1. Always Wash Your Face Before Putting on Makeup
A clean canvas is best for creating art. Don’t give yourself a disadvantage and start out with dirty skin. Use a gentle face wash and lightly massage your skin in little circles. Rinse, and pat dry. Finish with a light moisturizer, let it sink in, and then move on to makeup.
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2. Be Gentle with your Eyes
When applying (or removing) eye makeup, be very careful with the delicate skin around your eye area. Take extra special care to apply makeup with gentle strokes (this minimizes the need to “tug” the eyes to make application easier). A night-time eye cream is good too — your older self will thank you.
3. Be Your Own Kind of Classy
Contrary to popular maxim, you do not have to wear bright, fire-engine red lipstick and pearls in order to look classy. Do what makes you feel good, don’t show too much skin, and don’t go over the top with the makeup.
4. Tone Down the Glitter
Unless your name is Ke$ha, don’t use glitter the way the rest of us use lotion. And unless you’re going to a costume party, don’t wear glitter on your lips and eyes simultaneously.
5. Appreciate Every Compliment
When someone calls you beautiful, say “Thank You,” with a smile, and mean it. And remember it. On the flip side, if someone criticizes you, and it was uncalled for and not constructive, don’t let it bother you. Then forget all about it.
6. Remove your Makeup Before Bed
It can be very tempting to sleep with your makeup on when you get home exhausted from a wild night out, but it’svital to do it. Not just because makeup will stain your pillowcase (and it will), but because sleeping with makeup on can clog your pores, irritate your skin, increase the build up of sebum, dry out your skin and/or cause breakouts. In my experience, it also irritates the eyes horribly.
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7. Stick to What YOU Like & Works for You
I love expanding my makeup collection, and I love trying new looks. But just because the girl at the MAC counter was wearing electric blue eyeliner on her bottom waterline, doesn’t mean I have to do it. If a certain shade of lipstick is in fashion right now, and you love it, then enjoy it — but don’t sacrifice what you enjoy and what you know from experience suits you well, just for something that seems “in style” right now.
My Mother only likes her lower waterline — and nothing else. She’s been doing it for her entire life, and everyone around her (me included) has tried to get her to line her upper lid. She has given it a shot, and she does not like it!So she does it her way (and she always looks gorgeous). On the other side of the coin…
8. Don’t Be Afraid to Try Something New
While you shouldn’t feel pressured to change your style to fit the current fashion, you should experiment to your heart’s content. If you want to try something a new style of eyeshadow, do it! If you want to curl your usually straight hair, use heat protectant, and do it! Create, innovate, be inspired, inspire others — try anything that looks appealing to you. Just avoid trying out a new look for the first time on the day of an important event, and expect to have to try a couple of times before getting it right.
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9. Take Pictures
Take photos of yourself, particularly after you’ve tried a new look out. You don’t have to show them to anyone, but they’re useful for helping you keep track of the looks you like, and which ones don’t work for you. This will also help you track how your techniques have changed over time, as well as gauge what you would like to do differently.
10. Love Yourself
Some of the most beautiful women in history (and Hollywood, politics, the modeling industry, Sears catalogs…) have had distinctive features that they probably hated about themselves at one point or another. Take that as a cue to love yourself — not just in spite of your “flaws” but because of them. If we all looked exactly the same, there wouldn’t be anything beautiful about me or you.
A final (famous) thought from Sam Levenson…
For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run his or her fingers through it once a day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge you’ll never walk alone.
People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; Never throw out anybody.
Remember, If you ever need a helping hand, you’ll find one at the end of your arm.
As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.
The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.
The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole, but true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows, and thebeauty of a woman with passing years only grows!