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Correct Dress Sense - Lifestyle Articles - Love Ambassadors Ministries


by Ayo Harmony

The trends in fashion have evolved and changed tremendously over the years, and along with it came many make-up blunders that people (especially ladies) make. In this article we will take a look at the common fashion mistakes and then also examine the way to handle them. You can look great and feel good about your appearance on every occasion if you learn to pay attention to the little details. Ignoring these blunders can be counter productive. The effects may not be obvious at the moment but in the long run it adversely affects ones confidence and poise socially.

    1. Common mistake: Using conditioner all over your hair.

    Most people apply conditioner as they do shampoo, starting at the top of the head and working it all the way through the hair. But it is important to understand that it is the hair closest to the roots that are healthy because it is the new growth. It's the ends that are older and more likely to be damaged and will need conditioning. Apart from wasting product, conditioning the roots can weigh your hair down and make it look greasy. The better way to apply conditioner is to start at your ears and apply your conditioner all the way to the ends, and not all over your hair. You will not just gain volume and will not have to wash your hair often.

    2. Common mistake: Applying foundation on your face without giving the moisturiser time to dry.

    The creaminess of a moisturiser can cause make-up to thin out if the moisturiser hasn't had enough time to soak into the skin. This can result in a blotch and ultimately limit the amount of coverage your foundation can offer throughout the day. Rather you should wait for about 60 seconds or until the moisturiser is absorbed before you apply the foundation. You may also blot your face with a tissue after moisturising and then apply foundation.

    3. Common mistake: Spraying on perfume after you are dressed.

    Some perfumes can stain fabric and some fabric fibres can make certain perfumes smell unpleasant when sprayed on them. Fragrance is formulated to be applied to the skin, where it interacts with the heat of the body. So before dressing, lightly dab or spray your perfume unto the skin at one or two of the 'pulse-points' - knees, wrists, base of the throat and behind the earlobes. Also of note is that you should not rub your wrist together. This breaks down a perfumes molecular structure and its effectiveness.

    4. Common mistake: Plucking your eyebrow too close to the mirror.

    When you are focused on every little hair you don't keep track of the shape of the entire eyebrow. Consequently a thin and uneven eyebrow results. So, place a large mirror near a window, where you can have sufficient light, and then step back a few feet to survey your whole face. Your eyebrows should be in proportion to your face shape and the placement and size of your features. Move closer to the mirror and begin tweezing. Step back after every few hairs to check the symmetry of your brows.

    5. Common mistake: Neglecting your neck when applying creams.

    When you take care of your face, don't stop at the chin. The skin on your neck is thinner and more sensitive than the skin on your face and just as prone to changes in pigment, elasticity and texture- and yes, to wrinkles. When applying moisturiser cream to your face, also cover your neck and even chest (spread some on the back of your hands, to another vulnerable area). A separate neck cream is not necessary. Your day and night face moisturiser, as well as most treatment creams should work just as well on your neck. But if you use products containing alpha hydroxyl acids or retinols, do a spot-test first.

    6. Common mistake: Over medicating blemishes.

    Argh! You have a break out, so you blast it with a spot cream. Then for good measure, you use it again and again. Most of these treatments contain acids that penetrate the skin for hours after they are applied. Overuse can result in a bum that causes redness, peeling and irritation. Follow the directions on the medications package. Most say to use it once or twice a day. Avoid drying out your skin. Do not over medicate blemishes.

    7. Common mistake: Bathing or showering until your body and hair feels squeaky clean.

    The sound may be satisfying but it also indicates that either by staying too long in the shower or bath or by scrubbing too vigorously, you've removed the natural oils and lipids that seal in the moisture and protect your skin and hair. A better way to it is to first evaluate your tools and products. A hard sprayer or a medicated shampoo may be stripping your skin and hair. In general, try to limit your shower or bath time to ten minutes or less and use warm not hot water.

    8. Common mistake: Using moisturiser to reduce puffiness around the eyes.

    A salty diet, among other things can cause fluid retention around the eyes. Step away from the eye cream. Hydrating ingredients hold water in the skin. So moisturisers and eye creams may make your eyes look even puffer. If the skin around your eye is puffy but not red, irritated or itchy, apply a cold compress on an ice pack for ten to fifteen minutes. You could also follow up with a light weight eye gel containing caffeine. If your eye area is puffy, red, irritated or itchy, see a dermatologist. You may have an allergic rash.

I believe this helps a whole lot of ladies who from time to time find themselves making these mistakes. Always remember that your outward beauty as a lady is not all you have. You have a more enduring inner beauty, which the Bible says is more precious in the sight of God, and should be in your sight. Therefore as you seek to look beautiful and trendy on the outside, let your outward beauty also reflect your inner beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit of submission.

Do not let your adornment be merely outward - arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel - rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God. 1st Peter 3: 3-4.