A Dose of Beauty

Tips on Looking Beautiful

   Groom your eyebrows
  • Well-groomed eyebrows will give you a more beautiful face.
  • Pluck your eyebrows, using a pair of slant-edge tweezers, before bedtime.
  • Don't forget to pluck hairs between the eyebrows and any stragglers.
  • Never pluck the hairs from above your eyebrows.
  • Each hair must be plucked individually close to the root.
  • Avoid over-plucking.
  • When using a pencil to define your eyebrows, select your natural hair shade and apply in small strokes. Start at the inner end and work outwards. Finally blend the colour with a brush.

   Eyes - the windows to the soul
  • Camouflage circles under the eyes by applying pressed powder or a light foundation.
  • Traditional eye shadow powders can be easily applied using small applicator brushes and foam pads. You can blend two colors of powder or use one color of powder over a cream eye shadow base for a dimensional look.
  • Cream-based eye shadows are better applied sparingly across your eyelids, reaching up to your eyebrows if desired.
  • A coat of mascara will help to enhance the beauty of your eyes and eyelashes. Shorter lashes will benefit from a length-enhancing type of mascara, thinner lashes will become fuller with a thickening formula, and longer lashes will look better with curling mascara.
  • Mascaras come in a wide range of colors and styles, the most appropriate usually being different shades of black and brown which go well with most types of skin tone, eye color and choice of wardrobe. Fun colors, like shades of blue and green, are also available.
  • Waterproof mascara would be be the right choice if you plan to go swimming, or for a tearful occasion or movie. But this type of mascara can be more difficult to remove.
  • If your eyelashes are not so noticeable, you may need a lash-thickening mascara, or even one that lengthens and thickens. It is better to use a thicker formula than one that needs to be applied in many layers.
  • You can further accent your eyes by using eyeliner and darker eye shadow. You can also consider looking into the possibility of using fake eyelashes for special occasions.
  • Remember to remove mascara and other makeup with a gentle cleanser before getting into bed.

Face masks
Any of the following can be applied to the face and rinsed off after about 10-20 minutes:
  • Whole egg mayonnaise
  • Mashed up peach mixed with a tablespoon of brandy
  • Mashed up ripe tomato (for oily skin)
  • Mashed up very ripe banana with honey added to make a soft pulp (good firming mask)
  • Pure honey
  • Milk of magnesia
  • Pepto-Bismol (the active ingredient is bismuth subsalicylate) (suited for those with sensitive skin)
  • Yogurt
  • Mashed avocado

Home-Made Face Mask

Skin Care
  • Cleansing, toning and moisturising are important if you want lovely skin.
  • Don't go to bed with makeup on. Wash your face twice before going to bed, once to remove the makeup, and a second time to wash the skin itself.
  • After washing your face at night, be sure to exfoliate using a delicate scrub (a tablespoon of sugar or oatmeal should work).
  • Use face masks regularly, daily if possible.
  • Use a moisturiser on your face, day or night.
  • Hydrate your face frequently throughout the day.
  • Be gentle with your face. Never pull, tug or scrub your facial skin.
  • Keep your face covered from the sun. Use sunscreen, put on sunglasses and wear a wide-brimmed hat.
  • Eat lots of fresh vegetables, fresh fruits and nuts, and drink lots of water.
  • Avoid stress. It tends to show up on your face.

You are what you eat
  • Foods for beauty include apple cider vinegar, carrots, cheese, citrus fruits, cranberries, garlic, milk, yogurt, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, wheat germ and green vegetables.
  • Salad dressing, cooking oil, butter, and mayonnaise should be limited to two servings a day.
Your crowning glory
  • An adequate and balanced diet is essential for healthy hair. Consume lots of fresh fruits and green leafy vegetables. Milk, fresh yogurt and fresh coconut are also considered good for your hair. Cut down on refined, processed and canned foods. Cumin, turmeric and black pepper are spices that are good for your hair.
  • Mental stress can be hazardous to the long-term health and color of hair. Minimise time-related pressures. Relaxation techniques such as meditation and yoga can help. Listen to relaxing or uplifting music. Get adequate good-quality sleep.
  • The scalp and hair are easier to keep clean if the hair is kept reasonably short. Regular cutting of the hair does not make it grow faster, nor does it make the hair strands stronger or thicker.
  • Avoid harsh chemical products that damage hair over time. Go for more gentle, natural cleansers and conditioners, preferably those containing nourishing botanicals.
  • Your hair can be damaged by too much or inexpertly applied perming, dyeing, bleaching and massage.
  • Test for allergy before applying a hair dye.
  • Repeated application of hydrogen peroxide to bleach your hair may make the hair brittle. The hair may also become rough, develop split ends, or become thinned or shortened.
  • A warm scalp massage, using coconut, almond or olive oil, two or three times a week helps stimulate and moisturise the scalp. Leave the oil on for at least an hour before shampooing your hair.
  • Never force a brush on wet hair. Tangles in wet hair are best removed with a wide-toothed wooden comb.
  • Excessive blow-drying damages hair in the long-term, making it brittle and causing split ends. It is better to let your hair dry naturally and then brush it into place.
  • Brushing your hair regularly stimulates the scalp and keeps your hair looking healthy and lustrous. Brush your hair each night in all directions using long smooth strokes from the scalp to the hair-tips.

Celebrity Hairstyles

   Kissable lips
  • Pencil all over your lips with a soft lip pencil, then apply lipstick over it and blot. This will keep your lips going all day
  • Line your lips with a pencil, then blend the edges with a sponge applicator and cover with gloss or petroleum jelly. This will make your lips look fuller
  • Emphasise your upper lip by dabbing a touch of gloss in the center. This will achieve a pouty, sexy mouth.
  • While dining, keep your lips off the utensils. Use your lower teeth and tongue instead of your lips.
  • Smooth out your lips by gently rubbing with a washcloth over your lips before applying lipstick.
  • Applying foundation around the lips will give a precise look without using lip liner.
  • If you have full lips, first of all thank the Lord for it. You don't need lip liner. Soften the edges with your finger or a cotton bud. Don't use excessively glossy lipstick colours.
  • If you have thin lips, draw slightly beyond the lips with a neutral-coloured lip pencil before applying lipstick. Don't use a very dark shade of lipstick as it will make your lips look smaller.
  • A thin layer of chapstick is the best lip colour fixative.
  • Blot your lips after applying lipstick to set the color and remove excess. Then add a thin layer of loose or pressed powder before applying color again.
  • Increase the shine on your lips with a thin layer of clear lip gloss over the lipstick. A lip lacquer applied over lipstick will give even more shine.

Beautiful nails
  • Apply nail varnish remover before doing your nails even if donít need to remove any old varnish. This removes any grease from the nail so that the polish lasts longer
  • It is much easier to use a white nail pencil underneath the nail tip instead of white polish when doing a French Manicure.
  • It is better to apply lots of thin coats of nail varnish rather that one thick coat. It dries faster and lasts longer
  • Give each layer of your nail varnish plenty of time to dry. This will ensure a lasting finish.
  • You can match your nail varnish with your lip colour for a coordinated look.
  • Removing and reapplying varnish more than once or twice a week will dry out your nails. A remover which includes moisturisers may offer a compromise.
  • A hand massage improves the circulation and encourages nail growth.

Smiling relieves you of negative emotions, anxiety, anger and nervousness, and at the same time exercises your facial muscles, making the face glow and become more firm and supple. Endorphins, produced by your brain when you smile, reduce physical and emotional pain and bring a feeling of well-being to the body. A smile radiates a picture of poise and confidence.