Beyoncé’s New Bangs Are Inspired By Her “Me, Myself, and I” Music Video

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We don't know what's going on, but Beyoncé has been feeling extra generous with her Instagram posts lately. The "Brown Skin Girl" singer has been vacationing and living her best life in Italy for the past few weeks. She's also been blessing her millions of fans with several carousels full of photos (a wildly rare occasion) featuring all the gorgeous outfits and hairstyles she's been wearing. On October 16, she did the unthinkable and posted three separate looks all in one day, and we don't know what we did to deserve all the content but thank you, Queen Bey. 

However, it's not those posts themselves we are focused on here. We're too busy obsessing over the new sleek bangs that she shared in one of those Instagram carousels on October 19. She looks stunning (I mean, what else do you expect?) in a mint-colored Saïnt Mojavï silk gown, strappy seafoam heels, and a small bedazzled circle bag. To complement the outfit, hairstylist Neal Farinah opted for a sleek, straight hairstyle with brow-skimming side-swept bangs. These eye-grazing bangs shift from brown to caramel to honey-blonde in a seamless ombré effect. Not a hair is out of place in this style that cascades to her waist. 

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Farinah looked to Bey's early career, specifically her 2003 "Me, Myself, and I" video, for inspiration for this hairstyle, as he noted in an Instagram post. For those who may have forgotten the amazing video, in one major scene, the Houston singer is on the floor singing her heart out with straight, medium-length hair and blonde bangs that fall into her eyes. This style is not exactly the same, but we appreciate the tribute to the beauty looks from earlier years. 

We have a good feeling that by the time we fully recover from experiencing these new bangs, we'll get another Instagram notification letting us know the Queen has graciously posted yet another new photo set. These bangs could be gone by then, but if Farinah is taking inspiration from her early career, perhaps we'll be seeing brunette Beyoncé very soon. 

12 Self-Care Practices That Are Completely Free






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The buzzword “self-care” is certainly having a moment, but the concept of caring for your mind and body is not going anywhere. It’s easy to get swept up in work, friends, relationships, and to-do lists, and our own wellbeing often gets put on the back burner. Most of us are more comfortable prioritizing other people over ourselves, and we forget that self-care actually helps put us in a better state to provide for the other people in your life. We cannot be the best versions of ourselves if we are not practicing regular self-care and attending to our own needs. 

But self-care looks different to everyone. What makes me feel good may not be so relaxing to you, and vice versa. The great thing about the rising buzz factor of different self-care methods is that there really is no shortage of options. The potential downside is that many of these options come with a price tag (looking at you, pricey bath salts and candles). To help us all add a little self-care into our lives without breaking the bank, I caught up with Morgan Raphael, creator of the Self-Care Society, to put together a list of 12 self-care practices you can start today (and not one of them requires your credit card).

 

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Morgan Raphael
FOUNDER OF THE SELF-CARE SOCIETY
Morgan is a wellness blogger, entrepreneur, and creator of the Self-Care Society, a community and resource for women to prioritize their mental health.

 

1. Start a daily journaling practice

There are so many great options out there when it comes to a daily journal with prompts, affirmations, and quotes. Morgan has her own version (which I love and highly recommend), but it can be just as impactful to simply put pen to paper on your own. Set aside a few minutes at the start or end of your day to do a “brain dump” and release those pent up emotions that may otherwise stay locked in your head.

 

2. Make a daily gratitude list

Practicing gratitude is huge when it comes to manifesting more good things into your life and is an extremely beneficial method of self-care that costs absolutely nothing. Start small by simply listing out three to five different things that you’re grateful for each day. But don’t just scribble out the basics—take time to appreciate each thing on your list and why you are grateful for it. The more gratitude you practice, the more you will find to be grateful for.

 

3. Go for a walk (without headphones)

For me, walks are crucial. I love stepping outside with no destination and no scrolling. I purposely take this time to myself without any music or distractions so I can really tune into my thoughts and how I am feeling. You will be so surprised with the amazing ideas you have and clarity you gain when you just take 5-10 minutes to unplug, get outside, and move the body.

 

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4. Call a friend who always lifts your mood

Is there someone in your life who always seems to know what to say? Or maybe they always make you laugh, even when you’re in a bad mood? Sometimes the best form of self-care is knowing that you need a friend. Don’t take those friendships for granted and don’t hesitate to lean on the people in your life when you need them. Set aside some time in your busy week to connect with a friend, family member, or coworker who will lift your mood. Bonus: Taking this time for yourself will help you be that person for someone else too.

 

5. Write a list of your accomplishments and goals

Why don’t we do this more often? Goal setting is huge for me, but so is acknowledging what I’ve achieved. If you are ever feeling down about something in your life or you’re comparing yourself to other people, take a moment to list out everything you have accomplished (both big and small), and hold onto that list to come back to the next time you’re questioning yourself. Let’s all celebrate our wins a little more.

 

6. Donate 10 items you no longer need

Hello, Marie Kondo! Having moved nine times in the past 10 years, let’s just say I have perfected the art of tidying up. I have no issue saying goodbye to items that I know no longer serve me. Whether that means a Zara top you bought three years ago and never wore or an old stack of books collecting dust under your bed, never underestimate the power of simply releasing things that you don’t need in your life, and bonus points if you give them to someone who does.

 

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7. Indulge in a book, movie, or TV show that makes you feel good

Did you spend your Sunday lounged in front of the TV watching old rom-coms and then feeling guilty about your lack of productivity? Lose the guilt! TV binging totally counts as self-care, and losing yourself in a feel-good show or movie can be a great way to turn off for a bit and recharge. For me, books are the ultimate self-care because it is one thing I know I won’t be multitasking (scrolling) during. Check out these 20 new books to add to your bookshelf ASAP.

 

8. Stretch your legs up the wall

I do this for at least 10 minutes a day, every day, without fail. Legs-up-the-wall is one of the simplest yoga poses and is considered a restorative yoga posture that offers many benefits like helping the body relax and reducing stress. To try for yourself, lie flat on your back with your legs stretched straight up the wall, set your timer for 10-20 minutes and simply relax. Try a guided meditation, listen to a podcast, or even read your favorite book while letting the body be still.

 

9. Listen to a favorite playlist or podcast

Personally, I thrive on building playlists on Apple and Spotify, knowing just what song I need to hear for my current mood. Sometimes that’s a Kygo pump-up song, and other times, it’s a break-up ballad to get those tears out. No matter what your mood, music can totally provide that much-needed release. More of a podcast fan? Choose one based on your mood, whether you need something light-hearted and fun or motivating. Click here for podcasts based on any mood, and click here for 10 of our favorite women-run podcasts. 

 

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10. Meditate

This is one of those self-care practices that looks different for everyone. I personally prefer a walking guided meditation, but many people prefer to do their meditations sitting or lying down, reading or journaling, or without any music or prompts at all. No matter your meditation form of choice, there are many free apps and trackers you can download to start your meditation practice, and even just a few minutes a day can be extremely beneficial in relieving stress.

 

11. Clean up your space

Recently, as soon as my schedule got busier and I left my room in a mess every night, I started having trouble sleeping. Once I straightened things up, my sleeping patterns went back to normal. Coincidence? Perhaps, but clutter in your space directly correlates to clutter in the mind. The cleanliness of your home really does impact your headspace, and you should always aim to keep your home the same you would want it to look for visitors (because if visitors can enjoy it in tip-top shape, why shouldn’t you?). Take 15 minutes before bed to put away laundry, wipe off counters, and do the dishes. 

 

12. Detox your social media

Yes, social media can be a great place to discover new people, brands, and products or to catch up with friends and family. But we also can absorb negative content or get caught in comparison traps and feel bad about ourselves from a social media scroll. Take time to regularly go through your accounts and mute or unfollow anyone whose energy does not serve you. Your goal should be to make social media a place that provides you with nothing but joy and inspiration rather than comparison and negativity.

 

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Rome Can’t Handle Naomi Osaka’s 3D Bear Nail Art

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Naomi Osaka's nails have been going places that some people only ever dream of seeing — aka Rome and all of its ancient treasures. On Tuesday, October 19, the tennis player and founder of Kinlò Skin shared some photos of her cute, bear-themed nail art on Instagram and Twitter while on a Roman holiday. 

The coffin-shaped nails come in a variety of colors such as yellow, orange, pink, blue, and white. They're each topped with mini bear sculptures, which some fans in her Instagram comments section have identified as Rilakkuma, a cartoon bear from Japan. Osaka's vacay nails seem to have also been well received by her fans. Many of them came to her comments section to say how much they love the set. Sadly, Osaka left us hanging as to who's behind all this manicured cuteness. 

Osaka isn't the only celebrity who's expressed her love for all things kawaii on her tips. Megan Thee Stallion has also proudly shown her love for Japanese culture on her nails with at least three sets (each of which you can check out here, here, and here). 

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We're all here for Osaka expressing herself through her nails, and it's not often that we see her posting nailfies. Last time we checked, she showed off some bedazzled digits on Thursday, September 16, which we're guessing were her nails for the Met Gala that was held just days before on Monday, September 13. Regardless of the season and the trends, Osaka's latest set proves you can never go wrong with your nail art — just go with what you love. If you're more partial to following trends, however, we have all the nail inspiration you need to get you through the rest of fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and yes, even winter. 

50 Halloween Costume Ideas You Can’t Go Wrong With






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If you could be anything in this world, what would it be? If you ask me now, my answers might fall somewhere along the lines of being happy, all-knowing, fulfilled, a good friend, financially stable, and better at answering text messages. If you asked me the same question when I was a spunky 6-year-old, I wouldn’t hesitate. The answer was simple: I wanted to be the Pink Power Ranger.

She was a force to be reckoned with—she was strong, she was athletic, and she was far from the distressed damsel I had been spoonfed up until that point. So when I had an opportunity to embody her and all that she stood for at my school’s first grade Halloween party, I was enthralled. And thus began my love for finding the perfect Halloween costume that would allow me to live out my wildest “I can be anyone (or anything) I want to be” dreams. Over 20 years have passed since I debuted as the Pink Power Ranger, but my love for the sentiment remains. If you’re looking for the perfect Halloween costume to rock this year and beyond, look no further. These 50 Halloween costume ideas have your back:

 

If you’re going solo:

1. Olivia Rodrigo, Sour album cover

2. Lizzie McGuire

3. Cruella

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4. Billie Eilish

5. Megan Fox, Jennifer’s Body

6. Tomb Raider

7. Teddy Bear

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8. Pennywise, It

9. Kim Kardashian, Met Gala 2021

10. Harry Styles

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11. Zenon, Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century 

12. Dwight Schrute, The Office

13. Edna Mode, The Incredibles

14. Violet Beauregarde, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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15. Kim Possible

16. Lola Bunny, Space Jam

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17. 2000s Paris Hilton  

18. Wednesday Addams, The Addams Family

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If you’re dressing up with a friend or S.O.:

19. Daisy and Gatsby, The Great Gatsby

20. Daphne and Simon, Bridgerton

21. Beyoncé and Jay Z

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22. Maddy and Cassie, Euphoria

23. Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly

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24. Jessie and Woody, Toy Story

25. Rick and Morty, Rick and Morty

26. Black Swan and White Swan, Black Swan

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27. Marry Poppins and Bert, Mary Poppins

28. Olivia and Paula, White Lotus

19. Sharkboy and Lavagirl, The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl

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20. Kendall and Kylie

21. Batman and Catwoman

22. Moira and David Rose, Schitt’s Creek

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23. Lucifer and The Detective, Lucifer

24. Venus and Serena Williams

25. Morticia and Gomez Addams, The Addams Family

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If you’re going with the gang:

26. Ted Lasso cast

27. Alice in Wonderland characters

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28. Pogues from Outer Banks

29. Bratz Dolls

30. Wizard of Oz characters

31. Power Rangers

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32. The Peaky Blinders 

33. Disney Princesses (bonus points for Disney Princesses in jail)

34. Stanley Yelnats and crew, Holes

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35. Cheetah Girls

36. The Seven Dwarves

37. Gossip Girl cast (2021)

38. Dress as your Zodiac

39. Stranger Things cast

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40. Disco Divas

41. Regina, Gretchen, Karen, and Cady, Mean Girls

42. Minions

43. Ghostbusters

44. Cher, Tai, and Dionne, Clueless

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45. Aliens, Toy Story

46. Cosmo, Wanda, and Timmy Turner, The Fairly Oddparents

47. Spice Girls

48. Clover cheerleaders, Bring It On

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49. Sanderson sisters, Hocus Pocus

50. Rose, Dorothy, Blanche, and Sophia, The Golden Girls

 

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The 25 Best Long-Lasting Lip Stains

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On the long list of South Korea's many fine exports — including, but not limited to, sheet masks, pimple patches, and K-pop — are lip tints. These days, some of the best lip stains for no-fuss, long-lasting color are coming straight from Seoul, thanks to Tonymoly, Innisfree, Etude House, and more. Luckily, you don't need a plane ticket to shop for them, and one is just $7. Several Western beauty brands have also mastered the K-beauty staple in their own ways. For example, L'Oréal Paris makes an editor-adored stain; Buxom has a lip-plumping variety; and Armani mastered a gloss that wears down to a wash of color. 

"Unlike lipsticks that add a layer on top of the lips, stains are absorbed into the outer layers of the skin for a sheer pop of low-maintenance color," explains makeup artist and Guide Beauty founder Terri Bryant. Remember, they're called lip stains for a reason: As such, these products are especially ideal for mask-wearing.

When you're ready to apply the stain, makeup artist Andrea Claire recommends drawing a "V" at the bow and outer corners of your lips and a "U" towards the bottom of your lips. Then, connect the dots, fill in the lips, and voíla. For a natural-looking finish, makeup artist Geneivive Garner advises tapping the product directly onto your lips using your fingers. Claire recommends applying the stain straight from the tube for a more saturated look.

"To ensure the longest wear, make sure you apply your stain on clean, dry lips," Garner tells Allure. What’s more, according to Claire: "A lip mask or a light clear balm will help even out the lips hydration levels, prepping them for a more even application." Claire also recommends using a lip liner as a base, which helps extend the stain's wear time. To seal the deal, both Claire and Garner suggest laying a one-ply tissue over your lips before dabbing a small amount of translucent powder on top.

No matter which lip-stain iteration you're into, these products are sticking with you for the long haul. Expect not a single drop of color to travel to your teeth, and post-meal reapplication won't be a concern. You'll be committed to the hue for hours. 

Intrigued? Read on for the complete list of our favorite lightweight, low-maintenance lip stains.

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15 Best Ceramide Skin-Care Products to Nourish Dry Skin

15 Best Ceramide SkinCare Products 2021 to Soothe and Moisturize Dry Irritated Skin

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As far as skin-care ingredients are concerned, ceramides are among the most worthy of opponents when it comes to battling dry skin — which, with colder weather rearing its head, may be something that you're all too familiar with. Thankfully, ceramide-based products are not only a favorite among dermatologists but are widely available at every price point, from drugstore (CeraVe and Amlactin) to luxury brands (Elizabeth Arden and SkinCeuticals).

"Ceramides are fatty acids in the skin that help to maintain the skin barrier and retain moisture and hydration," Shereene Idriss, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist based in New York City, tells Allure. "Extreme cold-weather temperatures, exposure to hot water, and dry heat can all deplete the ceramides stored in your skin," which is why Dr. Idriss says it's critical to introduce ceramide-fortified products to lock in moisture and restore your skin's barrier function. They're also a key ingredient to look out for when treating skin conditions like eczema or moisturizing your skin after a laser treatment.

It helps to think of ceramides as the building blocks in your skin. In addition to possessing hydration-boosting properties, they're especially key for maintaining long-term hydration and strengthening the skin's surface against environmental stressors. When scanning your ingredient lists, look out for ceramide NP, AP, EOP, NG, NP, NS, as well as phytosphingosine and sphingosine. 

"Ceramides are found in high concentrations within cell membranes," New York City-based board-certified dermatologist Ellen Marmur, M.D. says. "They hold skin cells together on the top layer of the skin, forming a protective layer that plumps the skin and retains moisture." As such, barrier-fortifying products are as popular and commonplace as ever.

With that being said, here are 15 of the best ceramide products — rich moisturizers, whipped body creams, and even a retinol-spiked serum — for healthy skin this season (and all year round).

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The Best Drugstore Mascaras for Long, Clump-Free Lashes

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When you think of the best drugstore mascaras, the classic Maybelline New York Great Lash Mascara probably comes to mind. But it isn't the only amazing drugstore option for taking your lashes to new lengths. (By all means, if you love it, don't let it go.)

While picking up your necessities, take a stroll down the makeup aisles to check out these other options. Recommended by both professional makeup artists and Allure editors, the following drugstore picks will make your lashes look fuller and longer with just a couple swipes — and they all ring up for less than $15. Yes, it is possible to get voluminous lashes for as much as a fancy turmeric latte. You can even shop a tube for as little as $5 and it will give you the same results of a $50 mascara with falsies stacked on top. Trust.

Keep scrolling to find out the best new and all-time-favorite drugstore mascaras you should be adding to your cart as soon as possible — why not get a couple while you're at it? — and why they're mainstays in makeup artists' kits.

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Amazon Finds That Will Elevate Your WFH Setup

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Once upon a time, work-from-home days were few and far between, and investing in a setup that you actually enjoyed working from wasn’t necessary. But now that many of us are working our 9-5s exclusively from our homes and apartments, working from bed or scrunched up in a corner of our couch is a thing of the past.

The key to a work-from-home space that makes you productive and, well, actually want to work from home? Spending a little time and effort making your setup as functional as possible. Over the past year, our team has spent time doing exactly that.

From laptop stands that will make your tech neck a thing of the past to little things that’ll make your work days consistently better, these Amazon finds will make your work-from-home space way better than your old office—we promise.





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17 Makeup Gift Sets at the Top of Allure Editors’ Holiday List

17 Best Makeup Gift Sets for 2021 Holiday Season According to Allure Editors

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Gifting can be overwhelming — allow us to make things easier for you. Although we share our honest thoughts on lipsticks, highlighters, and eye shadow palettes all year long, the holiday season is when our expertise shines the brightest. Recommending, or in this case, giving someone a new makeup gift set to help them discover and fall in love with their new favorite product is like giving yourself a gift in the process — and what better way to do so than with a kit hand-picked and approved by Allure editors?

We've rounded up our selections for our favorite makeup gift sets on the market for the 2021 holiday season. The Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Lip Secrets, Merit Five Minute Morning, and Saie Beauty Have It All Box — just to name a few — are sure to be the star of your next gift exchange or the key that opens the gates to your loved one's new go-to makeup routine staple. It may just be a Best of Beauty-winning product if we have anything to do with it. 

As you scroll through our list of 2021 makeup gift sets below, we have a feeling you'll be adding some to your own wish list or even adding some to your cart for yourself; they are that enviable and incredible. 

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10 Things to Do If You Need a Confidence Boost






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Confidence might sound like some fluffy, idealistic principle your Girl Scout leader used to talk about, but it’s actually the most powerful, tangible thing you can cultivate to achieve the life you want. You might have learned from ’90s makeover movies that once you make major changes, then you’ll finally feel confident. But actually, confidence is the key to make drastic improvements, whether it comes to your health, career, or relationships. In other words, stop waiting for circumstances to happen and, instead, work on boosting confidence first. The changes you want to make in your life will happen as a byproduct. Here are 10 concrete ways to love yourself like Lizzo and boost confidence to achieve your best life.

 

1. Be brutally honest with yourself

Do you love your job? Do you genuinely enjoy all of your friendships? Are you open about the hobbies that bring you joy (yes, even the geeky ones)? Not only will being brutally honest illuminate areas in your life where you’re not your true self, but it will also force you to stop trying to “fit in” (middle school trauma can still really affect us, you know?). And when you realize what you do genuinely love and enjoy, do more of it. You can’t be fully confident unless you openly own, accept, and feel comfortable with who you are.

That also means knowing your strengths and accepting whatever you previously deemed a “weakness.” You know that famous quote by Albert Einstein that’s written on inspirational cards and quoted in graduation speeches? “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” Remember this lesson when you’re picking at your “weaknesses.” If you’re shy in large groups, don’t sit around wishing you were more outgoing. Instead, appreciate that you’re really charismatic in one-on-one situations. Keep track of the hobbies, people, and activities that make you feel like your true self, and then seek them out more. 

 

2. Use visualization

Before first dates or big presentations, we often focus on the worst-case scenarios—not just your-date-turned-out-to-be-a-serial-killer type of scenario, but the forget-the-entire-presentation or what-if-they-don’t-like-me kinds of scenarios. Instead, visualize yourself acing the presentation or enjoying the first date as the highest version of yourself. If you’re not sure what your highest self looks like, think about how you act in your most comfortable relationships. Are you goofy, vivacious, enthusiastic, kind, or thoughtful? Do you have a memory of when felt good about yourself? Visualize showing up as that person and the best-case outcome. You’ll not only feel more confident going into uncomfortable situations, but you’ll also be more likely to achieve your highest self.

 





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3. Practice empathy and positivity

We’ve already established that confidence requires a change in internal mindset, not a change in outside validation. But if changing your mindset was as easy as flipping a switch, we’d all be confident. So the key to self-confidence? Empathy and positivity. Just like happiness, empathy and positivity are skills, not circumstances. When you work those muscles on other people and situations, you’ll start to feel empathy and positivity for yourself too. Work on positive thinking through gratitude journaling or exercises, and prioritize the glass-half-full mentality in all situations. See the good in other people (including celebrities, influencers, and frenemies—ex-boyfriends are exempt from this list), and you’ll start to see more good in yourself too (guaranteed). 

 

4. Accept compliments

PSA: Can we agree to stop downplaying when we receive a compliment? It’s just not true that putting ourselves down makes other people feel more comfortable. In fact, it typically makes people more uncomfortable, not to mention that it’s hurting your confidence. When a coworker tells you that you nailed the presentation, don’t respond with “Really? I messed up the whole second half!” Say, “Thank you so much! I worked so hard and am so excited about how it turned out.”

Likewise, when a friend compliments your hair, don’t say, “Ugh, I have such frizzy hair, I spent 45 minutes getting it to lay straight!” Instead, respond with a simple “Thank you!” and take a moment to internally feel good about yourself (why yes, my hair does look phenomenal. *Cues ***Flawless by Beyoncé*). If just saying “thank you” feels uncomfortable, feel free to give a compliment in return, but stop downplaying the compliments you receive. 

 





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5. Be smart about social media

It’s no secret that social media can be a confidence sucker. Being constantly bombarded by the pretty, filtered version of other people’s lives is not exactly the best recipe to feel good about our own. We know that we only put our very best pictures, selfies, and sides for the world to see while keeping “real life” (like messy kitchens, PMS tears, and stretch marks) offline. But somehow, it doesn’t always register that other people do the same. Do yourself a favor and mute or unfollow everyone on Instagram except a few select accounts that bring you inspiration, motivation, and happiness whenever you click through their feed or stories (like, IDK, @theeverygirl, just as a totally random example). 

 

6. Change the words that follow “I am”

Personally, my identity has been defined as a writer my whole life. I’ve put myself into categories of “I’m a writer” and “I’m creative,” but because of that identity, I also said, “I’m not good at business” or “I am not a math person.” I loaded up on English classes in college and didn’t take one business, finance, or economics class. I always took on the “creative and free-spirited” type of personality and didn’t feel confident in any skills related to business or personal finance. 

But when I became a grown-ass woman (AKA, like a few months ago, but that depends on who you ask), I was over feeling like I wasn’t good with money. I started telling myself, “I am a businesswoman” and “I am smart with money.” It gave me the confidence to sign up for finance classes and start my own side business. The lesson here? Think about what stories you’ve been telling yourself about who you are, and then replace the words that follow “I am.”  Have you been telling yourself, “I am awkward,” “I am shy,” “I am ugly,” or “I am not good enough?” Change the words after “I am” to anything you want to be, and eventually, you’ll start to believe it.

 





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7. Get outside yourself

As humans, we see reality through our own perspectives, and therefore, everything centers on the way we experience it. When you’re feeling a lack of confidence, it can be tempting to wallow in your feelings or vent to friends. While you should lean on the people who make you feel better, make sure to get outside yourself too. Ask other people questions more than you talk about yourself or volunteer for an organization that needs help.

Not only will focusing on other people make you feel better about yourself (because nothing is more powerful than helping someone else), but you’ll also realize that other people don’t think about you the way you think they do. Other people are too caught up in their own problems to realize you’re a little awkward or have a breakout on your chin. One of the most important life hacks I’ve ever learned: You’ll stop feeling self-conscious the minute you turn your attention to helping someone else. 

 

8. Do more things that make you uncomfortable

Stepping outside your comfort zone is—you guessed it—uncomfortable, but it can make a huge difference in how you feel about yourself. Try something new that you’re scared to try, whether it’s cooking a new type of food, attending a different workout class, or networking with people you’re typically too shy to reach out to. The good news is that you don’t have to be good at whatever new thing you’re doing in order to boost self-esteem. In fact, you probably won’t be good. The confidence comes when you keep showing up, even when you’re not good at it. It will teach you to feel comfortable in uncomfortable situations and accomplished in trying something new. 

 





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9. Keep promises to yourself

We have a conception that “confidence” has to mean thinking highly of ourselves, which is not necessarily true. To break it down, confidence is actually a combination of both self-esteem and self-efficacy. Self-efficacy refers to the belief you have in yourself to accomplish something. In other words, to boost confidence, you must make and keep promises to yourself. If you want to eat more veggies or get to bed earlier, make a plan, and then follow through with it, not just to accomplish the goal but also to build trust in yourself. Think of it like a friend: The more you can rely on them and trust them, the more you love and respect them. The same goes for the relationship you have with yourself. Eat what you say you will, get to bed when you say you will, and then watch your confidence skyrocket.

 

10. Cultivate the “eff it!” mentality

Channel your inner Dua Lipa and just don’t care. Typically, I’m not a fan of IDGAF energy (I think caring is the most powerful thing we can do as human beings, even when it hurts), but when it comes to cultivating self-confidence, I’m an advocate. Sometimes you have to remind yourself that not everything is as big of a deal as you make it in your mind. You gained a few extra pounds—who cares? You’re shy meeting new people—big deal! The side business you want to launch might fail—so what? Doing something you want to do or being someone you want to be (while saying “screw you!” to insecurities) might be the absolute best thing you could ever do for yourself. Reminder: Don’t take everything so seriously; it’s just life! The point is to enjoy it. 

 

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