Wednesday, January 30, 2008

SAG Awards Red Carpet- Best and Worst Dressed Celebrities


SAG Awards Amanda BynesSAG Awards Eva Longoria Parker
SAG Awards America Ferrera

Amanda Bynes, wearing a stunning Marchesa gown, Kwiat diamonds and Jimmy Choo gold sandals was absolutely breathtaking, and in my opinion the best dressed at this year's SAG Awards. America Ferrera was wearing a gorgeous gray Monique Lhuillier gown, and Jimmy Choo heels, and even though the color is not the most exciting, the design is very delicate and very flattering on her figure, love the lace and broach over the shoulder. Eva Longoria Parker styled a very tight Naeem Khan back bearing gown, which silences every rumour of a pregnancy; the look was completed with beautiful Verdura the touch of color with her pink earrings. Most of us would like to see Eva take some risks though, it just seems like she wears the same number, one Red Carpet after other.

SAG Awards Ashley TisdaleSAG Awards Marion Cotillard
SAG Awards Christina Applegate

Ashley Tisdale
was wearing a beautiful, and red carpet worthy, Badgley Mischka Couture gown in gorgeous white chiffon with crystal and jet-pinstripe beading. Christina Applegate is not any less worthy in this beautiful grecian inspired Elie Saab gown with silver embroidery, and Neil Lane diamonds. The talented French actress Marion Cotillard is wearing a stunning pale gray Nina Ricci gown and Chopard diamonds. Seems like white and silver were a big hit on this year SAG's Red Carpet.

SAG Awards Debra MessingSAG Awards Rebecca Gayheart

SAG Awards Lisa Rinna
Debra Messing wears a beautiful jeweled Oscar de la Renta with Neil Lane diamond bubble ring and earrings. Lisa Rinna takes a big leap of faith with this leopard printed Jenny Packham Spring '08 gown, and with her gorgeous fit body, she's one of the few stars who can pull it off. Rebecca Gayheart is absolutely stunning in this red Marchesa gown, H. Stern earrings and Mary Norton clutch; the ensamble is styled perfectly with a pretty side ponytail.

SAG Awards Marcia CrossSAG Awards Vanessa Williams
SAG Awards Kate Bekinsale

Marcia Cross picked the perfect shade of turquoise (again) for her skin and hair with this figure flattering Monique Lhuillier gown and Lorraine Schwartz jewels. Kate Bekinsale looks lovely in the soft yellow Luisa Beccaria gown with her soft hairdo and Van Cleef & Arpels vintage jewels. Yellow is also very flattering on a very tanned Vanessa Williams, who's wearing an Escada gown, Fred Leighton diamonds and Daniel Swarovski clutch. It took me a while to decide on her dress, but it's growing on me. For the next red carpet however, she should hide the bad tanning lines!


SAG Awards Ellen Page

SAG Awards Michelle Pfeiffer

SAG Awards Tina Fey
It is extremely "dangerous" to take risks on the red carpet, however being too safe can earn you a bad review as well. Ellen Page is an example of how a pretty Zac Posen black dress is classy but boring when not accessorized properly. She should have added some interest with a colorful clutch or interesting jewelry. The look is also a bit serious and matronly for such a young actress. Tina Fey in a beautiful Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti dress , Daniel Swarovski clutch and Lorraine Schwartz bangles could have also benefitted by some color, like red lipstick. Michelle Pfeiffer is stunning and classy in the taupe Versace dress, Christian Louboutin heels, Neil Lane jewels and a Lambertson Truex crocodile clutch, but she could have completed the look with an interesting belt.


SAG Awards Angelina JolieSAG Awards Jane Krakowski
SAG Awards Cate Blanchett

Given that Angelina Jolie is either trying to hide her second pregnancy or add fuel to the gossip, this Hermes tie-dyed tent dress does absolutely nothing to flatter her very fit figure. Cate Blanchett is literally in full bloom in a flowery Balenciaga gown; I love her pregnancy glow but the floral pattern is just too overwhealming. Jane Krakowski wears a mossy green Catherine Malandrino gown, and even though I like the cut of the dress, I can't get over the detail on the's like a bowl of citrus fruit wrapped around her neck!

SAG Awards January JonesSAG Awards Sandra Oh
SAG Awards Kate Hudson
January Jones' hot pink organza Giorgio Armani Prive' is just too bight and shiny for the red carpet. It looks like a bad prom dress or a bridesmaid worst nightmare. Kate Hudson is wearing a very busy Balmain gown and beautiful Cartier diamonds. The floral print of the dress is just too much added with the eagle shaped design on the bodice; the cut is also not very flattering on her body (it emphasizes the lacking in the "boob department"). The cerry on the cake...or present under the tree, is Sandra Oh; the puffy, shiny and bright version of a traditional Hanbok (Korean dress) is just too much...I believe the big bow pushed it over the edge!

SAG Awards Ellen PompeoSAG Awards Viggo Mortensen
SAG Awards Nikki Blonsky
Ellen Pompeo is wearing Zac Posen, and even though the gown's design is exquisit, the fabric is a big turn off; it looks like tin-foil, it's just too metallic! Nikki Blonsky is wearing the most beautiful smile, but that's the only beautiful thing on this talented actress! The dress is a disaster, from the shiny cobalt blue fabric, the intermission lenght of the hemline (which cuts the leg-line and makes her look stumpy), to the off the shoulder neckline (which makes her look more busty). Finally, the men's side of the red carpet : Viggo Mortensen. Even though I love the pin stiped suit and the splash of color on this very talented actor, the sash/scarf dangling down his leg and the vest are just too much and pushes the outfit a bit over the edge! But Viggo is a fashion-daring icon, after all!

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Shoes Master: Christian Louboutin

Mariah Carey shoe closet When it comes to shoes, ladies, we sure have a soft spot. The prettiness of a lady's shoe design and the way it makes the legs and the outfit look gorgeous, makes our heart beat faster. I get a sense of excitement when looking at a celebrity's (like Mariah Carey's) or a Fashion House's shoes collection; but then, who wouldn't want one pair of shoes for every outfit and in every color?

In my humble opinion, no one beats the craftmanship of the Master Shoe Designer: monsieur Christian Louboutin!

Shoe designer Christian LouboutinThis French "shoes-dieu" work is everywhere, and on most celebrities feet. The Christian Louboutin brand of stylish women footwear began in 1992, in Paris, where Louboutin's flagship boutiques remain. Louboutin's bright lacquered Red Soled shoes are his signature style, and are seen all over the red carpet's of the world; I also have to agree, with Louboutin's comment: "Black soles are for widows, beige soles are for the Milanese, but red soles are for those who want to flirt and still have time to dance”.

The perfect craftmanship paired with beauty and sex appeal, make Louboutin's red soles shoes unique and Katie Holmes in Louboutin shoesvery sought after. Most admired celebrities like: Nicole Kidman, Catherine Deneuve, Cameron Diaz, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kirsten Dunst, Angelina Jolie, Gwen Stefani, Janet Jackson, Christina Aguilera, Katie Holmes, Victoria Bekham, Tina Turner, Sarah Jessica Parker and Cate Blanchett (and many more), have claimed to be huge fans of Christian Louboutin's footwear. His red sole shoes are also highly admired by other clothing designers, like Jean Paul Gautier, ChloƩ, Lanvin, Diane Von Fustenberg, Alexander McQueen, Victor & Rolf and Yves Saint Laurent, who often collaborate with Louboutin and showcase his red soles on their fashion shows.

Louboutin HandbagThe creative Master has also recently launched a line of Christian Louboutin handbags, which echoes his high-end collection of red sole shoes. Louboutin boutiques, each designed and decorated by Christian Louboutin himself, can be found all over the world, and in the most fashionable cities: NewYork, Los Angeles, Moscow, London and Paris. However his line of fine red sole shoes and handbags is also carried by worldwide upscale department stores and shoes boutiques, from Louboutin shoesEurope to Asia. Save up though, as an exquisite Louboutin handbags or a pair of his fabulous red sole shoes can be a hefty investment, but also a staple for any wardrobe!

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Coordinate a Professional Men's Business Suit

Professional suit "Clothes and manners do not make the man; but when he is made, they greatly improve his appearance".
Arthur Ashe

Most men look great in a traditional Business Suit. Dark colors, well tailored suits and sharp accents, give an image of power and style. However when it comes to coordinate a suit with a shirt, a tie or accessories, not many men know how to maximize their look to its best potential. So how do we coordinate all the pieces of the attire?

There are some rules to follow when coordinating a men's business suit:
First thing to consider is Fabric Pattern. The "safe" rule when coordinating Pattern in a Business Suit is: "2 Pieces Plain, 1 Piece Pattern"; so when wearing a solid color suit, consider a solid color shirt and a tie with some pattern, or reverse to a pattern shirt and a solid tie. When wearing a suit with some pattern, wear a solid shirt and tie. This is however a general and safe rule, mixing some patterns can also be very original and classy. When mixing pattern, we should consider a few points: The size of the pattern, the design of the pattern (dots, stripes, etc.), color and intensity (subtle or strong). When coordinStiped Pattern suitating two or more patterns, make sure that they are not the same size and that some of the colors in each piece match. Strong and Bright patterns should be paired with subtle ones. The strongest and most authoritative business suit has no patterns, it's a solid color; some subtle pattern suit, however, work just like solids (like some tone on tone pin stripes). Pattern, like color can also help to project a certain image. Vertical lines help the individual look taller and slimmer, slanting stripes take attention away from a bigger face by drawing the eye downward. Stripes can be paired, however, keep them in different sizes and intensity.
Color coordinating is extremely important too. Dark colors are more formal than light ones, and since they recede they are great to make the body look slimmer. Keep this "safe" rule in mind when color coordinating a business suit: " 2 Pieces Dark, 1 Piece Light" or "2 Pieces Light, 1 Piece Dark". For example, with a Navy suit (dark), wear a white shirt (light) and a powder blue tie (light), or a navy suit (dark) with a white shirt (light) and a red/maroon tie (dark). Shirts and ties look best Color Coordinated Suitwhen their colors contrast, and as a general rule, the ties should be darker than the shirts. Keep the colors harmonized, "2 Soft colors and 1 Sharp color" (a grey suit look great with a pale blue shirt and a dark blue tie), "2 Sharp, 1 Soft" (a navy suit with a baby blue shirt and a red/ maroon tie) or keep them all sharp (a black suit with a white shirt and a red tie), to please the eye. Try to match the best colors to your skin complexion and hair color: Darker/warmer skin and hair looks best in bright, rich and crisp colors, like navy, saturated blacks and reds. Lighter and cooler complexions and hair look best in light, faded colors like gray/charcoal and lighter blue. Both look good in neutral and earth tones.
Fabric weight is a very important element to consider. Heavy fabrics like wool, corduroy, suede and leather are usually associated with cooler weather (Fall and Winter) and can make the figure appear heavier; lighter fabrics like linen, silk and seersucker are more appropriate in warmer weather (Spring and Summer) and give the Coordinated textured suitimage of a slimmer body. So consider the season and climate when choosing the right fabric for the business suit. As for the tie, Silk is a great choice all year round.
Fabric texture is also very important, smooth texture is more elegant and gives off an image of authority and power, while some rougher textures can make the suit more interesting and at times even make a statement. Smooth and rough textures can be coordinated, but they have to be carefully balanced: An Oxford shirt can be paired with a smooth silk tie, but keep the suit in a smooth texture as well. Shiny textures are more appropriate for an evening event, while dull textures are more day wear.

Color Coordinated suitWhen picking socks, the rule is solid is more elegant than pattern, and you can either keep them a shade darker than the trouser or keep the the same color as the pants. Long (knee or calf length) socks are dressier than short ones.
Shoes and belts should match each other in color and texture! Wear black, cordovan or brown shoes and belt with a grey, and navy suit. Earth tone suits, like brown, tan, olive should be paired with brown or cordovan shoes and belt. Black suits look good with black shoes and tie, even though a maroon-ish brown can be a very sharp contrast.

When choosing jewelry and embellishments (belt buckles) remember that silver (pewter) is more dressy than gold. however, the color is not as important as the level of elegance, for example don't wear a thick/gouty bracelet or a leather necklace, or a sport CEO style suitwatch with a classy suit. Keep the size of your watch in proportion with your body: A big man (body size..not ego!) needs a bigger watch, while a slender body would be better suited with a thinner watch. Two big faux pas are: class rings and rodeo belt buckles: they are a no-no with a business suit!
There shouldn't be more than seven point of interest in your outfit (pocket square, bright tie, watch, belt, facial hair, glasses, cufflinks, vest, sharp buttons or anything that grabs attention).
Have fun with coordinating a fashionable look, keep your wardrobe and the knowledge of what's fashionable up to date, and remember that pushing the envelope is not always safe in a professional world, and should only occur when the art of coordination has been mastered, any sooner could result in a fashion faux pas. Try to leave taking chances in your casual look; don't be afraid to be edgy on the weekend, it will keep your life very interesting.

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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Beauty and Makeup Questions & Answers

What's Skin?
Healthy skinSkin is the body's largest organ, measuring almost 20 square feet in total. The skin on the face and neck is the most delicate skin on the body, and should be treated with delicate products. Because the skin is an organ, it is therefore living and changing. To remain healthy it has to be nourished and cared for.
Normal, healthy skin is chemically balanced at a slightly acidic pH (a level of 7 pH is considerated neutral, any more is alkaline, any less is acidic) and has an healthy glow, which is a sign of beauty.
Cells on the surface of the skin are continually shed off to make room for new ones; the whole process takes about 2 to 3 weeks for younger skin and twice as long for mature skin (more prone to moisture loss).
Pores are small openings in the skin from which oil flows to the surface from oil glands. The size of a pore is proportional to the size of the oil gland under it. There is no known way to reduce the pores, however with appropriate skin care the excess oil can be reduced making the pores appear smaller.

What is a T-Zone?

Is the T-shaped region of the face which includes the Forehead (Horizontally) and the Nose and Chin (Vertically); the skin on the T-zone is usually different from the rest of the face (somewhat more oily), and is an area whose pores tend to clog the most (dead cells mix with oil). Acne can occur when a pore becomes clogged (can happen at any age): oil builds up in the pore and can result into a ruptured follicle and inflamation, a condition also known as acne. Do not attempt to cure Acne with a regular skin care system, it's safer to see a dermatologist for recommendations.

What are Factors that Affect the Skin?

Some factors that affect our skin on a daily basis can be controlled while others are uncontrollable.

Natural Aging: Natural changes occur to our body's chemistry throughout the years, which affect the appearance of skin, it is a process that happens to everyone and can't be stopped.

Sun: The most damaging environmental factor; even though the sun's rays stimulate the skin's production of vitamin D, over the years exposure to the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays, dries out, damages and wrinkles the skin. It's important to use SPF before sun exposure.

Humidity: Low humidity robs the skin of moisture, while high humidity can cause the sweat glands to work overtime, both making skin feel oilier. It is essential to keep the skin clean and moisurized in either situation.

Wind, Extreme Temperatures and Pollution: Can cause dry and flaky skin, and the airborn dirt, dust and smog stick to the skin clogging pores and chocking the skin. It's important to follow a good skin care, with cleansing, toning and moisturizing (and washing hands first to get rid of hand's bacteria).

Lack of Vitamins: Vitamins are an effective ingredient in skin care. Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid), in particular, has corrective and preventative benefits on damaged skin, lessening the appearance of deep lines (by enhancing the synthesis and production of collagen).

Lack of Sleep: The simplest and most effective remedy for the skin is sleep. During deep sleep skin renews itself by building new cells. It is essential to sleep 7 to 8 hours at night for this process to take place.

Water & Nutrition: Water is necessary to survive and to flush toxins from our system. Drinking 6 to 8 glasses of purified water daily helps improve circulation and speed cell growth. Healthy Food will provide Minerals and Vitamins to our body, resulting in healthy glowing skin as well.

Exercise: Regular exercise improves circulation, which sends the blood to the surface of the skin, regenerating it's cells; it also alleviates the drastic effects of stress, which can sometimes result in blemishes, hives, under eyes dark circles, and loss of skin color.

Toxic Substances: Cigarette Smoke, Alcohol, Caffeine and Medications are very damaging to the skin look and health. Smoke constricts the capillaries, cutting most of the blood, oxigen and nutrition supply to the skin; this will make it look older and cause deep wrinkles around the mouth and eyes. Alcohol and caffeine are diuretics, which force moisture out of the system dehydrating the skin; while Medications can make the skin more sensitive.

Why do People with Oily Skin need Moisturizers?

Because, the oils produced by their sebaceous glands, may not have significant moisturizing properties, and the skin may still suffer surface dryness. It is recommended that people with oily skin use a light moisturizer dedicated to their oily skins (which won't add extra oil).

Why shouldn't People use Bath Soap on their Face?

The skin on the face and neck is more delicate than the rest of the body. Most bath soaps are too harsh on the face and neck skin; use Face Cleansers to clean these areas of impurities, then use a Toner to stabilize the pH and close the pores finish by moisturizing to lock humidity in and protect the skin.

How do we divide skin color in cool or warm?

Individuals have either cool or warm color undertone to their skin. Cool colors have blue undertone, which results in a light pinkish skin. Warm colors have a yellow undertone, which results in a darker olive or brown skin. As a general rule, makeup looks better when colors are used from the same color family, so cool colors look best on cool skin while warm colors look best on warm skin.

Should Eyeshadow Match Clothes or Eye color?

No. Choose eyeshadows (and other color makeup) based on the colors that suit the skin best (cool or warm), not the outfit; it is best to pick a complementary eyeshadow color (opposite colors on color wheel) to the eye color, which will enhance the beauty of the eyes.

Should Foundation finish on the Jaw or Neck?Makeup

It's important to blend foundation away at the jawline and hairline; there is no need to blend foundation into the neck if it's the right color foundation. When choosing the correct color of foundation, test it on the jawline (never the wrist or hand), to match the color to the face and the neck.

How to make lip color last?

Lip color can sometimes change with our body chemistry, and can also fade very quickly. The solution to both problems is to apply foundation and loose powder to the lips prior to adding lip color. Lining and coloring the whole mouth with a lip pencil also helps the lipstick stay put longer.

Is it Bad to Sleep with Makeup on?

Yes. Even with non-comedogenic makeup (which won't clog the pores), sleeping with makeup will prevent toxins from coming to the surface of the skin to be eliminated and will result in dull complexion. Sleeping with Eye makeup, could be even more dangerous, resulting in an infection. Moisturizing at bed time will lock moisture in, giving healthy glowing skin in the morning.

What is the Shelf-life of Makeup products?

Unopened, all makeup (except mascara and nail polish), has a shelf life of about 3 years; unopened mascara has a shelf life of 1 year, and unopened nail polish is good for 2 years. When opened, look for changing signs, drying up, clumping and color changes are a visual sign (for liquid and cream beauty products), that the makeup has run its course. It's harder to tell with powders, try to keep all the makeup brushes clean (wash them with mild soap and dry flat every 2 weeks), to prolong the shelf life and the spreading of bacteria. If the powder makeup seems to crack easily or to fade, toss it and get a new one. Liquid and cream products (cream foundations, rouges, eye shadows, bronzers, contours and highlighters) have a shelf life of 1 year. All the powder products (Loose and pressed powders, blush, eye shadows and contour powder) have a shelf life of 2 years. Liquid eye liners and mascaras have a shelf life of 6 months. Eye, lip and brow pencils have a shelf life of 3 years. While lipsticks and glosses have a shelf life of 2 years. To extend the shelf life of your beauty products, store them in a dry cool place, away from direct sun light. Remember to put the cap back and close the products tightly after each use.

The skin, as any other organs, needs to be nourished and protected; just like the eyes are the window to your soul, your skin is the window to your health, habits and lifestyle so take good care of it, after all there is no return policy, you only get one!

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Beauty: Makeup Tips to Look Fabulous

When it comes to makeup, ladies, we sure are grateful for its power to enhance beauty and hide little imperfections, but with so many ways to apply it and colors to choose from it can really be confusing! The many talented makeup artists out there make beauty look so easy, but when trying to duplicate the effort we mess it up! Here are the secrets to the best Beauty Routines:
First of all, don't fall for the ordinary, be original and stand out in your beauty. Practice, Play, Experiment. Oh yes, let your little daughter dab in the makeup too, she will benefit from the early practice/play (and then wash her face)! If you teach a teenage daughter to apply natural looking makeup, she won't get her tips from music videos and look like a clown behind your back.

Set a beauty routine to take care of your skin: Always remove makeup before going to bed. Use a dedicated cleanser to remove the makeup, soaps can strip the skin of its natural oils. Close the pores using a Toner, which restores the skin PH and keeps dirt out. Apply then any kind of leave-on treatments or serums. Moisturize to finish. Make it a rule to moisturize containing SPF (15 or higher) at least twice a day, all year round. Put some cream on after a morning shower, to lock-in moisture and at a night cream in the evening after cleaning the makeup. Past the age of 30, women should use an anti-aging creams or lotions (according to the type of skin). This cleansing routine takes less than 5 minutes and should be followed religiously twice a day.

For a healthy glow: Cleanse with a facial scrub twice a week, it will exfoliate the skin, ridding it of dead cells and leaving the new layer of skin to radiate youth. Don't ever use a body scrub on the face, neck, or collar bone, the skin in this areas is thinner and can be scratched or bruised by the bigger exfoliating bits. When exfoliating, the rule of thumb is to do it in a light circular motion and don't go over the same spot more than 6 times. Don't put too much pressure, it's not a sanding job, the circular motion will stimulate circulation and the cleanser will lift the already dead skin cells. Don't go over eye or lip area (too delicate); to exfoliate the lips use and old soft toothbrush and Vaseline, moisturize after with a lip balm. Always tone and moisturize your face afterwards.

Leave the heavier makeup and dark colors for the evening, keep it fresh and more natural looking during the day. Don't be mistaken Natural Makeup can actually take more work and makeup than its darker evening counterpart. The natural part is the appearance of it.

Don't be scared of makeup, it's not permanent, when it turns into a mess, just rub it off and start the process again. Invest in a good (natural hairs) cosmetic brush set (5 or more), the application is more accurate than with those tiny brushes or the foam eye applicators found in the compacts . Make sure to have (at least) a powder brush , blush brush , lid brush, crease brush, liner/angle brush, and lip brush. The powder brush is the big one and is used for the powders (regular, bronzer or mineral) for sheer coverage or to set the foundation. The Blush brush is a bit smaller and is used to apply cheek color, use a caressing motion, not a circular motion (it will ruin the brush). The lid brush is a larger flat brush used to apply the medium eye-shadow to the entire lid (under the brow bone). The crease brush is used in the crease of the eye, right under the brow bone, use it in a windshield washer motion and a darker color to create dept and a smokey eye. The liner/angle brush is small and stiff with a pointy side, to help create a smooth line along the lashes or to apply color to the eyebrows. Finally the lip brush should be used to apply lipstick and glosses, for a professional look. When applying powder, dab it on the whole brush and then tap the excess off. Make sure the brushes stay clean by washing them with a brush cleaner every 2 weeks or use a mild soap and plenty of water to rinse then lay flat to dry. Don't ever share brushes with anyone, they should be as personal as your toothbrush.

Buy a few foundation sponges/wedges, wash them often and toss them out when they fall apart. To choose the right color foundation, go to a store that has samples, apply a bit on the jaw bone, which will allow to match the perfect shade to the face and neck, never try it on the wrist (when is the last time the skin on your wrist matched the face?), view it in clear day light, lamps can be deceiving. Don't pick a cool shade (pink hues) to apply on a warmer skin undertones and vice-versa (yellow hues on cool skin), it won't look natural. Pick a foundation that won't clog the pores (non-comedogenic) and with SPF to protect from the nasty damaging UV sun rays. Moisturize the skin before applying foundation for smoother blending, or add the liquid foundation to the moisturizer for sheer coverage. Concealers and highlighters should be a mature woman's best friends. It's easier, cheeper and painless to play with Chiaro/Scuro to highlight a facial feature or hide imperfections than to go through "rejuvinating" procedures. Just like artists paint a picture, every woman can use darker colors to deepen the lines or lighter colors to make them stand out. Use a contour powder or cream to chisel the cheek bones or to reshape the nose, and a light reflecting lotion on the cheeks to give that youthful glow. Keep it subtle. Use a concealer to mask a dark circle or age spot (don't go too light or it will give a raccoon effect), match the shade to the rest of the skin or slightly lighter to look natural. To apply foundation, start at the forehead and move down. Blend, blend, blend! Especially into the jawline and hairline, and don't forget the eyelids and lips. Feel free to mix a few foundations (prior to application) to achieve the perfect color. Apply powder to set it for a whole day stay-put makeup. Then have fun playing with color on the rest of the face. Match the blush to the color you would get when pinching your cheeks, and don't match eye-shadows to the outfit, always go for colors (cool or warm) that match the undertones of your skin. Anyone can wear red lips! There are red shades in both warm (yellowish hues) and cool (bluish hues) colors, so let it be the best accessory for that little black dress. Smokey eyes are absolutely gorgeous on anyone and can work for both day and evening look. Don't assume that black and grey are the only colors allowed for a smokey eye. Any color in the rainbow will do! When skipping on eye color wear mascara, it's a polished look. Buy one with Lanolin, it's an emolient which improves the consistency and application of the mascara and makes it last longer on the eyelashes.

Groom the facial hair, before focusing on makeup. Cut the long eyebrows by brushing them down and holding them with an eyebrow brush (a clean mascara wand will do too), then clip the long strands using small scissors. Don't clip too much, set the rest with a clear eyebrow gel or a bit of Vaseline and a clean mascara wand. Wax or bleach the unwanted facial hair; don't ever cut it or shave it (it's for men), it will grow back coarser and darker.
Embrace growing old gracefully, even those deep lines can look beautiful and tell your story. Nothing wrong with taking care of the skin but embrace growing and changing gracefully, surgery and painful rejuvinating procedures are not always the best answer.

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Wednesday, January 9, 2008

How to Color Coordinate Outfits

color coordinate a suit
A strong form of non-verbal communication is Personal Appearance: the clothes choices and the way both men and women wear them forms an impression whether is good or bad on the people they meet . Having a well put together appearance will project confidence and show off the personal sense of style. The most important thing is selecting clothing and outfits according to the body type so the fit is ideal; it is also important to build a wardrobe according to individual lifestyle and needs. There are many factors in making an outfit work, but possibly one of the most important is to color coordinate. The choice of the colors in the outfit (and how well they coordinate), make a significant impression on the overall look projected. The word "coordinate" comes from its Latin roots co + ordin which means "to arrange in order", as well the word "Match" comes from its Old English roots gemaecca then shortened to macche, meaning "Mate or Companion". Dressing well then is mastering the art of color matching and coordinating, which is the same skills that artists and photographers have to learn. It's all about pleasing the eye and giving off a feeling of harmony. The extremes of it would be either a plain boring outfit or a chaotic messy outfit, so try to create a happy medium. Some people have a natural ability to do so, others have to learn, however it's not hard to master the concept as it works like a science. To help us study how to color coordinate, we need to use the Color wheel:

Color wheel

HUE -The pure color (for example RED)

TONE- Hue + small amount of gray or opposite color (will mute or tone down the color)

TINT- Hue + White (will lighten the color)

COMPLEMENT TINT- Tint + small amount of gray or opposite color (will mute or tone down the tint)

SHADE - Hue + Black (will darken the color)

Complementary colors -Are those directly opposite in the color wheel or spectrum. When placed next to each other, complementary colors intensify each other and make the colors seem brighter. For example: Green and red are opposites and that’s why hunter green pants look great with a burgundy shirt. Blue is opposite of orange so colors like gold, rust, and brown complement shades of blue very nicely.

Analogous colors - Are Colors, which sit next to each other on the color wheel (contiguous colors). They harmonize since they each contain a bit of the same color. Go well together, such as blue pants, a blue-green shirt and a forest green jacket.

Monochromatic colors - All the colors are from the same color family, but different shades, tones or tints. All blue attire could consist of a Navy suit, light blue shirt, dark blue tie, blue pocket square, etc. Add some contrast to this combination by using texture and pattern. Some of the clothing items should be smooth; others rough in texture. Some items could be patterned, others solid.

Neutral colors - Shades of white, black and brown (at times even green). All the derivatives of these colors like grey, tan, cream, (hunter green) are included in this family. It is not very dynamic to dress in neutral tones but it is sophisticated. All shades of neutral match each other and any color on the wheel.

Triad colors - The first or Primary triad colors in the color wheel (or spectrum) are red, blue and yellow. (Navy suit, pale yellow shirt, burgundy tie) These are called pure colors because mixing them with each other and/or with white or black will create all the other colors on the wheel.

Core Color is the dominant color in a scheme. It’s the color of the main item in the outfit like the suit or a sweater. Accent colors are the second and sometimes third colors used in the scheme. The accent colors may be complementary, triad, analogous or neutral. Color contrast: The "rule" is, in an outfit, one of the three elements should be light, the other two dark.

Remember: When picking color coordinated outfits to suit the body, dark and dull colors recede thus making the body look thinner, and smaller. Jessica Alba
Light and bright colors project, which tend to bulk up and make the figure look larger.
Want to emphasize the shoulders and de-emphasize the hips? Wear a lighter colored top with dark bottoms. Dark colors are more formal than light. Bright colors in large amounts become tiresome to the eye.

Layers are a great way to bring color coordination and fashion style to the wardrobe. By choosing clothes which coordinate well together will give you the appearance of a put together fashion trendsetter. Color trends change each season, so make sure to find out what's the hot color of the season by watching fashion shows, celebrities fashion , fashion magazines and checking out other people's fashion choices, however how to color cordinate is a science which remains true throughout the years. The first step in finding a Katie Holmespersonal fashion style is to choose colors that look great against the skin. Darker skins look better in warmer colors, while lighter skin look best in cooler colors, however both skins can pull off neutrals and pastels. Buy a perfect fit or tailor the clothes : a shirt should fit well and not sag, droop, gap, or pop at the seams. Pick a shirt that has colors that look great on you and the rest of the wardrobe (making how to coordinate much easier). When picking a print (best if you have areas you like to camouflage) do it according to body size, small body-small print; and do not mix too many prints. You can layer a vest, a jacket, or a sweater over a shirt in a color that pops from the shirt to help create that coordinated/pulled together look you are searching for. If a printed shirt is not your style choose a brightly colored solid shirt. Try layering two fitted shirts together, one that is slightly longer then the other so that it peeks out at the bottom; or a button up shirt, under a short sweater, leaving a few unbuttoned pieces at the top and bottom. For the pants choose neutral colors to coordinate and balance out the top. Black, tan, khaki items, and even jeans in different shades are good fashion choices to have in the wardrobe. Pull the look together and color coordinate by adding accessories like belts, scarves, hats, and jewelry. Use fashionable scarves as belts to add a punch of color to a solid monochromatic outfit or costume jewelry to add extra color that picks up on Sienna Miller in Louboutin shoesexisting colors in the outfit. When using accent colors, do not over do it, a nice red handbag is a great addition to a neutral outfit, but the red headband, red necklace, red bracelet, red shoes and red lipstick is just too much color coordination; keep it to a maximum of 2 or 3 small accent colors. Shoes finish off the look, and can either pull it together or completely disrupt it. Using neutral shoes and match the style of the outfit will have a look that is stylish and complete. Or be daring and pick a shoe as an accent color, it's so fashion forward. Once you master how to color coordinate your fashion, have more fun picking out a style and clothes to make you the fashion trendsetter everyone will admire.

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