Sorry, darling. You’ve been dumped. Your significant other is no longer significant, they’re just other: otherwise engaged, with another person or bothering their next victim.
Regardless, breakups still hurt. While it’s tempting to lay in your bed with a pint of Ben & Jerry’s, binge watching “Gossip Girl,” it’s not the most productive thing. Wallowing in your despair might feel good for a day or two, but a little self-love and pampering will do wonders for picking up your spirits.
In the words of Elizabeth Taylor, “Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick, and pull yourself together.” The best thing to do is just fake it ’til you make it, and if you look like a million bucks, eventually you’ll feel like it too.
1. Get a mani/pedi
You know that feeling you get when your bra matches your panties? It’s the same feeling you get when you have freshly cared-for cuticles.
If ever there was a time to go all out with the full-blown manicure and pedicure, rather than just a polish change, it’s now. Plus, since you no longer have that someone special to hold hands with, why not hold hands with your nail technician? Or are they just rubbing lotion into your skin?
2. Get a Brazilian
Remember that scene in “The Breakup” when Jennifer Aniston showed off her new wax? I’m not recommending that you flash your ex, but they were definitely on to something.
There’s something to be said about feeling and looking your sexiest when it is utterly and exclusively for yourself. That being said, if you’re more of a “long hair, don’t care” kind of girl, then do that instead. The point here is to do whatever makes you feel sexiest, and to do it for yourself alone.
3. Cut your hair…?
This might mean totally reinventing your look or just getting a touchup so that you look like your most bombshell self. A great blowout, soft and silky hair, and the scent of professional products will instantly put a spring in your step.
That being said, if you are wanting to reinvent yourself, go for it. That pixie cut you always wanted but your boyfriend said it wouldn’t look good? Get it, girl.
4. Make a Pinterest-worthy exfoliating mask
It takes seven years for every cell in your body to be replaced. That means that in seven years your body will be totally different from the one that loved your ex.
Help the process along by exfoliating your face and getting rid of the skin cells that your significant other touched and kissed. At the very least you’ll reveal a glowing, vibrant face, and if that doesn’t make you smile, I don’t know what will.
5. Get a Makeover
Do it slumber-party style and ask one of your friends to do your makeup, or go all out and get a fresh look at MAC or another beauty counter. Go for something fierce and bold, something that will make you feel and look like a badass.
Makeup can’t do everything, but it can give you some much needed confidence when you’re down in the dumps. Show your ex that you’re soon going to be moving on to the bigger and better by channeling your inner Adriana Lima who said, “I won’t cry for you. My mascara’s too expensive.”