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.
The aim of makeup is to make you look prettier, not to show off a collection of cosmetics. Use as little makeup as you need to achieve the effect of natural prettiness. The more makeup you use, the more important it is to keep it from appearing obvious.
- Blending: You should never see any edges. Everything should blend together naturally.
- Experimenting: You have to try a lot of different techniques and colors in order to find the look that is just right for yourself.
- Loose powder: The purpose of powder is to cover up a shine. Whether you use it or not depends on the type of foundation you use, and your skin type and personal preference. There is only one way to find out which look is right for you and that is by experimenting.
- 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 the 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.
- Lipstick and lip-gloss: Extremes of coloring in makeup are seldom flattering. Very dark shades of lipstick are not becoming, neither are tones near to pure white. The prettiest look is achieved with light, bright colors in tones. A lipstick or lip-gloss provides valuable protection against the sun and wind. 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 7 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.
- 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 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 like facial skin so if you bare your legs this summer, a daily application of the 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: 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 hairbrush. Repeat the spray and brush action about three times each.
- Dry hair: A warm almond or olive oil treatment 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 are 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 outlining your barefoot (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.
Natural Beauty Tips
Many beautiful women retain their complexion youthfulness and radiance even though they are in their mature years because they make a “must” of simple daily care. Here are some natural beauty tips to help you feel and look more beautiful.
- Elegant eyes: Eye beauty is basically eye health. Look after your eyes, protect them. If you need glasses, wear them. Sight is a precious possession. Witch-hazel pads placed over the eyes help to reduce temporary fatigue lines if you can lie down patiently for half an hour while they soak away the exhaustion marks. Keep your witch-hazel in the refrigerator during the summer. Douse the pads, squeeze out the excess, lie down, apply and enjoy!
- Keep your hands young: Many of us, if we think hard, can remember our grandmothers wearing gloves to bed once a week. It may have seemed silly but remember how lovely their hands were? Try this formula for beautiful hands.
- Grandmother’s hand cream: Beat one teaspoon of rice flour into two egg-yolks until you have a smooth paste. Blend in four teaspoons sweet almond oil and 30g (1oz) rosewater, or plain mineral water will do. Beat in very slowly ½ teaspoon tincture of benzoin, drop by drop. Pat this into your hands before you go to bed. Leave on all night and rinse the hands, without using soap, in the morning.
- Keep your nails healthy: Protein is one of the most important nutrients needed for healthy fingernails. For beneficial external treatment try mixing equal parts of egg-yolk, almond, or linseed oil and raw unheated honey. Massage into the nails the last thing at night and rinse away in the morning. If your nails are soft, try soaking your fingers each night in warm olive oil. Iodine applied to the nails is another effective strengthener.
- Elbows and hands: Here’s a super cream for hard, crusty elbows that don’t seem to respond to creams or oils. Blend together a few drops each of salad oil, lemon juice, and honey. Rub into the elbows several times a day and in a week’s time, your problem should be greatly diminished.
- A milk bath is a great treat for your body: Rub yourself all over with a sponge dipped in milk and thirsty pores will be saturated with this calcium covering and the results will be a firmer but beautifully soft skin. Another delightful body treatment is a vigorous oil rub with a nourishing salad oil. Remove excess oil before stepping into the bath and do be careful while in the tub: this is a luxurious but slippery bath! Your skin will be as soft and luscious as a baby’s.
- Treat yourself to herbal baths: There are many refreshing herbal and floral baths. Prepare herbs in a dish of hot water before straining into the bath. Make small gauze bags filled with a handful of any crushed mixture you choose of dried flowers or herbs and pungent grasses. Hang the bags over the tap. As the water pours down it will carry the fragrance of the bag into your tub. Massage your body underwater to derive the fullest benefits.
- Scents of all seasons: You can experiment and put together enchanting fragrances in your own home. Make lavender sachets to put among your clothes for a clean, lasting scent. Make spicy sachets from 30g (1oz) of each of the following items: cinnamon, cloves, coriander seeds, lavender flowers, rose leaves, and orris root. Grind the ingredients and mix them well. Ladle into small bags and tie.
How to get your body into shape
The healthiest people around are those who are naturally slim and gain little weight with age, and who are physically active. If you want to look pretty and healthy 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 of 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 exercises.
- Energy: If you feel low on energy, check that you are eating a balanced diet. Consider a course of multivitamin pills. 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 the best drink if you are watching your weight. Delicious with a slice of lemon.
- Calorie counter: Your calorie needs vary according to daily physical activities but most women will lose weight on 500 or 1200 calories a day. Carry a pocket counter with you to check the calorie values of everything you eat.