skin thoroughly, and slap on a night cream with a retinol ingredient before you catch your beauty sleep.

glowing skin on model

6. Invest in high fashion staple fashion pieces

There are wardrobe staples, and then there are anchor pieces that boast classic appeal, compelling lines, and colors. 

Don't spend your hard-earned money keeping up with clothing trends that change with the season. Instead, invest in classic, high fashion pieces that you can mix and match with your wardrobe.

A well-cut jacket, a luxe camel coat, cashmere sweaters, a chic bandage LBD are all anchor pieces that pair with most things in your closet. They are quickly dressed up or down depending on the occasion all year long.

Read more: 20 Wardrobe Essentials Every Woman Must Have

classic black little black bandage dress

7. Choose healthy food options and exercise

Exercise and eating habits are hard to develop and to keep. However, eating correctly and exercising is crucial to your overall health and the way you feel about yourself. 

Commit to proper eating and regular exercise today to build up these habits as soon as you can. 

If necessary, take it slow to start opting for small changes at a time. Try adding fruit to your diet, switching to fat-free or low-fat milk, consuming less salt, curbing processed foods in your diet, choosing water over sugary drinks, and eating more whole grains and lean proteins. And for exercise, try to walk often, using any excuse to do so. 

Understand that crash diets are not the way to go. Instead, build up to eating habits that provide long-term benefits. These positive steps give you glowing skin, shiny hair, stronger nails, more energy, plus a zest for life. 

Read our practical approach to healthy eating and how to be healthy, fit, and sexy guide for more in-depth insights and methods.

girl walking

8. Try a new hairstyle

Stepping out in a new haircut is the easiest way to change the way you look and feel. Try highlights to freshen your look or consider taking off a few inches for more edge.

If you're commitment-phobic and wouldn’t dream of a radical change, start small by switching to a new hair part or bun style instead. 

Most of us have been wearing the same hair part (middle or either side) since high school. So why not move it slightly or get rid of it altogether? 

Coco Chanel said, “A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life,” and we couldn’t agree more.

Read more: How To Find The Best Women Hairstyle For You

getting a new hairstyle

9. Grab new undergarments

Wearing the right set of undergarments adds plenty of unseen confidence and oomph to your stride.

If you have a stash of underclothes that have seen better days, let them go. Invest in sound quality, comfortable, and well-fitting bras and panties this year.

Find them in the least likely places. Buy bras featuring prints and push-up designs from off-brand stores like Ross and TJ Maxx. And keep an eye out for sales at Macy’s and Nordstroms.

Read our bra size and style guide for help with these individual pieces. Don't be fooled by the standard bra myths, and learn how to find perfectly fitting underwear.  

new underwear

10. Clean out your makeup drawer

In general, moist and creamy makeup products have a shorter shelf life than other cosmetics. Make it a point to clean out your makeup drawer once every few months to keep things fresh and in wearable condition.

Remember to freshen up your lipgloss and lipstick. Most powder-based foundations, eyeshadows, and blushes are wearable for up to 18 months unless otherwise specified. Cream concealers, blushes, and lip liners are suitable for a year.

Mascaras need to be replaced every three months or sooner. Excessive clumping is the cue for changing out your mascara. Liquid-based eyeliners are wearable for up to 6 months. 

Cleaning out your makeup drawer keeps your products fresh and new for your skin. It also helps you stay organized and on top of your beauty routine.

Read more: How to Refresh Your Makeup Collection

makeup brushes and things

11. Choose pointy-toe heels more often

The right pair of shoes can change the look, texture, and style of your outfit. 

Statement heels in bright colors and nude pumps that make your legs endless are great options to upstyle your wardrobe without cost. A good pair of heels radiates your confidence, improves your posture, commands authority, and polishes your overall look. And are sexy to boot. 

Try a pointy-toed pair to modernize your shoe collection. Tapered toe shoes are on fashion lists because they flatter a woman’s legs. Whether you pair them with denim, a slim pencil skirt, a bandage dress or wide-leg trousers, pointy toes complete any look. 

Make sure the shoes you choose are comfortable and don't pinch your toes. If necessary, use an insert or pads to ensure a snug fit for extended periods. 

A good rule of thumb is to go a half size bigger than your usual round-toed pairs, with a heel that runs about 2 inches or so. To create the illusion of longer legs, opt for pointy toe shoes that closely match your skin tone.

12. Get more beauty rest  

We cannot stress this enough – there’s a reason why a good night's sleep is called “beauty sleep.”  Sleep is paramount to your beauty regimen and is a contributing factor to your overall health. 

For better sleep, try blackout curtains to block all ambient light or consider an eye mask. Most of us need at least 7-8 hours of undisturbed rest to refresh for the new day.

Read more: How To Benefit From A Daily Nap

girl getting sleep

Summary 

We understand that with our busy lives, it's hard to adopt new practices or resolve common beauty problems. So start small, commit for a short period, and be consistent in practicing these new behaviors. 

You'll find in no time that these small steps will add up and you are well on your way to larger than life effects. It's easy to drink an extra glass of water a day or to invest in a few essential trend accessories to make a fashion statement. Start now!

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