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Ask Chuck: Ever been in a haircut or makeup rut?

By By Charles Colson
Sept. 19, 2013 at 4:19 a.m.


I'm definitely in a cut rut. I just throw my hair into a ponytail and rarely style it anymore. I need a change that will help me feel like that attractive woman I once was. Do you have any helpful tips for me?

This question was actually asked recently in an article in the First for Women magazine. Interestingly enough, the stylist had a perfect answer.

Trying a new cut can be scary, but it's one of the fastest ways to take years off the clock. This season's most chic and face-flattering style, would you believe, is an updated pixie. This is how Jenny Baldwin, a stylist from the Cutler Salon in New York City, sees it.

She shares it with everyone because of its dramatic look, which completely transforms the entire face. This is quite interesting because in the early 60s I won one of my trophies using this cut, which we called the French Pixie cut. This proves there is really nothing new under the sun.

Jenny goes on to say how women default to a blunt, shoulder-length style, but this drags the focus down, making features look droopy. A pixie cut draws the eyes up so your features appear lifted, and she is right.

To ensure a short cut looks modern instead of matronly, the style should be heavily texturized, which takes the bulky, blunt look out where the style blends all over. To enhance the cut, ask for a bit longer asymmetrical bangs which gives it that sophisticated look.

Man, how gorgeous can you become? Another attractive bang effect is to have them cut at somewhat of an angle. This easily conceals many forehead lines. Again, keep 'em guessing. This method also spotlights eyes and cheekbones.

Keep in mind that a cut without dimensions might easily appear as if you had a helmet look on your head. To create better depth and movement, try adding highlights as a finishing touch. You gotta be more beautiful, now. Take the gamble, go for it.

Charles, I know this is not in your line of work, but I also know all stylists study makeup techniques. I have worn the same old, thick makeup for more than 44 years. I want a more youthful, fresh look, but I don't feel comfortable without my 'face on.' Is it fair to just ask advice from you since you are a professional?

Yes, I think I have located an article to help you out, and thank you for the compliment. I definitely am not a makeup artist, but I think this knowledge of techniques may be beneficial for you. In most cases, makeup problems are just superficial rather than more deep.

I found an excellent makeup artist by the name of Robert Huitron who has the perfect formula for making yourself up naturally. He says the right amount of makeup can help a woman look 10-15 years younger, and too much makeup can draw the eye straight to aging trouble spots.

Remember when I wrote about how our organ teacher got our attention when he wrote "kiss" on the board? Of course, this stood for " keep it simple, stupid." Could this be what Robert is teaching, also? Bet so.

Robert's key to achieving gorgeous results every time is to remember the word "natural." He suggests adding just enough color to bring out features, like eyes or lips, and flaws will fade into the background.

To define beautiful eyes, Huitron suggests sweeping a matte taupe shadow, like Maybelline Expert Wear Eyeshadow in earthly taupe. He said this can be purchased for $3 through drugstore.com. Apply from lash line to brow, then blend a rosy-brown eye shadow in the crease.

Next, smudge a brown eyeliner into the upper lash line, winging it out at the corners, then finish with two coats of mascara. Would you believe I am so glad I am a man? I hope you guys appreciate what women go through just to get ready to go out with you.

Now, for beautiful lips, Robert suggests filling your lips in completely with a lip liner, then dot on a sheer gloss. He said liners have more wax so they are less likely to feather into fine lines. It also lasts longer, and you can layer it to get the right shade.

I trust this advice will help you since it came from a well-known, professional makeup artist. This technique is shown in detail in this month's First for Women magazine. You might also get an example of this online.

So tell me, with several wearing that hot, cute pixie cut and the phenomenal natural makeup makeover, how much more beautiful would Victoria become?

Charles Colson is a local hair stylist and registered massage therapist. You may email hair or massage questions to crcolsonrmt1@sbcglobal.net or call 361-575-5331.

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