A pretty girl is like a melody, but if she’s pretty in more ways than one she’s worth a whole symphony. A guide to grooming, makeup, hair care, diet, and exercise, by an American authority on beauty and fashion.
Being prettier with makeup
Every girl can now be more daring, can wear any look that’s right for her. Here they are with every chance in the world to make yourself look prettier:
- Loose powder. Loose powder leaves a residue in eyebrows. Use a brush to remove excess then contour the brow.
- Scent. If you put a little scent onto your third finger and run it across each brow you will keep them looking sleek. Smells sweeter too.
- Dark brows. Dark brows look harsh if your hair is fair. Lighten them with a cream facial bleach. Effectiveness depends on time the bleach stays on.
- Stray hairs. Pluck stray hairs out every three or four days. Don’t wait until brows look shaggy. Choose sharp, slanted tweezers that will pick up hair easily. Soothe with skin tonic.
- Mascara. Mascara clogs lashes but you can avoid this if you use a special lash comb when the mascara is almost dry to separate them. Open your mouth when making-up eyes, you won’t blink.
- Hand mirror. Always carry a hand mirror for spot checks. Temperature changes can cause makeup to wilt and you may not find a mirror when you need one most.
- Lip gloss. Lip gloss is not known for its staying power. But for a special moment, such as having a photograph taken, it gives a polished finish.
- Moisturizer. If you blend your moisturizer with your base makeup (equal amounts of each) you will achieve a soft even coloring across the skin. You can still cover blemishes if you use a concealer stick under base makeup.
- Translucent loose powder. Always use a translucent loose powder for the smoothest finish. It will ensure a makeup lasts up to seven hours. Take a cotton wool ball and dust upwards to remove excess.
- Eye pencil. Your eye pencil will slide more easily if you warm it on a lamp bulb. This favorite trick of top makeup artists helps to achieve a soft, smudged look. Use immediately for the best results around your eyes.
Getting your body into shape
The healthiest people around are those who are naturally slim and who gain little weight with age, and who are physically active. If you want to look pretty all the time, now is the time to take the necessary steps to get your body into shape:
- Exercise. Consider your body as a motor car. Rev it up each day with a bout of exercise. Skipping or running will leave you feeling sharper.
- Sleep. Not everybody needs eight hours sleep each night but it is a fair guide. Sleep is one of your three basic beauty needs, along with a good diet and plenty of exercise.
- Energy. If you feel low on energy, check that you are eating a cardiac diet. Consider a course of multi-vitamin pills. The B-complex vitamins help the body deal with stress.
- Sun. Consider the sun as your free beauty bonus. It’s your best source of vitamin D, which is vital for healthy skin, teeth and bones.
- Posture. Check your posture. If it is bad, you’ll feel sluggish. Imagine a line running from ears to shoulders, hips, knees, middle of your feet. Now you are standing perfectly.
- Hunger. Staving off hunger pangs with sweets and biscuits just creates a vicious circle. The sugar they contain satisfies you at first but the effect soon wears off, leaving you craving more food. Don’t turn your nose up at raw carrots, celery or fruit. They are great natural beauty foods.
- Mineral water. Sparkling mineral water is your best drink if you are watching your weight. Delicious with a lice of lemon.
- Calorie counter. Your calorie needs vary according to daily physical activities but most women will lose weight on 500 or 1500 calories a day. Carry a pocket counter with you to check calorie values of everything you eat.
Eating healthy foods for beauty
Regardless of her figure, every girl should eat a balanced diet for health and beauty. Health and beauty always go hand in hand. Below is a list of foods you should eat every day – whether you are trying to lose weight or not. These are the basic foods necessary for good health at any age.
- Milk. If you are trying to lose weight, use skim milk instead of whole milk. You save about 80 calories per glass! Milk builds strong bones and healthy teeth.
- Meat, fish, poultry, or cheese. This is the protein group necessary for growth. Proteins are the builders of blood, muscle, and tissue.
- Eggs. If you don’t like them “straight,” combine them with your milk quota in custards and eggnogs. Eggs supply a special form of protein important for your skin, teeth, nails, hair, and eyes.
- Fruit. Two servings a day. One serving should be a citrus fruit (orange or grapefruit), or a tomato for vitamin C. The other might be an apple, banana, pear, peach, or slice of melon, or a plate of strawberries.
- Vegetables. Two servings a day. One should be a leafy, green vegetable. Vegetables supply valuable vitamins and minerals.
- Bread or cereal. Two slices of bread, or one serving of cereal every day. Slimmers are permitted this amount, thin people may find they can take extra bread.
- Fats. One to three tablespoons a day. Some fat is necessary for internal lubrication. Fat is found in butter and margarine, salad dressings, peanut butter, and cream, and in meats, and meat products, such as sausage. Your main problem is not how to get enough fat, but how to avoid getting too much.
Every now and then it is appropriate to stress a few points to the busy girl — to tell her that she must find time to provide for beauty. Here are personal tips from most photographed models on how to be prettier, and more beautiful.
- Facial toner. Facial toner in a spray is a boon. The sensation when the toner hits the skin is tingling sharp. Use it as a toner on cleansed skin before moisturizing, as a pick-up or in a short burst to set makeup.
- Moisturizing cream. Use your moisturizing cream around the back of the neck, too. Or try a hand cream if you prefer to use expensive face cream sparingly.
- Ointment. Lips can become sore and chapped at any time of the year. Wear a protecting salve at all times, including under lipstick or gloss.
- Face mask. Don’t dismiss face masks as time-consuming or messy. You will find it more effective if you apply before your bath or shower. The steam will help the mask penetrate.
- Face wash. Most women prefer to wash their faces with soap or at least splash with cool water after a thorough cleansing. Take a soft towel and pat very gently against the skin.
- Sunblock. Don’t be misled about the sun’s burning rays. Even on cloudy days they are still strong, so it is vital to use a sunblock each morning.
- Body skin. Body skin dries out just as facial skin so if you bare your legs this summer, a daily application of cream will smooth away rough skin. Sloughing body skin with a loofah removes dead, flaky surface cells and brings a warm, healthy glow.
- Nail polish. If you find your nail polish tends to chip easily, don’t keep redoing it but touch up the tips to help preserve the nail’s strength.
- Skin calluses. Skin calluses. If you wear more than one ring you can develop tiny skin calluses. Avoid them by swapping rings around. Massage in hand cream. A pumice stone will leave the skin soft.
- Short nails. Short nails will look their best if they are painted a soft, natural color. Choose lots of bracelets rather than rings to take attention away from your fingers to your wrists. Ruffled cuffs have the same effect.
- Nails. Nails get forgotten in winter but with warmer weather coming you should think about painting them. Never use clashing colors on toes and fingers.
- Fingernails. If you have naturally well-shaped fingernails, they will look fabulous just buffed. You should use the buff against the grain of the nail for healthy shine.
- Hair. Hair that lacks body will improve instantly with a conditioning mousse. Give it seconds to dry then brush hair into shape. Instant hair help is at hand with ribbons, combs, scarves. Never tie back your hair with a rubber band, it will tear and split the ends. Choose covered “elastic” bands.
- Hairspray. Hairspray will be less visible if you first spray it on to your hair brush. Repeat the spray and brush action about three times each.
- Dry hair. A warm almond or olive oil treatment still remains the best solution for dry, over-bleached hair. Use your fingertips to massage in, leave five minutes and wash.
- Brushing. Brushing is good for your hair but only when done correctly. The old-fashioned 100 strokes is unkind to hair but 25 strokes each day will improve its overall condition.
- Scent. Use your favorite scent all round, wearing scent is an art. Put essence in your bath: keep empty scent bottles in your wardrobe, carry an atomizer in your bag.
- Shoes. Badly fitting shoes mean bad posture. Check yours by drawing an outline of your bare foot (no socks). If the outline is larger than the shoe sole, shoes are too small.
- Tan. A carefully acquired tan makes you look and feel better. Tan in a solarium if you want to start before heading for the beach. Best summer makeup to flatter a tan will have strong hints of bronze and gold colors.
- Smile. Your smile is one of your best beauty assets. You should floss away plaque between the teeth and use an antiseptic mouthwash.
- Fabrics. Choose easy-care fabrics. Nothing looks worse than nasty wrinkles. Pure fabrics always seem to crease more easily than a mix containing some man-made fibers.
- Eye drops. A splash of eye drops is to red and tired eyes what a brisk shower is to your body.
- Haircut. Invest in a really good haircut, long hair can look flat and lack bounce. Subtle layering makes a big difference and shorter hair is easier to wash and care for.