If you've got a big event ahead and want to look good and feel good, there are many tips and secrets to help you achieve that beautiful body. From bloat-inducing foods to avoid, to fast and cheap beauty routines you can do at home, check out these simple ways to look good from head to toe.
Have a last-minute quick workout
While regular exercise is the best route to a great body, some last-minute toning before a big event can help your body look better. To emphasise any muscles on show and/or stomach muscles, give them a workout with some last-minute targeted exercises, such as sit-ups, lunges and bicep curls. The rush of blood to your muscles will temporarily tighten them up to leave them looking more defined. Not only that, the endorphins released by exercise will help you feel more self-confident.
Avoid gas and bloat-inducing foods
Although the best route to a flat stomach is an ongoing regime of healthy eating and exercise, you can cheat your way to a svelter frame prior to a special event with some careful eating. To prevent bloating, on the day of your big event limit your intake of high-fiber foods, such as certain fruit and veg, beans and grains, which are renowned for causing intestinal gas. Also avoid salt, carbonated drinks and chewing gum, all of which can cause bloating and prevent your looking your best.
Stock up on tummy-flattening foods
As well as avoiding certain foods, there are several foods you can add into your diet to keep your tummy looking flat. To counteract bloating caused by salt overload in your diet, up your intake of potassium-rich foods such as bananas and dried fruit. Alternatively, get rid of excess gas by supplementing your meals with digestive enzymes (such as papain and bromelain) and taking charcoal capsules, which can help to soak up the gas and toxins that lead to bloating. So you can eat your way to looking good.
Don some slimming underwear
While it may be 'cheating', we're betting there isn't a celeb out there who hasn't employed a bit of help in the underwear department to help them look good. If you're looking to smooth out lumps or bumps, treat yourself to some slimming underwear to pull in any wobbly bits. Alternately, try a push up bra to help create a great cleavage or some padded knickers for a more voluptuous derriere. To further flatter your figure, try dressing in black or, at the least, solid block colours.
Become a bronzed beauty with fake tan
Not only will a wash of color make you look slimmer, but fake tan can also help disguise cellulite and blemishes and give you that A-list glow. Furthermore, with a bit of strategic bronzing you can easily create the illusion of a better body. To create the appearance of slimmer legs, apply a bit of bronzer down the sides of your legs and some shimmer lotion down your shins. For a better cleavage, dust some bronzer between your breasts and blend to create the illusion of shadow.
Get a celebrity smile
If your pearly whites are looking a little off-colour, you can still pull off a dazzling smile with a couple of sneaky tricks. Firstly, to make your teeth look whiter, try using a cool-toned red or pink lipstick with blue undertones, and steer clear of yellow or orange toned lipsticks which will emphasise yellow teeth. Secondly, dust a bit of bronzer on your face, which will not only give you a healthy glow but will also make your teeth stand out and give them a brighter whiter appearance.
Create a flawless complexion
Spots have an annoying habit of popping up when they are least wanted, but the good news is there are many things you can do to create the illusion of perfect skin. If you have an inflamed, hard-to-cover spot, try applying an ice cube to the area for a couple of minutes before applying makeup, which will reduce the inflammation. To conceal and counteract redness, apply some green concealer or a bit of white eyeliner to the spot, under your usual makeup.
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