The famous French Couturier Mme. Chanel reportedly said "To be truly elegant, the beauty on the inside must be matched with the beauty on the outside". On that I agree. But what is, the inside beauty or better known by the more popular term inner beauty” Does anyone have it, or is it just a matter of luck,like winning the genetic lottery ?
Lots of people said that inner beauty is more important than the outer one, as the outer one is merely a front, easily tweaked and manipulated. In an ideal world, beauty is more than just a skin deep, and a person is more than just a sum of her look, and apparently we shall not judge a book by its cover.
Well guess what? We live in a real world. People make a snap judgment on you during the first few seconds they look at you. When people see you, especially for the first time, your (outer) look is what they see and they based their judgment on you based on the way you look. It's quite impossible to show your inner beauty when all you have is just a few precious seconds, and in this fast moving world, a lot of times those few seconds are your one and only chance.
So yes, inner beauty is important. The way you think, you act, you speak will greatly enhance (or greatly diminish) your charm. However, do not neglect your physical beauty as it is the first thing that people notice. For the greatest effect, cultivate and enhance both of the physical and the inner beauty. Successfully done, it will be the greatest weapon a person could have.
As any other parts of the face, lips are also subjected to the passing fad. Used to be the ideal shape of the lips are the bow-shaped, lips that are drawn in a shape of a bow making them look like they are frozen in a perpetual pucker. It used extensively by the flapper of the twenties, including the silent movie stars. The bow shaped lips were proven effective to emote the messages albeit silently, as it was bold and attention grabbing. Such is the power of the lips ! (and the lips makeup). The shapes keep changing. Nowadays, the ideal are the full-fleshy lips. If you are not born with it, you can always buy it. With just several jabs of collagen or hyaluronic-acid fillers, the fat, fleshy lips can be yours. Be careful not to overdo it tho, otherwise you'll end up looking like you have a pair of duck bills instead of.
The colors are also subjected to a passing fancy. In the Space Age of the sixties, the moon boots and the futuristic minis were always be seen with a slash of matte, pale ( sometimes chalky white ) lips, while in the Age Of Aquarius, the hippies of the Seventies are chanting Mother Earth's name in a nude colored lips. Fast forward to the Eighties. The glass ceiling of the corporate world had been broken. The Lady Boss exerting her power with power suit, and for sure it would not be complete with the power red lips. And she's not alone in conveying the message through the lips. The punks and the goths of the eighties wanted to make sure their 'I don't play by ANY rules" message were conveyed by slapping on black lipstick on their lips, regaardless of the gender. will do the trick to slough off that pesky flakes. And always, always put some SPF on it, lest your lips will end up like an old leather bag, all wrinkly, dry and chapped. That, for sure, is the look that will never be take off in ANY decade!
Now anything goes. From the palest, yet warm nudes of the likes of cocoas and latte color varieties to the glossy crimson and poppy red to the weird and wonderful ombre colored lips, the choice is yours. Whatever it is that you choose, keep in mind that first and foremost, the skin of your lips must be kept in a tip-top condition. No dry, flaky skin here. Just coat it with a generous amount of lip balm and slowly rub a warm wet towel over it will do the trick to slough off that pesky flakes. And always, always put some SPF on it, lest your lips will end up like an old leather bag, all wrinkly, dry and chapped. That, for sure, is the look that will never be take off in ANY decade!
Porcelain, poreless, luminous, alabaster, glowing, sun-kissed, bronzed,,,and the list goes on. Those are the words that we often use to describe the skin.
Yes, the skin. It;s the biggest organ on our bodies. It;s our own blank canvas. We paint, scribble, scratch, stipple and even draw on it, It;s part of exercising our freedom. We bare it, we conceal it or we cover it according to our own will and the norm that dictate us.
So many thing has been done to the skin, The advance in beauty technology has enable us to preserve its youth. Nowadays one can choose how to age. If one wishes, one stay youthful-looking for as long as possible. Look at the likes of Joan Rivers and Jane Fonda...their skin is as taught and tight and smooth as women half their age, or maybe, possibly even MORE taut, tight and smooth.
However, taut, tight, and smooth are not the only qualities that make a skin beautiful. To be truly beautiful, a skin must also be plump. It must also be glowing with that elusive 'lit-from-within', incandescent glow that radiates freshness. Without that, it just looks like a skin that has been nipped and tucked once too many, making it so taut and tight that it becomes thin, transparent and glassy-looking. Not a good look. As Iman, the uber-supermodel had once famously said " when a woman reaches a certain age, she must choose between her face or her ass ". That, I think it it's true. Although with the advance of filler technology, that certain age is not necessarily associated anymore with the gaunt, hollow-cheeked look that usually comes with it. All in all, prevention is still considered the best weapon to preserve that youthful glow. That and with the right amount of shimmery blush and golden-hued bronzer , will make a woman seems to have the supernatural power to stop the hands of time. Nowadays, the answer to the quest for the youthful, glowing skin is readily available at our fingertips.How convenient is that
We always covet what we don't have.It;s the Law Of the Universe that could well be apply to hair. Women want what they don't have. Stick-straight haired gals covet for ringlets, or at least a ripple of cascading waves while the curly-haired chicks always, without a doubt, pining for a sheet of sleek hair that never turns into a fuzzball at the slightest humidity. The ones with the fine, baby hair always yearning for a bulky, full bodied Amazonian hair, whereas their thick-haired sisters often craving for the kind of smooth, glassy-swishy hair that could be styled into a neat, chic urban pixie. Yes, the green monster of jealousy often rears its head when it comes to hair.
And let's not start about the color! From the lightest blond to the fiery auburn to the darkest raven and everything in between, it becomes the identity of the wearer, A lot of time, the texture and the color of hair can also be used as a tool ( albeit inaccurate one ) to gauge the wearer's intellect, social status, temperament, state of mind ( is she out of her mind,,wearing her hair like that? ). It can even be used as a symbol of social and political movememt ( the flapper bobs in the twenties, the center parted hippies in the suxties, afro in the seventies,, the helmet power hair in the eighties ).
Regardless of that, there are still common denominators on what makes a hair beautiful. It has to has a sheen, a healthy gloss to it. It has to be free from breakage, free from the flakes. Moreover, it has to suits your lifestyle and personality, My advice is never taking it lightly, That crowning glory of yours deserves the best care and style you can afford, after all, hair is the accessories that you wear day in day out, 24/7 !
People say that the eyes are the window of the soul. That may be true, as one's state of mind can be read through the eyes. That;s why the actresses of the silent movies all wore heavy eye make up to emphasize their acts and express their feelings, to conveys the messages to the viewers as they cannot projected into words.
However, from the beauty's point of view, the eyes are one of the most versatile accessories. You can do so many things with them..play them up with smoky shadows, glittery colors, icy shades, or play them down with just a flick of mascara. Vamp them up with a slash of jet black liners and dark, sooty hues, or play innocent with Bambie-like lashes...the possibilities are truly endless! You can completely change your look simply by switching the eye make up., or make it into a signature look. Can you imagine Cleopatra (or Elizabeth Taylor as the infamous Queen Of The Nile) without the black liners?
Despite all that, what makes the eyes captivating are far beyond the make up ( although, undeniably, it certainly helps ). It;s the twinkle , the passion and the joy that radiates from them. Without them, the face would be just a lifeless canvas. A pretty mannequin without the life and the zest in the eyes are just that. Pretty, but lifeless.