Monday, 6 December 2010

Does your hairstyle and hair color matches your face? How about your makeup?

By Angeline Tan

Hi everyone, I hope you all are doing well.

Today, I'll be sharing with all of you on some tips to look out for to create a better YOU by just make a few changes and opening your sight by bringing yourself to another scale to see things.
There are a few things to have to know about yourself when it comes to personal imaging...
For example:
What is your face-shape and your head-shape?
What about your hair texture?
What is the color of your skin?
What type of color suits your hair and skintone?

When you've got all those points figured out, you'll then realize that it's simple to make choices on hairstyles, hair color, and also your make up.
This does not just apply to woman but even men too!

Let's start with your face-shape & head-shape
Face-shape classifies into a few types:

- Considered to be one of the best face shapes, an oval face shape is supposed to carry off any hairstyle with style. An oval face shape is such that the cheekbones are slightly wider that the forehead and the chin. If you have an oval shape, you can practically carry off any hairstyle - long, short, medium, straight, curly, etc.
Round - A round face does not have sharp angles and is characterized by wide cheeks and softer edges or corners near the jaw-line as well as the forehead. For a round face, the trick is to add length and make it look a bit longer than what it is. A hairstyle or cut that is layered maximum at the top and narrows down as it tapers down is best suited for a round face.
Triangle - A face shaped like a triangle has a narrow forehead and wide jaw-line. Sometimes, the cheeks and cheekbones are also wider than the forehead. For such a face, short and voluminous hairstyles are the best bet. A triangle face shape will be balanced with lot of curls on the top and a short length hair cut.
Inverted Triangle - The opposite of a triangle, an inverted triangle face shape is characterized by a wide forehead and narrow cheeks, jaw bones and chin. For such a face, the best hairstyle would be the one in which the fringes rest on the forehead and a blunt cut finishes just below the chin.
Square - The square shaped face is dominated by a wide forehead and wide jaw-line. A face that has a square or sometimes a rectangular shape will look best with a hairstyle that adds volume at the top and lesser volume as it tapers down on the sides.

What type of hair texture do you have?

Straight hair is classified as a 1. There is absolutely no curl pattern in the hair. It is completely straight. Straight hair is very sleek and shiny because there is no curl pattern which allows the light to reflect off of the hair giving it a shiny finish. Some straight hair that appears dull is usually because it is damaged. Proper care is always necessary if you want beautiful healthy hair.

Wavy hair is classified as a 2 as seen in these pictures. Type 2 hair can be categorized as 2A/2B or 2C. Basically, 2A hair is fine, like the picture on the left while 2B hair is medium textured like singer Mya’s hair on the right. 2C hair is thick and coarse with a frizzier look. If you have type 2 hair, you have a wide variety of styles available to you. You can straighten the hair for a sleek look, or add tighter curls for a different look. The versatility can make the hairs texture look totally different. This hair type has a natural “S” curl pattern as it hangs.

Medium Curly Hair
Type 3 hair has a tighter curl pattern. It can be categorized at 3A/3B and 3C hair. 3A hair types have a looser curl pattern, while type 3B hair has a tighter curl pattern and type 3C hair has a tightly curly look and may look slightly kinky. This type of hair has a lot of body and can be styled in many different styles. When wet, type 3 hair easily absorbs the water and shrinks quite a bit. But it is not as shiny as straight hair because the hair cannot reflect the light as easily.

Type 3 hair is very springy. If you pull on it, it bounces back into its original curly state. This type of hair can sometimes be a challenge to straighten, especially 3C hair. However, if you blow-dry and use a hot comb or straightener the hair will have a smoother sleeker finish.

Now, talking about skin tone and hair colors. Do you by having a different color, you can have a 180degree change?
What is the color of your skin like?

For people who have dark-skin/ tanned skin, you can consider a cooler color such as Ash brown, Ash Blond, Honey Blond, or other depths of the Ash tone family. You'll notice that entire countenance of your skin-tone. For Asians, adding on highlights would be a plus point too, so as to give the entire look more dimensional and more freshened up.
Make-up tips: Complexions like these have a tendency to look muddy while wearing dark, dull colors such as navy blue, brown, or black. Use a foundation to match your skin tone. Don't try to lighten your skin with foundation, and stay with tan powder. Use coral and true red in the way of blush and lipsticks. If using eyebrow pencil, choose a color to match the eyebrows as closely as possible, but it would do well to avoid harsh black. Green or blue eye shadow would be a good choice for tan complexions but you might want to avoid brown and violet. Mascara should be black.

For people who are the "in-betweens", for example, yellow-based or you're neither very fair or dark. You may go for more neutral, depending on the style you'd like to carry. From the reds to the browns, there are so many different depth, shade, hue and tones you can play around. You may consult your personal stylist to give you a few suggestions, but of course if you have an eye of what suits you most and you can carry it well, I'll say GO FOR IT!
Make-up tips: Golden complexion is what may be described as "sallow". It is over abundant in yellow and brown and may range from light to medium dark. The more fair the complexion, the less intense makeup colors should be. A beige foundation with a tone similar to the skin is recommended. Powder may be somewhat lighter than the foundation, and have a definate peach tone. Always use blush. With such a neutral complexion reds are in order for it as well as lipstick. Eyebrow pencil should be slightly darker than the natural brows if they are pale, and if not, should match them. Never wear brown eye shadow, but intense colors to match the eyes or the color of the clothes. Black eye liner should be worn in the evening. Colors of lipstick may include orange red, coral, or true red.

Now lastly, the fair-skin people. It's actually a plus point if you're born with it! Do you know how many people in the whole world spend tones of moo-lahs ($) just to get themselves fairer? So better start embracing your skin and be thankful for it if you've been neglecting and not taking good care of it. People like you, can go for almost any & every color. This is because your advantage in the fairness of your skin gives out more light and radiance in contrast towards the hair color. Choosing red tones, will create a very sophisticated look. Brown tones, will be more neutral, at the same time also draws away the harsh feeling. Ash/blond tones, will give out a very youthful and trendy feel. But of course, that is where the make-up comes in to finish up the entire look.
Make-up tips: Cream complexion is a very desirable skin tone. It has an equal combination of yellow and red, with a touch of brown. The cream complexion needs little help in the way of foundation makeup. Choose a base that is colorless or matches your own skin tone, and a powder a shade lighter than than the foundation. Blush should match the natural color of the cheeks and may be in the range of coral, pink, or red. If the eyebrows are too pale, use an eyebrow pencil slightly darker than the hair. Try choosing an eye shadow that matches your eyes, and otherwise keep the shades light. As to eye liner, match the eye shadow in a darker value, or for evening could be dark brown or black like the mascara.

It's coming to Christmas! So start getting your essentials and getting yourself all prepped up and ready to celebrate this season! I wish you all the best!

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