by Emily Catherine Hughes
I don’t wear makeup. I'm not knocking anyone who does, but whenever I experiment with eyeliner, I tend to resemble Darth Maul or Robert Smith of The Cure. I kid — though it can be entertaining to experiment with the sexy, smudged, eyeliner regimen. I’ve also dyed and chopped my dark, blond curls more times than I can count. Here are some great tips on conveying your confidence to the world, without using products.
Stand up straight
This Mom-ism is one of the most simple, yet brilliant smidgens of advice that I've tried. It projects self-assurance — and truly, when your body is properly aligned, it positively affects your mindset as well. So stand straight up and Slay that shit!
Shoulders down & back
This is an especially significant tip if you, like me, possess the gift of “linebacker shoulders.” While I’ve come to appreciate my elegant scapula bones after years of self-consciousness, I still constantly remind myself to keep them positioned so I don’t appear to be folding in on myself; head will follow shoulders like a sheep to shepherdess, so not only is this practice aesthetically attractive, but it will save you from necessary chiropractic care down the road.
Maintain healthy eye contact
Don’t shy away from gazing into another's optical spheres! Maintaining eye contact during conversation not only implies you’re engaged in what they’ve got to say, but it also allows you to experience a kaleidoscope-array of human beauty in the form of eyeball-irises.
Speak with conviction
Confidence, my loves! Speaking with a strong persuasion or belief in what you say adds credibility to whatever it is you are speaking about. Speak clearly and relax, this is your terrain!
Explore & Experiment
Humans are a naturally curious species. Nothing excites us more than to learn and act on what we know. Be like the boldness of a Sharpie and ask out that dream crush you’ve had your eye on, or take that leap of faith and start that project you've been thinking about. The world is your playground! Compose a bucket (or, as I refer to mine, “f*ck it”) list and start crossing items off the list as you accomplish them. The more goals you reach, the more confidence you’ll feel because you are accomplishing the things you truly want to achieve!
Author: Emily Catherine Hughes is a Gilmore Girls enthusiast who spends her time journalist-ing, blogging and working on a screenplay she hopes to have finished by her twenty-first birthday. Visit her website here.