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Date: 10/15/13 5:54 PM

my sewing efforts of the last few years are beginning to pay off and I now have (as I had hoped when I first started) the beginnings of a tailor made by me wardrobe. This is all good news. You can sense the but coming on though cant you?

I have never been a very "dressy" person. By that I only wear make up on special occasions, hair maintenance is a quick brush/ponytail/plait in the morning or I wear it loose. In the past not something I was too fussed about.

I would like to make the most of the outfits I've carefully worked on by ensuring they are not under presented by the rest of me (I cant think of a better term). On the other hand I am never going to be - like one friend - someone who spends an hour on their hair every morning.

So, any advice on striking a happy balance between time, presentation and enjoying life? ideally I'd like to still look like the natural me, but with a little more "polish".

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Date: 10/15/13 6:00 PM

I like to look my best but, like you, don't want to spend time on it. I think a good haircut helps. I wash and dry my hair and put in a little gel (or whatever it is called now) and rub it through and shape it how I want.

Then a little makeup. You need to work out what you like to wear. I always put some foundation/powder on as my nose can tend to be red and then I always use mascara and an eyebrow pencil (as I am very fair). Lip gloss and go!

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Date: 10/15/13 6:22 PM

I can get ready--wet hair/bathrobe to out the door--in ten or fifteen minutes. I just don't have any more time than that most days!

ITA with Sue--a good haircut (and color) and decent styling product can do most of the work for you. I have long curly hair that I get one chance in the morning with--whatever it does then, it's going to do for the rest of the day ;), so I wear it in blunt layers to make the most of the bounce and curl. I apply some curl cream, run a brush through, scrunch with my fingers, and hope for the best. Obviously YMMV with respect to the cut that's best for you--but choose something that looks great with a minimum of work by YOU, is what I'm saying.Happily, updos are in style right now, especially buns for a professional look--so if you have longish hair and that's a look that suits you, you're in luck!

Color-wise, a little contrast between your skin and your face always makes you look a little brighter.

My makeup routine is also really quick. A nice powder foundation, a little eye shadow/liner/mascara, blush (ALWAYS blush--something bright and pretty), and lip gloss. If I'm going to An Event, or I know it's going to be a long day running around, I will take 30 seconds to apply primer to my eyes to help my eye color stay all day.

I'd been noticing in some of my costume photos that my face kind of fades into the background. Since they're historical costumes, I prefer a less made-up look, but I still want my face to be visible! So I did a little work on my makeup routine this summer, and I've been pleased with the results. I found some tutorials online for natural eye makeup (without looking like you have nothing on) and FINALLY learned how to do eyeliner! (I have a book on theatrical makeup, and that helped me learn some tricks, too.)

Basically, you want your skin to be a nice canvas, and your eyes and mouth to stand out (because that's what people look at when you're speaking, smiling, etc). You don't have to go overly dramatic for that to happen. A little powder or tinted moisturizer; soft, natural colors for your eye makeup; lip gloss instead of bold lipstick, etc. Easy-peasy.

Have fun experimenting!!


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Date: 10/15/13 8:53 PM

This is something I've worked on for a while and I think I'm still a long ways away from achieving.

At least I've realized that nothing will make it easier. Same as with getting up super early, there is no magic time of morning that will magically make me feel great about getting up early. There is no magic product or trick that will make me not have to actually do something in the morning.

I'm not saying that you feel like this, I have just realized that it will always be a morning battle between me and my mirror/house/rest of day. And I will never like it. But if I want to look professional (even as a stay at home mom) then I have to do it anyway. Now that I've accepted that, things have become easier. Upon waking I push myself because I know that it. is. the. only. way. I hate the world around me until at least 9 a.m. and sometimes noon.

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Date: 10/15/13 9:16 PM

Fresh haircut! Good hair product(s).
Eyelashes dyed by a professional that knows what they are doing.
Figure out what works for your lips.
Healthy skin from the inside out.
Know the colors in fabric and jewelry that bring light and life to your face.
Best earring size, shape and color. Keep in mind life's practicalities.
Carefully selected eyeglasses if you wear them; chosen for you, not for trends.

Are holiday promotion make up kits available to you? Easy way to experiment with color. The lip color that works for me is never what I would imagine picking out just by looking at the colors. And anytime I have tried a demonstration makeup application I have felt so 'not myself' that I've immediately scrubbed it off.
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Date: 10/16/13 1:52 AM

How great that you've created a strong wardrobe foundation. Now you can spend time and money on accessories.

* Scarves- Start making, collecting and learning how to wear them. Eileen Fisher has videos with umpteen ways to use scarves of all kinds. You don't need much fabric to easily make simple sheer ones with serged edges- rolled or narrow 3-thread hemmed.

* Shoes- They add novelty for color and style- if your feet can handle variety do so. Keep them in good repair and polished. Changing between flats, heels, sneakers, booties, shoeties, etc will change up your basic look. Ditto for changing your handbag now and then.

* Jewelry- As mentioned by previous poster. I like variety and don't think there's one way to go. Pearls- can you have too many? But I also love my bracelets made with vintage Legos. Shop yard sales for junky pieces to mix in with good things.

* Hair- Find a stylist good with your hair. Insist on a cut that looks good even if you can't get to the salon until you're ridiculously overdue an appointment. Color, natural or assisted, is an entirely personal decision.

Finally- be yourself. When you're relaxed, confident and interested in others, they'll be interested in you.

Have fun!

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Date: 10/16/13 7:19 AM

I had a very short time in my life- mid 30's early career, where I tried hair and makeup. I hated finding time and making trips for routine hair trims. For me, longer hair is much easier to put up quickly. Every few years I cut it back to above my shoulders but that's about it. A hairband, clip, tie or scarf.
Same with lipstick- not since my teens, too much upkeep during the day and messy. I just use a moisturizing balm in dry weather.
I have allergies and wear contacts. I found eyeliner gets messy with tearing up so tossed that after teens.
I did keep up with mascara over the years- until my late 40's. Then only for Events. Quit that about 6 years ago. Now all I do for Events is light jewelry.

Another thing I dealt with was 24 hr call duty with a 20 min response time so I went often from sleep to out the door in 3-4 min. So for me just getting clothes on was the most important factor- I rarely had time in my day to consider looking better through make up.

So go out, have fun and experiment to see what works. What I discovered is that I love the natural look. A good smile makes the biggest difference.
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Date: 10/16/13 8:47 AM

I agree that a good haircut helps, along with making sure your stylist knows you need something low-maintenance. I keep my hair at shoulder length so it is easy to put up on rushed days and not too much to smooth out with a curling iron on other days. I wash it at night and let it air dry at night.

My normal makeup routine is undereye concealor, mascara, a quick swipe of blush, and either lipstick or a lip butter. Takes about 5 minutes. I make sure the lipstick and lip butter are close to the color my lips are naturally. Bright and bold colors are fun but they require too much maintenance during the day, and by picking a color that's more natural it is less noticeable if it rubs off during the day. The semi-sheer color of a lip butter is also more forgiving than the solid coverage of a lipstick.

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Date: 10/16/13 12:44 PM

My suggestions: A good haircut is essential if you don't want to waste time fussing with it. You don't mention if you even want to apply makeup, but if you do, try to find as many products that will do double duty or LAST most of the day--tinted moisturizers, non-clumping mascara, and all day lip tints really help and for many people really are enough. Shoes that are attractive, comfortable and well cared for help an outfit to shine. Use one stunning accessory for each outfit and plan it ahead of time so you can grab it and go quickly and not waste time trying to decide what goes best with which outfit. But the best advice I can give is to put on a ready smile and your best self-confidence. Know that you are beautiful inside and out.

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Date: 10/16/13 3:21 PM

I've been going through a really similar process, especially because I've moved into a new job and also moved from a rural to an urban environment quite recently. I have spent a lot of time on Pinterest pinning outfits and looks that I like, deliberately ignoring how much or little I look like the model or blogger in the photo, and concentrating instead on what I like about the look, and what the elements are that make it polished in addition to the actual clothes, particularly belts, accessories, jewellery, etc.

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