No matter what people say, the season's fashions are not what's important -- after all, they don't look flattering on everyone. Instead of sweating over being trendy, dress in styles that express your personality and flatter your figure. Even the newest fashions can look tacky if they don't fit properly.
Got a loose button on a jacket but don't have time to sew it back on just yet? Use a dab of clear nail polish on the threads to hold it in place ... until you can find your sewing kit, that is.
If you find black slacks or skirts that you like, buy an extra pair. Black fades quickly, but having an extra will keep your favorite clothes from wearing out too quickly.
Storing your bras incorrectly may cause the underwires to poke out after just a few wearings. To keep them from getting twisted, store your bras on a hook in your closet, rather than in a dresser drawer.
When bringing out clothes that have been in storage for awhile, try using lightly-scented water when ironing. Add some to your iron and, using the steam setting, brush it gently over your clothing. Lavendar water is a good one to use, but try any subtle scent you like.
Make your legs look longer and slimmer by matching your hose as closely as possibly to your skirt and shoes. For two-toned shoes, wear a neutral color, or try to match the lightest color in the shoes -- never wear hose darker than this!
If you want to look taller and slimmer, try wearing one color from head to toe. Not only does it work on everybody, but it's also trendy among fashion designers!
For most people, a shoulder-length cut makes the face appear slimmer -- avoid hair that is too long or too short. Use layers instead of straight lines to give your hair more body, and consider highlights in vertical sweeps. Of course, it's always best to ask your stylist's opinion!
You don't have to sign up for a special class or take up a new sport to stay in shape -- just keep moving! Everything from mowing the lawn to playing ball with your friends keeps you moving, which keeps you feeling better. Throughout the day, find reasons to move more: take the stairs instead of the elevator, or go out and walk your dog. You'...Read more
To make your face look slimmer, use two shades of blush -- the compacts with two shades work best. After you apply your usual foundation, apply the lighter shade on the apples of your cheeks, followed by the darker shade along the line of your cheekbones. Make sure to blend!
Everyone hates nail polish bottles that stick shut! To keep this from happening, coat the inside of the cap and edge of the bottle with Vaseline.
When picking out new foundation or concealer, test it on the inside of your wrist. This is the most unblemised area of skin, and will give you the best idea of how the makeup will look on your face.
Is your nail polish too thick to apply well, but not thick enough to throw out? Add a very small amount of nail polish thinner to make it last.
If you have trouble with your eyeliner or lip pencils breaking when you sharpen them, place them in the freezer for 10 minutes. This makes them slightly harder, and thus easier to sharpen.
Want a manicured look, but don't have time? File your nails into a square shape, buff them, then apply a coat of clear polish. Rub cuticle oil around the edge of the nail, then moisturize your whole hand. You'll have a polished look in less than 15 minutes!
For a healthy glow, use gel or cream blushes instead of powder in a rosy pink. These are more transparent and blend smoothly. Apply it to the apples of your cheeks and blend up towards the eyes for a natural look.
Tired of your mascara flaking off or smudging? Apply mascara only to your top lashes, then run an eyelash brush through to separate the lashes and avoid clumping and build-up.
Remember, cosmetics have expiration dates! Throw out mascara every three months, powder eye shadow every nine to 18, and cream eye shadow every six to 12. This will ensure quality make-up jobs and prevent eye infections.
It's not difficult to a salon-style blowout on your own -- it just takes a little extra time. Using a round or paddle brush, separate out sections of wet hair one at a time and dry them individually. It takes a little time to focus on each section, but it's worth it!
Hair sets best while it's cooling, and not when it's still hot from curing irons or blow dryers. Instead of applying hairspray right after drying or curling your hair, wait until it has cooled to hold the style longer.