Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Are you vowing to lose weight in 2012? Shedding pounds is consistently the most popular New Year's resolution. And with January right around the corner, hitting the gym and eating healthier are on many of our minds. We use fashion to flatter our figures, so why can’t we take advantage of simple, slenderizing makeup tricks? Sculpting your forehead, cheekbones, nose, and jawline can give you more defined features. “Contouring is creating an optical illusion with shadows. Depending on the shape of your face, you can do things to minimize features and create angles,” says celebrity makeup artist Scott Barnes (the guru behind Jennifer Lopez’s iconic glow). “If you have a long face, you can shorten the chin. If your face is round, you can emphasize cheekbones. And if you have a wide nose, you can slim it down—I call it scalpel-free plastic surgery!” For a more realistic effect, Scott suggests using contour as a base for the rest of your makeup: “Don’t contour on top of your makeup! Contour before you put on foundation,” he says.
Monday, November 28, 2011
The Six Most Important Tips for Total Wellness• Skin care. One of the best ways to look better is by keeping our skin healthy and glowing.
• Hydration and eating right. Drinking water helps keep the skin hydrated and supple, which can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
In addition, maintaining a well-balanced diet, including plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, is important too. These foods contain natural antioxidants which can benefit your skin as well as your overall health.
• Exercise. Regular exercise enhances blood flow, giving your skin a healthy glow. Exercise also can help reduce the production of stress-related hormones that may contribute to acne flare-ups. Indirect evidence shows that when you exercise, your level of stress diminishes. Reducing stress tends to quiet the adrenals. There is reduced hormone output, which helps control acne. Regular exercise also increases sweating, which in turn can unclog pores and have a positive effect on breakouts.
• Spending time with friends. Relaxing, laughing, connecting – all have a positive effect on our mind and body.
• Stress relief. One form of stress relief is getting regular massages. They help promote relaxation and increase blood circulation. Massage also exfoliates dead skin cells, which encourages cell regeneration. The result is healthier, better-looking skin.
• Adequate sleep. It seems we can never get enough! Sleep is essential for maintaining your metabolism, but it is also important for skin health. For example, sleep relaxes the facial muscles and that helps to smooth wrinkles and lines on your face. In addition, lack of sleep may alter the regulation of blood vessel tone and thus contribute to puffiness or bags under the eyes.