The Best Advice On ... Radiating Beauty 1.Love your face the way it is and the way it will age.
And be sure to embrace the qualities that make you unique. If all we do
is focus on our imperfections, we'll never recognize our individual
beauty. (March 2003)
2.Give yourself a beauty treat at least once a week.
Get your nails done, have your hair blown out, buy a new lipstick ...
The point is: You deserve to take care of you, and often it's often the
smallest indulgences that can make a dramatic difference in how you look
and feel. (March 2003)
3.Make caring for your complexion a priority.
It's never too early in life to start pampering your skin; you don't
have to wait for problems (think dry skin, acne and more) to develop.
Cleanse, moisturize and protect yourself from the sun's damaging rays
today. (September 2004)
The Best Advice On ... Keeping A Youthful Glow 4.Wash your face before going to bed
-- no matter how tired you are. Makeup left on overnight can block
pores (triggering breakouts) and give skin a dull cast. (February 1986)
5.Slough off dry, dull skin. One of
the quickest ways to get a radiant complexion is with a gentle
exfoliating scrub, which literally sloughs off dead, dulling cells on
the skin's surface-- and allows newer, healthier and more radiant skin
cells to shine through. (December 2000) 2006 UPDATE Recent
innovations like at-home peels and home microdermabrasion kits are more
effective than ever before, allowing users to get results similar to
those of services offered in a dermatologist's office.
6.Try, really try, to reduce stress in your life.
Studies link it with a weakened immune system, which in turn can
trigger everything from acne flare-ups to eczema. Exercise, a good
night's sleep and a healthy, balanced diet are all things that can help
soften anxiety's impact on the body -- and the skin. (September 2001) 2006 UPDATE Check out 10 Ways to De-stress Anytime, Anywhere, page 104, for real-life ways to beat stress.
7.Put an end to body breakouts.
Clean pimple-prone body skin (back, shoulders, buttocks) at least once a
day with an acne wash or with a wipe/pad that contains breakout-busting
salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide; regular use of either will help
clear skin and prevent new pimples from forming. (March 2004)
8.Know your skin's triggers.
If you have sensitive skin, avoid perfumed, anti-bacterial and
deodorant products, which can easily aggravate it. And look for the
words "for sensitive skin" and "fragrance free" on product labels.
9.Eat foods rich in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids.
Bright-colored citrus fruits, berries and orange or red vegetables are
packed with antioxidants, which experts say help maintain youthful
skin. Salmon, tuna, walnuts and flaxseeds all offer omega-3 fatty acids,
which help form the skin's lipid layer -- responsible for keeping skin
hydrated and smooth. (November 2002) 2006 UPDATE A healthy
diet overall -- one that offers a range of vitamins, minerals, proteins,
grains and healthy fats -- is more important for your body and skin
than any single ingredient. See Shape.com/eatright for healthy diet
10.Develop a relationship with a local dermatologist.
You don't need to wait for a skin problem to develop to book an
appointment. Yes, a board-certified dermatologist can help treat
everything from embarrassing blemishes to serious conditions like skin
cancer, but he or she can also advise you about the right products for
your skin and discuss how your skin will age. (August 1992) 2006 UPDATE To find a dermatologist in your area, click on aad.org, the American Academy of Dermatology website.
The Best Advice On ... Applying Makeup The Right Way 11.Lighten up. Avoid heavy foundations and powders, which can settle inside pores and make them seem larger. (March 2000) 2006 UPDATE
New makeup technology -- from tinted moisturizers and pore-minimizing
foundations to radiance-boosting tints and super-natural mineral makeup
-- make getting a healthy, natural glow easier than ever.
12.Wake up your eyes.
A concealer or eye cream with light-reflective pigments (look for
ingredients like "mica" on labels) will brighten eyes instantly.
13.Become a pro at applying eyeliner.
To make eyes appear larger, use a darker shade near the top lashes and a
lighter shade (in the same color family) on the lower lash line. Don't
line eyes all the way around with the same color. (January 2001)
14.Get kissably soft lips.
Exfoliate lips with a toothbrush every morning, or use a
lip-exfoliating product. An added benefit: Lipstick will go on smoother.
(April 2003) 15.Plump up your pout. Use a
lip pencil that's slightly darker than your lipstick to line just
outside your lips. Next, apply lipstick, then dab a spot of foundation
onto the center of lips. Top off with gloss. (March 2002) 2006 UPDATE
New lipsticks and glosses offer color plus plumping agents like
cinnamon, ginger and cayenne pepper, which work by temporarily boosting
blood flow to the lips, triggering a swelling effect.
The Best Advice On ... Healthy Hair 16.Coloring your hair? Get a trim too.
The tinting process weakens hair and almost always guarantees you'll
end up with split ends when the color is rinsed out. A tiny snip after
chemical processing, and every six to eight weeks after that, will keep
your locks lustrous and healthy. (September 2003)
17.Switch up your shampoo.
Summer's salt water, chlorine, extra sweat and the sun's ultraviolet
(UV)rays can leave hair brittle and weak. Now's the time to change to a
more hydrating shampoo to keep hair shiny and soft. (July 1995)
18.Rinse pool water out asap.
Dousing your head with tap water after swimming will prevent algaecides
in pool water from turning blond hair green; it also rids the hair of
drying chlorine residue. (August 2002)
19.Wake up with silkier strands. Before bed, work a tiny amount of deep conditioner into dry ends of hair. Shampoo out in the morning. (October 1997)
The Best Advice On...Hair Removal
20.Calm tweezer trauma. After plucking, press a cold washcloth to the spot. (December 1989)
21.Shave as a last shower step. This way, hair can soften in the warm water for smoother, nick-free results. (June 1999)
The Best Advice On...Sun Protection 22.Wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. Sand and water reflect 60 percent of UV rays, so even under an umbrella, you may be exposed. (July 2001)
23.Mix up your anti-agers.
To better protect skin from the aging effects of the sun, treat it with
a medley of antioxidants -- a polyphenol like green tea, vitamin C
and/or a form of vitamin A (retinol); dermatologists believe they work
better than any one ingredient alone. (May 2006)
24.Protect your eyes from the sun's rays.
The skin around the eyes is thinner and more transparent. Why? The
natural, skin-firming tissue collagen found there breaks down faster
than in other areas of the skin, which is why lines show up here first.
(The sun's UV rays speed the breakdown.) Experts recommend dabbing on an
eye cream with SPF 15 or higher every day. (February 2003)
25.Check (and recheck) your moles.
Research shows that people who take digital photos of their moles (or
have their doctors do it), and use the shots to monitor their skin from
year to year, were better able to detect suspicious changes during
self-exams. Remember: Check yourself monthly from scalp to toes, and
have your dermatologist give you a professional exam yearly. (July 2004)
clears the skin of all its blemishes leaving it fresh and lovely. Grate
a watermelon, squeeze out the juice and apply it on your face for 15
minutes. Now wash it with hot water and then splash on cold water.
2.Fenugreek leaves (methi)
cure pimples, blackheads, dryness and early appearance of wrinkles.
Make a paste of these leaves and apply it every night. Next morning,
wash off with warm water. This improves your complexion.
3.Tea leaves and lemon juice
helps prevent hair fall. They also lead to soft and shiny hair. You
need to boil the leaves in water and strain out the tea. Add a little
lemon juice to this concoction and wash your hair with it. Rinse your
4.Bengal gram flour (besan) mixed with curd can be applied daily on your face and hair! It will not only give you a glowing complexion, but also long and lustrous locks.
is great for an instant glow. All you need to do is dip your fingers in
the juice and pat your cheeks, chin, neck and forehead. Wash off after
Your kitchen shelf has been secretly storing all these beauty secrets for years. It is up to you to discover more.
Wednesday, 01st Aug 2012
40+ Beauty Tips | Look Years Younger with Makeup
Look years longer with our over 40
makeup tips! It's time to update your beauty routine and try new,
innovative cosmetic formulas to create youthful and stunning makeup
Makeup can be tricky. If you're
stuck with the same makeup routine you've done for years, it can be as
aging as an out-of-style wardrobe. Yet, while there are many trends in
makeup, the best bet is to leave the crazy colors to the teens and
create a naturally stunning look. But that doesn't have to mean
makeup-free. In fact, certain makeup tips
can make your face look years younger without having to resort to
expensive skin-care products or extensive – and painful – anti-aging
plastic surgery. Here's how to use your cosmetics to create a younger
Prepare your skin
Before you apply a drop of makeup, be sure your skin is exfoliated once
or twice a week. Sloughing away dead skin cells will actually allow your
makeup to absorb better into your skin, rather than “sitting” on the
skin, which can create a “cakey” look. Be sure to moisturize your skin
and ensure you have SPF protection either in your moisturizer or
A great foundation
Apply a pore-minimizing primer. You can find this in powder or liquid
form, and it's one of the newest ways to really create a flawless canvas
for your makeup. A new type of product known as BB creams actually
combine a primer, moisture, anti-aging ingredients and a bit of color
for coverage. Or you can opt for a lightweight foam-like foundation or
even a spray foundation that you apply with a sponge. With a primer, you
don't need a heavy foundation.
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Chanel Fleur de Lotus 2012 Makeup Collection
Resisting the mesmerizing beauty of
colorful makeup pigments becomes more and more difficult as renowned
makeup brands such as Chanel are competing to create the most flattering
makeup hues. One of the best examples of fabulousness in makeup is
given by Chanel's Fleur de Lotus makeup collection, so take a peek at
the products and tell us what you think!
The magical world of makeup
never ceases to amaze us as each season new innovative textures and
pigments are created by makeup developers and since the sky seems to be
the limit, the attention is constantly focused on the latest collections
revealed. One of the go-to brands when it comes to makeup, Chanel,
put on display its creativity by launching various makeup collections
this year including the Fleur de Lotus, a makeup collection that is in
perfect sync with the season and which aims to accentuate femininity
using fresh and fab pigments.
Chanel's Fleur de Lotus 2012 makeup collection displays a wonderful
palette of floral inspired pigments (flower gardens have been a huge
muse for makeup creative directors), particularly lotus flower pigments
which aim to create a fresh and seductive look that is perfect for the
spring/summer season. The essence and elegant allure of the lotus flower
has been perfectly captured by Chanel, so no wonder that these sizzling
pigments will lure you into giving them a try.
As a girl can never have too much makeup, check out the fab high quality
products featured in Chanel's Fleur de Lotus makeup collection and find
out which ones make you feel like a true goddess.
Get the best cosmetics that you can afford. This is
not a time to skip on quality and get some budget brand. I like
and recommend the Artistry Brand, it is not found in stores but well worth asking
around for it. It is rated in the top five in the world, but has a
drug store price.
Remember the Three B's of Makeup BLEND,
You can easily blend in liquid or creme foundation with a
sponge. Select the appropriate foundation formula for your skin type and
preferred coverage. Then, using your fingertip, dot foundation on
forehead, nose, cheeks and chin. Use a clean sponge and, starting from
the top of your face and working down and out, blend the foundation
smoothly and evenly, being careful not to leave edges. Use two
coats! (blend, blend, blend!)
For Photography I like to apply a liquid foundation as a first coat
and follow it with a powder foundation to finish it. Whatever you
choose, you will need to apply a
foundation that gives more coverage than street makeup. You
can apply powder foundations with a sponge for heavier coverage, or with a
large powder brush for lighter coverage.
There are countless ways to apply eye shadow, but a common goal should
be to focus attention on your eyes and not your eyelids.
The simplest and most natural look comes from using
eyeliner next to your upper and lower lashes. Smudge the line, then
apply an eye shadow on top to set the line and give extra depth and
emphasis to eye color and shape.
First use a light-colored eye
shadow over your entire eyelid then apply a medium color in the crease
of your lid. Finish by applying a deep color next to your
To create a big, open-eye look, or for straight lashes,
first curl your eyelashes and then apply mascara. Use one application of
mascara for a soft look, and two or three more applications for a more
dramatic look that is right for photography.
For a soft, natural appearance, use a blush brush to apply powder blush
to the balls of your cheeks. Using a clean, dry sponge, blend evenly in
all directions until all edges disappear.
For a more contoured look, apply powder blush from the front of the
center of your ears and continue forward, curving slightly under your
cheek bones, to the center of your face. Blend well with a dry sponge.
The deepest color should be closest to the ears to create depth.
Use light tones in areas you want to highlight and darker tones to
shade areas you want to downplay.
Use a foundation or concealer in a shade lighter than your natural
coloring to highlight different areas on the face for a
"lifted" look. Consider the corner of the eyes, center of
the forehead, tops of the cheekbones, underneath the brow bones,
under the lower corners of the mouth and the center of the chin.
Use a darker makeup, concealer or
powder to shade, or create a
shadow, that recesses a particular area of the face. This
the face quite a dramatic effect, especially in photographs.
It's less effective and unnatural looking in daylight, so
for street makeup use this technique subtly, and blend your
Contouring can define your jawline, diminish a double chin, create
a cheekbone or soften a prominent jawbone.
Shading works best if used under your regular foundation. Use
powder shading, however, after you've applied your foundation.
Highlighting looks best if used on top of foundation.
Blend well when highlighting and shading.
You can use shading to shade the hollows of the cheek.
Lip color is the match that lights the fire of the face. Nothing
brightens, lightens and lifts quite like lip color
1) Line the edge of your natural lip line with a lip liner
that blends well with your favorite lip color.
2) Use a lip pencil not just to line but also to color
your entire lip for color that lasts.
3) Apply lip color, then blot your inner lip area with a
tissue. For best control, apply lip color with a lip brush.
4) Apply a second coat of lip color and blot lightly.
Consider a gold gloss top coat for glamour sessions.
When you are done set the entire face with a good loose powder. Apply
powder to hold down the shine, which will keep you looking radiant in photographs.
Nail and lip colors don't have to match, but nails
should blend with your cosmetic and wardrobe shades for a totally
Don't use them as tools to keep them from breaking. Use a pen or
pencil to dial a telephone number and a letter opener to open
Avoid using rough metal nail files that can damage nails, and
never clip or cut a cuticle unless absolutely necessary.
After they've been in water, let nails dry completely before
Keep nails away from detergents, chlorine and salt water whenever
Wear gloves in the winter not only for warmth but to protect nails
Wear protective gloves when gardening or doing other household
tasks, especially if it involves using hot water, soaps or strong