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Beauty Regimen Tips for Men

With due respect to Mr. Keillor, the above quote would fall flat on its face in these times when men are about as concerned with putting their best looks forward as women! That doesn’t mean men were any less beauty conscious in the past. It’s just that the masculine and macho tags caused a certain amount of inhibition in men, leading them to be left with the option of just a shave, a haircut and an occasional massage. Nowadays, a pleasantly surprising number of men can be seen shedding this inhibition to openly solicit tips and advice with regards to improving their looks, by following therapeutic as well as cosmetic regimes. While a lot is common between a women’s and men’s beauty regimen, owing to the difference in the texture and overall quality of their skin and hair, the products used for their respective beauty regimens may slightly differ, chiefly in terms of certain ingredients. With the warm summer air ushering in the wedding season, here are some beauty regimen ideas for men who would be walking the aisle this season. Read ahead to find out what to do, to so that the two of you look like a match made in heaven, when you stand beside the bride at the altar!

Routine Beauty Regimen For Guys

On a general note, there a certain things that men, who have a decent sense of hygiene and give some importance to grooming, should adhere to. The daily routine must essentially include a bath followed by applying a mild, non greasy moisturizer. A mildly perfumed deodorant makes sure to keep you fresh and appealingly fragrant all day long. Whether or not you shave regularly is a matter of individual choice. However, if you’re fond of sporting a stubble or are petrified at the thought of touching a blade to that proud mustache, make sure that you keep them trimmed and well-groomed, so that your facial hair adds to your personality, rather than robbing you of it! Clean and well-trimmed finger and toe nails give you a neat and well-maintained look, and you lower your risk of getting hurt by their breakage or tearing off. Exfoliate at least twice a week to keep those dead cells away and let the fresh, smooth you breathe!

During summers, do not forget to apply a toner between bath and moisturizer application. You can choose from a wide range of cosmetic and alcohol based toners or may settle for a natural, herbal one. I would suggest that you refrain from all alcohol based products for the skin, as alcohol tends to absorb more UV rays when you step out in the sun, turning the areas of application darker than their surroundings. That reminds me – wear a sunscreen when venturing outdoors and always use sun protective tanning products when hitting the beach. Last but not the least, drink lots of water and fresh fruit and vegetable juices to keep you body well hydrated. The inner detox effects will show as healthy, unblemished complexion and trouble-free skin on the outside.

Beauty Regimen for Grooms to Be

If you’re thinking that a stylish haircut, a relaxing bath, and a good shave will do, and your designer wedding outfit will take care of the rest, snap out of it immediately! While these things do matter and are the basics of any beauty care regimen, these alone will not suffice for the biggest day in your life! Think of it this way – your wedding day is when you give yourself to her and she gives herself to you; in other words, the bride and groom present themselves to each other for life! Now, would you consider gift wrapping a diamond the same way as you gift wrap a coffee maker (no matter how posh it looks!)? You are akin to the diamond on your wedding day. All eyes would be on you. In fact, all those people would have gathered there because of you and your bride! That makes it your most solemn duty to look better on that particular day than you do on other regular days! So, what are we waiting for? Let’s just zip down to find out what a basic personal care and grooming regimen for men before a wedding, would look like.

Pre-Wedding Preparations
It’s your wedding, so don’t settle for quickies! Take time out of your busy schedule well in advance, say 3 – 4 months before the big day, and enroll yourself for a professional beauty and wellness course. Join a spa or get yourself a pre-wedding package at a good men’s salon, and follow the appointments diligently. These professional beauty regimes usually include intensive cleansing schedule, where your skin will be cleansed, exfoliated and toned routinely. These will be followed by intensive moisturizing and/ or cosmetic dermabrasion, depending upon individual skin requirements. Facials, bleaching sessions, deep conditioning and other beauty treatments for removal of scars, lightening hyper pigmented blotches, treating acne, etc., may also be availed of. Choose a package that meets the maximum number of your requirements. If you join a spa course, you’ll be made to attend massage and therapeutic bath sessions (mud bath, cocoa bath, herbal bath, steam bath… and whatever else the spa offers), along with relaxation therapies to soothe your senses, in addition to the conventional beauty treatments. A spa may also recommend you a certain diet to detoxify you from inside, so that your skin appears healthier and you look more youthful and fit. Go for regular manicure and pedicure, as well as wear a good sunscreen every time you venture outdoors.

It’s Your Wedding – Walk the Aisle in Style!
Depending upon what time of the day the wedding is at, plan your dressing up regime well in advance. Get a haircut at least two days before the wedding, so that you have some time in your hand in case you need to go for corrective trims here and there. Shave in the morning if the wedding is scheduled for later in the day or evening. If the wedding is scheduled for the morning, shave the night before just before going to sleep, so that you look fresh for the occasion. Arrange for the services of a professional hair stylist if you or the best man aren’t any good with hair sculpting gels. A day before the wedding, take time to cleanse and exfoliate your face and neck. Trim the nails on your fingers and toes neatly. Make sure no stray hair stands out prominently from either of your eyebrows, ears or nostrils (it may sound gross, I know, but so do many a truth!). After you take a long, relaxing bath, apply a non greasy moisturizer or a mild astringent (depending upon your skin type) to keep your skin fresh and hydrated.

For fragrance, choose a cologne with a natural, slightly masculine essence, rather than an overpowering, artificial smelling perfume. Don’t just go ahead and douse yourself in the cologne though! Just dab some on your temples, behind your ears, and rub a small amount on your wrists. Spill some on your handkerchief if you want, but refrain from overdoing it. If you still want to go in for perfume, don’t spray any of it directly on your person or clothes. Rather, spray a mist in front of you and walk through it. This will make you smell just right without coming across as too heady. It’s also absolutely okay to take the help of camouflaging cosmetic products, such as concealers for hiding undesirable scars or pigmentation on the face.

At least a day or two before the wedding, check out the entire length and breadth of your outfit to see if it’s totally spotless and well ironed. Get the fittings done well in advance. Since this is a big day for you, you may be tempted to accessorize and there is nothing wrong with it as long as you keep it simple. A classy watch with a big, masculine dial and a traditional metal clasp would do just fine, unless you’re having a theme wedding (hip hop, Gothic style, 60’s hippie theme and the likes!). So, pull up your socks and get going – when YOU are the gift for your fiancée, make sure she gets the best!

How to Choose the Best Spray Tanning Solution for Your Salon

As a beauty salon or small spray tan business one of the most asked for treatments these days is spray tanning.  This is a very good treatment to add to your salon’s existing treatment menu.  It provides your clients with a quick solution to their problem, as they can drop in and have the spray tan done in their lunch time or straight after work.  It does involve some preparation before hand but with proper advice by your salon staff, this is easily conveyed to the client.

There are always good and bad examples of spray tanning but with the right knowledge and expertise it really is quite easy to avoid most of the bad examples.  Key to this is ensuring you are using the best spray tanning solution possible within the salon and that your therapists are educated in its use.

Spray tanning works with the dead skin cells and is only a temporary staining.  This is where exfoliation prior to the treatment becomes very important. Exfoliation will get rid of the dead skin cells and leave a smooth “new” skin layer ready to work with the spray tan.  One of the key things to look for when choosing your solution to use is to ensure that the tanning solution is suitable for all skin types.  In brief, you need to make sure you have a Light, Medium and Dark tanning solution.  With some solutions you can combine the various strengths to make an “inbetween” colour.  This is a good choice as it will mean you don’t have to stock all the variations and therefore keep the cost down for your salon.

As a rule of thumb you should look to spray the following skin types as follows:

Type I   – fair skins, burn in the sun naturally use a Light tanning solution

Type II  – can tan slightly in the sun but can also burn use a Light to Medium solution

Type III – tans easily in the sun use a Darker solution

Type IV – is of olive skinned or Hispanic origin, use Darkest solution.

If you follow these guidelines then it is unlikely that you should produce too disastrous a result. Another tanning option to consider which is very popular with some clients is a Rapid Tanning solution.  The time for the colour to develop takes between 2 – 8 hours with a rapid tan product taking only between 2 and 4 hours.  So this really does become a benefit to those clients in a hurry.

Be sure to give your clients after care advice which should include moisturising after they have showered to ensure the skin is kept hydrated and avoid excessive exfoliation.

Beauty Regimen Tips for Women

How many times has it happened that you are walking down the street and you suddenly notice a woman who has a complexion that is radiant and dewy? On giving a second look carefully, you find out that she is not wearing a trace of makeup and her skin texture is naturally flawless, almost translucent! While you might envy her as someone who is lucky enough to have good genes, the truth is that you too can have a smooth and radiant skin texture. While you cannot do much about your genes, but by following a good beauty regimen, you too can have the skin that you always longed for.

A beauty regimen for women should be tailor-made according to the skin type and age. While mature women would require beauty products that take care of crow’s feet, lines and wrinkles, younger women would require oil free cleansers and anti acne products, if they are prone to acne. One of the most important things to remember while following a daily beauty regimen is that you should take care of your entire body and not just your face. If you have soft and smooth facial skin and your hands and feet are rough and pigmented, then it is going to give away your age.

Ideal Beauty Regimen

For day-to-day skin care, a skin care routine that consists of cleansing, toning and moisturizing along with application of SPF protection and weekly exfoliation is ideal. This should of course be complemented with some specific beauty rituals that will target some particular skin issues, if you have any.

Beauty Routine for your Face and Neck
Always cleanse your face and neck twice a day with a face wash that is suitable for your skin type. While a gel based cleanser is ideal for oily skin, a foaming facial cleanser is suitable for normal to dry skin. Moisturize your skin immediately after you have washed your face as this allows the product to be absorbed by the skin. Apply a non greasy high SPF formulated sunscreen, even if you are not planning to step outdoors. Your sunscreen provides protection to your skin only for a few hours, so reapplication is very important. Also, remember to use sunscreen on areas such as back of neck and ears. Exfoliate your skin with a gentle scrub twice a week to remove dead skin and blackheads. Lastly, always remove your makeup at the end of the day, before retiring to bed.

Beauty Routine for your Hands and Arms
Most women are so fixated with taking care of their face that they forget about extending the same care to their arms and hands. Callused hands, rough and dark elbows along with dark spots from sun exposure, etc. are some of the problems that most women face. To prevent these, you need to use an exfoliating shower gel everyday along with a deeply hydrating moisturizer or body lotion. Your arms and hands are prone to sun tan and pigmentation, so choose a moisturizer that has SPF in it.

Beauty Routine for your Legs and Feet
To avoid any embarrassment while going shoe shopping and for overall beauty, you need to keep your legs and feet smooth and soft. Apply a hydrating body lotion daily after a shower and at night apply a moisturizing foot cream. If you wear open toed sandals, then applying a sunscreen to your feet is a must as it will prevent unsightly tan lines to form on your pretty feet. Exfoliate your feet twice a month with a foot scrub to remove dead skin. If you have specific problems like cracked heels, then use a product that is specially formulated for it.

Beauty Routine for your Back
No beauty regimen is complete without taking care of your back. To have a blemish free skin on your back that is smooth and supple, apply a rich moisturizing lotion twice a day. Exfoliate your skin weekly with a gentle body scrub like a sea salt scrub or a brown sugar scrub to get rid of clogged pores, dirt, oil and dead skin. Doing this will help prevent the formation of acne on your back. If you do have acne on your back, then use a body wash that contains salicylic acid.

An ideal beauty regimen should also include regular removal of unwanted body hair by waxing, shaving or use of depilatory creams. For mature women, under eye creams and anti wrinkle serum should also form a part of the daily skin care rituals. Follow a skin care routine diligently, and get rewarded with admiring glances and second looks.

Tips to Make Guys Fall for You with Your Beauty

Getting noticed by the man of your dreams is the first key to make him fall for you. But, every woman is gorgeous in her own way, and among throngs of beautiful women, it is a tad hard to get the guy of your dreams notice you, and fall for you, especially when there are so many vying for his attention.

What can you do to stand out and get noticed? I know this will sound superficial, but the first thing a guy sees is the appearance of a girl. Beauty is what draws his attention to her, and intelligence and quick wit is what keeps it there.

Beautifying the body and mind is the secret of making a guy fall for you. The way you talk, walk, dress, smile, or gesticulate should be taken into account while making a game plan to enamor the guy you like. Elaborated below are the tips and tricks to look and feel beautiful, to make a guy fall head over heels for you.

*The list given below is in no particular order.

Flawless Skin

This beauty secret is an absolute no-brainier. For a beautiful and flawless skin, you need to keep your skin clean and clear at all times. Get rid of blackheads, whiteheads, zits, and pockmarks. A skin marred with scars and pimples is a complete turn off for men. Eat healthy, exercise regularly, follow the basic beauty regime of cleansing, steaming, toning, and moisturizing, and work towards making your skin flawless.

A glowing and radiating skin is what every man gets drawn to instantly – just like a moth to a flame! The best part about taking good care of your skin is being able to go without makeup and still look absolutely glamorous! If you wear makeup, try to keep it natural, as a lot of men do not like layers and layers of makeup.

If you have acne-prone skin, consult a dermatologist and get it treated. Always use products that suit your skin type to avoid irritation and maintain a healthy skin.

Gorgeous Hair

Every man loves the feel of silky soft hair between their fingers, so every time you wash your hair, use a good conditioner, and once in a while, deep condition your hair so that it feels extra soft!

Get a haircut that is neat and stylish, as well as suits your personality and face shape. Whether it is straight, wavy, or highlighted, take extra care so that your hair looks glossy and voluminous. Always use good products for a salon finish to your hair. Keep your hair down, as most men find hair left open very sexy and alluring!

A small word of advice, damaged hair, dandruff, and hair fall can be embarrassing, so if you have these problems, consult a dermatologist and get them treated.

Luminous Nails

Just imagine, you are meeting someone for the very first time. You find him very attractive and impressive and you reach out to shake his hand. You look down and see his fingernails, full of dirt, cracked, and chipped at the edges; this sight will gross you out! The same goes for men, they love dainty and clean fingernails and toenails that are well-polished, well-maintained, and evenly-shaped.

Pamper your nails with regular manicures and pedicures, never let your nail polish, or nails chip, keep them clean and pleasant-looking at all times. Subtle nail polish colors, nail art, and French manicures will make your nails look delicate, and give an overall beautiful appeal.

A small tip you can keep in mind, use a moisturizing hand cream every night before going to sleep to have baby-soft hands, and if you are in a hurry to get somewhere and your nails are not done, just file them so that they look even and apply a coat of clear nail polish. The goal is to have neat and clean nails.

Makeup

When applying makeup, try to keep it as light as you can. Accentuate your eyes, lips, and cheeks.

Keep your eyes smokey as it will make you look mysterious, and men love women who have that mysterious air about them. Do not let goop from your mascara or liner accumulate on the corners of your eyes, as it just looks very disturbing and gives an unkempt persona to your look.

If you choose to wear lipstick, make sure you wear it properly – first define the outline of your lips with a liner or a thin brush, then apply a coat of lipstick with a brush, and NEVER DIRECTLY FROM THE TUBE! If you are out to impress a man, I would say, wear a dash of gloss instead of lipstick, it always does the trick! Gloss makes lips look kissable and instantly draws the attention of any red-blooded male to your lips. Look after your lips by exfoliating them regularly and moisturizing them well.

Highlight your cheeks to give you a natural blush look. Make sure your blusher is spread evenly over your cheekbones towards your temples and not just concentrated on the apples – you really do not want to look like a clown. Bronze, or a nice plum or pink shade of blush is all you need to look absolutely gorgeous.

Smart Dressing

The phrase ‘dress to kill’ is very apt here. All men love women who dress smart. Big brands are not important as long as you wear clothes that flatter your body type. Your clothes should accentuate your femininity in the most subtle way possible. The colors you choose should stand out and make you look absolutely stunning.

In today’s era, showing skin has become a little too common, so if you really want to stand out in a crowd of Barbies, you could try the shy girl approach of dressing. Wear simple, yet elegant clothes that ooze sophistication and class.

Wearing baggy clothes, or clothes that are too tight is a complete fashion disaster. You should always wear clothes that are comfortable to move around, as well as boost your confidence levels. Get to know your style, and dress according to what makes you feel comfortable, yet sexy and sensuous. Let your inner diva out and do not feel shy to adopt a new fashion style. If you can rock it, then you should wear it!

Hairless Arms and Legs

Having fuzz on your arms, legs, and underarms is a turn off for most men. A soft, smooth, and silky skin that looks like it’s just waiting to be touched, really entices a man. If you’re going out on a date, and are planning to wear a dress, skirt, or shorts, make sure to wax or shave your legs. Apart from removing unwanted hair, this regime also removes dead skin from the surface of your skin, making it soft and radiant. Follow it up with a good body lotion for that extra shine and moisture.

If you are wearing something that is sleeveless, strapped, or a halter, then make sure to wax or shave your arms and underarms. Satin soft skin is a man’s weakness, and you should use that to your advantage by presenting his weakness to him on a platter. To add in that extra bit to your hairless limbs, you could try a light spray tan (just enough to make you look fresh and radiant).

Basic Hygiene

Body odor, filthy teeth, and an unkempt appearance are the three most basic turn offs for men and women. So, please spare some time to shower regularly with a pleasant scented soap or body wash. Please do not go to meet a guy with sleep sand in your eyes. Make sure your teeth are clean and spotless. Accumulated plaque on the base of the teeth looks horrible. Mouth and body odor are two highlighting points that may make a man never talk to you again.

Use a nice perfume, deodorant, talcum powder, soap, shampoo, or body lotion to smell fresh all the time. Keep some wet wipes handy in your purse or bag, so that when you get too sweaty, you could just freshen up immediately. Also, keep a small box of mint or mouth spray, so that you don’t have to worry about mouth odor.

Wash your clothes regularly, so that your clothes are clean and fresh. If you have smelly feet, then wear a pair of cotton socks or a cotton pantyhose, when you wear closed toe shoes, like sport shoes, boots, and pumps.

Mannerisms and Confidence

Bad manners is something no one likes, therefore, you have to be well-mannered and polite. Be confident and speak what is on your mind, but never be rude or loud. Men do not like pompous women at all. They like the strong, confident, well-mannered, and the independent types.

Voice your opinions and views on a particular subject, but be a good listener. Men get irked when the woman they are talking to cut them in the middle of their sentences. Charming a man is an art, and every woman should be well-versed in this art.

Be confident in your ways – right from the way you walk, to the way you talk, gesticulate, etc. Men find it a real turn-on when women are oozing with self-confidence, however, just remember to come off humble and not too overconfident. Woo him with your inner beauty, personality, and the right attitude.

Woman of Substance

Beauty and intelligence go hand in hand. Gone are the days when the ‘Dumb-blonde’ personality would help a woman bag a man. Nowadays, men like women with intelligence and wit. Increase your knowledge on subjects, like cars, bikes, models, action films, etc. In short, get to know about things that guys find interesting – it will really impress them.

Every woman should be aware of what is happening in the world, and should be able to contribute to any conversation. A woman taking interest in world events, politics, and finance really impresses men. Know what you are talking about, but please do not under any circumstances be a ‘know-it-all’, or a bore. Do not be in competition with a guy on how much more you know, or act like a teacher explaining him things, just be subtle and classy when you are voicing your views.

Be witty and funny. A good sense of humor is an important trait men look for in their ‘dream girl’. Make him laugh, have fun when you are with him, and also show that you have a serious and focused side to you (we do not want him to think – ‘this girl is only good for a good time’ now, do we?).
When it comes to wooing a guy you are interested in, you should have patience. Things fall into place when they have to, so be graceful in your approach, and with the help of the tricks mentioned above, you will definitely succeed in making the man of your dreams fall for you.

Best Hair Makeover Tips for Men

images-17Hairstyles are a vital component of a man’s appearance. It is an easily noticeable fashion statement; a well-chosen hairstyle often does an excellent job of displaying your personality. For example, a hairstyle like that of Pierce Brosnan or George Clooney depicts a firm and no-nonsense personality. On the other hand, a hairstyle like that of Brad Pitt depicts a casual and extremely pleasant personality.

However, neither of those hairstyles would work if you don’t look like Messrs. Clooney, Pitt or Brosnan.

Hair makeover is targeted at, simply put, giving men the hairstyle that suits them.

There is no point in copying some actor’s hairstyle if it looks ridiculous on your face. In fact, a good hairstylist might be able to suggest a look that, although not the one you wanted, would look better on you than on any resident of Hollywood. For instance, you may have loved Avatar and the way the Na’vi braid their hair, but you have to be blue and 10-feet tall to make that particular look work.

Why Change?

Many people, especially youngsters, are easily influenced by what they are fed by the media, and blindly try to imitate what they see on the celluloid screen. While the urge to do that is natural, the natural form of your hair is usually the one that suits you best. Artificially culturing a hairstyle can have adverse affects, including adverse chemical influences from the various gels and other hair products invariably used in the salon. If you are set on trying to make yourself more attractive in the eyes of the rest of the world – which is something you don’t really need to do in the first place – improving upon your natural qualities would be a better option than to artificially change it altogether.

Hairstylists consider many different factors when they suggest a makeover. The following are some of the important points:

  • Shape and Angularity (Cut) of the Face
  • Skin Tone
  • Nature and Length of the Hair
  • Height
  • Age

There are two methods to determine what changes have to be made to an existing hairstyle: the conventional hands-on method, and the modern ‘virtual’ method.

Virtual Makeover

Nowadays, there are many software programs that provide an image of an individual with a new hairstyle virtually ‘fitted on’. While using these applications, all the user has to do is download the software from the internet, submit a picture of himself and get familiarized with the numerous hairstyles the interface has to offer.

Programs like these are, in some cases, so ‘intelligent’ that they recommend makeover hairstyles and even hair-coloring ideas on the basis of features like the cut of the face of the person or the tone of the skin, hair color etc. After you have the preview of the new hairstyle, you can just take a printout and hand it over to the hairstylist to get that particular hairstyle done.

Conventional Makeover

Many hairstylists often opine that using a software to alter such a crucial facet of your appearance as a hairstyle is not a good option. They reason that although the virtual preview of the hairstyle may look good, it appears different in reality.

Hairstylists often emphasize the importance of the gradual evolution of a makeover, rather than an overnight mutation. This is due to the fact that human hair tends to grow in different directions after performing makeovers, and this is where you need a stable routine of haircuts. The emergent layer of hair, naturally growing haphazardly, disrupts the set hairstyle, and regular trimmings are necessary to keep that in check.

Ideally, it is best to go in for a makeover done by a professional hairstylist over a relatively long period of time, say, 15 months. The advantage is that the hairstylist develops a hairstyle that is suitable for you. A hairstyle makeover will not only help an individual look good, but also feel the same. The makeover will also help give that individual’s personality a new, better dimension.

Best Beauty Tips for Girls

Make-up and clothing are a part of an identity for every woman. It is often said women think of nothing but make-up and fashion. Well, I say it is the beauty of a woman that makes the world a better place. Good-looking women ooze confidence and style as well as motivate others to follow suit. It does not matter whether you are a teenager or septuagenarian, beauty is your birthright and you should take utmost care of your God-given gift. These simple beauty tips for girls will help you maintain your aura.
Skin Beauty Tips
Skin is the largest organ of our body. It helps protect all our vital organs inside the body, and keep us away from infections. Skin is the most important organ in defining a person’s beauty. A clear, flawless skin is the first sign of a healthy body.
★ Drink 8 to 10 glasses of water each day to keep your skin moisturized.

★ Eat nutritious and balanced foods to supply enough vitamins like vitamin A and vitamin C to your skin.

★ Drink a glass of water mixed with honey to keep your skin shiny and smooth.

★ Massage with milk and saffron helps keep your skin moisturized and smooth.

★ Keep the room temperatures mild to prevent your skin from drying.
★ Bathe with lukewarm water and mild soaps. Do not take a hot water shower as it causes your skin to blush and become dry.

★ After a bath, do not dry your skin by rubbing hard with a towel. Instead with a soft, gentle towel pat dry your skin.

★ Eat plenty of fruits and raw vegetables as they are a source of fluorine, which is very important to prevent scaly skin.
★ Cucumbers are a great source of sodium that helps prevents wrinkles on skins. Cucumbers also help keep the body cool.
★ Use hydrating creams after every shower, hand wash or during cold temperatures. This gives a soft feel to your skin.

★ Use lotions containing hydroxyl acid or salicylic acid. These lotions not only keep your skin moisturized but also give it a smooth appearance.

★ Scrub your skin with walnut or apricot scrub to remove dead cells and maintain a healthy layer of skin.

★ Use gloves in winter to protect the skin on your hands from getting chapped.
★ Use a cuticle cream to keep your fingers looking good.

★ Wash your face with a face wash in the morning and before going to sleep.

★ Use an SPF moisturizer on your face and body when going outdoors. This helps prevent damage and premature aging of the skin.
★ Always remember to remove your makeup with a cleaning lotion before retiring for the day. Makeup contains harmful chemicals that block the skin pores. This leads to bacterial infection and pimples. Few chemicals also cause darkening of the skin.
★ Use purifying masks once a week to keep the pores clear and skin fresh.

★ Apply neutral color makeup that looks good on light as well as darker complexions.

★ Cut a broad slice of fresh apple and rub it on your face. Rub well and then wait for 10 min for the juice to be absorbed in the skin. Wash off with lukewarm water and pat dry. This will help reduce the oily shine on the face.
★ For healthy and smooth skin, mix oatmeal with grapefruit juice. Mix to a thick consistency and apply it on the face. Wait for 15 min and wash with lukewarm water.
Nail Beauty Tips
Nails are an integral part of our lives and most women tend to overlook nail care. Beautiful nails complete your look and complement your natural beauty.
★ Treat your nails with olive oil every alternative days.

★ Use a mixture of water and lemon juice to remove stains from your nails.

★ Do not cut the nail cuticle as you might get an infection.

★ Do not cover your nails with nail polish for long periods of time. You should leave your nails uncovered every two weeks.

★ Eat fruits and vegetables containing vitamin B and vitamin B5 to maintain healthy nails and skin.
★ Drink milk and eat bananas to make your nails strong as they are rich in Calcium.

★ Vitamin A, Vitamin C, folic acid, zinc etc. makes your nails strong.

★ When applying nail polish, begin with a base coat. This keeps your nails protected.

★ Do not scratch, pick, dig or pinch with your nails. Your nails are not hardware tools.

★ Use products that contain alcohol sparingly. Alcohols causes your nails to break.
★ Wear hand gloves when doing household chores and during gardening to avoid accidental chipping and breakage of nails.

★ To avoid discoloration of nails, apply a coat of clear nail polish before applying colored nail polish.
Hand Beauty Tips
Hands are the most used parts of our body. It is essential to maintain soft and smooth hands as they are the first tell-tale signs of aging.
★ Moisturize your hands at least 3 times a day.

★ In case of dry skin, wash your hands with soap. Then pour some salt on your hands and wash them again. Apply moisturizing cream to prevent drying of hands.

★ Use gloves to protect your hands from harmful detergents and chemicals while washing and cleaning.

★ Before going to bed apply Vaseline on your hands and cover them with cotton gloves. Your hands will feel as smooth as butter the next morning.
★ Add almond oil to the water when washing dishes. The oil seals the moisture of the skin preventing it from drying.

★ Wash your hands with warm water and dry them with a coarse napkin. Apply one teaspoon honey and one teaspoon olive oil on the damp hand. Place your hands in a plastic bag and cover with cotton gloves. The heat developed inside the plastic bag helps the mixture penetrate into the coarse hand skin.
★ Take a cup of milk and warm it in the microwave for 30 seconds. Soak the hands in this warm milk for 5 minutes. This helps hydrate the skin and strengthen the nails.
Hair Beauty Tips
The crowing glory of a woman, hair does not only protect the head from excessive heat loss, but helps create different looks. Hair styles make a person stand out and it is very important to take utmost care of your delicate hair.
★ Choose a hair product that will make your hair healthy and radiant. Use mild shampoos according to your hair type.

★ Use shampoos with zinc pyrithione, selenium sulfide, salicylic acid or ketoconazole as the active ingredient to get rid of dandruff.
★ The best homemade remedy for dandruff is washing your hair with vinegar. Mix six teaspoons of water with two teaspoons of vinegar and rub the solution on your scalp. Leave it overnight and again apply the solution in the morning and rinse your hair.

★ Use wide toothed combs to comb your hair when wet.

★ Clean your hair daily with shampoo and conditioner. Apply the conditioner at the middle or on the hair ends.
★ Avoid oily foods, alcohol and cigarettes to maintain healthy hair.

★ Do not use two-in-one shampoos, conditioners and fizz serum as they damage your crowing glory.

★ Condition your hair with mayonnaise. Apply mayonnaise to your hair and rinse off after 2 to 3 minutes. This will give a shine and bounce to your dull, lifeless hair.
Overall Beauty Tips For Girls
Eyes and lips attract attention. Eyes are the windows of the soul and healthy eyes make the view clearer.
★ Wash your eyes with cool water daily to get rid of germs and dirt.

★ Read the instructions carefully before using contact lenses to avoid infection.

★ Eye makeup should match with the overall look. Choose the focus on either the lips or eyes to avoid a ghastly look.

★ Use darker makeup during the night and keep the look subtle during the day.
★ Apply mascara on the tips of the eye lashes.

★ Use high quality eye make up and specific eye cleansers to remove cosmetics.

★ Dab a little orange shadow into the inside corner of your eye to create the wide-eyed look.

★ Use minimum makeup on your face as it damages your skin. Mineral makeup helps brighten the skin without the use of heavy foundation.
★ Use a lip balm on your lips to prevent it from drying and chapping.

★ Use lip colors that suit your skin. Long-lasting, perfectly colored and those that are made from ingredients that are safe are best for your lips.

★ Sleep on satin or silk pillow cases as it creates fewer creases on your face and delays the onset of wrinkles.

★ Apply lemon juice mixed with a little salt to your teeth. It is a natural whitening agent and help brighten up your smile.
★ Those who love strawberries can crush a few with their toothbrush and use the mashed berries to brush their teeth. This will help reduce the yellow stain and whiten your teeth naturally.

★ Avoid sleeping on your sides. Sleeping on your back, helps prevent wrinkles on your face as well as your cleavage area.
These are few beauty tips for girls that will help create a natural beauty and maintain your looks. It is best to avoid cosmetics and cosmetic surgeries to look beautiful. All members of the female species of the human race are born beautiful. They just need to take some special care to maintain the magic. Avoid alcohol, drugs and smoking to keep your beauty long-lasting. A healthy lifestyle will help you in achieving an eternal beauty. A positive attitude will help create a glow on your face. Beauty is skin deep, thus, only a beautiful soul reflects true beauty.

Ways to Look Good Even With Braces

Since dental braces are a corrective necessity ordained by the orthodontist, there is nothing much one can do, but accept the fact with a broad smile. I, for one, loved my braces and enjoyed the two years I was made to wear them. I remember growing more confident with each day and wearing mine with pride. For all those who have recently been introduced to the strangeness of dental braces, there are a few simple things that you can do to look and feel attractive. This Buzzle article discusses how to look good with braces.

Ways to Look Attractive with Braces

Get a Snazzy New Haircut

One sure-shot way to make yourself feel good and look the part is to hit the salon and get yourself a brand new hairstyle. A new hairdo that fits your fashion sensibilities and complements your personality, ought to lift your mood and make you feel more comfortable about your braces. Go in for a hairstyle that makes you feel more confident and brings attention to your best facial features such as your eyes, lips, jawline, and/or cheekbones so that your braces remain inconspicuous. That being said, there is nothing better than embracing this new change in your appearance and flaunting a toothy smile at anyone who gives you the stares!

Play with Colorful Braces

When I think back to the time when I had braces, I remember getting different-colored braces every month. To help make braces less boring, consider getting bands of different colors every few weeks or months. You could pick your favorite color or even mix and match to make things more fun for yourself. Remember to moisturize your lips often as braces tend to chap lips and make the mouth dry. For the ladies, you could always spruce things up a bit by wearing shades of lip gloss, lip balm, or lipstick that make your smile more gorgeous.

Wear Attractive Accessories

Being presentably dressed and wearing the right accessories can make you look more attractive. If you find your braces irksome, you can always wear accessories that strategically distract attention away from your braces. For instance, wearing fashionable eyeglasses, shades, and wearing scarves, necklaces, and earrings fashionably can steal attention and make people notice your braces less. However, you could also dress and choose accessories that make your braces look cool. The Geek Chic look is one of the hottest trends currently and makes geeky glasses and braces look truly desirable!

There’s another side to it too. Getting braces has nothing to do with dressing fashionably. Sway with the trends of the season and wear all that pleases the fashionista within you. Being well-dressed will help boost your confidence and make you look handsome/beautiful with braces. While you’re busy looking good, remember to create your own style statement and be yourself. You don’t have to wear trendy clothes, makeup, or act differently just because you have got braces. In fact, act natural and dress in whichever manner you feel great about yourself.

Smile with Confidence

Remember, your braces are not going to last forever and will need to be removed when their purpose is served. So, why not make the best of this temporary phase in your life and have loads of fun along the way? Stay positive, and don’t hesitate to smile freely. Don’t bother about how you look when you smile, because anyone who smiles from their heart automatically becomes the most attractive person in any group or scenario. Your carefree personality along with your hearty laugh is bound to make people respect and appreciate you more. While you’re at it, there is no harm in drawing people with your wit, charm, and positive, and make them share a few smiles with you. Another facet of being comfortable with your braces is to not be camera-shy and smile away to glory, ’cause these moments won’t last forever. So, say “cheers” and smile for the camera!
Lastly, don’t let others bring you down with their disapproving looks and comments. Anyone who tries to sneer at you because of your braces seriously needs a reality check and for their own good. Simply ignore such people, smile, and move on to the people who really care about you.

Ways to Design a Good Nail Salon

They say nails reflect a woman’s self-worth. If her nails are bitten, she surely is under stress, if they are plain without a tinge of polish, she is selfless, if they are flaky with some nail polish, she puts her head into everything else, but grooming her nails, and if she has well-kept nails with a fine coat of polish, she definitely takes time out to groom herself and look beautiful. Ok now, stop looking at your fingers figuring out which amongst the above you portray. The point is, no matter what the above saying goes, ultimately, when a woman decides to pamper her nails and visits a salon; she does so not only for the treatment but also for the comfortable and relaxing ambiance. And if she happens to be impressed by the design of the nail salon, then include her name in the regular client list, and by mouth publicity she is sure to increase your client base. Now, the question arises how do you design the perfect nail salon, that leaves an impression on your clients. Well, for that you will have to keep reading.

Nail Salon Design Ideas

Comfortable Waiting Area

One of the first things your client would come across is the waiting room. The design of the waiting room will give the client a clear indication of how the treatment is going to be like. The waiting room should be designed in a way, that would make your clients want to wait and look forward to the nail treatments you offer. A sleek wooden desk, bouquets of pretty flowers, scents of some essential oils, comfortable yet stylish sofas and a bright curtain behind the check-in desk that separates the main room from the waiting room, seems perfect. Place booklets or catalogs having nail designs and styles making it easier for the client to select her design. Do not forget to place fashion magazines as well. Research shows that reading such magazines is one of the best ways to relax and feel beautiful from within.

Wall Decor And Color Pallet

I had been to a nail salon recently wherein every detail, right from the walls to the pedicure seats, had an environmental-friendly theme to it. The wall colors were non toxic, energy-efficient yet soothing, unique and rapidly renewable and recycled. Thoroughly impressive! Keep the wall decor simple yet classy, and splash colors that are soothing yet energizing. Colors affect moods of people, so play with them to get the best shade; a glance of which should have the ability to uplift one’s mood instantly. Usually calming colors work best for your clients to relax; however if you are looking at a fast paced salon warm-energizing tones would suffice the need.

As far as wall decors are concerned, don’t be afraid to display artifacts made of glass, stone or metal. You can also have wall hangings displaying the best of your works. Display of some wall murals complementing the wall colors might add to the beauty of the ambiance. Decorating the walls with mirrors is another great idea as it makes your salon look spacious and beautiful at the same time!

Lighting And Adequate Storage Space

Choose glass brown fluorescent lights, as they give the best effect of beautifully finished nails. Make use of chandeliers, candles and cane hangings. The light that these materials emit is gorgeous. Make sure the lighting matches the main decor. You can also cover the bulb with transparent papers of soft shades like pink, blue or mauve to create a unique atmosphere. While you plan your nail salon design, assign an adequate storage place for all beauty products and supplies you will need. You could go in for a glass rack displaying your products for every one to see, or a wooden sliding wardrobe accommodating all your supplies. The problem with a glass wardrobe is that you have to organize your products in order, as your clients can see through, and in case you mess up the order it might not leave a good impression on your clients. So, plan accordingly.

Equipment Used

Today, when you visit a salon you will find an array of equipment, chairs and manicure tables. Not that the clients would inspect these equipment pieces, but having the correct salon equipment will show that you care for the clients and their satisfaction. Make sure you have all the equipment to enable your stylist to work without hassles and give in their best, so that you maintain a regular client base.
For successfully starting your own nail salon, it is important to plan its design well, considering your client base and all the factors mentioned above. Make sure your salon has all and more to please your clients and have them coming back for more! All the Best!

Natural Makeup Ideas for You

One thing that every teenager learns when she starts high school, is ‘when it comes to makeup, little is more’. At least, every teenager should be taught that. That is the very reason why I am here, helping you understand the concept of ‘less is more’. Be it the Gothic look, or the Barbie doll look, either ways, one can create the effect without looking terribly made up. Trust me, guys hate women who are always clad with makeup!

Makeup Tips to Look Natural at All Ages

Makeup is a part of any and every urban woman’s lifestyle. Trust me, I cannot even imagine walking outside my front door without makeup. I guess we need it, to accentuate our features. It also gives us that boost in self-esteem (I hate to admit it, but it’s true!).

The best way to adorn yourself in makeup on a regular basis, is to make it seem like you don’t have makeup on. Yes, it is deceptive, but I think it is allowed, right? More so, this kind of makeup allows people to notice the true beauty in your features. Other women will definitely appreciate your sense of makeup and style. Put on a slight foundation that matches your skin tone. Best to stick to natural mineral makeup. Apply eyeliner; it accentuates the eyes and helps people get hypnotized by your gaze. Apply a light shade lipstick if you are going for gloss. Like a pink or a light red. If you are going for matte shades, you can afford to go with slightly darker colors, depending on your skin tone. Eye-shadow is optional. In the day time, stick to lighter shades, even if it is black, apply very lightly. At night, you can experiment with darker strokes and mixed shades.

These tips are for all women, in general. In fact, they are best suited for regular wear, like at work, school, or college.

Party Makeup

WHAT! You got that right. You can have gorgeous natural makeup on for a party as well. Apply liquid mineral makeup foundation (by now, I am sure you have realized that foundation is a given). Use eyeliner on the upper as well as the lower eyelids. Apply mascara to give your lashes a long and shiny look. Go for slight blush on to give your cheeks some color. Go for glossy lipstick, which goes naturally with your skin tone. Like, if you are fair-skinned, go for pink lip gloss, darker skinned belles can go for light browns and darker pinks. If you want a natural, yet glamorous look, you can apply eye shadow that matches with the color of your eyes or attire. Like, a natural makeup tip for blue eyes would be to go for blue eye shadow, and black eyeliner. Or if you have black eyes, and you are wearing a red dress, you can go for a light red eye shadow.

In a party, for a natural look, I strongly suggest let your hair down. You can blow dry and spray them to keep them in place all night. However, nothing beats bare open hair to make men go mad!

Punk Makeup Ideas

Ok, so if you are going for the punk look, it will not look that natural. But, even as a punk you can manage to look more natural than others. The secret to success when it comes to punk make up is the eyes! When you are going for punk makeup, give your eyes all the importance. Use colors and dark eyeliner. Be generous with the mascara on both upper and lower lashes. Also, use dark but matte lipstick shades. Go for a burgundy or a purple. The best thing about the punk look is that you can experiment all you want. However, before all that, don’t forget to apply foundation evenly, to hide your blemishes and give you an even tone. Again, mineral makeup would be a good option.

So, basically, if you are going for the punk look, you can’t really look natural. However, if you don’t overdo the makeup, you can look very elegant! I hope these techniques have helped you sort your look for better.

Ways to Get the Perfect Lips

The perfect pair of lips can really make your face look brighter, happier, and alluring. However, to look our best requires a certain amount of effort, since most of us are not blessed with movie star features.

This is the reason why we’re including these easy tips to help you primp your lips in a natural, non-cosmetic manner. Take a look.

Simple Tricks to Make Your Lips Look Perfect

Trick # 1
Lips are delicate and the skin on the lips is sensitive. So sensitive that smoking can darken it and the sun can damage it. So, make sure you use a lip balm that has a high SPF, especially if you are a smoker. The sunscreen will reduce the dehydrating impact of the cigarette and protect the lips from the harmful UV rays as well. More so, it will also help avoid discoloration as well.

Trick # 2
Make sure that you exfoliate your lips on a regular basis. Mild scrubbing with a toothbrush in a circular motion will do the trick. It will remove all the dead cells and soften the lips as well. However, always remember to moisturize your lips well after you exfoliate them. Else they will get more dehydrated than before. Weekly exfoliation should be enough, however, the time gap can be flexible as per convenience and requirement.

Trick # 3
Scrubbing the lips, lightly, with rose water and sugar also works well. Not only does it soften the lips but it also gives them a very sweet aftertaste. More so, using this method will avoid any chances of you scratching your lips. Chances of them drying are also relatively less with this method. This method of exfoliation can be used everyday as it uses sugar and rose water which are harmless for the lips.

Trick # 4
Drink plenty of water. The first body part to show the effects of dehydration are your lips. Drinking enough water in the day will make sure that your lips don’t look dry, rough or chapped. More so, every time you feel your lips getting a little dry, drink water. This will moisten them instantly. More so, drinking enough water helps make the skin glow as well, giving your face a healthy and picture-perfect look.

Trick # 5
Always use a lip balm before you put on lipstick. Not only will this make the lipstick look fresh all day, but it will also protect your lips from any chemical damage that the lipstick may cause. Apply a decently thick layer of lip balm as it gets absorbed and makes the lips look fuller. Lip balm is perfect to make sure that the lips look full and the lipstick gets applied better and doesn’t crack in the course of the day.

Trick # 6
Nightly moisturizing is the key to perfect lips. Make sure that you apply a thick layer of lip moisturizer on your lips before you go to bed. The layer should be thick enough so that your lips look white (or the color of the moisturizer). Over the night, your lips will absorb the moisturizer and it will dry out. By morning, you will have soft lips.

Trick # 7
A healthy diet is the easiest way to have perfect healthy lips. Fruits and vegetables will keep your lips gorgeously pink and hydrated.

These natural methods to hydrate and beautify your lips may take some time, so you need to be patient and diligently follow the routines. You are sure to see the results in a few weeks’ time.