Best tips for wearing printed skirts

With warm weather on its way, so I’ve heard, many women will want to start wearing more color. A lovely way is to add (or take out) some printed skirts for refreshing summer looks. They’re just cool and flattering.

For ladies who worry about the width of their hips or the length of their legs, embracing summer style obsession with printed bottoms can be a challenge. To the assurance of all the lovely ladies, there’s definitely a right way to wear a power print without feeling self-conscious.

The important part of all styling is “balance” and that’s exactly what will make you rock printed skirts. The secret to pulling off a print on your lower half is to balance the rest of your ensemble crisp and clean. One of the classic tricks is to wear the most basic shirt or top possible and allow your skirt to take center stage. And, opt for sleek accessories to provide some extra sophistication to your look.

Some common problems with printed skirts and solutions:

  • If you really want to downplay your hips, thighs and legs, look for details that slim and take the focus away from them. Here are some of the best skirt styles that downplay curves:
    • A-line shape – It perfectly skims your curves.
    • Full circle skirts.
    • Vertical details such as darts, pleats, visible vertical prints etc.

Also, balance the print skirt with a solid top in a lighter or brighter color that closely matches a color from the skirt.

  • If you want to add curves to a skinny frame, or narrow or straight hips, then have a wide range to choose from! Compared to curvy gals, you’ll benefit from lighter colors, bolder prints and shiny fabrics because they visually expand your hips and thighs. You can opt for a belt to create or add definition at the waist area.

As you get your wardrobe ready for summer, check out these skirt styles and how to make them look stylish when it is super-hot outside.

  • Bright and bold

Brighten up your wardrobe with our gorgeous colors and bold patterns. To balance the boldness of the skirt, keep the top in solid color.

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  • Floral prints

One of the most popular patterns. Depending on your proportions, keep the print moderate if required. Too big floral prints can often make you look broad and stumpy.

  • Animal prints

When it comes to prints, animal prints are a must try for many. You can give it a try preferable with a solid top.

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  • Black and white

The classy combo when it comes to any print or pattern. Add some pearl accessories for a classy retro look or add some bright ones to bring a twist.

Street style | Black leather top and printed skirt.

Street style | Black leather top and printed skirt.

  • Tropical prints

Want to feel like in a tropical beach holiday? Bring the mood in with some cool tropical prints.

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  • Polka dots

Another classic most of can’t live without.

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  • Tribal prints

Yes, Aztec prints are already in vogue (the image on left). But look beyond and try different tribal prints. In this picture, right, is a striking skirt with African (Ankara) print.

  • Asymmetric prints

They create eye-catching effects with these different patterns.

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  • Abstract prints

Abstract prints are growing as a trend. Catch eyes with one.

  • The latest trend – Art Theme

One of the latest trend in the horizon of printed skirt is to go artsy! Prints, inspired by works on canvas, are going strong. Why not try the trend?!

  • Long and slit

Doesn’t this picture speak for itself? Turn heads with long printed skirts.

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  • Skater and super-cool

Go supercool and sexy in short printed skirts. Team with crop tops, turtlenecks, noodle straps to get the ideal summer look.

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  • Large swing

Luxurious, super-feminine and ultra-dressy, large swing skirts create an exceptional look.

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  • High waist

For some classic retro effect.

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  • Long and medium flared

Go for gorgeous floor length flared skirts to create a different look. Too much clothes for summer? Team it with tube tops or tank tops to balance out. Great camouflage for the days when your legs are feet are less than perfect to be flaunted.

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  • Magical mini

Fitted printed mini can work wonders if accessorized correctly. Follow the picture to see how a sophisticated look night-time/party look is created.

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  • Asymmetric hemline

Have some fun with the asymmetric hemline.

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  • Long and fitted

Great style for creating an illusion of length. The close fit makes you look tall and lean.

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  • Mind-blowing midi

While not many people sport this length of skirts but midi skirts can do a wonder. They give you a very feminine appeal without attracting any attention to any specific part of your body. Try printed midis with plain tucked tops for a new summer look.

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  • Sheer magic

Sheer printed skirts feel summery and sexy. Ideal for a hot day out or for pool or beach outings.

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Printed skirts in office

There are a few things to keep in when wearing printed skirts to the office. Some or all may apply depending on how conservative your work environment is.

  1. Choose the print carefully – Too bold or loud prints might not be idea for office wear. You can choose small, sober prints of patterns to keep the look stylishly different
  2. Choose professional colors – You can choose bigger or marginally bold prints for the office as long as there is some sort of base neutral found in the print. This is important as with that you can use to tie in more conservative colors into your outfit.  To make it clearer, look for skirts that have a navy ground, or bits of black, or white in them and then use these neutrals to tone down what you wear with them.
  3. Keep the silhouette or cut of the skirt like other formal skirts – Prints can sometimes look too casual for the office environment.  However, when a printed skirt is in a silhouette like a pencil, sharp A-line or fit-&-flare, like the general formal skirts. It comes off as more professional than the unstructured or flowing ones.
  4. Pair the skirts with more professional pieces – In order to keep a printed skirt outfit looking professional, be sure to wear more tailored or structured pieces with these styles.  Yes, you can wear relaxed pieces like cardigan with your printed skirts but be sure that they are not too unstructured or completely informal looking.  Generally, a well-fitted top or shirt or a formal blazer balances printed skirt perfectly for office environment.
  5. Accessorize professionally – Never ever forget that your accessories can make or break your look no matter what you are wearing. Since printed skirts add a dash of casual feeling to your look, for work, avoid casual sandals, overly ornate jewelry or inappropriate accessories that can make you look too casual for your conservative workplace. Keep the casual accessories for teaming up with your printed skirts on weekends or any informal place.

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What more do you want to add? Please put your valuable input in the comments.

Best tips for rocking the sheer tops trend!

It was spotted on the runway more than a few times in the form of tops, skirts, dresses, and accessories. Sheer is one of the biggest trends on the horizon. Today, we’re focusing on sheer shirts and tops.

First of all, part of the fun with sheer is that it shows off some skin! Second, sheer is more versatile than you would think. A lot of people are intimidated by sheer tops because they feel like they show off too much skin. No, you can wear it with elegance and balance. Here are all your sheer-style worries settled. Check out these do’s, don’ts, cares, concerns and outfit ideas for some style inspiration to turn heads.

First and foremost: the most important decisions for rocking sheer tops, Underlayer options:

What should I wear underneath to not lose from that elegance (and colour) of the sheer top but also to tone down the edginess?.. This goes the most important and the most asked question. Instead of being exposed, address the situation by pinpointing the right underthings you need.

The underlayer rules for wearing a sheer blouse are simple:

  • Layer it with an opaque layer underneath
  • Choose the layering colour depending on if you want the upper layer or lower layer to be the obvious element. This may depend on where and how you intend to wear it; casual, sassy, edgy or official, whichever is your choice or requirement at that time.

Universal choice: Nude camisoles and tanks are often recommended for blouses that are accidentally sheer, in the case of a blouse that has intended sheerness as part of its design, and you might opt for contrast or color block instead. But it doesn’t always work well; your personal discretion on how you plan to look is most important for this.

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Peekaboo? The visible bra isn’t terribly taboo in many parts of the world but some zones are yet to warm up to the idea. Gradually. But in a professional or office environment? NO chance. A sheer blouse should be worn with an opaque underlayer, even if the sheer blouse is just peeking out from under a blazer or jacket. A bralette or half tank is not enough, as it is expected of you to cover your torso and navel.

For sheer tops worn alone, most eyes prefer a tank or camisole with straps wide enough to cover your bra straps. Tucking the tank into your skirt or pants works well if both pieces are the same or similar in color, as this creates a column of color and allows the blouse to shine.

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The safest bet is to utilize a tank that is the same color as the blouse. Black tank, black sheer blouse, great pairing. White tank and white sheer blouse can look very chic. Coordinated contrast can be created with similar colors or shades that play well together, as well as layering a solid sheer over a pattern.

Environment

Sheer may be trendy and beautiful but it’s definitely not perfect for every environment. It’s not something you can wear everywhere. Your official dress code or the dress code that goes with the different conservative, formal, semi-formal or business environments might not be very conducive for sheer dressing. I would always recommend exercising caution before leaving the house. No trend is worth being noticed for a wrong reason!

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 Sheers in office

If you work in conservative corporate environment, or other workplace that has fairly strict and modest dress codes, sheers are not acceptable under dress code. If you aren’t sure how sheers will fly at your office, ask your HR representative or boss before wearing. But, they can certainly be done tastefully, but, anytime, they are still a little more revealing than opaques by their very nature.

Be extra careful with underlayers if you are sporting a sheer piece in office. Stick to a tank or camisole that is the same color (or at least the colour family) as the blouse and have straps wide enough to cover your bra straps.

Choose the right colours:

A sheer blouse in a solid block colour works great with more muted tones. Blouses in black, white are able to be worked back with plenty of pieces in your wardrobe and can be dressed up or down.

Different looks

  • With button down: Layer your sheer top over a button down for a very unique outfit.

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  • Over a tank Pair: a sheer lace top over a tank, and add skinny jeans for a casual but cute outfit.

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  • With a dress: Do some summer layering with a loose sheer top over a tight dress.

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  • Belted babe: You can also belt the shirt over the dress to accentuate your waist.

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  • For a sheer layer: Leave a sheer button down open and wear it over a tank and jeans.

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  • Too sheer?: A top too sheer? Or, want to create a new look with the old sheer top? Use a contrasting shirt or top as a base.

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  • With Detail: If you want to wear sheer clothes but you don’t want it to be the focal point of your outfit, wear it with detail. Pick out a sheer piece with embellishments, print or other designs to take away some of the ‘sheerness’ and make way for the other details.

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  • Pretty prints: Combine a printed sheer top with a solid camisole or just the other way round.

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  • Sheer partiality: Create an interesting combination with little sheer panels or parts in an opaque top.

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  • Slip a crop: Slipping a crop over your sheer top can bring an interesting twist.

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For the sceptics

There’s something quite alluring about showing a touch of skin in a sheer blouse but that’s the exact factor that scares some of us. Here are some look tips to rock the trend and yet not feel daunted.

  • Feeling a little too uncovered? Add a patterned scarf or a half jacket to make you feel less conscious of the sheerness.

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  • Want to just try out the trend a little? Go for a top that has sheer sleeves or back only.

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  • Sheers can certainly be layered under sweaters or blazers, but their sheerness will be mostly masked. I find popping a blazer or a jacket on top makes it a little more conservative. You can still show a touch of skin without exposing too much.
  • If you want just a tiny hint of sheerness at the collar and cuffs, this is a great option.

The bolder rendition

  • Wear a black tank under a white lace shirt for a cool contrast.
    Wear a black sheer top over a black bra, and wear a cardigan over it to just let some skin peek through.

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  • Want to show off a little skin? Wear your sheer shirt over a bra or bandeau.

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  • Pair a patterned sheer top over a nude bra – the pattern makes it hard to tell there’s not much happening underneath.

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  • If you’re going out, go for a bolder look and wear a white sheer top over a black bra. Adding a blazer keeps this a bit more polished.

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  • Wear a bra the same color of your sheer top. A black lace top looks perfect with a simple black bra underneath.

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  • A lace tunic looks boho-chic over a black crop top and black shorts.

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  • Underlayer can be completely ditched with strategically placed panels or patterns. A huge favorite with celebrities but with a “caution” tag for the rest.

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  • In the summer, sheers make great pool or beach cover-up. Wear your sheer top over a bathing suit to show it off.

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How do you like your sheer tops to be styled? Pour in your tips and ideas.

20 fabulous ways to accessorize maxi dresses

Oh! Glorious summer! The season of the lovely, ultra-feminine maxis in plethora of fits, patterns and styles. But what to wear with them? Any dress loses its charm if not worn and accessorized properly.

Many of my friends feel so overwhelmed by the extra length they often feel confused about accessorizing maxi dresses, as opposed to mini-dresses? Here are the 20 fabulous ways to accessorize maxi dresses. Keep experimenting according to the dress and the mood!

  • Throw a bright cardigan- If your maxi dress is grey, or white, or any neutral monotone, small print or striped, a bright cardigan is the perfect way to accessorize it.
  • Try a cropped denim jacket – Perfect for a boho-chic look.

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  • Find a friend in a tote bag – Dual purpose! hold your stuff and accessorize the dress.
  • Try sparkly cuffs, stacks of bangles – Bright and feminine! Draws attention to your toned and tanned bare arms.

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  • A chunky belt – Try to bring variety in the style by experimenting from wide versions with bold buckles (suits best with maxi dresses) to skinnier numbers in bold or neon shades. It draws attention to the thinnest part of the body, that is, the waist and makes you look leaner.

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  • Long neck pieces – Long necklaces will easily create a long, slim look.

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  • A biker jacket or a leather jacket – Great to combat a slight chill with a smashing style!

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  • Big signature shades – Right from the perfect rounds to the reflectors, a perfect accessory.

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  • Scarves!! – Yes, you heard it absolutely right! Turn heads with this unusual combination.

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  • Hats – Sun protection and oodles of glamour.

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  • Ankle boots and knee boots – Slit maxi are just too right for these. Bring out the cow-girl in you! Just check the picture above!
  • Chunky watches – Sophisticatedly casual.
  • Bib neck pieces – Won’t let any eyes wander.

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  • Statement earrings – Choose from the wide variety of hoops, big chandeliers draws attention to your pretty face.
  • Glam up with stilettos – the ultimate glamor weapon.
  • Gemmed flats – Sparkly, blingy flat foot wear with faux stones.

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  • Head bands – Be it floral or bejeweled, this hair accessory makes you look like a princess.
  • Wedges – Perfect for the flirty, girly look.
  • Bandana – For the Bohemian you! Additionally, if you are travelling or want to save your hair from strong sun, this accessory is perfect.

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  • A bling anklet – Don’t let anyone miss your lovely feet. You can even add a couple of toe rings for some added bling.

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Go ahead and live summer in style! Don’t forget to leave a comment if this was a fun read and you are willing to take tips from this!

Made easy – choosing lip color for cool skin tones!

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Most of us have a love-hate relationship with lipstick; You love it in the store, then hate it when you get home. Or you leave your house to find out your made a makeup mistake.. a lipstick looks ravishing on your friends lip but a complete disaster on yours! What is the secret? It’s a struggle to find the perfect lipstick because there are many colors that seem right for you. And unless you know how to test a lipstick, you can end up with a color that’s all wrong. To put an end to the madness, here comes the best way to find a consistently appealing lip color.

The entire game is on finding the right skin undertone!

Find your undertone:

“This knowledge can entirely change the way you dress and make up”

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If you have pink or blue undertones, cool skin tone makeup can make your skin come alive in a way that corals and warm browns never could. In fact, if you have a cool skin tone and you’ve been wearing eye, lip, or cheek shades best suited for warm skin tones, you may have been asked on more than one occasion if you’re feeling alright. It’s important to match your skin tone to the makeup, and choose shades from the matching color family. There are a few exceptions, like warm tones contrasted against blue eyes, but these are used in small enough doses to avoid overpowering the overall cool-toned look.

Cool skin tone lip colors include:

  • Pinks
  • Mauves
  • Plums
  • Roses
  • Cool browns

Blue-based colors work perfectly with cool skin tones. That includes blue-based red, plum lipsticks more. For your best look, stay away from yellowish-based lip products. They’ll drain the color right out of your skin.

While most cool-toned girls will choose colors within the same color family, they won’t always go for the same depth. As a general rule:

  • Fair skin looks best with lighter cool tones
  • Darker skin looks best with darker hues.

As always, there are exceptions to that rule when fair-skinned ladies mix it up with an edgy burgundy lipstick, or women with dark complexions sport light nude-colored lips.

Flatter yourself:

Don’t be afraid to experiment. If you determine that you have a cool skin tone, choose matching cool-toned eye, lip, and cheek makeup for your most flattering look. You can create daytime and nighttime looks with cool tones that won’t cause you to look pale or tired, and you can even add in a hint of warmth to particular parts of face to make your look interesting.

Now comes the details:

Fair Skin Tones

Try lighter pinks or mauves on the lips for a daytime-friendly look.

What Looks Best: Deep plum-reds, berry and wine reds with blue undertones, browns and beige lipsticks with pink undertones, pinks with blue undertones. If you have warm undertones, you’ll look great in cappuccino, caramels, browns with golden or slightly bronze shimmer.

What to Avoid: If you have cool, pink undertones, avoid orange-reds, pale browns with yellow undertones and any shades that might overpower your complexion such as very hot pinks.

Try:

  • Clinique Bamboo Pink Lipstick or Glosswear, a universally flattering dusty beige-pink
  • Cover Girl Continuous Color Lipstick in Iced Mauve, a creamy medium mauve
  • MAC Lipstick in Lovin’ It
  • Benefit Full-Finish Lipstick in Fame Game

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Clinique Bamboo Pink Lipstick

Medium/Light Olive Skin Tone

You’ll do best with something a little darker and in the berry family for your lips. You may also love mauves and roses.

What Looks Best: Deep reds, blue-reds, deep pinks, brownish reds, caramel, medium brown with yellow or pink undertones and coffee browns.

What to Avoid: Medium tones seem to get away with warm and cool shades.

Try:

  • Clinique Black Honey Almost Lipstick, a sheer, berry-toned shade that’s not as dark as it looks
  • MAC Berry Boost Lipstick, a bold, cool berry-toned red
  • Calvin Klein Delicious Fusion Moisturizing Lip Color in Stolen Kiss
  • Max Factor Vivid Impact Lipcolor in Bitten

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Clinique Black Honey Almost Lipstick

Olive Skin Tone

Olive tones skin can take almost all lip colours.

What Looks Best: Deeper shades of browns and reds, dark berries.

What to Avoid: Mauves, pale pinks, orange-reds, pink-reds, purples.

Try:

  • Revlon Colorstay Mineral Lipglaze in Constantly Coral
  • Revlon Colorstay Overtime in Constantly Coral
  • L’Oreal Colour Riche Gloss in Soft Coral.

Medium-Brown Skin Tone

What Looks Best: Brown reds, berry pinks, rose, medium plums with yellow undertones.

What to Avoid: Pinks that are too cool or light, pastel shades, orange.

Dark Skin Tones

You can wear rich, beautiful burgundy shades on your lips whenever you like, or choose a medium-dark pink, plum, or pink-based nude.

What Looks Best: You can get away with darker, deep shades, reds with blue undertones, reddish browns like mahogany, deep plums, wine reds, raisin, coffee brown and deep rose.

What to Avoid: Orange, pinks or pastel shades.

Try:

  • MAC Talk That Talk Lipstick (RiRi Hearts collection), a deep, matte plum
  • Black Radiance Lipstick in Burgundy Royale, a shimmering dark ruby red with depth
  • DermStore Semi-Matte Lipstick in Cool Burgundy, a rich, deep burgundy
  • Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Liar, a pinkish-nude with a creamy formula

Nude shades for cool tones beauties!

You should wear nude lipstick when you’re aiming for a natural look. Nude lipstick can also help to balance out dramatic eye makeup.

Look at Your Natural Lip Color – For nude lipsticks or more natural shades, look at your natural lip color, and choose a color close to the lip color, or a couple of shades deeper or brighter.

Additional information:

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Trial & Error

Finding the right lipstick shade can take a lot of trial and error. One easy method is to use a tester (using a cotton swab) and swipe the color onto the tips of your fingers. The pads of your fingers will be closer to the lip shade than your hand, and will give you a better idea of how the color will look.

The best way is to test the color on your actual lips. Remember that price doesn’t necessarily mean a particular lipstick will look great on you or that it is any better than an inexpensive brand. Please feel free to use drugstore brands to experiment with colors before purchasing a more expensive and/or better-formulated lip product.

Cheater’s tip:

Custom-Blending: If a lipstick color doesn’t look good on you, you can always mix it with another lip color. Some of the best-looking lip shades are custom-made by blending two to three different shades.

Want to hear a lot more from my readers. Don’t forget to leave comments with more ideas and anything that you want to be made heard!

Hairstyles – Oval faces

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If you have an oval face shape, you’ve landed the most versatile face shape. You can wear almost any hairstyle, thanks to a beautiful symmetry of bone structure.

Don’t miss the first step, that is, to determine what face shape you have naturally.

Face shape? – Now, determine yourself!

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Also, take your lifestyle into consideration when choosing your haircut, like environmental factors like heat, humidity that you may have to cope with, or your personal habits, preferences and circumstances.

An additional note: If you’ve treated your hair with a relaxer, smoothener, perm or any other process that has changed its texture and finish, be sure to follow the guideline for the new feel of your hair, as the actual composition of your strands have changed on a cellular level.

It’s the most versatile face shape you can have. Anything goes, from super short to long sweeping layers. No matter the length of your cut, you’ll look best with layers near your cheekbones, lips or chin; basically whatever feature you want to highlight.

An oval is typically 3 parts long to 2 parts wide. In other words, the width of your face is about 1/3 less than the length of your face. There are also no major corners on an oval face shape– not around the hairline or on the jawline.

  • The one rule with creating the best hairstyles and haircuts for an oval face shape is to avoid styles that bring the hair too much onto the face and covers up your perfect face shape. Thick cut fringes and any cut or hairstyle that brings the hair forward will add weight to your face.
  • The neck area often takes on greater prominence with an oval face. If you want to draw attention to neck with an angled cropped cut or long fluid layers, or opt for face-framing layers for a thicker neck to instantly draw the focus to your facial features.

If you have straight or wavy hair

  • Straight and wavy hair falls closer to the face on oval shapes, you can view the edge of layers as a way to spotlight specific areas of the face. Cut layers to the cheeks, lips or chin, depending on the feature you want to highlight. You can get very creative with the way you cut those layers to fall on and around the face,
  • If you’re not sure of what feature to bring out, always go for the eyes. This a proved trick which have been long relied. Bangs that skim along the brows will frame your eyes, and an bang perimeter that subtly drops lower in length as you work your way from the nose to temples is an elegant way to sculpt an oval shape.
  • Try pairing bangs with a length that hits at the collarbone, or just below, for a picture portrait-like frame. If you love your cheekbones, go for a sexy side swept bang instead to create a criss-crossing angle.

If you have curly hair

  • Choppy layers work like magic on the frizzier texture of curls, which will make the rich texture fall in a sleeker shape around an oval face.
  • A bob that hits close to shoulder length will take advantage of the weight of length so that minimal styling is required, but it’s important that the cutting technique be adjusted to accommodate the thicker texture of curls.
  • If not cut correctly, your bob might take on the unflattering shape of a triangle. To prevent that, hair should be carefully layered to cut out bulk and width that could otherwise pouf out at the sides.

Some styles those look just amazing on oval faces

  • Center Part- If the hair on the both sides is running along the face it could actually oval face shape appear oblong. That is a great way to lengthen your face. You don’t want to crowd an oval face shape avoid this or at least try to keep at least one cheekbone clear.
  • Updos- This is the place where the ovals may have a slight advantage in the hair race. Lucky for ovals, they can wear almost any updo, waves, chignon, braid or top knot Ovals don’t have to worry about off-setting a part of the face with extra volume or soft pieces falling in front like you do when you’re trying to soften a square
  • Side Swoop- Heavy side swept bangs are nicest on an oval shape when there’s a little volume behind it, especially with an updo. With little or no volume behind a heavy side sweep, an oval face may appear “shortened”. If you’re really not a fan of volume behind your side swoop, try parting it a little more toward the center so it doesn’t shorten your face too much.

Just a few suggestions:

Remember, these are just some tips and guides. Though the face shape is the most important factor but the result of a haircut does not depend on that only.

If you want to sport your hair short:

  • The Right Short Hairstyle

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No wonder this is a popular style. This hairstyle is a very good example of how people with long oblong face shapes should wear their hair short. The heavy top layers fall into a rounder shape while the bangs almost halve the vertical length making the face and chin appear shorter and more balanced. This same shape will work on any other hair texture.

  • The Wrong Short Hairstyle

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Beware! The worst thing that oblong face shapes can do is to make their faces appear even longer, as is the case with this hairstyle. This is the wrong hairstyle for the wrong face shape! Height/volume on top is the obvious culprit and should be avoided.

If you are a medium-length-hair person:

  • The Right Medium Hairstyle

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This is a nice hairstyle to compliment oval faces. The bangs in the front help to make the face appear shorter, while the layered sides and back that kick out create needed width. Waves or curls would work just as well, even slightly shorter if required.

  • The Wrong Medium Hairstyle

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The wrong hairstyle is shown very well for long ovalg face shapes. The middle part creates more vertical length while the flimsy sides do nothing to build width. This hairstyle lacks body and needs to be shortened in shape (not length).

Hey! The long hair beauties:

  • The Right Long Hairstyle

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This is a soft wavy hairstyle with body that really suits oblong face shape. The bangs help to shorten the overall length of the face while the layers help add body and bounce creating needed width. Thus, it looks perfectly balanced! This shape will work in straight or curly textures.

  • The Wrong Long Hairstyle

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This is an example of a no-so-good choice of hairstyle selection for oval face beauties. The hairstyle makes oblong face look even longer than it actually is due to the middle part that divides the shape into two longer portions. The all straight one length sides and back also only add to vertical length.

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Hairstyles – Square faces

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A good hairstyle can lift years off your look and make your look completely revived. But a very few realize that it’s your face shape that is truly at play. A great haircut and wise layering technique that is attuned to your face shape can instantly bring more vitality to your face and overall appearance.

The shape of your face determines how your hair will accentuate your facial features like eyes, lips and cheekbones.

First, you’ll be required to determine what face shape you have naturally.

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I will make a set of posts addressing hairstyling concerns for all the common face shapes.

Please be aware, these guidelines are basic and meant to help lead you in the right direction, but there will always be personal variation. For example, five different people with the same face shape might have quite different looks depending on their other facial features. Also, for the same reason, the same hairstyle will look different on different faces of the same shape. So, always, seek out a local hair expert who has the experience, education and preferably some recommendations to customize the best haircut for you.

Also, take your lifestyle into consideration when choosing your haircut, like environmental factors like heat, humidity that you may have to cope with, or your personal habits, preferences and circumstances.

An additional note: If you’ve treated your hair with a relaxer, smoothener, perm or any other process that has changed its texture and finish, be sure to follow the guideline for the new feel of your hair, as the actual composition of your strands have changed on a cellular level.

Square face

The characteristic feature of a square face shape is a prominent jaw line, which gives you a strong feature with which you should contrast your haircut. The equal width that runs like a straight line down from the sides of your forehead and cheeks to the jaw means your hair will hang with more fullness around the face. It can be very flattering if cut well.

Hairstyles to Try

A sure bet for square shapes is a side swept bang, which enhances the chiseled bone structure of your face with a gentle yet alluring swoop. Wearing bangs swept over to one side will create diagonal movement to minimize square shapes.

  • Wispy forward falling hair onto your face will soften your jaw line.
  • Short to medium length hair will also suit you, especially if the style is rounded in shape or has wispy ends.
  • Styles with height at the crown will also work in your favor.

Hairstyles to Avoid

  • Avoid blunt bobs, especially sitting at chin length with straight heavy bangs as this will accentuate your jaw line and square-ness. You can still successfully go super short, just as long as you create texture that builds natural volume on top your head.
  • Middle parts with solid bangs can also work against you.

If you have straight or wavy hair

  • Be sure not to end your length with one harsh angle right on the jaw, or else risk overpowering your facial features. That doesn’t mean you can’t wear a classic bob shape; adjust by cutting shorter layers in the back that lengthen as they come to the front, so that the hair on either side of your face hangs in a lower progressed bob.
  • The most flattering length for a square face shape flows down toward the base of your neck, or a bit longer, to enhance the strong outline of your face with the power of length.
  • Round layers cut in a circular pattern around the top portion of your head will add softness and elevation to the crown, which is a great way to transition effortlessly into the fullness at the bottom of the face.
  • If you want it short, a pixie cut with lots of swirled layers that caress the face at multiple points will give your hair enough substance to balance out the strong bottom line of your jaw.

If you have curly hair

  • Curly hair naturally adds width to the face, so it’s best for square face shapes to keep the bulk away from the jaw line. Instead, go with a mid-length that falls below the chin, and cut in lots of rounded layers that touch the top portion of your face to create a sense of delicacy.

Examples:

The Right Short Hairstyle

The Right Short Hairstyle

  • This short concave bob is a great looking hairstyle for a square face shape. The sides falling forward soften the jaw line, while the diagonal bangs also are ideal for minimizing square-ness. The hairstyle has a rounded appearance making it the right choice for framing square face shapes.
  • Other short styles that will work are looks with soft wispy side parted swept across bangs in wavy or curly textures.

The Wrong Short Hairstyle

This short cut illustrates really well what to avoid on square face shapes.

The wrong Short Hairstyle

  • Firstly, the top area has a very square shape. This is making the whole face more square.
  • Secondly, the short tapered sides accentuate the square-ness of the jaw line, and the square hairline only adds to what is doomed from the very start. Definitely the wrong cut for square face shapes.

The Right Medium Hairstyle

This hairstyle has all the right ingredients to suit and compliment square faces.

The Right Medium Hairstyle

  • The sides are soft and wispy, falling onto the jaw line hiding square-ness, and the side swept bangs create a diagonal illusion that loses any focus on square-ness.
  • The graduated sides and back angle up creating a whole new shape to frame the face.

The Wrong Medium Hairstyle

This shape should be avoided.

The Wrong Medium Hairstyle

  • The shape of the cut makes a square face shape look even squarer.
  • The straight across bangs shorten the length of the face, while the chin length sides create width and draw attention to the jaw area.

The Right Long Hairstyle

This long wavy hairstyle with side-swept bangs is just right for square faces.

The Right Long Hairstyle

  • The waves are open ended and have curved lines that are softer to the eye, and the across bangs also help to change the perception of shape to the eye making it appear rounder rather than square.
  • Other good long looks include wispy face framing layers in straight, wavy or curly textures.

The Wrong Long Hairstyle

This hairstyle looks very heavy and solid all over making it a bad choice for square face shapes. This is a good example of the wrong cut for the face shape.

The Wrong Long Hairstyle

  • The heavy bangs create a very square shape alone, but once they are added to the straight sides and back, the result is very square and angular.
  • The sides need layers, while the bangs need to be less heavy and more across.

Please write back with your tips and comments! Will get back with more on every common face shape!

 

 

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Matte perfection!

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Matte lips can look incredibly chic and classy, if you know how to wear it. Though plump and glossy is the eternally glamorous, most women find they need to go with a duller finish, specifically the bright hues like red or fuchsia.

Most of us are in pure love with the matte texture of the lips but disheartened by the big snare; a chalky, uncomfortable texture that highlights every imperfection on the surface of your lips.

Let’s have a look at some unbeatable tips on how to master the art of applying and wearing matte lip color and end the woes forever.

It’s different:

Let’s first understand why is matte lipsticks different? It’s the ratio of ingredients that determines matte vs. shiny. Lipstick’s main components are wax, oil and pigment. A matte lipstick, compared to a shiny one, has more wax and pigment and less oil, which makes for something more opaque, deeper in color and long-wearing. But, it also makes the texture drier than other finishes.

Now the steps:

1) Prepare your lips, Exfoliate.

Matte lipstick textures tend to emphasize all the flaws of your lips. Cracks, flaking and even mild dryness are highlighted by matte lip color. It tends to settle on the fine lines and become uneven where there is accumulation of dead skin or a dry spot. Therefore, it’s important to prepare your lips and make them smooth and soft.

Exfoliating your lips can be a the ideal solution to get rid of dry and/or peeling skin in order to reveal soft lips, on which your lip color will glide easily and evenly.

I find moisturizing lips heavily 20-30 minutes before exfoliation makes a large difference in the outcome. The moisture loosens the dead skin and cell, heals any crack if present.

Process:

You can prepare a lip scrub easily: just mix some sugar with olive oil and honey and gently massage your lips with it for couple of minutes, then rinse; you lips will feel baby soft and smooth.

With a wash cloth or cleansing sponge, wet and wipe your lips. Using your fingertip, lightly massage the scrub onto your lips, working in tiny circles. Be gentle! Wipe off the scrub, rinse well, and finish with a final swipe of the cloth or sponge to remove any remaining scrub or skin remains.

2) Add moisture

If you have naturally dry skin or live in a cold, dry climate, you know how tough it can be to keep your lips moist and smooth.

In order to keep matte lipstick fresh, make sure to moisturize your lips before applying your lipstick, because matte texture tends to dry out the lips, creating a totally unwelcome caked on effect. You can moisturize your lips using your favorite lip balm or apply some natural oil like argan, coconut or sweet almond oil on your lips.

The tricky part is to increase hydration without adding shine. Too much of moisture balms will result in decreasing opacity or de-saturating the color of your matte lipstick. The process begins as soon as you’re done exfoliating, as you pat your lips dry and apply a light layer of matte-finish lip balm, lip-conditioner or lip primer. After that you should dab off any excess lip balm (or conditioner or primer) with an absorbent paper towel.

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3) Let the color pop

If you want to get the true shade of matte lipstick, apply a concealer all over your lips prior to applying your lip color. Whether you decide to go for a perky red, flamboyant pink or nude matte lips, concealing them in advance will help get very neat and beautiful result! This is more useful if your lips are pigmented unevenly.

4) Start off by lining your lips

Apply a lip liner all over your lips before applying your matte lipstick. Using lip liner will help you get neat, clean and beautiful result. Find a lip liner of the same shade as your lipstick and line your lips with it, filling them in. This way you are creating a base for your matte lipstick to glide on; the color will look a lot richer and more intense. Lip liner will also help your lipstick last longer.

Beware: For lining lips, don’t use a liner too dark for your lipstick shade. Unlike glossy lip colors, you cannot blend easily, if needed, and, the bicolor effect is a strict no-no!

5) No rubbing!

Avoid rubbing your lips together when applying matte lip color, because matte textures don’t work the same way as sheer or glossy ones do. Instead, use a lip brush, in order to spread the product all over your lips evenly and if you want to get more precision and professional looking result.

6) Another coat

If you want your lip color to last even longer, then, after applying a lipstick, blot your lips with a tissue and reapply the lipstick again. This tip will help add intensity to your lip color and you will be amazed how much longer your lipstick will last.

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7) Precision tip

In order to keep your lipstick application precise and perfect, make sure to clean up the edges using the same concealer that you used prior to applying your lip color. You can use a small concealer brush or use a simple Q-tip to go around your lips, cleaning up all the imperfections and smudges.

8) Avoid feathering

Matte colors don’t feather as easily as glossy ones. Feathering is what happens when your lipstick bleeds out from your lips, ending up with little lines of lipstick around your mouth. This generally happens to older women, but these tips also work to stop your matte lipstick from smudging. After you have applied your matte lipstick, use a concealer brush and your favourite concealer to cover up any uneven areas around your lips, making sure to blend the concealer. The concealer not only helps you create your desired lip shape, but it also acts as a barrier, preventing your lipstick from moving!

Additional tips

  • Opt for soft matte lipsticks

Traditional matte lipsticks will dry out your lips, eternal fact! There are new age matte lipsticks that won’t dry out your lips as much as traditional matte lipstick does but in my opinion, the former still wins in terms of finish, staying power, and opacity. If you really dislike the dry and irritating feeling you get from wearing matte lipsticks, my suggestion is to try the softer matte variants. They have a softer, lightweight, and more powdery texture, and the semi-creamy consistency which does not aggravate dry areas. They come under names like “crème matte”, “moisture matte”, “semi-matte”.

  •  Check the for the drying ingredients

Matte lipstick dries out your lips even more especially if it contains drying ingredients. Watch out for these chemicals in matte lipsticks: Talc, Fragrance, Alcohol, and Silicone. These products draw out moisture from your lips. Go for products that are made without these ingredients.

  • Can’t fine the exact match for a lip liner

Opt for a skin colored pencil. It will create the illusion of bigger lips without competing with your lipstick hue. I repeat, don’t use a liner too dark for your lipstick shade. Unlike glossy lip colors, you cannot blend easily and the effect is Oreo lips!

  • Keep your skin fresh

To avoid looking caked with too much makeup, couple your matte lips with a dewy base and glowing cheeks to keep things fresh. Opt for lightweight coverage unless it is a high-glam occasion.

Matte lipstick is not as forgiving as its glossier counterparts .Yes, it might seem like applying matte lipstick takes too much of time and hassle but it, definitely is, worth it, if you want to rock this beauty trend and get flawless pout.

I hope you found it useful. Please feel free to share your own tips in the comment’s section below. Stay beautiful and precious!

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