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Ways to Look Boujee Without Actually Breaking Bank

18 August 2017 | Febriana Ramadhanya

Are you tired looking the same way every day? Do you want to add a little oomph but got no dough to treat yourself? Stop worrying because we got your back with these easy tips to look boujee without over-spending.

Being boujee is something more than just what Migos and Lil Uzi Vert popularize. As another term for bougie, boujee ladies mean more than just high-class women with millions in the bank. Boujee ladies, despite their lack of fortune, symbolize confidence women who are sure of who they are and what they’re worth. Follow the tips below to flawlessly execute the boujee look without, well, being boujee.

Know your body type

You’ll risk of wasting your money by spending it on items that don’t look flattering at all when you wear it. Not everyone looks good in a metallic, V-neck spaghetti tank or a velvet, 2-piece, pencil skirt and tube top. Just because everyone’s wearing it on Instagram doesn’t mean you should too, hun.

Try to play to your strengths. For example, if you have an hourglass figure, show off that curve with a pencil skirt and a halter top. Those with long legs have the advantage of looking good in a pair of thigh-high boots. Experiment with different styles of clothing until you find pieces that you feel comfortable in.

Know the trends


To put it simply, know what’s in and what’s out. Familiarize yourself with what other boujee queens are currently wearing. These days, girls all over social media are wearing diamond chokers, fur coats, sky-high pointed heels, and designer bags. While some influencers flaunt their designer items, in order to look boujee, labels don’t matter, which leads to the next point.

Curate clothing items

Don’t be afraid to search, curate, or collect clothing items to attain that boujee look. Once you know what trendy fashion item looks good on your body, start looking for it in places other than the mall. Sure, Forever 21 or H&M carry a lot of trendy clothing but they can be pretty costly after you’ve added them up.

Instead, go to a thrift store, a garage sale, or even ask your relatives for their hand-me downs. Who knows, maybe they have some vintage branded items buried in their closet that can be the key piece to your entire boujee ensemble. As a last resort, shop online and find discounted items from trusted online stores like Zalora and Asos.

Don’t forget the glo'

Even with all the expensive-looking clothes and the accessories, a boujee chick is nothing without her glow up. You don’t need to invest on expensive makeup brands when there are so many affordable ones out there. You can get items from brands like ColourPop, Maybelline, L’Oreal, and other drug store brands with only less than RM150.

If you want to see how to achieve that boujee look, we’ve listed down the must-haves makeup items from ColourPop here and other popular products from drug store brands here. Remember, the key is to look expensive without actually blowing your budget.

Colourpop You Had Me At Hello
From RM 112.50 Colourpop's latest palette, You Had Me At Hello Other palettes come and go, but this gorgeous, mauve-toned baby is a keeper. Super wearable shades wrapped up in the perfect package (with a mirror!), you know it's real when you can use one palette for every single look. Fall head over heels. The Knot: metallic cool-toned ivory Moon Struck: metallic soft gold Two Peas: matte peachy beige Candygram: metallic pinky red with gold duochrome Winning Ticket: matte dusty mauve pink Fbo: metallic pink violet Look-See: matte cool-toned plum Fool's Rush: metallic golden bronze Pulling Strings: matte warm saddle brown Want U Back: matte dusty mauve brown Dtr: metallic silvery taupe Sparks Fly: matte deep plummy brown Pressed Powder SHADOW Highly pigmented shadow that applies evenly and feels ultra-velvety and silky. This long wearing formula contains a unique combination of softer powders which adheres easily to the eyes, gives a soft focus effect, and blends smoothly and evenly. Finish Metallic, Matte, Satin Shade Neutrals, Pinks, Purples, Browns NET Weight 12 x 0.85g (0.03oz) Application Tips Apply with your favorite shadow brushes. Flat and firmer brushes will give the most color payoff. Fluffier brushes are great for blending. Use a small angled brush to line the eyes. Note: Backorders would roughly take 10-14 business days to arrive once order is confirmed (Shipping excludes weekends and public holidays)[vc_text_separator title="REVIEWS"] [vc_text_separator title="VIDEO Review + TUTORIAL"][vc_video link="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ackdK5bbpMU" el_aspect="235"]
Colourpop Dream St.
From RM 103.50 . Colourpop Dream St. Palette Kathleen Lights Don’t blink, even for a second! You don’t want to miss our dreamiest palette yet. Super versatile warm toned nudes with rich pops of colour can take your look from heavenly to out of this world in only a few swipes. Mattes, metallics, satins - every shadow is buttery soft and so easy to blend. Think you can find a better palette? Dream on. Shooting Star: matte soft golden brown Magical: matte yellow peach Star Dust: metallic true copper Twinkle: metallic true rose gold Sweet Dreams: metallic soft champagne with a peachy pink flip Water Bearer: matte cool teal Potion: matte vivid reddish rust Spark: matte neon red Kaleidoscope: metallic intense silvery nude Elfish: matte rich red brown Moony: satin soft baby pink Mermaid Boy: metallic deep teal Pressed Powder Shadow Highly pigmented shadow that applies evenly and feels ultra-velvety and silky. This long wearing formula contains a unique combination of softer powders which adheres easily to the eyes, gives a soft focus effect, and blends smoothly and evenly. Finish Matte, Metallic, Satin Shade Neutrals, Oranges/Corals, Golds, Pinks, Blues/Teals, Reds, Browns Net Weight 12 x 0.85g (0.03oz) Application Tips Apply with your favorite shadow brushes. Flat and firmer brushes will give the most color payoff. Fluffier brushes are great for blending. Use a small angled brush to line the eyes. Note: Backorders would roughly take 10-14 business days to arrive once order is confirmed (Shipping excludes weekends and public holidays) [vc_video link="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmLcejtnebA" el_aspect="235" title="VIDEO Review + Tutorial "]
Colourpop My Little Pony
From RM 103.50 My Little Pony x Colourpop The latest collab between Colourpop and My Little Pony has touched down! These retro ponies are back for a new adventure. Explore the palette inspired by their colourful personalities and magical cutie marks. From shimmery glitters and wearable mattes, to bright pops of colour and surprising iridescent, you can imagine the looks you’ll create with this little palette. Friendship is magic when you're friends with this sparkly crew Butterscotch: white with subtle pink violet opalescent sheen Blossom: metallic peach with pink and gold duo chrome finish Starshine: metallic golden tangerine Bluebell: satin golden ivory Applejack: matte dusty red violet Skydancer: metallic bright icy lavender Minty: matte cool-toned fuchsia Flutterbye: matte true pastel peach Twilight: satin deep blackened violet Firefly: metallic silvery baby blue Snuzzle: metallic icy white with opalescent blue duo chrome Princess Sparkle: metallic rich smokey turquoise Pressed Powder Shadow Highly pigmented shadow that applies evenly and feels ultra-velvety and silky. This long wearing formula contains a unique combination of softer powders which adheres easily to the eyes, gives a soft focus effect, and blends smoothly and evenly. Application Tips Apply with your favorite shadow brushes. Flat and firmer brushes will give the most color payoff. Fluffier brushes are great for blending. Use a small angled brush to line the eyes. Note: Backorders would roughly take 10-14 business days to arrive once order is confirmed (Shipping excludes weekends and public holidays)[vc_text_separator title="REVIEWS"] [vc_text_separator title="VIDEO Review + TUTORIAL"][vc_video link="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POpf-VZk8Qk" el_aspect="235"]

Confidence is the cherry on top

After 22 long cycles of America’s Next Top Model with Tyra Banks, we have surely heard her say “don’t let the clothes wear you” so many times. This is true, as any boujee girl should know how to be comfortable in their own skin no matter what ensemble they’re donning for the day. Whether you’re wearing a RM3,000 pair of Louboutin So Kate heels or a pair of simple nude heels from Zalora, the most important and priceless thing you can own is your confidence.

So, make smart decisions when trying to look boujee on a budget. You don’t need to spend a ridiculous amount of money because you can easily find more affordable alternatives. Once you’ve mastered all these tips, Migos and Uzi won’t be the only ones calling you bad and boujee.

Remember: don’t be broke, be boujee.

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