Beautiful Competition: Sheryl Porbanderwalla

As Coco Chanel once said,

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Fashion, being a mode of expression, is always changing. This rapid pace of change is directly linked to popular culture and socioeconomic happenings around the world. Recently heavy metal, tartan, skirts with high hemlines, low rise and slim fitting jeans and designer sunglasses are all in fashion. Fashion from the 80s is being revived with upturned collars, leggings and side ponytails. It has become fashionable to carry an IPod as an accessory as one walks around. A person’s fashion shapes who they are and how they live their lives.

As a makeup artist my inspiration has been the word of Ralph Waldo Emerson,

“Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.”

To achieve my full artistic expression, my must-haves are:

  1. Personality & Business Cards.
  2. Primer from Laura Mercier/Pore Refiner from Benefit for oily skin. Image
  3. Lip Exfoliator from Body Shop.
  4. MAC Strobe Cream.        Image
  5. Makeup Forever HD Powder.
  6. Aqua Black Eyeliner from Makeup Forever.
  7. 5 Camouflage Palette from Makeup Forever.Image
  8. Rimmel’s Lipstick in Kate – No 1 is the best scarlet red for all skin tones.

Beauty is something men and women the world over worry about and try to achieve daily. Television, magazines and the Internet are promoting the way our society should look. To me beauty is natural and we all possess it in varying degrees. The Egyptians were the first to hallmark beauty and makeup was a conquest made by them and they were very successful at it. Beauty for them was life or death, they would always step out of their homes with their masks on, and that is meant literally! They believed that not being beautiful was a statement of laziness.

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The ideal of beauty is flawless skin, thin bodies, shiny hair and beautiful eyes, however to many beauty goes beyond the skin. It is a combination of what is inherent and visual that together it makes you feel good, raises self-confidence, and provides attention towards oneself and gives you pride, making you mostly happy. Being beautiful on the outside is not the battle we need to win; it is remaining beautiful within.

“Beauty “and “being beautiful” are two sides to the same coin. Ones external appearance and strife to achieve a level of visual beauty have a limited reach when making impressions. However letting ones inner beauty shine and reflect in your actions will allow you to make lasting impressions.

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My approach to beauty and beautifying people is to look for that facet where their external beauty and their internal beauty meet. It could be their smile, which make their lips their asset. A twinkle in their eyes that make their eyes the asset. Thus guiding me on the feature that would be the focus on my canvas.

Beautiful Competition: Jacinda Lovell

What is Beautiful?

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Beautiful is the reflection of your inner happiness. It is how you feel when experiencing something that makes you happy and puts a smile on your face. Beautiful to me is the whole package, the look and the energy the person projects.

Beauty is all around us. A peacock seems just a normal bird but when it opens its tail, wow! It struts its stuff and gets our attention. Makeup can make a person feel like a feather from a peacock, giving confidence, and making one seem irresistible. The look and the confidence the person feels and emanates will captivate people all around.

In the history of fashion many artists and styles have attracted our attention, such as Coco Chanel for her innovation of masculine beauty at the time when women started working and studying.

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She famously said,

“Fashion fades, only style remains the same.”

Her clothes, enhanced by her makeup, short hair and strong lips made women feel beautiful and gave them confidence, helping them thrive in a burgeoning society. Women were making their own money and started spending it on their personal style. Clothes, hair, makeup, anything that made them feel more beautiful and happier.

Makeup can be simple, making you glow or enhancing certain features; it can be very personal but it can also be a complete change. In any case, it makes the person feel better and more beautiful.

When it comes to your skin there are many products on the market. We all want to look healthy and youthful. I believe in Organic products and good ingredients for the skin but sometimes you do need a bit of technology to get the best results. I love coconut oil but it has to be high grade and organic, it’s great for hair and can be used on the face. Then my must have skincare range is Environ. I have had great results; it really works and helps you look good. So when you put makeup on the skin after applying this product, it looks flawless and you feel beautiful.

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I believe you need to start from within; our diet affects our energy levels, emotions, and the way we look. I find going back to basics really works, with lots of water and organic ingredients where possible. A Paleo diet is a great way to eat. The grains, fruits & veggies can have a positive affect on your skin, mood, and energy level.

That energy needs to be focused, and in balance. I’ve turned to Reiki, it has been part of my life for the last 13 years. It helps me to manage stress and to keep a positive perspective on life. I think this helps you feel happy in life.

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Beautiful is a way something makes us feel. We have also used the word beautiful to describe the way someone looks so it is a combination of things that help us get there.

Your Author: Jacinda Lovell

The perfect Red Pout for the Festive Season

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Step 1: Exfoliate your lips. This helps to remove dead skin and is absolutely essential for a smooth lip application. Try the Clarins Paris Lip & Contour Gentle Exfoliator.

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*As an at-home remedy, also try using your toothbrush with a bit of Vaseline and sugar. Just gently brush your lips!

Step 2: Moisturize!  Cannot say it enough! Use a hydrating rich lip balm to smoothen and plump up lips. This ensures an even application of color. Try the Burt’s Bees Lip Balm or a dab of simple Coconut Oil works wonders.

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Step 3: Remove any excess residue from your lip moisturizer by softly blotting with tissue.

Step 4: Apply a thin layer of foundation over the lip as a base. This ensures the true color of the lipstick shows through, and also acts as a base for longevity, bleeding, and also prevents staining.

Step 5. Using a lip-liner of the same color as the lipstick, line the lips on the “natural line.” being careful not to overdraw past this line. Start at the cupids bow and follow the line of your natural lip. Make sure your lip-liner is recently sharpened. Once lined, color in the entire lip with the liner. This creates a dense color, longevity, and opacity.

Consider MAC’s Marilyn Monroe Lip Collection in three shades, Beet, Redd & Cherry

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Step 6. Using a lip brush or the lipstick bullet, fill in the lips with your red lipstick. Blot with tissue and reapply the lipstick. Do this 2 or 3 times. This will ensure your lipstick stays on all night with minimal touch ups. It also prevents bleeding and that much hated lipstick smear. Too much product results in a cake-like, goopy mess.

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Again, MAC has a great line of Red Lipstick Shades in the Marilyn Monroe Collection! And these lipsticks have stay power!

Step 7. If you are feeling glamorous add on a clear gloss just in the center of the top and bottom lip to add dimension, to make the lips plump, and increase your seduction factor!

Your Makeup Artist,

Alessia Donato

Men and Makeup!

Men and makeup; he is going to see you without it eventually, so why put it on in the first place?

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For starters, your looking great is mainly for you. The confidence you feel when you look good takes the cake to anyone’s compliment. And the best way to achieve this is through a flawless application on makeup.

Nevertheless, men have an opinion on the subject and here it is…

Men say, for a normal, everyday look, heavy makeup seems out-of-place. When you are at home or grabbing a bite, a subtle amount should be applied so you show you care about your appearance. However, heavy eyeliner, lots of blush, and bright red lips can be distracting from a simple lunch.

Time and place seem to be the main consensus. The No-Makeup look is something that every girl should master. Once you have this down, just adding a bit more here or there can get you ready for your night out!

The No-Makeup makeup:

Tinted Moisturizer: Bobby Brown Tinted Moisturizer works great to even out skin tone, while moisturizing AND providing protection from the suns rays! Plus, you can choose oil-free should you have special needs.

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  • Add some concealer under eyes and on spots to amps things up.

Eyelash Curler: No Mascara? No problem, just curl the lashes a bit to accentuate your doe-eyes. This will not only make you look more awake, but you won’t have to worry about clumping or smudges.

  • For a stronger look apply your favorite Mascara, be sure to keep the clumps out!

Tinted Lip Balm: You cannot go wrong with Laura Mercier Tinted Lip Balm. Add subtle color to your overall no-makeup look with just a bit on the lips, and maybe a kiss on the cheek!

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  • For a night out add Blush Blush Blush! Then apply finishing powder to seal the look!

Remember, the compliment is just the icing.  So glam up for yourself, and your man will notice!