1. Dress Up a Messy Knot

Messy Knot - Roxanne Assoulin - Hair clip
Loose, effortless-looking chignons were accented with chic brooches at the Chanel show.First mist strands with texturizing spray to rough them up (this will help keep the pin from slipping). Twist hair into a knot, fasten, then clip your jeweled piece into the side. For extra security, slide a few bobby pins under the closure.

2. Throw on a Blazer

Blazer - Express Blazer - Look More Polished
A fitted jacket can jazz up jeans in seconds and bring sharp, clean lines to loose dresses. You’ll instantly look put together. Push up the sleeves for a cool effect. As for the color, consider navy the new…well, you know. It’s less common than black and much more feminine.

3. Perfect Your Pose

Whether standing at a party or on a red carpet, angle your body slightly to the side and extend one leg out in front of the other, like Omotola. This slims and elongates your silhouette. Then imagine that a string attached to your head is being pulled upward—You’ll immediately stand taller.

4. Maintain Your Manicure

Manicure - Nail Polishes - Neutral Nail Colors
Chipped nails send a clear message: You’re not mindful of your appearance. Weekly upkeep (or as close to that as possible) is ideal. And before you grab that lacquer you spotted on Tiwa Savage, remember that chips are less obvious on nude shades. Plus they’re close to your skin tone, so they make your fingers look longer. If your skin is fair to medium, beige tones can flatter; for darker complexions, try rich shades of taupe or chocolate.

5. Splurge on Accessories

Think timeless, not trendy. Bags with structured silhouettes make elegant eye candy. Avoid flashy logos that can quickly look dated. As for shoes, heels make you stand upright and lengthen your legs.

6. Be Color-Coordinated

Kerry Washington - Red lipstick - red heels

You don’t need to match your entire wardrobe from head to toe. But tying your lipstick to just one element—like your shoes or your belt—can really brush up your look. If you’re working with red, match the tones exactly for a glamorous look. With coral or rosy pink pieces, just keep your lipstick within a similar shade range.

7. Pile on the Bracelets

ippolita bracelets - bangle bracelets - gold bracelets

Like poker chips, bangles are better when they’re stacked high. They’re a classic shape and a versatile accessory that never goes out of fashion. Try a rose-gold finish; not only is it having a moment right now, it also casts a warm glow onto your skin.

8. Refine Your Canvas

YSL Touche Éclat - MAC Prep + Prime Fortified Skin Enhancer - neutral makeup

Nothing says “I’m tired” like a dull, uneven complexion. So apply a primer, which smooths out creases and hides pores (but usually takes less blending than foundation). Then swipe a brightening concealer over undereye circles.

9. Glam Up Your Touch-Up

10 Ways to Look More Polished
If you’re going to whip out a compact at the dinner table, choose one that could almost pass as an accessory. Opt for a modest-size version with a gold or silver finish. Anything big and colorful tends to look like plastic and not terribly elegant.

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