Finding where to Start!

You may have unusually perfect skin or incredibly beautiful eyes.

Whatever your unique feature is, it's important to know what it is and to embrace it. You don't have to follow trends or look like anybody else. You just need to be you, feel comfortable being you, and find your own personal style that plays up your beautiful features. In my column, I will give you my personal tips and tricks for finding your own style to make your best assets shine through.

No matter whether you're looking for tips on makeup, hair care, skin care or beauty maintenance, or you're a young girl who's just started to experiment with cosmetics and other beauty products or you are concerned about what to wear on your first job interview this column I hope is for all of you!

Finding your Style - Makeup

It took me a long time to learn about makeup. When I was about 15 years old my Mother would put a little makeup on me for special occasions a little blush, a little mascara, a little pink lipstick, and it was it.

Makeup can be a strong style statement. It's a reflection of who you are and how you feel. And sometimes it's more complicated than "natural is best".

Makeup has to go with your personality, the way you dress even your mood. From the moment you make your first attempts with colour, you're defining your own makeup style. With time and lots of trial and error you get to know your comfort level with makeup and the unique quirks of your face.

Although no two women have the exact same approach, two basic philosophies of makeup do seem to hold true. You may fall squarely into one category or the other, or you may decide to jump back and forth at will, like I do.

- Second Nature: you use makeup to enhance your eyes, cheeks, and lips and to even out your skin tone. Whether you do this with a little concealer, lip gloss, and blush, or you enhance a little bit of everything, you're not necessarily making a statement with your makeup. You just want to look natural. For you makeup is looking fresher, prettier, and more pulled together. Examples of Icons of this type of makeup style include Katherine Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn;

- Making a statement : You use makeup as a mean of self-expression.

You're not afraid to be bold or different; you like to play with colour and make a statement with your eyes or lips. Whether you wear a bright red lip with a bit of eyeliner like Marilyn Monroe, or you do a smoky eye with a pale lip like Bardot or more recently Kate Moss, you are expressing yourself or your mood. Examples of Icons of this makeup style include Brigitte Bardot, Sophia Loren, Marilyn Monroe, and Marlene Dietrich.

On my next column I will show you how to keep it personal and also some makeup dos and don'ts!

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