Dopamine beauty: Fun, bright colours to make you feel good

You’ve heard of dopamine dressing – the psychological trend that says you should wear clothes that make you feel good – well, now it’s time to do the same in makeup.

‘How we dress has an incredible impact on how we feel,’ psychologist Danielle Haig tells

‘Representing ourselves and how we want to be seen (or not seen) in a sartorial way can really improve your mood.

‘Think about putting on your favourite suit or uniform for work: It empowers you and created a mental trigger to be in “work mode”. Putting on your party shoes and sexiest evening outfit would make you feel completely differently.’

We can apply this same logic to makeup, whether we think about the colours, textures and finishes that boost dopamine.

Does glitter make your heart skip a beat? Do punchy reds make you swoon? Do you love how you look in a certain tone?

Time to cash in on that and ‘hack’ your mood by specifically picking little things, like makeup, that will start the day in a more positive headspace.

Not sure where to start? These are some of our top picks.

Lisa Eldridge Velvet Morning

Buy for £26

There’s a reason the lipstick effect exists, and who doesn’t feel good in a bold red?

We love this orange-leaning red shade, which compliments most skin tones.

MAC Colour Excess Liner

Buy for £18.50

This eyeliner range has plenty of shades – from vibrant to muted – for a colourful feline flick.

Milani Gilded Eyeshadow Palette Flora

Buy for £28.25

On a budget? This palette will serve you well, given its impressive variety of textures.

The glitters sparkle – and don’t fall down your face.

Nars Afterglow Cheek Palette

Buy for £46

Exhibit A – the red in the bottom left – is a long-standing, best selling Nars shade.

It might look scary, but a vibrant red works across all skin tones for a healthy flush – just use a light hand if you’re fair.

Nailberry Jazz Me Up

Buy for £15

One of the best nail polish brands out there for brittle nails, and now it comes in this fun sunset orange shade.

Summer nails sorted.

Lemonhead LA Space Paste

Buy for £20

These glitters are eye-safe, stay put throughout the day, and come in all the colours you could ever need. Plus, one pot lasts ages.

These disappeared from the UK market for a while – and what a shame that was. Snap one up while they’re back again.

Stila Stay All Day Dual-Ended Liquid Liner

Buy for £23

If you want a tiny dash of colour against a solid brown line, this two-in-one allows you to be playful with a fine end on one side, and a classic thicker liner on the other.

Pat McGrath Moonlit Seduction

Buy for £15

This is the latest palette from mother Pat and what a beauty she is.

Who wouldn’t feel incredible with one of those glitters dabbed over their lids?

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