Simply elegant hair is almost effortless. By keeping hair simple we always have a smile on our face knowing that we are put together impeccably and not a hair is out of place. Elegant hair doesn’t always mean an up-do. Although the classic french chignon is timeless elegance we do find a simple bob or shoulder length hair just as elegant. There are no chunks of color here. If you must have highlights use the finest of strands to note a subtle change of color. Black hair becomes harsh as we age and may be adjusted to a complimentary brown that is softer to the eye. Blonde hair is high maintenance and must be tended to regularly. As with any color, always keep it smooth by conditioning regularly and use products that make it flow smoothly rather than become stiff and dull. Shine is always elegant in hair and is most important as we age as well. Simple elegant hair is flowing, smooth, with a simple cut that is pleasing to the eye, classic but not dowdy, and reflective of one’s personality. If you want to be taken seriously and take pride in being professional then use a brunette up-do or bob to your advantage. If you are bubbly and upbeat socialite then by all means use your blonde to it’s full potential. Hair is often typecast like that and although we are always free to choose any color and style that we like, it does us a service to pay attention to the common notions that go with a style.
This may all sound a bit stuffy and you may balk at my blatant old-fashioned reasoning but go ahead and take a casual poll among a diverse group of people and you will find that brunette still says “scholar and serious” while blonde says “social and rarely serious”. Changing your hair may not change your social status in a day but it may eventually take you down a different road. Beware of the cost of not being yourself.
Becoming an elegant woman does not require one to spend money on each new skin care product that declares itself to have the newest state of the art research. Expensive skin creams need not be included in your beauty regimen. There are some natural products that do well in taking care of your skin without additives or toxins. One may use a pretty jar to put them in to dress them up or hide them away in their beauty basket for safe-keeping. An elegant woman never reveals the secrets of her beauty regimen except to consult with her closest friends in private. Skin care as well as the full beauty regimen should be carried out systematically in a timely manner. That is not to say that an elegant woman may not enjoy her routines as such. Part of the joy of being an elegant woman is the full knowledge and confidence that she is taking great care of herself. Simple skin care begins with consistency and effort.
*Upon rising splash cold water on your face.
Never use soap in the morning as it washes away the nourishing oils that have protected your skin while sleeping. (The exception to this is the young woman who is still experiencing an overproduction of oils in her skin.)
Performing strength exercises such as yoga or pilates and aerobic exercise such as dance, walking or running is part of a good skin care regimen. This ensures that one has optimal circulation and causes us to sweat which is the body’s way of ridding ourselves of toxins.
*Dry skin brushing
After exercise is the time to use dry skin brushing. Use a natural brush with stiff bristles as one can stand. Brush your skin in small circular motions as you move gradually up towards the heart. If you have a history of poor health/blood clots speak to your doctor before you try skin brushing. It must be done with care for the body. Dry skin brushing is good for circulation as well as exfoliation.
If it is the tradition of the ladies in your culture or region to shave your body then do so at this time in your regimen every morning to maintain a clean and smooth appearance. Should you need to address facial hair, do so on a day or a time that you can spend privately. Take your time to do it carefully and leave your skin bare for a time afterward to allow it to recover from the stress.
Each morning after exercise, skin brushing, and shaving is the time to shower or bathe. One may use an antibacterial soap if your immune system is poor or an elegant french or Italian-milled soap. Shower gels with moisturizers are lovely as well. You may find these specialty items at liquidation stores for a frugal buy. Cleanse your whole body carefully and completely. Consistent cleanliness is one of the most important aspects of being an elegant woman. One may be dressed in the finest of clothes or be part of the highest society and yet not considered elegant if they are not clean.
Use natural products to moisturize your skin such as coconut oil which has its own pleasant fragrance or olive oil that you may add a few drops of scent or essential oil to for a heavenly fragrance. Cover every inch of your body to deter the dry winter wind or the effects of water and sun in the summer. Moisturizing every day assures the elegant woman that she is beautiful and glowing.
Elegant daytime makeup is understated. It enhances a woman’s features but does not draw attention to her.
*Start with the canvas of clean skin. Makeup should be applied after the elegant morning routine that includes exercise and shower.
*Daytime foundation should be sheer. It should never be heavy or of any other shade than matches your skin. Using a tinted moisturizer ensures that your foundation is invisible or one may mix equal parts foundation and moisturizer for the same effect.
*Apply a neutral or nude shade of eye shadow to each eye lid to create a lovely canvas for your eyeliner. Never used a dark shade for day. Always use a color that is rather close to your natural skin tone. It should never be noticeably darker or lighter than your own skin. Set the shadow with a bit of face powder using a large fluffy face brush.
*Now apply a brown or gray eyeliner according to your skin tone. Avoid using black or blue as they are too harsh to be considered elegant for daytime makeup. Eyeliner should be applied impeccably with attention to detail. It should never be applied in a hurry or in a sloppy manner. Eyeliner applied alone to the edge of the lashes is always elegant, leaving the lower lashes without. This gives the eye understated elegance. For enduring eyeliner, line the upper lashes with a crayon eyeliner then set it with eyeshadow of the same shade over it. Finish by gently smudging the top of the liner with a cotton swab.
*Apply blush to the apples of the cheeks, avoiding excess. One may also sweep a bit of blush lightly to the eyelid if so desired. Remember understated rather than a bold sweep of color for day. A few dots of lipstick applied with the ring finger and then gently blended with fingertips also gives natural color if applied with discretion.
*Finish and set makeup by applying a light bronzer or powder according to season to the entire face very lightly. Using a subtle color that is one shade or so darker than your foundation and sweeping it over the highlights of the face makes for a natural glow that helps to avoid the fake or overdone look of makeup.
An elegant wardrobe does not entail dressing in a different outfit each time you go out. A practical wardrobe that contains a few quality pieces that one is able to mix and match.
*Black Pencil Skirt
A black pencil skirt made of a quality wool blend is an ideal piece that is most versatile for the elegant woman. This piece may take you from board meetings to dinner with subtle changes to makeup and/or accessories to effortlessly adapt to each situation.
A crisp white blouse made of a cotton/polyester/lycra blend is another ideal basic piece of an elegant wardrobe. This particular blend reduced wrinkles and keeps one comfortable. Pair it with a black pencil skirt or dark jeans and classic black pumps. Add a trendy scarf or elegant chain or beads to complete the look. *Black turtleneck
A black turtleneck preferably made of cashmere or acrylic that is of light weight will take one through many cold winter days and nights. Its smart enough to wear with jeans, off white or black wool pants, or the black pencil skirt. A string of pearls or long chains pairs well with this item but choose either earrings or necklace not both. Subtle simplicity works well with this piece. *Light weight pullover sweater
Choose a pretty pastel color that goes well with your skin color for this to enhance your elegant appearance. Avoid cable, ribbing, and patterns that are too casual and bulky. A solid color with bateau neckline is the most elegant sweater that remains classic. *Black pumps
Classic black pumps are still acceptable to wear with skirts, dresses, and pants or jeans. Choose the trendy style if you wish and replace these on a regular basis or be sure to have them repaired as well as maintained well. Shabby shoes are instantly noticeable and will instantly shatter your elegance.