Part 1 – Street Beauty
I love Utah. But one thing about our state makes me sad. No matter where you go, you are guaranteed to be surrounded by people who think a pony tail and U of U sweatshirt are glamorous enough for any occasion. Yes, I have seen Birkenstocks at Ballet West, Abravanel Hall and even the opera. I think a little beauty, fashion and glamour, while not necessary for lounging at home, can certainly put a little more spice in life. That’s why I asked the fairest of them all – the girls of the Blue Lotus Belly Dance Company – to share their beauty tips with us.
First, some tips for every day street style:
Meg says, “I try and care for myself from the inside out. Eat well and get your blood pumping however you like best! For a happy healthy woman, glowing skin, and a cascade of shining hair are some of my favorite things when watching a beautiful dancer.”
Angela says “1) Respect your skin. Never sleep in your make up! My favorite skin cleaner is Cetaphil. 2) Invest in a high quality moisturizer. After all, we are talking about your face and you are worth it! 3) Pick a focus area, lips OR eyes. Don’t do both unless you are going for a stage makeup look. 4) Don’t wear heavy layers of make up on a hot day …. your face will melt and rub off on people you hug. Gross.”
Kelsey says “1)Make sure your brows are shaped nicely, and filled in with a brow pencil one shade darker than your hair color, 2) Also, use a light vanilla shimmering eyeshadow to highlight the brow bone. Works wonders! 3) Choose a blush that compliments your natural undertone. Smile while applying.”
Natalie says, “I like to keep my skin fresh by exfoliating once a week and then adding in an at home peel once or twice a month. For the at home peel I start with my regular exfoliatant and then layer a low-strength glycolic or vitamin A product on my face, neck and chest. I do this before bed and sleep with the product on overnight. In the morning I wash it off and put on a nice hydrating mask for 3-5 minutes; just while I’m getting ready to go.”
My favorite every day beauty tip comes from Angela. I can’t emphasize this enough – “Wear sun block on your face and neck! Sunburns (and tanning) make you look old prematurely and dehydrate your skin. Keeping your skin healthy is the number one key to beauty!”
Might I add it can also prevent melanoma, a deadly form of cancer. If you are concerned about being to pale, look to the likes of Nicole Kidman and Scarlet Johansen, these women are so white they glow and are considered the most beautiful actresses in the world.