Recovering from a breakup involves more than chocolate ice cream and trashing your ex's things. A changed-up and improved beauty routine will take you from doom and gloom to va-va-va-voom in no time. And even if moving on and dating someone new is not on your radar just yet, looking amazing from head to toe should be (it's the best revenge!). So what do you do when you're ready to get over the breakup? Give yourself a breakup makeover - a breakover! Read below to find out how.
You've been crying your eyes out for a week, and now they're red and puffy. Deflate, brighten, and wake up those tired peepers to set your sights on someone new.
Our picks: Start with a mask like DuWop igels eye mask ($25, duwop.com). For an all day fix (in case you feel a crying meltdown happening in your cubicle) pat a pea-sized amount of Wexler Instant De-Puff Eye Gel ($19.50, bathandbodyworkds.com) around your eyes to help tighten the skin before putting your foundation on.
Face and Body Breakover
Skip salon facials and body treatments; instead, save your cash and use it to buy a hot outfit. You can also try some at-home treatments and save yourself time and money.
Our picks: After a week of gorging on ice cream and chocolate (and probably chicken tenders and French fries, too) you'll want to drink lots of water to flush out the extra intake of salt. Plus, you'll want to brighten, rehydrate, and reduce the redness of your skin with Intensive Brightening Cream by Suki ($54.95, sukiskincare.com). Shake off dry skin with an exfoliator like LaLicious Coffee Bean Sugar Soufflé body scrub ($34, lalicious.com). Use a washcloth or loofa in the shower to helpslough off dry skin.
Everyone wants a fresh start after a breakup - just make sure that you get a great look, not simply a drastic change, so you'll end up with your hottest hair ever.
Our picks: If you've neglected showering for a few days, at this point you'll need a deep-conditioning treatment, like Pantene Deep Fortifying Ultra-Fortifiant Treatment ($5.99, beautyofnewyork.com), to help bring your dried-out locks back to life. If you naturally have oilier hair, opt for an antiresidue shampoo like Neutrogena ($5.99, drugstore.com) to thoroughly clean your follicles.
You can also tweak your color. Carrie Bradshaw had the right idea in Sex and the City when she dyed her locks chocolate brown after her breakup with Big. But the trick is to transform your color in small steps rather than in one day. If you want to go lighter, ask your colorist to give you a few highlights. If you prefer a darker look, go two shades deeper than your current hue. Beware of chopping all of your hair off. What at first might seem like a good idea, may backfire after your heart stop aching. Instead, get a trim first and ask your stylist on a new way to style your hair.
Scent is a major sensory trigger, so change up your perfume with something new. Not sure what to pick? Take our perfume quiz and see what fragrance you should be wearing based on your personality.
Our picks: Kim Kardashian by Kim Kardashian or
SJP NYC by Sarah Jessica Parker. Two fiercely independent women who we wouldn't mind smelling like to turn over a new relationship leaf!
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