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BROWS – I went to thread my brows last thursday and it really made a difference to touching them up with the brow pencil, it was so much easier defining my brows when the hair is fine and shaped nicely. It really matters too – the colour of the brows since I dyed my hair copper-brown, the eyebrows should match else I’ll look really weird – like blondes having black or dark-coloured brows – it’s a fashion-mistake, no? And it is no secret that perfectly drawn and arched brows do wonders to your appearance, although it really depends on your face/eyes’ shape etc.
See how it really changes your look?
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We often overlook the significance of how our eyebrow-arch can alter the general appearance – but really the eyebrows are one of the most expressive features of the face and a great deal of emotion can be conveyed through them.
To form the ideal eyebrow shape, simply follow three imaginary lines. Using an eyebrow pencil or anything long, straight and slender, hold the object vertically in front of your face. Line it up so that it touches the outer edge of your nostril and the inside corner of your eye. This line determines where your eyebrow should start (see Angelina Jolie image right, Line 1). Do the same for the other eyebrow. Any eyebrow hair inside these two marks needs to be plucked out using tweezers or wax. If your eyebrows fail to reach the marks you have made above the inner corners of your eyes, then you will need to fill that part of the eyebrow area in.
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Take the eyebrow pencil and hold it to the outer edge of your nostril again. This time, swing the pencil towards your pupil. Stop when the eyebrow pencil crosses the center of your pupil. Mark the spot where the line meets your eyebrow. This is where you arch should begin. Continue swinging the eyebrow pencil past your pupil to the outer edge of the iris (the colored portion) of the eye. Where the line intersects your eyebrow is where your eyebrow arch should be at its peak, or highest (see Angelina Jolie image Line 2). Mark this spot with an eyebrow pencil. Repeat this process for the other eyebrow. During this step make sure that you are looking straight ahead; both your face and your eyes should be looking directly forward into the mirror. To create the arch, remove hairs from the bottom of the brow bone, not the top. The only time you should pluck hair from above the brow line is when you are removing any stray hairs that occur above the brow. After the peak, the arch should begin descending immediately.
Taking the eyebrow pencil from the outer edge of your nostril once more, line it up so that it passes along the outermost corner of your eye (not your eyelashes) to your brow area (see Angelina Jolie image Line 3). This is where your eyebrow should end. Mark this point with an eyebrow pencil and repeat for the other side. Remove any hairs that fall beyond these points. Ideally, the inside portion of the eyebrow should be thickest and should taper towards the outer edge.
In summary, the eyebrow should begin along a line from the outer edge of the nostril to the inside corner of your eye, reach its peak (or highest point) at the line from the outer edge of the nostril to the outer edge of the colored portion of the eye (the iris) and extend to just beyond the outer corner of the eye (the side of the nostril and end of the eyebrow should form a line that intersects the outer corner of the eye). Remember these easy steps and you’ll know how to shape your eyebrow arch to always achieve the ideal eyebrow shape.
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HAIR – This is perhaps too broad a topic to elaborate about, but we all know the countless ways we can style, cut, dye, trim, tie our hair. Just look at Robert Pattinson! Like I’ve mentioned in my previous post, this is probably the most important part of our body that really “contributes to” or “detriments” our looks. So, both ladies and gentlemen, please take good care of them and do take the occasional adventure to explore your locks!
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My next hairstyle will probably be curls – and a more reddish shade than the one I’m having now
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FACIAL HAIR is so wrong on women it’s practically a taboo. The upper lip, chin and sides of the face. Hair growth on these areas can be hormonal, but if there’re abnormal amounts or if the hair is very thick, perhaps looking for the doctor to determine some underlying causes would be better before you embark on a removal regime.
Tweezers are a no-no for facial hair because repeated plucking can cause irritation in the hair follicle and, on darker-skinned women, can also result in scarring. Unless you have just a few stray hairs that occasionally pop up, no tweezers please!
Depilatory creams dissolve the hair at the base of the follicle. They are ideal for widespread areas (like the legs), but can be problematic when used on the face because they irritate the skin and usually don’t remove all of the hairs. On the plus side, depilatory creams are a relatively inexpensive option. On average, results will last for one to two weeks.
Waxing is one of the most popular solutions. Generally, it is an effective method to remove hair on the upper lip and fine hair on the side of the face, but it is not recommended for the chin area, where hair tends to be more coarse. Depending on the type of hair you have, waxing results should last from two to six weeks.
Electrolysis uses low-level electricity to kill the hair follicles. On the positive side, results last longer than with waxing and depilatories – but the process can be time consuming and costly. Electrolysis is generally recommended for women with white or very blonde hair and for women who have areas with isolated hairs.
Laser hair removal is the newest weapon in the hair-removal arsenal. The ‘perfect’ candidate for laser work has fair skin and dark hair, but good results can be achieved by an experienced laser practitioner on darker-skinned women. Overall, laser hair removal is not very effective on light blonde or white hair.
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LASHES – falsies, eyelash extensions, mascara and other lash enhancing technologies including topical serums and creams all mean one thing – how the lashes mean everything to us. Well, almost. That’s because lashes beautify the eyes in no ways makeup can do the trick. The pictures below tell the story!
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They define, sharpen, enhance, brighten and draw attention to the eyes in an amazing way. As compared to short, thin lashes – you get the drift.
NOSTRILS – I guess most girls don’t have this problem of super-duper long nasal hair, and even if you do, just use the nostril scissors (with a rounded tip and sharp cutting edge) so you can save yourself from possible cuts and accidents. It’s a no-brainer right?!
CHEST HAIR – Assuming, again, that fellow girls don’t have hairy problems on the chest, my preference of chest hair on men is – minimal. Unless you have Ryan Reynolds’ chest (so drool-worthy!), of course – does it even matter whether you have hair?
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UNDERARMS! – Yes I’m just getting here, the most unsightly area to have hair if you love sleeveless clothing! Well, how not to in sunny and humid Singapore?
Best ways to remove underarm hair – shaving and epilation!
Shaving: Some tools you definitely need are a sharp razor and the way you prepare your skin for shaving (that means skin is dampened at least 3 minutes before you start shaving). Pull skin taut and shave against the growth of the hair.
- shave on clean skin after a warm shower
- for a closer shave, exfoliate first to get rid of dead skin cells
- always apply a shaving cream or gel for a smoother glide
- after shaving, apply moisturiser to soothe and smooth the skin
- shaving at night helps to allow your skin time to recover its suppleness
- change blades on a regular basis as a dull one can lead to nicks
Epilation – This is what I really what to trying after all these years of shaving! Best for legs and underarms, epilators use rotating discs to catch hair and pull it out. And it actually lasts a few weeks, like waxing!
- epilate after shower, when the pores are open
- skin must be dried thoroughly first
Waxing – Many areas like lips, bikini line and legs. Relatively slow regrowth, but can be painful (yes!!) especially the week before and during your period.
- stick to cold wax if you have sensitive skin, because it causes less irritation than hot wax
- avoid wearing tight clothing over freshly waxed areas to reduce irritation and exfoliate 2 days later to slough off dead skin that could lead to ingrown hair
ARMS/LEGS - see above for solutions! Shave/wax/epilate your way to fantastic, smooth and silky gams!
PUBIC HAIR – sometimes it’s such a bother to bother about this area but when you just need to get rid of some unwanted hair, the best way is to do a brazilian. I have done it before and the way I describe it is that “each strip of wax removed is like a slap in the face”. At the end of it all I felt like I was perspiring (or rather, cold sweat) and deeply traumatized. I went to Fabulous Wax. Maybe they didn’t do such a good job afterall in making me feel less painful, but the result is pretty good. Very clean.
- hair needs to be a quarter-inch if it’s fine, a half-inch if it’s coarse. You’ll be sent home if hair isn’t long enough.
- The downside of a Brazilian wax… while it lasts 3-6 weeks, the hair will grow back — albeit finer and lighter — and you’ll have to do it again.
This marks the end of my ‘hairy’ account. Up next: Something personal, something called a Reflection.