School is now in session and it’s time to look your best! Here are a few tips on looking ultra chic and feminine for the new year.
A new school year is a fresh start, so revitalize your skin with Philosophy’s Hope in a Jar ($18) at Sephora. With one use, it gently exfoliates, hydrates and protects your skin, leaving you with a healthy glow. Also, spray some of Anna Sui’s Dolly Girl ($38) for an innocent but flirty scent of jasmine, cinnamon, musk and magnolia.
There is a great range of eye shapes and sizes amongst Asians, but we have come up with two ways to make any eye twinkle. Apply a glittery white eye pencil such as Shu Uemura’s Drawing Pencil in Me White ($18) or Anastasia’s Eye Lights Shimmer in Sand Shimmer ($21) at the inner corners of your eyes and along the bottom to brighten up your look. To make your eyes appear bigger, outline your upper eyelids with Clinique’s Crème Shaper for Eyes in Starry Plum ($15), Dior’s Crayon Eyeliner in Precious Violet ($25), or Smashbox’s Jet Set Waterproof Eye Liner in Navy Blue ($22)
If you aren’t a fan of tedious plucking and shaping, give yourself a young and natural look by keeping thicker eyebrows. But make sure you let it grow neatly by using some friendly tweezers such as Tweezerman ($20) from Sephora or get them threaded ($15-40) at a salon. Although shaving your eyebrows seems like an easier and quicker alternative, they will look messy within a week.
Don’t let your sun-kissed glow fade away with the summer! Keep your skin looking healthy by applying these sweet colored blushes. Try Bobbi Brown’s Stonewashed Pink Cream Blush ($22), Nar’s Blush in Torrid ($25), or Benefit’s Sheer Cream Blusher in Hush! ($18) for a dewy finish.
Say good-bye to bold red lipstick and say hello to natural lip color! Urban Decay’s Envious Lip Stain ($17), M.A.C.’s Viva Glam Lipstick V ($14), Cover Girl’s Continuous Color Lipstick in Almost Nude ($6), or Nar’s Lipstick in Morocco ($24) will leave your lips looking velvety and feeling soft. Don’t forget to protect and give your lips a tingling sensation with Burt’s Bees Beewax Lip Balm ($3)!
The warm, toasty sunshine may have damaged your hair over the summer, so bring back the lustrous shine to your hair with silk amino acid-packed Redken’s All Soft Shampoo ($10) or Kerastase’s Bain de Force ($30).
Try a framing your face in a different way and let your bangs grow long. Part it to the side and tie a low pony tail. Before you tie your hair, give it a light wave for a gentler look or simply keep it straight for a more sophisticated feel.
Just because summer is over doesn’t mean you can’t sport rich, summery colors. Adorn your nails with an energetic shade like Sephora’s Orange nail polish ($2), Maybelline’s Seashore Darling ($3), OPI’s Los Cabos Coral ($13), or Chanel’s Nail Color in Paparazzi ($20).
Last modified: August 9, 2008