GETTING A MAKEOVER!
makeover isn't just something that happens to the lucky few that
get onto TV and have the pick of London's best make-up artists,
hairdressers and stylists. It's something that's possible for
you to do for yourself if you're prepared to assess your current
style with a critical and impartial eye. If you're up to the challenge,
the following ideas should get you started.
be afraid to experiment before you buy. Today's make-up and cosmetics
counters are much friendlier than in the past. Most now carry
lines made for men and all encourage customers to play with their
products. Some also give away free samples to encourage you to
* If you want a make-up artist to demonstrate the latest look,
contact your local beauty salon, they may be able to recommend
someone to you. Beauty salons often know or employ freelance make-up
artists who will come to your home to show you some tricks of
* If you're on a budget, invite a couple of friends over and split
the cost. You might not get so much one-to-one time, but you can
still pick up plenty of tips by watching a professional in action.
* The other 'no-cost' way to get a new look is to host a make-up
party. Ask your guests to bring their make-up bags with them -
it can be an easy way to try out new colours and looks. What's
more you can have a good nose through everyone's make-up bags
or get a friend to show you how to apply a particular product!
Find out your style. Buy some glossy magazines and rip out
any pages that match the look you like. It doesn't have to be
the whole outfit; it may be the collar on a shirt or the heel
on a shoe. Eventually you should end up with some cuttings that
tell you something about your choice of style.
with colour. Go and sit in a bar in the trendiest area near
you and observe what people are wearing. Take a notebook. This
is real fashion homework time. Note down how some people clash
colours, while others are able to mix complementary tones that
suit their overall look.
people treat denim or khaki as black and team other colours with
it, some more bravely than others. When you're out ask people
where they got their shoes, bag, etc. They'll probably be thrilled
at a compliment on their personal style and you may find many
clothes you admire come from shops you don't normally venture
style - on your terms. If you want to go a stage further,
find your local fashion college and put a card up requesting a
fashion student who can help style you for a day. Or call your
biggest local department store and find out if they have any local
stylists they use for fashion days. Their press office will have
a list of contacts.
Now you've got your outfit right, don't get thrown off course
by the wrong hair. Your hairstyle and colour are a badge of identity
which should fit in with your image - not detract from it or dictate
the experts. Seek out the most experienced hairdresser available.
It will be more expensive but you can save money later by visiting
a cheaper salon for trims or colouring. It's easy for a less experienced
hairdresser to maintain a cut if the shape or colour has already
been shaped at a top salon. Don't be intimidated by trendy salons.
Go and visit a few before you decide on one that feels right.
Do remember though, a hairdresser can only change your look -
not your life.