When it comes to improving how you look, there’s a lot of chatter out there. Everyone has an opinion on the best brand of makeup or clothing to wear. But, it turns out, that much of what we think affects how others perceive us is actually unimportant. Thinking that it’s all about fashion and style is too simplistic. There’s way more to it than that.
In this post, we take a look at some of the scientifically-backed things you can do to enhance your appearance:
Mimic The Person You’re Talking To
Pro tip number one: always try to mimic the person you’re talking to. So, if they adopt a particular stance, copy it. Subtle mimicry like this indicates attraction. The more your body language aligns with that of the other person, the more likely they are to feel a sense of warmth towards you.
Create The Illusion Of Symmetry
Most people don’t have perfectly symmetrical faces. Usually, one eye is slightly bigger than the other or their nose is a little crooked.
For the most part, it’s nothing to stress about. However, you can remedy it by applying makeup in a clever way. For instance, shadow on the nose or softening a hooded eye can make all the difference in the world.
Add More Beta-Carotene To Your Diet
As a society, we don’t eat enough beta carotene – the pigment in sweet potatoes that makes them orange. But the benefits of this substance go well beyond health. It also affects how we look as well.
Researchers have found that people who eat more carrots, greens and sweet potatoes have more attractive skin than those who don’t. They appear vibrant and healthy, while people lacking beta carotene in their diets look pale and unwell.
Be More Confident
Being more confident is also a great way to enhance your appearance – just like breast implants. The way you hold yourself has a material effect on your body, both short term and over time. As you gain in confidence and stature, it will change your physiology. You’ll look less hunched over and more like you’re standing tall.
Whiten Your Teeth
Your teeth are one of the first places people look when they meet you for the first time. We use teeth as a marker of the kind of life that’s someone has had – and their overall level of wellness.
But don’t worry if you’ve been sick all your life or go for days without brushing your teeth – whitening is here to help. Dentists’ in-office whitening is the best you can get, followed by over-the-counter strips from the local pharmacy. These use bleach to transform the teeth from brown and yellow to gleaming pearly white in just a few sessions. The result? A much prettier smile.
Increase Your Hair Volume
People tend to associate hair volume with health and vitality. So the more you have, the more attractive you’ll appear.
You can create the illusion of instant fullness using a dry shampoo on the roots. This absorbs any oil on the scalp, causing hair to pop out naturally.
*Photos by Polina Tankilevitch