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first_imgWhen was the last time you looked into the mirror and felt your heart skip a beat? Only a few of us get the chance to pay attention to our wardrobes or spend hours preening. And then, of course, it’s easiest to slip into your favourite pair of jeans or,When was the last time you looked into the mirror and felt your heart skip a beat? Only a few of us get the chance to pay attention to our wardrobes or spend hours preening. And then, of course, it’s easiest to slip into your favourite pair of jeans or stuff your overgrown hair into a ponytail and continue with your mission in life. Novelist Arnold Bennett has famously written, “Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts”. Now that the year has started to set, and there are different hues in the sky everyday, it’s time to transform yourself with just a little effort, and a lot of fun.Carve your curvesOne of the basics of looking good is dressing well. Understanding your build is essential if you want to make heads turn. Why our shoulders look broader than average, or the waist, even at its toned best, appears wider than that of a top model is because body shapes, the product of one’s skeletal build and the distribution of fat and muscles on the body, differ for each person.The coveted hourglass body has been glorified as the most desirable female form. Truth be told, only about six per cent of women actually have it, among them beauties such as Sophia Loren, Marilyn Monroe and Scarlett Johanasson. Getting and maintaining this shape is hard work in block letters. Although your body structure cannot be altered, ample exercise and the right kind of dressing can certainly help you in looking your best, which is what most of us aim to do. Body shapes commonly found in India include the pear, apple and banana. And these can look delicious in their own right.Pear: Proportion is all important here. You need to draw attention to your upper body in order to offset the wide hips. According to designers Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna, empire line dresses work well on this figure. Jasmine Singh, brand manager for ‘W’, recommends wrap dresses, A-line skirts and kurtas, and straight or wide-legged pants to make the hips look narrower. Avoid coats and pants with visible side-pockets. Go forth and flaunt your toned upper body, keeping the lower floors a smartly camouflaged mystery.Apple: The aim while dressing this body type should be to make the torso look longer and make the waist appear slimmer.V-necks that elongate the upper body and show off a little cleavage work very well on the apple-shaped body. Bohemian sleeves and layered chiffon tops have a natural slimming effect. You should avoid knitted clothes and figurehugging dresses as well as very tight jeans or trousers, and opt for well-tailored, wide cut pants instead to get your shape right.Banana: While this body can carry off almost everything with great style, it won’t be a surprise if you secretly crave for curves. Balloon dresses and shorts, gathers and pleats along with feminine chiffon dresses help in softening this shape.Who wouldn’t like flaunting endless legs? A good way to get leggy is to opt for a monochromatic look. Slim trousers in dark colours or with a little vertical piping work wonders. Team these with pointy shoes.Another mantra to help add that extra dose of glam to your wardrobe is wearing your existing clothes with chic accessories- scarves, bags, jewellery and heels in bold colours. As Gandhi and Khanna put it, even a simple black Tshirt can be turned around with the right kind of accessories.Face offadvertisementUnless you plan to walk around with a paper-bag on your head, a welldefined visage speaks volumes about your personality. The face cannot be ignored when you plan to revamp your style. If your chin is pointier than your friend’s, it’s because just like bodies, faces too differ in structure, size and contours. Each shape has its own strengths that can be accentuated to look flawless. The quickest and most inexpensive way of looking different is a good haircut and the right kind of make-up.The oval face: can sport the widest range of hairstyles. Have fun and experiment. Use a blush to highlight your cheeks. Avleen Khokhar, cosmetologist at Jafra Ruchi Cosmetics, Delhi, recommends lighter shades such as gold pink, bronze, and gold copper.The round face: needs height at the crown. Hair that is either short and swept-back or alternately long and cut close to the face will make your face appear longer and narrower. Avoid chin-length hair with a rounded line.Heart-shaped faces: require chin-length or slightly longer styles. To add an extra zing, Kaur recommends an elegant side-parted bun or a ponytail. Since the cheekbones are high, it’s best to avoid any colour on them.If you want to colour your hair this season, Sharma recommends ash, mahogany, chestnut, and deep brown. If your hair reacts to humidity like Monica from Friends, a leaveon conditioner after you wash your mane would help control the frizz and dryness.Remember, preparing your skin before using make-up is very important. Proper cleansing, toning and moisturising help make-up stay longer and reduce excess secretions, preventing break outs. Be sure to remove all traces of cosmetics at night before you go to bed.A change of season calls for a fresh start. Revamping yourself doesn’t necessarily involve an expensive shopping spree or constant trips to the beauty salon. Get creative and redefine your style with a dash of colour in this grey weather. With a little bit of ingenuity and a fair dose of experimentation, you can reclaim the reflection in your mirror.Monsoon mantrasStick to waterproof make-up. You don’t want your face to leak.Get basic. A simple eyeliner and lipstick is the way to go.Cake up. Indulge in a weekly face pack of egg white, honey and lemon.Wear clothes that let you breathe. Sweat patches are just plain ugly.Clean the pores. Avoid oil based moisturisers that clog resulting in pimples.advertisementlast_img

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