Makeover Help Please(with pics)

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Registered: 11-05-2004
Makeover Help Please(with pics)
Sun, 01-09-2005 - 1:19am

I have been way overdue for a makeover.

I am still growing my hair out, since March last year. For starters I am not sure if to keep it my natural, dye over the red/blonde with a close to my natural color, use a different color or just leave it. I wear brown mascara often and sometimes lipgloss. I guess I would like something non down to earth or non trendy look, but a sexy or one that plays up to my features. I don't know where to start since I feel my nose is too big, and lips too small. I really want a new look! Any advice would be greatly appreciated

Don't mind the piercing, that has to go soon anyway.

Here's some pictures to help...
~auburn hair, green eyes, pale freckled skin~


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Registered: 11-09-2003
Sun, 01-09-2005 - 4:27pm

You have nice features. Since you want to keep you hair long, a layered cut with long bangs that shape you face and takes weight off the top. Your haircolor looks blond to me, is that your natural haircolor? Have you considered just going with highlights?
You have pretty deep set eyes. I would accentuate those by using a blue-grey eye pencil to line the top of the eye and underneath the eye. One doesn't have to line the entire "eye" from the inside to the temple. Line the eyelid on top and bottom from the middle of the eye outward. Soften the eyeliner with your finger to mute the color and create shadow rather than line. Makeup is intented to accentuate via shadowing, not by lines.
Lips: Using subtle colors, pinks, beighs, take a lip liner pencil to outline your upper lip and lower lip. Put more emphasis of color on the upper lip line but soften it by patting in the color. You don't want a "distinct" road map on your lip. Using a lighter color of lip stick, fill in your lips. Finish with gloss. This will create a larger lip on top.
Your eyebrows are hard to distinguish in the pictures. I would suggest having them professionally shaped and possibly tinted to better accent your eyes and overall face. Do your tweeze your eyebrows? A more natural look to me would entail a fuller, shaped eyebrow that would draw attention to one of your best features, your eyes.

From what you wrote, you seem savvy on what works for you and application of makeup.
To recap, would look at a layered cut for your hair to accent your face, with highlights.
Look at accentuating your eyes via pencil and have your eyebrows shaped, possibly tinted to highlight your eyes and whole face.
Your have a nice complexion and if your hair is natually darker than what is seen in the pictures would consider returning to your natural hair color with highlights to show off your pretty face and skin.
Your nose doesn't overwhelm your face, but you can make it look smaller by accenting on other areas such as the eyes, the lips and hair.
You have a beautiful complexion, appreciate this and take care of it. I have a similar complexion and at 40, my skin doesn't reflect my age because I have made concerted efforts over the years to stay out of the sun or protect my skin while in the sun, in addition to living a healthy lifestyle.
Hope this helps. mj

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Registered: 08-15-2004
Tue, 01-11-2005 - 2:42am
First of all, your nose is not too big and your lips are not too small, you are very pretty. The first thing(s) I thought when i looked at your pics is that platinum highlights with long layers would look really good. I also think using an eyebrow pencil(or powder) will help accent your eyes and the overall look of your face, lots of ladies forget about the brows, good eyebrows make all the difference. Good luck with your new look.
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Registered: 01-06-2005
Tue, 01-11-2005 - 10:36pm

I have some great ideas for you but I have some more questions to ask you before I impart my "Wisdom." Makeup is my forte, so you'll have to forgive my enthusiasm. It's so much fun to play with. Do you have e-mail or Instant Messenger? I think it would be easier to help you with that. If you want, e-mail me at Or if you have MSN messenger, that's my messenger. If you have AIM, my SN is XSaltwaterKssesX. I have tons of ideas, so e-mail me or IM me and we'll talk.

~*~* Carrie *~*~

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Registered: 11-05-2004
Tue, 01-11-2005 - 10:47pm
You can e-mail me at ... Thanks!
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Registered: 11-05-2004
Tue, 01-11-2005 - 10:50pm

Thanks for the replies! The advice helps a lot. I am just soo lost with the beauty/ mekeup world.

I am a naural auburn/ redhead. I wasn't sure if to add color to my brows, because I hear that it looks funny on Redheads. I do tweeze my brows too much sometimes. I can't wait to get a nice haircut. Highlights do sound like a good idea too.

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Registered: 01-11-2005
Wed, 01-12-2005 - 2:23pm

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Registered: 10-27-2004
Fri, 01-21-2005 - 5:57pm
You have a lot of natural beauty - I'm sure I'm not just speaking for myself when I say a lot of women envy that. My advice on your hair is to do something in a light brown or auburn color. As far as your facial features, you have a beautiful, youthful look. If you like a natural look, try some brown eye liner to go along with your brown mascara. You'd be surprised what a little eye liner will do to bring out your eyes even more. And get a shimmery champagne shadow to cover your lids, and wedge the outer corners with a soft brown. If you're looking for a more sexy, evening look, try a darker shade of mascara and eye liner (black-brown, sable, or charcoal). Try darker eye shadows in dark pinks, browns, greens, or rich purple colors. Stay away from anything too bright and bold. Use a very light, shimmery color to cover your lids and line directly under your eye brows. (Make sure you blend under your eye brows and use a very very light color, like a light pink or white color.) Next, wedge the outer corners and just above your eyeballs with a medium color. Make a smaller wedge with a darker color. Next, line your top lid with liner from corner to corner. You can either line your bottom lid from corner to corner, or just from the outer corner to almost the inner corner, or not line it at all. The less you use on the bottom will make your eyes wider, but you might prefer the corner to corner look. It works well in an evening look. Keep lines think and blend for a natural look. Blend your eye shadow, add mascara, and you'll have a super sexy look. Make sure to use a lighter colored lipstick, like a shimmery brownish-pink color. You can either make your eyes or your lips the focal point, not both. Always put on your foundation first, and then a little bit of blush in a natural color (blend this very well!). Good luck!
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Registered: 02-01-2005
Thu, 02-03-2005 - 8:57pm
For starters, you have GREAT skin. I think for make-up you should play up your eyes and use some plum shadows, eyeliner and mascara. use a light pale lipcolor in the rose family. Also, your hair would be fab with a few highlights. When you are tearing yourself apart in the mirror don't forget to smile and point out your great features also!