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How to have the best skin ever​ ​

1.​ ​Invest in a simple but effective skin care regime

1.​ ​Invest in a simple but effective skin care regime
Dermatologists warn that the biggest beauty mistake people make is overuse of products. Using different ingredients can irritate the skin and some ingredients cancel out each other’s benefits. Get the basics right – a simple cleanser, sunscreen, moisturizer and retinol. Add on task-specific products if necessary.​ ​

2.​ ​Incorporate Retinol
Retinol unplug pores, clear up acnes, reduce fine lines, boost collagen production, fade out brown spots and improve skin texture. Opt for over-the-counter versions to be included into your anti-ageing regime starting from your 20s. Know that sensitive skin may experience dryness, flaking and redness. To counter, use retinol on alternate days and in moderate amounts. ​

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3.​ ​Give it time to work
A week is often not long enough to see if a new product is working. Changing up beauty products frequently can be counterproductive. Finish the entire tube or bottle before deciding its efficacy. Unless the product causes skin to swell or turn red, in which case you should stop immediately.

4.​ ​Apply sunscreen
Did you realize that sunbathers tend to have dry and wrinkled skin? To combat fine lines as a result of the sun, reach for a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB. SPF 30 or higher is recommended and remember to apply sunscreen even on cloudy days. As a general rule, reapply every three hours if you’re outdoor. ​

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A modern take on an age-old nail favourite

French Twist

French Twist
A modern take on an age-old nail favourite

Updated and thoroughly modern, the classic nude-and-white French isn’t exactly making a comeback, rather it’s being reimagined and the possibilities are endless.

French manicures of now are an art on its own thanks to colours, metallic, graphic sharps and negative space. They are anything but basic. French tips work best on nail’s natural oval or round shapes but that’s not to say square tips cannot benefit all the same. Simply move the tip to the side for a funky asymmetrical slant.

Take border nail art all the way lining the entire nail from the tip to sides to wrap around the nail bed for a bold take on graphics. Play up on colour contrast to push the style envelope further.

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For a more painterly approach, use a nail art brush to create lines from the French coloured tip. Set the lines with a dry brush to blend the lines with the tip. Allow design to dry for five minutes before applying a top coat.

The cornerstone of nail art, French manicure has always been, and will continue to inspire nail art.

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Frame It Up

Over plucked your brows? Fret not, help is

Over plucked your brows? Fret not, help is at hand. Fix them in 4 simple steps.

1.​ ​Let It Grow
Give it three to four weeks for eyebrows to grow back though some may take even longer. Resist from tweezing even if you spot strays. Apply clear gel over brows to help them look groomed even when they are not on their best behaviour.

2.​ ​On Speed
Rub on growth serum just before bed to hasten regrowth. Ayurveda insists that applying castor oil speeds up hair growth.

3.​ ​Shape Up
A balanced brow that perfectly frames the face is just what the beauty doctor ordered. Angular faces will benefit from a round, soft brow to play down its chiseled jawline while a long face with look considerably shorted with a straight brow. Rule of thumb to operate off – the brow should peak where the brow bone protrudes the most. Follow your bone structure for a natural arch.

4.​ ​Improvise
For brows to look fuller, use a pencil or a gel to intensify the natural arch of the brow. Choose a colour that is two shades lighter than your eyebrow hair.

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Picture Perfect

Don’t leave it to chance to capture a perfect shot. Here are 7 steps to take for

Don’t leave it to chance to capture a perfect shot. Here are 7 steps to take for that Kodak moment

1.​ ​Fill in your eye brows
The brows frame and draw attention to the face so be sure to fill them in with powder or pencil to structure your look. Fuller and longer brows open up the eyes and adds instant depth to the face.

2.​ ​Line the inner rims of your upper lid
Mimic fuller lashes by darkening the inside of your upper eyelids. Opt for the waterproof formula that lasts and last.

3.​ ​Mascara, mascara, mascara
Don’t want your eyes to disappear in the photo? Then coat the lashes with many, many coats of mascara. Length and curl the lashes to further open up the eyes.

4.​ ​Sheer coverage
Looking flawless and looking overdone are two completely different things. Yes, by all means cover up the redness and blemishes, evening out the complexion will suffice in scoring a perfect shot. And don’t forget the ears if you’re planning on tucking the hair behind. Add a little foundation to the ears so they match the mien.

5.​ ​Blusher alert
Instead of contouring your face to death, blusher over the spots that catch the light (temples, apples of the cheeks, the nose, the chin) for a balanced and healthy flush.

6.​ ​Happy shiny lips
Fake a youthful glow with well-moisturized lips. Or you can just add a dollop of gloss.

7.​ ​Good hair day
Tame flyaway hair with hair oils then brush through with a boar bristle brush for instant [hair] volume.

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