You may have heard of dopamine dressing (the psychological tendency to wear clothes that make you feel good).
Psychologist Daniel Haig told Metro.co.uk:
“Expressing yourself and how you want to be seen (or not seen) in a fashion way makes you feel really good.
“Think of wearing your favorite suit or uniform to work. It empowered you and created a mental trigger to get you into ‘work mode.’ Wearing a sexy evening dress will make you feel completely different.
Whether or not you think about dopamine-boosting colors, textures, and finishes, you can apply this same logic to makeup.
Does glitter make your heart beat? Does punchy red make you swoon? Do you like how it looks in certain tones?
Use it to “hack” your mood by specifically choosing little things like makeup to start your day with a more positive headspace.
Not sure where to start? These are some of our top picks.
Lisa Eldridge Velvet Morning
Buy for £26
There is a reason the lipstick effect exists.
I love this orangey red shade that compliments most skin tones.
MAC Color Excess Liner
Buy for £18.50
This eyeliner range has tons of shades, from bright to muted, for a colorful cat flick.
Milani Gilded Eyeshadow Palette Flora
Buy for £28.25
Are you on a budget? This palette works well given its impressive variety of textures.
The glitter sparkles and doesn’t fall off your face.
Nars Afterglow Cheek Palette
Buy for £46
Exhibit A – bottom left red – is the long-time best-selling Nars shade.
It may look intimidating, but bright red works for all skin tones and provides a healthy flush.
nailberry jazz me up
Buy for £15
One of the best nail polish brands for brittle nails, now in this delightful sunset orange shade.
Summer nails are lined up.
Lemonhead LA Space Paste
Buy for £20
These glitters are eye safe, stay put all day and come in all the colors you need. Plus, one pot will last for years.
These disappeared from the UK market for a while – and what a shame it was. Snap while they’re back again.
Stila Stay All Day Dual Ended Liquid Liner
Buy for £23
If you want just a little dash of color against a solid brown line, this two-in-one has a thin end on one side and a classic thick liner on the other, so you can be playful. You can feel it.
Pat McGrath Moonlit Seduction
Buy for £15
This is Mother Pat’s latest palette and how beautiful she is.
Who doesn’t feel incredible with one of the glitters dabbed on the eyelid?
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