No need to spend hours in front of the mirror or buy expensive grooming services at a salon to look fresh and youthful. The following tips will help to make the difference between looking good and looking great.
- Pluck your eyebrows as soon as you step out of the shower. Your pores are open then, enabling the hairs to slide out when you pluck. Avoid brow-shaping when your skin is most sensitive: first thing in the morning, after you’ve been outside in extremely hot or cold weather, or during your period, when your nerve endings are at their most sensitive.
- Carry a make-up touch-up kit with you wherever you go. Look for multi-purpose products, such as a lip/cheek/eye cream or a two-ended wand with mascara on one end and eyeliner on the other. Other good kit items include cotton balls soaked in make-up remover and then stored in an old film canister, pressed powder, a nail file and lip gloss.
- Check out your face in a hand mirror in front of a window once a day. You’ll catch a glimpse of any sun spots or wrinkles you need to cover up or facial hairs you need to pluck, uneven make-up, even long nose hairs. Natural sunlight makes the inspection more revealing.
- Apply make-up in natural light. Even if this means bringing your make-up and a mirror into the living room. The light from a bulb is often a different shade from that of natural light, and rarely does a bulb-lit room have evenly distributed light. If you must work in a bulb-lit room, be sure to use the correct wattage – at least 60 watts for overhead lights and 25 watts for make-up mirrors.
- Rub some olive oil on your bikini line to keep it soft and free of unsightly red bumps. For best results, apply the olive oil to the area immediately after shaving.
- For instantly fresh feet, spray your soles with chilled cologne, chilled peppermint or rose geranium herbal water. Make your own by adding a couple of drops of the essential oils to a spray bottle of water and storing it in the fridge.