Authenticity and confidence are qualities we all want to exude. Our favourite celebrities do just that, from our favourite Disney teen star Zendaya to fashion idol Jaime King and curvy model Kate Upton. Being confident in your style and appearance overall isn’t achieved overnight, but these 18 tips are a good start!
#1 Embrace What You Have
Zendaya is going to feature on this list a lot, because she is the queen of self empowerment! One of the mottos she lives by is embracing what you naturally have, which she learned after years of struggling with her image. “If there’s any definition to being perfect, you’re perfect at being yourself. There is no such thing as ugly”, she told New You magazine. Everyone wants what they don’t have!
#2 Experiment With Your Style
You never see Zendaya stick to one look. The star knows that can become formulaic and boring, and the point of fashion is to use it as a tool to make yourself feel better and boost your creativity. Her red carpet moments are bold and original, from trying the menswear trend to bold prints and edgy cuts, she is forever our fashion muse.
#3 Don’t Let Followers Inherit Your Negativity
Zendaya may be very young herself, (she’s only 20!), but she already acts as a mentor to younger adolescents and children, through her charity work and her awareness of the public image she has cultivated. In an interview with Popsugar, she explained how she wants to pass on body and style confidence to those kids out there who look like her or look different in any way to the stereotypical Hollywood belle.
#4 Don’t Worry About Standing Out
Zendaya’s hair was different to those around her and as a result she felt self conscious of her curls for years until she saw the beauty of them. Her mixed heritage composes of a white mother and an African-American father, so her hair was different to her parents’ too. So, go do you!
#5 You Can’t Be 100% Every Day
Speaking to InStyle, Zendaya admitted “There is nobody out there that is completely, 100% satisfied with every portion of themselves”. Fake it til you make it!
#6 Research, Research, Research
Coming from a background where neither of her parents were familiar on how to style Afro curls Zendaya used YouTube tutorials to learn techniques. She even did the same for makeup – no wonder vloggers are so popular!
#7 Makeup Is For You, Not Others
When you put on your face, it should be for yourself rather than out of an insecurity of how others perceive you. Zendaya lives by this rule, as the actress/singer has come to realise that you should never be ashamed of how you naturally look, nor put on makeup for anyone else.
#8 Practice Makes Perfect
It’s okay to mess up your wing and smudge that mascara when you’re getting used to trying new makeup looks. “I think makeup in general is trial and error, you’re not going to be good at it right away. You need to practice just like anything else. I didn’t wake up one day, able to do a bomb cut crease, I had to work at it. It’s definitely a process”, she told Teen.com.
#9 Never Change for a Partner or Crush
During her Seventeen magazine interview, Zendaya said “No matter how much you like a person, changing for them will not end happily. When you find a boo, they better love you for you.”
#10 Bring Some Colour to Your Life
Elizabeth Taylor’s famous quote “pour yourself a drink, put on some red lipstick and pull yourself together” speaks to us all. Well, Jaime King definitely gets it anyway, having created lip shade for ColourPop (Juju Rouge Lippie Stix) with the aim of making it easy to wear for all.
#11 Body and Mind
Shay Mitchell was quoted by Byrdie saying that exercise helps not only her body but her mind. If you feel physically good, then you’ll feel better about yourself overall. As she said, “anything physical has such a positive impact on people; the dopamine and serotonin that get released when you work out – afterward, you feel amazing.”
#12 Good Food and Sunshine
Actress Teresa Palmer from Point Break and Hacksaw Ridge has a very naturally approach also to achieve confidence and happiness in how you look and feel. Get that vitamin D daily from stepping outside, simple! Consider what you’re putting into your body also, as it will affect how you physically feel and therefore how confident you are when it comes to dressing up.
#13 Stand Straight and Tall
Kate Upton insists good posture helps you feel good and project the best image of yourself, whatever you are wearing. Speaking to Cosmopolitan she explained, “I’ve always had decent posture, because I was a horse rider. Good posture shows confidence but equally being relaxed and involved in a conversation shows confidence.”
#14 Group Exercise
Kate Upton also told Cosmopolitan that working out in groups will encourage you to learn new things and move out of your comfort zone. If she got her incredible body that way, we are definitely willing to give it a shot!
#15 DIY Meditative Manicures
As minor a feature as nails are, they make an impact on how polished you feel. Demi Lovato knows this best, judging by her interview with Popsugar in which she called manicures “a form of meditation”. The simple yet precise repetitive act of doing your nails is soothing, we have to agree. We’re always more confident in ourselves when we feel calm and collected!
#16 Statement Hair
In the same interview with Popsugar, Demi Lovato spoke of the benefits of changing up your hair colour. “Express yourself in whatever way you want to”, she added further. In doing so, you’ll find out through a process of elimination what suits you best, if you’re unsure at all.
#17 JLo’s Natural Glow
What is the ageless Jennifer Lopez a fan of when it comes to her beauty regime? “A good moisturiser and lip gloss. I always have lip gloss with me, because it just makes you look dressier and gorgeous. And I usually wear mascara when I’m travelling, but that’s it! I like to keep things casual and simple”, she disclosed to Express Magazine.
#18 Moisturize Day and Night
Actress Jordana Brewster advocates a good skincare regime to give you a glowing look and feel your best. Speaking to Popsugar she elaborated, “One of my favorites to feel great on the red carpet is having glowy skin, so I have a pretty solid skin care routine. My skin is usually on point. I love [the] Pond Rejuveness Anti-Wrinkle Cream. I love that it makes me feel really dewy”. Feeling the glow and being comfortable in your own skin is definitely empowering.