Small changes to make for a subtle new look

woman applying makeup to face

Everyone needs a little change once in awhile – especially when you’re in the throes of a drab and dreary winter. It’s easy to get bored with your surroundings when you’re cooped up inside all day long hiding from the cold, or to want a refresher to your own usual look.

If you want to make some changes to liven up your style, you can go drastic and get a totally new haircut or dramatically change its color. But not every change needs to be so flashy. If you love your look but are just itching for a little change, trying these small adjustments could be just the fix you’re looking for:

1. Add just a touch of color to your hair
Changing the color of your hair is a great way to reinvent your image, but it doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing affair. As Marie Claire pointed out, balayage is a hot trend right now, and can offer a subtle switch up to your ‘do. Unlike traditional highlights, balayage is a more subtle, natural-looking way to lighten up some of your hair. It can be customized for use on any shade, length or style so that you can get the perfect look that works for you.

Or if you’re feeing a little bolder, add a splash of a vibrant, unnatural color to the underside of your hair or add a streak down one side. You can also try wash-out colors that let you add some pigment for a weekend night out that cleans right off before work on Monday.

“Try using a different shade or finish on your lip color.”

2. Revamp your makeup routine
If you’ve been using the same process to put your face on each morning, that can be an easy place to make a new change. Order some nice new brushes and a contouring kit so you can add highlight and definition to your facial structure, as reported by Elle.

You can try using a different shade or finish on your lip color. Use a matte lipstick if you’re used to a tinted gloss, or try a subtle lip stain in a new shade.

For your eyes, if you aren’t already curing your lashes then take the time to add that step to your routine. You’ll be surprised by how much of a difference it can make! Try switching from black to brown or gray eyeliner, get your brows reshaped or experiment with new colors in your eye shadows to reinvigorate your fashion.

3. Mix up your wardrobe
If you feel bored every time you open your closet to get dressed, it’s time to do a little shopping. That doesn’t mean you have to purge your whole wardrobe, however. Try picking up a few accent pieces and accessories, like statement necklaces, fashion scarves or a shawl. You can add new life to your existing outfits by mixing up how you complement them each day.

It also doesn’t hurt to treat yourself every once and awhile and pick up a fun new pair of shoes or a shirt you’ve been eyeing. Just adding a few new pieces to your collection can make the whole thing seem fresher without breaking the bank with a shopping spree.

Going to the salon for a new nail style can help you switch up your usual look. Going to the salon for a new nail style can help you switch up your usual look.

4. Visit the spa
A day of pampering can be great for both your body and mind. Schedule a massage, body scrub or facial to help you feel more refreshed and add a nice glow to your skin. Opt for a new kind of manicures or pedicure to add a subtle change, like going for a matte polish, adding baubles or switching from an oval shape to sharp points.

5. Try a treatment from Ideal Image
Ideal Image offers a variety of non-surgical procedures that can help freshen your face without a drastic, invasive process. Restylane® and Juvederm® injections are FDA-approved fillers that can help smooth away fine lines and wrinkles. They can even be used to add a little more volume to your lips!

Unlike facelifts and other cosmetic surgeries, these injectables don’t need any recovery time and they won’t reinvent your entire face. Instead they hep enhance your natural beauty by adding a little more depth back to your features and helping you to look like you did when you were younger, providing a subtle change that can make you feel more confident in your own skin.

Making these kind of subtle changes to your look is a great way to refresh without having to completely redo your whole style. Find ones that seem the most appealing to you and experiment with all the different kind of hair, make up and skincare changes you can try until you find the ones that work for you!