Yesterday, I stopped by my aunt’s house to visit some of my unofficial family (when you are Asian, non blood relatives become your aunts, uncles and cousins just by association and how much your family likes them) only to find that no one was home besides my cousin. To make up for wasting my gas, I saved myself like 8 dollars by stealing their magazines :)
Today’s post is inspired by People Style Watch’s 50 Beauty Tricks. All of PSW’s beauty tricks are great for every and any woman. But some of them are just stupid. Like things no one would actually bother doing.
#11 Refresh makeup in a minute by carrying a makeup bag for mini touchups…
#3 Clean brushes the easy way with brush cleaning toilettes. (The ones they offer in the magazine as an example are $18.50.. who would waste $20 on brush cleaning wipes when you can just make your own brush cleaner?? I have provided the tutorial to make your own brush cleaner just so you can see how stupid it would be to waste $20 on “convenient” wipes.)
Here are my 10 smart and quick styling tips for a curvy fashionista:
- Go for a natural waist, not an empire waist. Several fashion shows and makeover shows will say to go for an empire waist to make the waist become the focus and camouflage a tummy. But for a curvy girl with a large chest it only emphasizes the chest, making you look even more bustier than you are. I realized this mistake in my feminine lace dress from my OOTD post.
- Choose skirts that hit just 3 inches above the knee. Any shorter and you could risk looking stalky and short, an even exposing areas that harbor cellulite (ick).
- When wearing body-con dresses, opt for a dark hue and a pattern that visually confuses the eye and brings focus to your favorite parts of your body. I love body-con dresses for a night out, solid colors with out a pattern, minimal detail and/or in a light or bright color will only bring emphasis to any problem areas where your curves are most curvaceous.
- Do not fall for the “ankle strap trend.” Mary-jane pumps are gorgeous, timeless, classy and a fashion classic. But know what trends your body can and can’t do. A thick ankle strap breaks up the line of the leg and can make your legs look trunk-like if they are not toned or slender.
- Avoid wearing tunics with jeans, especially if they go past your zipper. Tunics make your legs look shorter. I personally feel like tunics with jeans look a little jr. high so I opt for wearing tunics with leggings and cute boots.
- Carry travel size baby powder with you. My inner thighs chafe, so when I know I will be spending a long day walking in the heat I carry a travel-size baby powder to help ease the chafing. Just slip away in a bathroom stall and apply.
- Make eyes bigger by lining them with white liner or champagne liner. My face is a bit chubby so sometimes I feel like my eyes get lost in my happy cheeks when I smile. To make my eyes stand out I rim the outer bottom and top lash lines with white liner and I highlight my inner bottom and top lash line with a shimmer champagne liner. The liners will pick up the whites in the eyes making them appear larger.
- Finish off a shower with a blast of cold water to your hair. The cold water will seal the cuticle of the hair making it shine. Lustrous shiny hair will draw the attention up to your face.
- Invest in a well structured maxi dress. Avoid strapless maxi dresses if you have a large chest like I do. If you do find a solid color maxi dress, look for details like a ruffle over the chest and a detail to accentuate your waist. The challenge in a maxi dress is avoiding looking dowdy. Choose a fabric with weight to it and not a light cotton so you don’t have to worry about your dress being see-through.
- Don’t be afraid of the peplum trend. Recently I tried on a coral dress with peplums on the hips, I was nervous about it emphasizing my hips, but I realized the opposite. The peplum if placed correctly can hide a tummy and emphasize an hour glass figure.
Fore more tips on dressing a curvy figure check out my other blog posts: