Beauty Tips from Countessa

Countessa of Countessa's ClosetCountessa from Countessa’s Closet is a long-time  friend and when she has offered these beauty tips for the New Year as a comment on the site, I decided to make her advice more visible for all our readers to enjoy and benefit. So enhance your most feminine every day look with a fresh and clean style.from the expertise of Countessa

Your Eyes

If you wear eyeliner it should only be black on the upper eye at the lashes, never brown as that will age the eye and make it look tired. Above the lashes, a liquid eyeliner is best as it will last longer and not smear. I have heard some problems with gel eyeliners from some as it does get into the eye and is hard to remove.

You may use a youthful color on the outside of the lower eyelid or a bit inside the eyelid in a soft fine line. Never use black or brown under the eye but a soft toned color.

eyesIf your eyes are blue, soft navy or a deep jade is great for below and /or inside the bottom eyeline and should only be done with a pencil or a makeup crayon, never any gel or liquid eyeliner. The colors jade or blue will enhance the eyes if they are green, blue or hazel. Brown eyes should use jade green or a soft brown for a way to enhance the eyes. Be careful with liquid eyeliner not to get it INSIDE THE LOWER LID. It will burn and not work at all and will flow into the eye.If you should get liquid eyeliner inside the eye, use a cloth to remove it gently.or rinse the eye out. Never use tissue as it has wood fibers and will cause the fibers to go into the eye and then you really have a problem.. <wink>

Try to stay away from purple eye shadows and blues as that will also age the eye. Shimmer and glitter shadows, as well as glitter blushes, will fully age the eye as they tend to enhance the look of wrinkles particularly if you are over 40 years of age. Never use glitter unless you are on stage! It’s really that simple… it will always age the skin and get into the creases

Rosy-Cheeks_optYour Cheeks

 Cheeks, as we age, tend to look softer and more youthful with a peach blush.or even a soft coral blush, rather than a pink or rose tone.

lipstickYour Lipstick

 Lipstick should be a soft deep coral for all skin tones or a soft red or deep red for brunettes For blondes, softer tones tend to offer a softer look…such as a lively soft coral, a rose tone or even a good lipliner in deeper colors and lighter colors in the center…never lipsticks with purple tones that will make the teeth look a bit discolored and also make the skin tone look harsh..

If you two-tone your lipstick, no matter what color or skin tone you are, you can always do this, but remember the lip liner pencil should always be at least two shades darker than your inner lipstick color to enhance the lips and make them usually look larger and fuller.

hairYour Hair

 Short hair tends to age the face and longer hair to the shoulder tends to soften the features… for the TG woman short hair is usually a no no! Male faces are usually a bit longer and or wider so remember short hair will show all that. Longer hair that is softly flowing to the shoulder or just below it will definitely soften the features. It will also make the chin look longer or wider. A good hair length is to the shoulders or a bit longer. This will offer a softer more feminine look and style. And if you do wear very short hair, remember to get those sideburns removed.

Long bangs tightly swept across the forehead are not at all flattering. Have them trimmed or get a full soft bang across the forehead. A soft slightly FLUFFED bang will take away years, cover any forehead lines and make the forehead look softer and much more feminine

We all tend to hate to wear wigs if we must do it daily but it’s best to do so until your hair grows at least just past your shoulders and falls to the shoulder. Soft short do’s to at least the shoulder are much more feminine and do not show the male shape of the head.

Hair should be for the best look, either highlighted or in a mixed tone, never just black or brown or yellow blonde.. That will also age the look. .Blonde tones should be either frosted or with some sort of highlight if possible and never yellow or a white shade as that also will harden the features. If you dye your hair be sure it does not get frizzy as that means it is burnt from over processing and will break off easily..

Soft auburns and strawberries and highlighted browns or auburn highlighted browns are best to show off those gorgeous eyes and also will make the hair look so much more real.

All eye colors look so much more vibrant with red or strawberry tones in the hair. A frosted touch to the hair or highlighted hair is great. Never make the hair just blonde or brown or flat black.

Browns always look so much better if they are deep browns with a bit of auburn highlights or a soft sort of auburn film over the dark brown color.. Never ever wear an ash brown that will make your skin look sallow and grayish.

padded buttYour Body

 Male heads, hands and feet are shaped differently than genetic female hands and feet and heads… Even shoulders are shaped differently. Sorry but that is the truth and a fact of life.

Heavy padding of the hips and buttocks never looks real. but often if you ask a gal in the community or a close friend, you will find they never wish to hurt your feelings and will always say you look great or just fine!..

beautiful handsYour Hands

One very important thing to remember. everyone will judge you by the cleanliness of your fingernails and how they look. It is a known fact that in business interviews and in all business or whenever you talk to others, they will always notice your hands.. You just can’t hide them unless you wear gloves all the time !!!

Keep your nails clean and clean under the nails at all times. Dirty or chipped nails or nails that have chipped polish tend to make the hands look older and others think your hands are dirty. Think about this and you will notice a difference.

If you don’t wish color than always use a top coat on the nails to protect them. If you are on hormones always keep a top coat on your nails and it will keep them from discoloring and getting lines in them or chipped so easily. Keeping your nails clean and freshly polished or clean and well kept looking will really look better, look cleaner and also make you look a bit more professional and feminine. If you have shorter nails just remember to keep them clean and never with chipped or faded polish. Short nails are truly unfeminine but as I am a fashion designer I must keep my nails short as I can snag a most expensive fabric or garment. I keep them clean at all times, wash them every time I hit the shower with a nail brush and try to keep them filed and chip free.

Shorter nails do not really look great with polish but clear coats and using a white nail pencil under the nail will keep them fresh and clean looking and also so much more feminine and healthy.

As illness often goes thru the hands,.remember to keep your hands clean and keep a bit of hand lotion in your glove box or in your car at all times. Soft pretty hands will do so much more for you anywhere you are then dry cracked chipped nails that don’t look like you take care of yourself…

Clean hands and well kept nails make you look so much more enticing and clean in the way you live, work and take care of yourself and this says much to others especially at work or out for the night..

happy smileAlways try to smile when possible when you are talking casually to others, but not a big wide smile but a soft sweet smile when you meet or greet others. It does offer a much more welcoming feeling and brings a warmth to any conversation.

Happy New year to all and I wish you all a most wonderful and fulfilling year ahead

Be sure to visit Countessa’s Closet  online or at her store in Studio City, CA



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