putting your outfit together

Tiny Finishing Touches That Bring Together a Great Look

A full look is much more than its individual parts. Even once you’ve created a makeup look, pieced together an outfit, and decided on a killer pair of shoes, you’re probably not quite done. A few extra touches can make all the difference. If you’ve created an incredible look, but you want to bump it up a few notches, add just one or two of these things to take it to the next level.

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A Headband

Headbands aren’t just for the nerdy girl in middle school anymore. There are so many ways to wear a headband nowadays, with some of them stretching into general headpiece territory. Are you rocking a boho look? Grab a flower crown for that hippie aesthetic. Are you more of a rosy cheek and red lip person? A glossy black headband can do the trick. Do you love the vintage aesthetic? Go for a hip, yet timeless look with a colorful bandana. The possibilities are nearly endless.

Makeup Stamps

Makeup stamps are one of the hottest new trends in the fashion scene right now. They’re small stamps, usually in a simple shape, that you cover in eyeliner and press into your skin. These stamps look great on your cheek, at the corner of your eyebrow, or even on your hands. You can even make your own if you’re so inclined, so you can make whatever shape you want.

Body Jewelry

Who doesn’t love a cool nose ring or eyebrow piercing? You don’t even need body piercings to take advantage of this trend. Numerous manufacturers make fake body jewelry so that you can have the look without the commitment. These pieces look great as an edgy addition to a cool Saturday night outfit.


Sure, they’re a little more eye-catching than the rest, but rhinestones can be a great addition to your look, especially if you’re into retro styles. You can find sheets of rhinestones with sticky backs, often prearranged into cool shapes for you to stick onto your body. You can also get rhinestones at your local dollar store, and then use body-safe glue to attach them.

False Eyelashes

These are a no-brainer; people have been using false eyelashes for decades to add a little lift to their natural lashes. However, some people think that false eyelashes always have to be Vegas-style lashes that are showstopping. The truth is that there are many ways to wear fake eyelashes and still look natural, whether you want to add a bit of volume or you want to turn heads.


It’s always been alluring, but recently, glitter has experienced a renaissance. It’s everywhere, from sunscreen to eye shadow, and there’s a great reason for that. Glitter is, in the most literal sense, eye-catching. With that bit of sparkle available, who wouldn’t want to try it out? The easiest way to try out glitter is to get a glittery eye shadow, which you can use in place of your normal shadow for a glitzy effect. If you want to go further, try glittery eyeliner or even a glitter-filled sunscreen.

Nail Polish

If you’re looking for something extra to set off your look, nail polish just might do the trick. When you think of nail polish matched with an outfit, you probably think of acrylic nails that are incredibly long and very well-manicured. However, with the right polish, you don’t have to go that far. You can use your nails, even if they’re fairly short, and give them a quick coat with a color that complements your outfit.


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With just a few small touches, an everyday outfit can become something that you’re proud to wear. You just need to make sure everything’s in order, and you’ll be able to pull off nearly any look.

If these ideas come to you naturally and you realize how much you love to design, why not consider the cosmetology program at Ogle School? Cosmetology teaches much more than just eyeshadow and lipstick, and your intuition in these design areas could serve you well through a career in the beauty industry.

About the Author

Jeff Chiarelli
Jeff Chiarelli is the Head of Marketing for Ogle School. His responsibilities include leading Ogle School's marketing and branding strategy to amplify Ogle School's passion for helping create future beauty professionals in the communities Ogle School serves.