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Beauty Basics: The Foundation to Fabulous (Facing the Facts)

So, you have read all of the fashion magazines, gossip magazines, and internet blogs and still don’t know how to be fabulous like your favorite celebrity? Well then this is the article for you! Think of this as beauty boot camp, it will provide you with the foundation of what it takes to be fabulous. All you need to do is devote a little time, make a few minor adjustments, and purchase a few products to start. So without further ado, let’s get building, you are now officially under construction. Every morning, you wake up and look in the mirror, what do you see? Do you see your inner diva glowing with soul-satisfying perfection or do you see a dowdy version of yourself? If your answer is the latter, then take heart, this is where we begin. Next time you are looking in the bathroom mirror, under good lighting of course, take note of what you see. Do not judge or criticize, just take note. Are your eyebrows well groomed? Is your skin clear? Do you have any foreign facial hair? Ask yourself these questions and jot down your answer. These are the first areas to be reckoned with in your journey to diva-dom. Initial Attack In the case of eyebrows and foreign facial hair, ask around or look up local hair salons and day spas. Call and check out prices and ask question about experience of personnel performing these functions. In my experience, an eyebrow wax goes for about $25 at an average salon in a larger city. For removal of additional facial hair, prices are comparable and you could get a discount if you are getting your whole face waxed. Another option, if you are not comfortable with waxing, is having your eyebrows threaded. Whatever option you choose, it is best to seek out a professional. DO NOT attempt to try this on your own the first time you get it done. Going to a professional will ensure that your eyebrows are shaped in a complementary style to the shape of your face. It will also be good to know how often you need to have it done. You will see an immediate, more feminine difference in the appearance of your face immediately. For matters of the skin, you have several options available to you. First, if your budget allows, you can seek the help of a dermatologist or other certified skin specialist to assess any skin problems you may have. A second, more price conscious option, is to research information about skincare on the internet. There are even many sites that sell products that have skincare analysis tools that can get you on the right path to beautiful skin. Establishing a consistent regimen will be essential to your success. A great complementary option in either case is exercise. Try and sweat every day. Daily exercise and therefore daily sweating will help you get a clearer more vibrant complexion. Sweat will help expel the impurities from your skin at a faster rate than if you didn’t sweat on a regular basis. Whatever you decide, drinking water, one of the oldest and cheapest skincare remedies is a must. Try and shoot for 8-10 8oz. glasses of water per day. The Next Step So your face is groomed and you have found a skincare regimen that works for you, now what? Now it is time to deal with the ultimate in being a diva, cosmetics. This is a multi-billion dollar industry with products to suit every taste, complexion,and skin issue. So where do you start? Start by educating yourself, similar to proper skincare, the internet is also a great tool to find out about cosmetics. Found out about the different types, find out about what the basics are for proper application, and even watch videos on sites like YouTube to see how the pros do it. Once you feel confident in what the basics and what cosmetic lines you feel would work best with your skin type and complexion, you have several options. You can go to a major department or cosmetic store and get a free makeover by a professional, just be aware that you are expected to purchase at least one of the products used in your makeover. For a more budget conscious shopper, there are some amazing cosmetic lines available at your local drugstore. Brands like Revlon, Maybelline, Max Factor, and many others make great products at reasonable prices. Maybe start with a foundation and, using the tips and tricks you have learned from your research, practice application until you have perfected it. The secret of a true diva is that she is able to look and be absolutely fabulous at all times. One factor contributing to this comes from knowing how to apply her makeup efficiently and flawlessly and making the entire process seem totally effortless!

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