First I am no Angelina Jolie, so i really have no business telling you my “beauty” secrets
and second, since I am telling you in a blog- it is not really a secret innit?
“Damn I look good! I think i will spend all day outdoors as bare as Gawd created me so I can inspire mankind with my beauty.”
First time is the day my braces were taken off and second is the time i met the lurv of my life long long time ago. Stupid guy still don’t have an idea we had a relationship in my head. But i digress…
|By request of my sister, I publish here the proof.
me in yellow, sister in blue.
1. have enough vanity/reason to overcome laziness to exercise
|Yup, that’s my hair- hamming it up for the camera.|
So, second secret is-
2. Don’t fuck so much with the hair.
Who amongst you can relate- you meet a handsome guy who is sooo aware that he is handsome and somehow it is a turn-off.
Or take Kiera Knightley (a pet peeve of mine), doing her “Look at how ethereally beautiful I am” pose at the red carpet. As in c’mon!
- I only have half an eyebrow each side.
- My nose hair is longer than my eyelashes. Not that I have long nose hair but I have practically non-existent lashes.
- My eyes are blah.
- My lower and upper teeth are edge to edge. (Normal people will have their upper set of teeth slightly protruding than the lower).
- I have chin like “Guy Smiley” of Sesame Street
- My skin tends to discolor with exposure to dirt, sunlight or to whatever freaking thing there is outside my bedroom. And in a bad way- that it looks like eczema.
But, it is important as well to see what can offset the downside. These are mine-
1. I have a good nose. Thanks to my great, great grandfather who decided to breed across continents.
2. My lips aren’t bad either. If Jolie’s lips were ruler of an intergalactic spaceship, my lips will be one of her commanding officers. (Note to self, work on my humility).
And so, here are my beauty secrets that I spend money on.
For the facial skin- i do not use soap or moisturizer. Really.
What I use is an oil based makeup remover/cleanser.
I lather it then wash it off.
Sometimes, when i need, I use scrub (a cheap generic version of the buf puf) but only occasionally. I don’t do facials. But if my skin seems blah, i treat myself to hammam.
Result is- face clean of even the more resistant make up and soft.
Voila- one product.
Does it work? Well- In the industry, we have a super-advanced skin meter that can tell your skin age. My skin age is 20 years younger than my biological age, so go figure. But of course it helps i do not seek out the searing sun on purpose, i do not smoke or do drugs, don’t drink hard liquor (just fermented alcohol-wine, champagne or the belgian beer-Kriek) and i sleep a lot.
MY FOURTEEN STEPS TO NATURAL
FACE (My face zero)
1. Non pigmented make up base (Sometimes a primer, sometimes a tinted moisturizer).
2. Concealer under eyes and where needed. (liquid works best) the trick is in the blending. I do not rub, i tap lightly.
3. Liquid blush- on cheeks, nose bridge, forehead. Also tapped, not rubbed.
For these first three steps, the secret is in the blending.
4. A powder base to set make up.
The secret is in the control of amount applied. Loose powder and pressed powder are trickier to control. I find that easiest are those which are baked. But if you are an expert in application, any powder, whether loose, pressed, extruded or baked should do. Also, the bigger the brush applicator, the more even the result.
5. Powder Blush (optional)
EYEBROWS (My specialty)
6. Eyebrow wax (sometimes in pencil format, searching as well for moustache wax which should function just as well and should be cheaper- any recommendation from fellow bloggers welcome). They tame the existing brows in place.
7. A hard taupe fine tipped eyebrow pencil. To individually and lightly line additional brow strands. There are micro tipped ones out there- i prefer those for finer point.
8. A taupe eyeshadow used to fill in gaps. Applied lightly with chiseled brush.
9. A light beige eyeshadow applied at the browbone to create illusion of lift.
10. A neutral light brown base over lid
11. A powdery black eye pencil OR
for more drama- a liquid eyeliner, applied ala Callas.
12. (Curlash, of course) One coat mascara ( False eyelashes for extra POW when needed)
13. Invest in a really good lip balm (not those waxy Body Shop ones)
14. Lipliner applied throughout lips (these create an even naturally tinted look). Shade is nearest natural lip color if only a tint darker.
Well I have addressed most of my flaws except for my Guy Smiley chin. But I have learned to embrace it. By now, I even convinced myself it is attractive.
But then if after all these, I still look crap…
Then I resort to the ultimate answer,
the one big beauty secret that we have in the industry…
|This photo is nicked from 9gag|