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Little Changes, Big Results: Subtle Ways To Reinvent Your Look

08/10/2015 12:00 EDT | Updated 03/17/2016 09:59 EDT
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Change keeps things fresh, but it doesn’t have to be drastic. Yes, we’ve all done the major haircut or dye job, but what if you’re craving change but don’t want that much of a commitment? The most effective changes are smaller, subtler ones. We’ll walk you through various small-scale techniques that will pay off in big ways.

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Make your brown eyes blue (or green or hazel)

If you want to go with a subtle look, try temporarily changing the colour of your eyes. Go green, blue, hazel, or Elizabeth Taylor purple with a pair of coloured contacts. In fact, why not get a few pairs and coordinate and contrast with your wardrobe and then accent with a few coats of mascara.

Change up your makeup

If you usually wear eye makeup, mix it up by emphasizing your lips instead. If you usually wear lipstick or lip gloss, try a flick of eyeliner. If you don’t want to change your makeup routine, why not change up your colours? Try a red lipstick instead of your usually nude or vice-versa or add new colour to your eye makeup routine.

Accessories make the person

A small way to change up your look is to change your accessories. Try adding pearls, a really big look this fall, to your wardrobe or pin a brooch to your coat or to the collar of your blouse. If that's a bit much, start with a watch. Think gold, silver and decorative.

Treat it as a piece of jewelry

If jewelry isn't what you want, you can change your look by choosing a bag in a new shape. The look is all about the top-handle bag.

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Meditate on it

Just five minutes a day could see a reduction in your stress levels and an overall increase in your well-being. Take the time to sit down, close your eyes and focus on your breathing before you go to bed or right after you wake up to help calm and prepare you for a good night's sleep or a hard day’s work.

Add a pop of colour or go all black

Just a little colour can make a big difference. It might be a new shade of lipstick, that new bag or a new outfit. If you wear colour, why not embrace the elegant uniformity of black and grey like the French. Splurge on a black or grey blazer and throw it over everything. It might become the most used item in your wardrobe.

Change up your skin routine

Make your skin glow with a small change to your skincare routine. Just by adding one item, you could see fabulous results in weeks. This could be added moisture, an anti-aging product or even just sunblock to block those damaging rays.

Change your route

We all have our route to the office and one to our favourite lunch spot. We talk them every day without thinking about it. The next time you're heading out for lunch, try a different route to your destination. It's easier than changing your commute and the fresh perspective could add a little spark to your step.

If you're looking to add a splash of colour to your daily style in a fresh way, start with your eyes with the help of Air Optix Colors.