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Sun-kissed Skin

Picture Perfect Series: Sun-Kissed Summer Makeup Tips

In this installment of the Picture Perfect Series, I present to you some summer makeup tips. If the thought of summer brings up images of surfers coming back to shore against the backdrop of sunsets by the beach, you sipping cosmos on the deck chair with your girlfriends and the whole Orange County beach party whambam, then this blog entry is for you.

 

1) Fake That Tan

What is summer without a tan? Skip the tanning booth altogether and head instead for a spray tan session. It’s safer and cancer-free. If you’d prefer a little D.I.Y., I recommend the Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs, a light-weight spray-on makeup that comes in a variety of shades so you’ll find something that matches your skin tone.

 

2) Get Beach Waves

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Beach waves fit any face shape, so go ahead and experiment!

It doesn’t matter if you aren’t heading to the sandy shores to watch the waves crash against safe ground. Waves are for everybody, and summer is the best time to showcase them. You can either get a permanent perm at a professional salon or do it yourself at home with the help of either a curling iron or flat iron.

 

3) Highlight and Contour

It’s the summer! Show off features where the sun is supposed to hit and shadow others where the sun is not supposed to reach! This is the time to bring out any long forgotten stash of shimmer powders and highlighting creams. Apply shimmer on the cheekbones (try the NARS Illuminator), or make use of shimmer blushes on the apples of your cheeks. Contour the hollows of the cheeks where possible but don’t overdo this lest you end up looking like a lifeless zombie.

 

4) Keep Lips Natural

To complement the tan you’ve got going, make sure your lips are natural, pink and go well with the rest of your face (and body). Some products that are worth a try are Clinique‘s Chubby Stick Moisturising Lip Colour Balm and the Lip Butter range from Korres. Use something that’s got a slightly glossy effect to give lips a moisturised look. Stay away from deep colours like burgundy or deep reds – winter is over. Remember: Use a balm with SPF prior to these to ensure that you get the maximum sun protection at all times.

 

5) Minimal Eye Makeup

Chuck away those huge, heavy falsies! Summer and mascara go together. Bronzy, shimmery eyeshadows work best for this season and help to enhance your tan. Avoid tight lining the bottom waterline with black eyeliner, as it will look too harsh for a happy time under the sun. And no heavy bottom lashes too! If you’re going in the waters, the Aqua Liner from Make Up For Ever is a good eyeliner to have.

 

 

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Sexy Gyaru look.

Picture Perfect Series: Gyaru Look

The Gyaru (ギャル) look is to Tokyo as the Ulzzang (얼짱) look is to Seoul. It’s a single type of makeup that gives character to a city and for the Gyaru, it’s all about big hair, cutesy dressing and wide eyes. If you’re looking to dress up as one, perhaps for Halloween or a themed party (that would be so fun), here are some tips to check off your list before you head outdoors as a Gyaru for the day or night. But first, some pictures to illustrate what the Gyaru look is all about.

 

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Sexy Gyaru look.

 

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Cute Gyaru look.

 

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Pretty Gyaru look.

 

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Hippie Gyaru look.

 

1) Light-Coloured Hair

Gyarus generally don’t keep their hair naturally dark. It’s all sorts of brown to blonde, just never or very rarely black. You can do highlights, streaks or even just mono-tonal grey. Curls and waves are the norm for this look. Bangs are optional but they add a cute factor if that’s what you’re after.

 

2) All About the Eyes.

The major part of the Gyaru look is the eye makeup. Lots of false lashes in addition to applying mascara, top and bottom. Eyeliner is a must as are coloured contact lenses. If the lenses are circle lenses, all the better because they enlarge your eyes. Line the bottom waterline with white liner to make your eyes look wider. Keep eyeshadow shades to light, shimmery tones or neutrals and bronzes.

Here are some pictures I found online via Gyaruhair.com that show you how to doll up your eyes. It was probably taken from a Japanese magazine, so read from right to left.

 

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3) Contouring

The main part that needs contouring here is the nose. Leave the hollows of the cheek untouched because we don’t want to look tanned nor sun-kissed. Add a brown shade on both sides of the nose and a brighter highlighter on the bridge. Blend the parts where they meet so that you don’t look too structured.

 

4) A Nude Complexion

The rest of the face makeup is pretty neutral so that attention is focused on the eyes. Add concealor where it is needed. Stick to pink blushes on the apples of the cheeks. A little shimmer here is OK. Lip colours should be either neutral or light pink, topped with gloss for a youthful shine. Stay away from strong shades like hot pink, coral and red. It’s best if the shade of your blush and lip colour match well and are of very similar shades (refer to the pictures above).

 

 

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Fresh-faced sexy for GQ.

Picture Perfect Series: Fresh-Faced Makeup How-to

 

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Fresh-faced sexy for GQ.

 

Just because a girl loves colour in her makeup doesn’t mean she can’t go without her favourite bombastic shades for a day. A fresh face does not have to be boring and contrary to what some people think, a lot more effort is put into creating this look than several other types that are more extravagant. The main reason for this is because clear, good skin is necessary to achieve it. In this installment of the Picture Perfect Series, I’ll share some tips on how to rock the fresh-faced effect, something which adds youth to any girl-at-heart out there.

 

1) Skincare, Skincare, Skincare

That’s right. Skincare is of utmost importance for this look. Cleanse, tone, moisturise, exfoliate, do a regular mask. Do whatever it takes to get this part right and the rest will be much easier. If you have acne, get rid of it. See a dermatologist. Go for facials. Invest in proper skincare. You might say that concealor is your best friend as it hides all your flaws. Yes, it does, especially if you’ve got a really good one. But let’s say you have acne that protrudes 3mm from the surface of your skin. When the light – whether sunlight or indoor lighting – lands on your face from above, the bumps will be shown for all to see because they have shadows. And then suddenly, you’re not so fresh anymore. You could apply 3mm thick of makeup on the rest of your face, but makeup that much is usually reserved for the opera.

 

2) Pick the Right Foundation

Once you’ve sorted out any serious skin issues, you can move on to getting the right second base. Choose a foundation that has at most a medium coverage to let your skin’s natural glow shine through. If you have dry, mature skin, pick a liquid foundation that has a dewy finish. At the moment, I’m using BECCA’s Boudoir Skin Mineral Powder. It does not clog pores and works well as a foundation for such a look.

 

3) Cheek Colour

Stay away from heavy blush, bronzer and contour powders. Pick something rosy and natural. Illuminating powders and creams work great to enhance the features of your face that pop out, and this adds dimension without going overboard. Areas to highlight include the cheekbones, the T-zone, the Cupid’s bow and the chin. I recommend Laneige’s latest Love in Bloom Sculpting Blusher, which acts more as a highlighter than a blush. The compact also has a brown shade, which you can use to contour and shape the nose without having it look too made-up and artificial.

 

4) Keep the Eyes Simple

Eyes are the windows to a girl’s soul. There’s no point in shrouding them in smoky mystery here. Use neutral shades just to add depth to the crease. To add a bit of life to your eyes, use shimmery eyeshadow shades. If you’ve got any of the Urban Decay Naked Palettes, this is a great opportunity to play around with the colours in there. Skip heavy eyeliner and mascara. Lashes should be kept light and simple – nothing feathery, congested or heavy. If you like coloured contact lenses, go for it.

 

5) Gleaming Lips

Put some gloss on! You can either pick a gloss that is already coloured, or you can use a lipstick or lip tint, followed by a layer of clear gloss in the middle of your lips. I prefer the latter because the colour stays on longer, especially if tints are used. Maybe try your hands on Benetint, BECCA’s Beach Tint, Clinique’s Chubby Stick Moisturising Lip Colour Balm and YADAH’s Angel Lip Tint and Cheek Stain.

 

 

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Get picture perfect hair with these simple tips!

Picture Perfect Series: Great Hair Every Day

 

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Get picture perfect hair with these simple tips!

 

Never dismiss hair as something extra that doesn’t matter much with regards to your outer appearance. When we take care of our looks, we usually start with our skin, teeth and then our clothes but we should never neglect our manes of glory because they complete the picture. A pretty girl never looks nice with dry, wiry, frizzy hair so here are some steps to follow when taking care of it, apart from not heading outdoors with a head that’s dripping wet all over.

 

1) Use a Proper Shampoo

Believe it or not, hair care starts with the shampoo we use daily. Pick one that is just right for your hair type, such as whether it is fine, coarse, limp… or whether you have a dry or oily scalp. Some shampoos have a whole list of beneficial ingredients in them, promised to add vitality and shine (and whatever else) but note that if you use a shampoo that is too rich, it can cause hair loss. If you find that a particular shampoo dries you up, find another one from a different brand altogether. Don’t worry about wastage because you can use the abandoned shampoo for your makeup brushes. Sometimes, shampoo comes jumbo-sized. I always pick the smaller bottle when first trying it out so that I can test it before committing to it. Some good brands are Phyto and Schwarzkopf (if you’re located in Singapore, these brands can also be found here).

 

2) Condition Your Tresses

Conditioning is what helps to lock moisture in your hair strands so don’t forgo this step. Do this for the lower half of your hair length and keep product away from the scalp because it can be hard to wash off. Personally, I prefer leave-in conditioners because I really don’t have the time to wait for 3 minutes in the shower and then spend the next 5 washing it off properly. What I do is towel dry my hair, let it air for a while till it’s almost dry and then add some essence and hair oil. The hair essence I’m using is Iljin Cosmetics’ Arte Iljin Calon Cortex Essence Hair Serum that contains phyto keratin and camelia oil; and the hair oil I’m using on my ends is Skinfood’s Extra Virgin Olive Essence. This step in a hair care regimen is often underestimated but I must say that it’s the most important one in keeping my hair shiny, smooth and healthy!

 

3) Skip the Dye if You Can

Dyeing your hair too often results in hair that is lacklustre and dry due to the chemicals used in the process. Refraining from this will help to prolong the life of your hair. If you definitely have to do it, make sure you go to a reputable salon and put your trust in the stylists and the products used there. In my experience, higher end salons generally use products of better quality. If you don’t like the particular brand of hair dye that a salon uses, even if the stylist is great, go to another one. A dye job is not cheap and it would surely be better if you put your money where it’s worth. Anyhow, if you’ve never dyed your hair, it’s best to leave it au naturel unless you’re sure you have the money for touch-ups (and further treatments for dye-damaged hair) every few weeks.

 

4)  Perfumes are A No-No

Spraying perfume on your hair is not only unnecessary, it also sucks the moisture out of it. I know this could be an issue for some girls, especially office ladies who have to visit hawker centers for lunch and end up stinking of food when they return to work after that. I suggest tying your hair into a bun to prevent as much smell particles from getting to it as possible. If not, just pack food from home. It’s also much healthier this way. Hair perfumes are not that great a problem solver either, so if you can, spend your money elsewhere.

 

5) Pamper, Pamper, Pamper

Your hair is a part of you so why not give it a little treat now and then? Apart from the hair cutting services of a stylist that you trust, engage in pampering treatments too! These may be a bit pricier than normal but your hair will come out rejuvenated (like your skin after a good spa session) and silky smooth a la Jennifer Aniston. If you have the time, say on weekends, towel-wrap your hair with some hair mask on while you soak in the tub with some champagne, bath oil, and aromatherapy candles burning at the sides. Mmm, bliss.

 

 

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Fan Bingbing brings out the Asian glam.

Picture Perfect Series: Dress Right for Chinese New Year

 

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Fan Bingbing brings out Asian glam.

 

Chinese New Year is just around the corner and I’m getting pretty excited about it! Thinking about getting together with relatives, mahjong, snacks, red packets, chocolate coins and everyone just being happy and in the festive mood is bringing smiles to my face. Here’s how you can look picture perfect on the lion dance-filled day.

 

1) Wear Something Light

By “light,” I mean something that is airy and doesn’t trap heat. Now that the Monsoon season is over, the sun is taking over its throne again. You’d want to enjoy the time having fun and nothing’s going to be a better mood spoiler than being all sweaty (pit stain alert) and gross. You might even end up stinking and then nobody will want to play Dai Di (a local card game) with you. Jeans are out and so is anything that covers you from head to toe. Long sleeved tops? You’re in for trouble. Even turtle necks should be avoided! Mini skirts are great, especially the flowy kinds. Skater dresses would be perfect. But since it will look weird with everyone skating door to door, I also recommend cheongsams that end above the knee, bodycon dresses and actually basically anything that is a short dress.

 

2) Wear Something Bright

Chinese New Year is all about new beginnings and fresh starts. Leave the baggage of dreary pasts behind and walk into the sunlight. Bright, cheery colours should be in the spotlight this season every year. There is a reason the older folks detest black on this day (and actually every other day too but even more so during festive occasions) but you don’t have to grab everything red that you see on clothes hangers in stores. If you’re wearing a cheongsam, something with light colours and hand-sewn silk floral patterns would make everyone very happy. For guys, if you’ve got that Kenzo shirt you’ve been meaning to wear, this is the time to put it on. If you do get something red, rejoice for you can wear it again on National Day.

 

3) Keep the Face Clean

Imagine Fan Bingbing pulling off a Nicki Minaj in the ensemble above. Nah.

If you’re going to be visiting several relatives, it’s going to take up the entire day. Therefore, refrain as much as possible from putting on too much makeup because it’s going to get grimy by the time you get home. You’d want to look picture perfect every time you visit someone else. Go for a facial a couple of days before the first day of visiting for deep cleansing. Keep makeup simple and bright. I don’t mean using red eyeshadow with gold sparkles. Try a neutral shimmer eyeshadow to brighten up the eye area. Highlight cheekbones and under the browbones. Skip the contouring altogether. Look fresh like tulip blooms, not made up. Avoid dark and stern lip colours and try glosses for the added shine instead. If you’re a lipstick kind of girl, I suggest L’Oreal’s Color Riche Made for Me Intense Lipstick in #379 Sensual Rose.

 

4) Ditch the Clutch.

Unless it’s a big one. If you’re unmarried and haven’t any kids, chances are, you’re going to get quite a bit of red packets and you’ll want to have something at hand to store them in. Betting tables are going to be put up and you might even win big. It’s pointless to lug around a huge bag too because it’s highly unlikely that mandarin oranges are going in there. Totter about with a handbag instead. Just something big enough for red packets, extra coins, some candy and your personal valuables; and something small enough that will not be cumbersome and heavy.

 

5) Sport a Chignon.

If you pair your cheongsam with a classic low chignon, bam! You’ve got it spot on. Nothing says it better that you’re really into this whole Chinese New Year celebration. Engage the use of hair bun rollers to help achieve this look effortlessly. They’re really easy to use and won’t take long. Use hair spray over it to hold the chignon in place. And, back to the terribly hot weather, it’s going to help you stay cool for longer.

 

 

TODAY’S RANDOM

 

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Candlelight dinner for two, yes please.

Picture Perfect Series: Candlelight Dinner Date

 

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Candlelight dinner for two, yes please.

 

It’s been a while since I wrote something in this series and I decided that the holiday season is a good time to write one about looking good on a candlelight dinner date. Now that the holidays and the year-end are near, people are feeling more relaxed than usual. Bonuses are given out and I suppose this means higher chances of you getting asked out! So how should you dress up so that if someone came and took a picture of you, you’d look picture perfect?

 

1) Makeup

Play up your most important feature. Follow the rule to enhance and bring it out, while toning down the rest. However, not too much makeup should be used, because honestly, guys prefer women who look presentable – not scary. Don’t head out to a candlelight dinner with too much glitter on the eyes – as if going for a hen’s night in Vegas – even though you’d want your date to be able to see your eyes under the dim lighting. If the place you’re going to has lighting that’s too dark, it’s the wrong place. Skip the red lips if it’s your first dinner together because although it’s sexy, it can scare some guys away. However, make sure you wear a long wearing lipstick or risk having to touch up regularly throughout the meal. A simple evening smoky eye with long lashes should do the trick. Nothing too heavy – remember this. You don’t need shadowing of the cheek hollows either – just highlighting your cheekbones will do; Candlelight can give you facial features you never knew you had.

 

2) Let Your Hair Down

It’s a dinner date. So, it should be relaxed, chilled, and fun. It’s a time when you and your guy spend some hours getting to know each other better. Let your hair down. Let him see how you normally look when you’re not on the job. Of course, do style it nicely – it’s a date after all. Curl it, straighten it, volumise it. Whatever it is, do something to show that you take care of your looks even when you’re just being you. In other words, show him your feminine side. Leave the hair clips and hair bands at home. If you’ve got a fringe that gets in the way when you work, this is the time to let it down.

 

3) Accessorise, But Not Too Much

It’s always good to accessorise and look put together. Earrings, rings, bracelets or a cute necklace charm. But don’t overdo this because you don’t want your date to  be distracted every time you reach out for that glass of champagne or cut that steak. Pick something that goes with your attire. A simple sparkly necklace charm could do the trick. You could also wear a set of accessories, you know, the ones that come together when you buy them.

 

4) Proper Dressing

I think most people know and agree with this. Always dress proper where ever you go, but you should keep this in mind even more when going for a candlelight dinner date. Chances are, the restaurant’s guests are also going to be well dressed and you don’t want to look like Snooki in a sea of elegant Tilda Swintons. I’m not saying wear a gown because while you should be properly dressed for the occasion, you aren’t going to a ball and you don’t want to scare your date away (picture him wearing FCUK and you wearing a red Valentino). Unless, of course, you are going somewhere that requires a ball gown, in which case he should be in a tuxedo.

 

5) Shoes That Maketh a Lady

I’m a heels kind of girl so I’d say always wear a pair of heels when heading out to dinner with a guy, especially if it’s one of your first dates. However, make sure you wear something comfortable (like Jimmy Choos) because you don’t know where the night will lead and how long it’s going to be. You might end up going to other places after dinner and you’re going to have to walk in those heels. If that happens, you can only blame yourself for choosing the pretty but hurting-as-hell shoes. Some might ask, why heels when you can wear something that’s easier to walk in? Well, mainly because heels, rather than flats, usually go better with formal outfits. Also, I’d suggest leaving the Alexander McQueen alligators at home.

 

 

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Isn’t this cute? The boyfriend sent this to me. I call this “The Pufferbird,” y’all.

 
 

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Red carpet glam.

Picture Perfect Series: Everyday Glam Like a Celebrity

Celebrities that we all know and love manage to look good all the time, no matter if they are just shopping downtown, enjoying a summer respite with ice cream, taking a flight at the airport or attending a red carpet event. It’s true that normal people like us don’t have stylists at our beck and call but there are things that we can manage on our own, given a little time and effort. In this second installation of the Picture Perfect Series, I present 6 simple tips to look celebrity-worthy everyday of the week.

 

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Red carpet glam.

 

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Everyday glam is possible and you don't have to be a star.

 
 

1) It’s All About the Hair

 

Celebrities are rarely photographed with terrible hair. Therefore, make use of your hair styling tools, like the curling or straightening irons, as well as hair serums, masks and conditioners. Tresses are important because in a way, they indicate the health and lifestyle of a person. Dyed hair must not have grown out roots showing; retouch those often. Bring out the shine! The bounce! The flare! Healthy hair is a sign of a happy, well taken care of person. Trim the ends every 2 months to prevent split ends.

 

Having a bad hair day? Well, the answer to that is to tie your hair up in any of the many trendy styles currently seen in magazines. Buns, braids, side braids, fish tail braids, the high and low pony tails… etc. If tied hair isn’t your thing, simply throw on a beret, cap or sun hat!

 
 

2) Perfect Skin

 

We all know that even celebrities have problem skin sometimes. However, with the power of makeup they don’t let it show. Once you know your skin type, you should know the kind of foundation that works for you. To look your best, I recommend moisturiser, face primer, concealor and then foundation.

 

Moisturiser and face primer make for a smooth canvas to work on, so makeup application goes on better. Concealor works best when you have flaws that you want to keep hidden, like eyebags, freckles or acne scars. However, sometimes, freckles can be kinda cute. If you have oily skin and you prefer liquid foundation to powder ones, brush on some compact powder as a finish instead of dusting loose powder. Compacts can absorb more oil than loose powder and therefore you just need a very thin layer.

 
 

3) Come Hither Nails

 

Never ever bite your nails no matter how tempting it might be. It’s not only bad hygiene but it also makes your nails look terrible and people might think you’re starving all the time! You don’t need manicured nails 24/7 but if you like them a little dressed up, anything goes as long as the colours haven’t half-flaked. The classic French is labelled “classic” for a reason. If you’re in the mood for something brighter, try hip summer colours like neon orange and fuchsia.

 

Cracked nails are a big no-no, and so are nails that look like talons (i.e. too long and sharp). The colours and designs you have on should also match what you wear. The final thing to remember is to try to keep all your nails at the same length relative to one another.

 
 

4) Body Fur

 

Your legs should be shaved/waxed/epilated and so should your underarms. Moustaches must go and brows must be trimmed. Unibrows never look good. Never. If you have a beard, any beard at all, laser it completely off! Tiny hairs on your fingers, back of the hand and toes should go too – we are’t hobbits, we’re hairless fairies. Once you get rid of unnecessary hair, try applying moisturiser on your legs to give them a healthy glow. If you still aren’t convinced about shaving off your underarm hair, watch this video below:

 


 
 

5) Accessorise

 

Whenever celebrities hit the red carpet or even head outdoors to be seen by the paparrazzi, most of the time, they are endorsed by brands wanting to promote their names. At gala events like the Oscar Awards Ceremony, they are adorned with jewellery from luxury brands. However, most people aren’t as privileged and/or aren’t able to afford such precious bauble.

 

It doesn’t matter if you don’t have a Cartier or a Tiffany. You can still make do with something light or statement-making, so long as you match it well with whatever else you wear. At least have something, be it a ring, pearl studs, a necklace with a cute charm or bangles. Accessories don’t have to be ultra bling or be made from exquisite gems to let other people know that you are aware of how you look and that you take pride in presenting yourself well.

 
 

6) The Poise

 

Now that you have it all together, the final thing you must know is the poise. Be confident of who you are and how you look. You don’t need to be thin or have big boobs to be sexy or hot – everyone knows that.

 

Know your best angle when taking pictures. If you aren’t sure, practise at home in front of the mirror or take many self portraits at different angles to find that perfect fit. Don’t walk. Sashay. Take your steps as if you’re on the runway and all eyes are on you. Look straight ahead (but of course, do look where you’re going so you don’t step on dog poop), lift your chin up and straighten your shoulders. Finding it hard to keep that posture? Regular yoga and pilates are some body toning exercises that will help. When you know you look good, even last minute camera clicks can capture a good impromptu picture.

 
 

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It's raining, so what do you do?

Picture Perfect Series: Looking Good on Rainy Days

It’s the rainy season now in Grenoble and after having to fight insects and hair getting stuck on my lip gloss (eeks, I know), wet socks and cold winds, I thought I’d share some tips on how to look camera-ready at all times even when the weather makes heading outdoors a bummer.

 

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It's raining, so what do you do?

 

1) Fight the Wind

Usually when it rains, there’s also quite a bit of wind, which makes it worse because then your umbrella can be rendered useless (unless you are like this lady). Fight the wind in all sense! Tie your hair up loosely at the back or make a fish tail braid to one side if you’ve long hair.

If you’d like to wear a skirt, make sure it’s knee-length and bodycon. Going any longer will result in a wet bottom hemline (*splish splash* when you’re walking) and any shorter will make for a hard time trying to keep it down. If your skirt is flared, the sides can get wet when the wind blows and they get out of your umbrella’s “protection zone.”

 

2) Use an Umbrella

When it’s sunny, you get the hats and shades out. So, when it’s rainy, you get the umbrella out. Keeping rain water away and making sure you’re dry means you don’t fall sick and the time and effort you spent on your hair isn’t wasted. Have you noticed how frizzy your hair becomes when it gets in contact with the rain? Rain water is also bad for the scalp because environmental pollutants are found in it and when we absorb the water, we take in those pollutants too.

 

3) Smack on that Lip Gloss

Just because the weather is dull and gloomy doesn’t mean you have to look the same! When everything else is grey and sombre, put on some lip gloss to brighten things up! Now that you’ve got the umbrella over your head and your hair tied proper, you don’t have to worry about things getting stuck on your kissy kissy. Personally, I feel that applying lip gloss on a rainy day really puts me in a much happier mood.

 

4) Waterproof Your Makeup

When Plan A fails, we usually head for Plan B. Here, Plan A failing means maybe your umbrella gets stolen while you’re in the cafe or it upturns when the wind is too strong. Then, Plan B means using waterproof makeup. If there arises a scenario where you have to get in the rain even for a little while, chances are you’re going to get some water on your face. While you can’t waterproof your hair or clothes, you can definitely use that special mascara or eye liner that won’t come off with water. Nobody wants to look like Sadako after all. I also recommend using an eyeshadow primer so the colours on your lids don’t run.

 

5) Slip on Proper Footwear

When it rains, the last thing you need is wet feet that won’t get dry. Ditch your Havaianas, Birkenstocks, as well as other non-waterproof shoes. Heels are fine, really. Any girl can rock a pair of pumps when it rains, so long as it’s not made of cloth or leather. Platforms are great because your feet are actually higher above the ground so they don’t get wet as easily as if, say, you were wearing loafers. I like wearing heels when it rains because the back of my shoes don’t flip ground water back up onto my calves or jeans.

The best option, though, is boots! This is the perfect time to wear those thigh-highs because not only do they protect your feet, they also protect your knees from the cold winds. C’est parfait!

 
 

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