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∑ Flaunt Your Hottest Feature
∑ A Diet for Gorgeous Skin
∑ A How-To Guide for Four Fabulous Mary Kay Signature Color 101 Looks
∑ Notes Section Ė write down beauty tips you learn, secrets you trade,..
Flaunt Your Hottest Feature
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No doubt, there's one aspect of your appearance that always reels in compliments -- whether it's your magnificent mane, luscious lips or mesmerizing eyes -- so why not show it off shamelessly? Just follow our pull-out-all-the-stops pointers for emphasizing your most fab asset.
When you think of Penelope Cruz, what comes to mind? Her cascading luscious locks. What about Angelina Jolie? A pout that's as plush as a goose-down pillow. And Winona Ryder? Her doe-eyed chestnut gaze. Our point? Every woman has one feature that stands out from all the rest and can be so potently alluring, every guy (and envious girl) will always remember her for it. To up your own unforgettable factor, decide which of your key features -- eyes, lips or hair -- boasts the most knockout potential and resolve to start playing it up like crazy using these sneaky strategies we scooped from top beauty and fashion experts.
If Your Hair Is Your Crowning Glory
There are three key steps you should take to make your to-die-for hair even more head turning. Give it megawatt shine, boost the volume and dress in clothes that flatter your hair color. The how-to's:
If Your Lips Are Your Come-Hither Calling Card
Sure, you could just slap some lipstick on that man-magnet mouth, but why not play up your pout's perfect shape with a few extra steps? Here's how to make your kisser look even more killer.
If Your Eyes Are Your Claim to Fame
Whether it's their saucer like size or beautiful hue that makes them so spectacular, you can give your eyes even more entrancing power with these pointers.
A Diet for Gorgeous Skin
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The best get-flawless-skin regimen? It's not a trendy spa treatment. It's a way of eating. Yeah, yeah, we know that for years, experts said greasy foods and chocolate don't cause pimples and that, overall, what you eat has no effect on your skin. But new research proves otherwise. So follow these four rules on how to feed your face.
Lay Off the White Stuff
Turns out french fries do cause breakouts. But it's not the grease that's the culprit, it's the potatoes. In a recent study, researchers looked at 1,200 natives of an island near Papua New Guinea and 115 hunter-gatherers in Paraguay and couldn't find a single zit in the lot. What's their secret? "A diet that consists almost exclusively of protein, fruits and veggies," says Loren Cordain, Ph.D., professor of health and exercise science at Colorado State University and lead author of the study. Absent from their meals: the simple carbohydrates -- such as white bread, pasta, rice, potatoes and sweets -- that are the basis of our modern diet. These carbs send our insulin levels soaring, and researchers speculate that this sets off a series of reactions that leads to breakouts.
Simple food switch: Instead of
refined white carbs, go for moderate amounts of complex ones like whole-grain
bread, brown rice and whole-wheat pasta (they're digested more slowly and don't
lead to that skin-sabotaging insulin spike).
Fish is a great source of essential fatty acids (EFAs) like omega-3 and omega-6, which reduce inflammation in the body. "Inflammation triggers the cells to clog the pore, causing acne," says Nicholas Perricone, a dermatologist and author of The Perricone Prescription. "It also leads to wrinkles down the line." The fish that contain the most EFAs are salmon, mackerel and tuna (particularly the albacore and blue fin varieties). EFAs are also found in almonds, hazelnuts and flaxseed.
Simple food switch: Have smoked
salmon for breakfast, eat tuna-fish sandwiches for lunch and swap hamburgers
for salmon burgers. If fish isn't your thing, make a handful of almonds your
Banish Blush Triggers
While a little bit of color in your cheeks is flattering, full-on ruddiness isn't exactly the look you're after. And certain foods and beverages, such as spices, cured meats, MSG and alcohol (particularly red wine), cause blood vessels to dilate, bringing on facial redness, says John Wolf, M.D., chairman of the department of dermatology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.
Simple food switch: If you tend to redden easily, pay attention to which
foods bring it on, since people have different triggers. If spicy foods get
you, order Thai without the curry and steer clear of wasabi when you go for
sushi. If you flush after a few drinks, cut back on the booze or at least pass
on red wine.
Indulge in Olive Oil
If you avoid fat for the sake of your waistline, your face could be paying the price. "A lot of young women have dry, flaky skin because they don't eat enough fat," says Joy Bauer, a nutritionist in New York City and author of The 90/10 Weight-Loss Plan. If you're getting fewer than 20 grams of fat a day (roughly 2 tablespoons of oil), your skin may not be able to lubricate itself and your body may not absorb enough vitamin A, which your skin needs to prevent premature aging.
Simple food switch: Sprinkle your salad with olive oil and toss in some avocados and nuts. We swear, this won't have an adverse effect on your jeans size.
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