Breakups are rough and many of us choose to deal with them by mentally exiling our exes to a deserted island of former flames where they may never be seen again. That is, until reality sets in and you do, in fact, see them again. Ugh. There’s nothing worse than being totally caught off guard by an ex-love and going through the agony of scrambling for small talk and non-awkward conversation. While we can’t magically predict the exact moment you will run into him or her, we can give you some beauty tips on how to make sure you look together on the outside, even when your insides are a mess.

how to look good for your ex

1. Let Your Skin Glow

In our dreams, running into an ex would involve looking like a glowing goddess in a smokin’ hot outfit and picture-perfect makeup. And, though awkward post-breakup run-ins rarely follow this fantasy sequence, you can still achieve that "lit-from-within” look. Try a dewy foundation or BB/CC cream on the daily to give your face that effortless glow that will have him or her doing a double take as you stroll on by.

Product Recommendations: Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow, Urban Decay Naked Illuminating Beauty Balm, NYX Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator

2. Keep a Lip Gloss or Balm Handy

OK, this may seem like a weird one, but let’s face it: We all feel better when we’ve got a pretty pout going. And keeping that self-confidence as high as possible is key when running into a former love. Now, this doesn’t mean you have to arm yourself with a full lip arsenal at all times, but pretty peach gloss or tinted lip balm is highly recommended.

Product Recommendations: Maybelline Baby Lips in Pink Punch, The Body Shop Born Lippy Stick Strawberry, L’Oréal Paris Infallible 8 HR Le Gloss in Bloom

3. Smile!

The always-elegant Audrey Hepburn once said, “I believe happy girls are the prettiest.” We have to agree. The best way to navigate an awkward moment is to not look the least bit ruffled. Flash your ex your pearly whites, make a little small talk about how amazing you’re doing and keep it moving. Period.

4. Do Something With Your Hair

Bad hair days have a way of throwing us off track and sending our spirits plummeting. And unfortunately for us, these days always happen to occur when we run into ex-boyfriends or mortal enemies. Avoid letting bad hair ruin your moment to shine in front of a former BF by sticking to these helpful good-hair tips. You’re welcome.

5. Smell AMAZING

Scent is a reflection of your overall self, and according to research, smell is a key factor to human attraction. So, smelling amazing is a great way to leave a lingering impression on your ex long after your encounter. If you don’t believe us, read this.

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