Nicole Keen
Nicole Keen
@keenmachine

My tried and true confidence-boosting tricks

First rule of confidence boosting? Dress like a pre-schooler. I know it sounds crazy, but hear me out. Friends of mine who have a four-year-old daughter recently posted an Instagram of her wearing an outfit of her own creation, which consisted of a floral print jacket, a full tulle skirt, blue leggings, sparkly shoes with bows on the toes and a bright yellow baseball cap. She looked delightful! I found myself thinking how refreshing that kind of confidence is: children of a certain age wear what they like without feeling self-conscious (until, of course, peer pressure becomes a thing). While I’m certainly not suggesting that you layer everything from your closet all at once, I do encourage you to develop and nourish your own unique sense of style—and worry less what other people think. Personally, I always feel confident when I’m wearing something I love, something that makes me smile, and in my case that usually involves patterns (polka dots, stripes, etc.). As the old adage goes, “To thine own self be true.” Find what works for you, and don’t second guess it!

The same can be said of makeup. Over the years, I’ve figured out what works for my face, and I pretty much stick to a formula when I need to project confidence for a big presentation at work or a special event. A swipe of red lipstick and a matching manicure always make me feel my best. The combination of candy apple red lips and tips reminds me of the 1950s (a favourite decade of mine) and looks polished and glamorous. Does your ego need a boost? I’m (obviously) a firm believer in the transformative power of a great lipstick or nail polish.