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.
It is surmised that riches equal elegance. This is simply not the case. Elegance may be studied if the woman was not raised with lessons in manners or style. The study of elegance is not limited to social class or endless bank accounts. It is the determination to become a lady of gentle nature whose kindness, grace, and style reflect the subtlety of quality. One does not need a vast amount of funding to accomplish this task. An elegant woman need only to be quietly frugal with her funds so as to buy quality pieces of clothing and home decor. Quantity is never elegant but a small number of quality items reflects her conscientious and responsible nature. The less one has, the less one has to manage. The elegant woman keeps things simple as well as efficient by taking great care of a few fine things. Worn or broken items that may not be mended well are to be replaced as soon as she is financially able to do without compromising the family bank account. She does not run up her credit buying needless things to satisfy her inhibitions. Planning well her wardrobe as well as her household buying she is rewarded with an outstanding reputation as well as a peaceful home.
The art of an elegant woman’s presentation is seen by first impressions as well as last. An elegant woman would never “run to the grocery store in her pajamas”.
Presentation is important. It does not have to be elaborate or overdone. On the contrary, it is to be a simple enhancement of the beauty and poise that is already within you.
*Rising early each day exercise first. This allows you to take care of your body properly without interruption in schedule or form. Participating in such things as Yoga, Ballet, Pilates and Walking are all elegant forms of exercise that also encourage proper posture, elongation of the muscles, and grace as you move in every day life. Whether in a group or a quiet place at home this is the most gentle way to take care of you.
*Upon finishing your exercise regimen you should bathe immediately. Establishing a morning routine of dry skin brushing, shaving, shower, and moisturizing is conducive to an efficient use of time and energy. Applying your makeup directly after this routine ensures that you are prepared for the day.
*Keeping a minimal wardrobe that consists of a few very good quality pieces that you are able to mix and match is the best way to dress well as an elegant woman. Fussing about what to wear or taking a long time to decide the outfit for the day is not elegant. It is dramatic and childish. Plan your wardrobe from these simple but elegant pieces and you will always look amazing as long as you make sure you smile-always.
*Now you are ready to sit down with grace and have your morning tea or coffee with a light breakfast. Always make sure that you plan a morning routine and stay on schedule so as to appear efficient and confident. A well-dressed woman running frantically out the door with a travel mug in hand is never elegant.
*Being organized is a part of being an elegant woman.