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  • The Motorcycle Boy.

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    Since the majority of the occupants of this site are girls, I thought it would come in handy to have a thread made solely with the intent to make others look their best.

    The Make Up
    Now, if you want make up tips from another member, I suggest providing a picture of yourself(both without any make up, and with your normal make up.)
    It is best for the person recommending the make up that would make you look beautiful if we could see your face (brush hair out of face, no goofy faces, can clearly see your face in the photo)

    Now, since a lot of us on here like to overuse eyeshadow, eyeliner and mascara. I decided to cover them in the first post.

    Eyeshadow
    MAKE IT NEUTERAL, LADIES! I cannot stress enough how important a nice brown, vanilla, mauve, soft beige or cream colored shadow is to your whole face. I bet a lot of you are thinking, well, blue eyeshadow should bring out my blue eyes. Wrong! It takes away from your eyes, and if over-applied, it can make you look like a clown.
    Eyeshadows come in creams, powders and pencils. Personally, I prefer using the powdered kind because it is efficent wet or dry, and it is easier to remove. I find that creams go into the creases of your lids, and feel gooey and uncomfortable all day long. Pencils tend to hurt your lids when you apply them, and although the color is bold, it is more difficult to remove.

    Eyeliner

    It is important to only apply the eyeliner to the the bottom of your eyes (by the bottom lashes) and at the base of your lids (by the top lashes.) Over-applying eyeliner can make you look like a raccoon, and age you.
    Liquid eyeliner is much trickier to apply, but it appears smoother longer than a pencil does. You have to have a very still hand, and a lot of patience when applying eyeliner, especially the liquid type. One slip of your hand and you could ruin your entire face.
    Brown and black are the only two shades I would recommend buying, seeing how all other colors make you look like a four year old who has gotten into her mother's make up drawer.

    Mascara

    Mascara opens up your eyes and draws attention. There are two basic types of mascara, waterproof and regular and unless you cry a lot or are in the water constantly try to stick with the normal mascara because water proof mascaras can be difficult to remove.
    Always apply mascara in a stationary position. Never apply make up on a bus or in a car because if you poke yourself you can scratch your cornea. Mascara is easily contaminated by bacteria which you definately don't want in your eyes. Discard mascara after four months use or when it begins to get dried out or clumpy.
    When applying mascara, try to only dip the brush in once per eye. Then, when you go over the eyelashes again, you can dip it once more for both eyes. Doing this prevents you from getting clumped lashes.
    Never pump the brush in and out of the container, it makes bubbles on the brush, which in turn causes clumps on your lashes.
    Again, brown and black are the only two colors I would suggest you buy mascara in.

    The Hair

    It is important to wash your hair atleast three times a week, otherwise your hair will get oily, and will appear greasy. Each time you bathe, make sure you thoroughly clean your hair using both shampoo and conditioner.
    In case you were wondering, conditioners moisturize, reconstruct, detangles and protects your hair.

    If you are going to get your hair cut, and you still are unsure of what you want, ask us. Post a picture of your current cut (down loose, we want to see) and tell us what you think you want to get done. Also, make sure you tell us what type of hair you have (pin straight, natural waves, thick, etc) it will help us advise you on what type of cut to get. (Example: people with curly hair are usually not advised to get a razor layered cut, it is only for being with pin straight hair.)

    Also, if you are wanting to dye your hair, post a picture of your current hair color (make sure you are not wearing make up.)
    Remember, with drastic color changes, you may find that the make up you have doesn't suit you and your new hair.

    Caring For Dry Hair.

    Dry hair is caused by heat, an open cuticle, chemicals applied to the hair, and poor maintenance.

    1) Less or no heat. When blow drying, use a cooler setting and do not blow dry until the is completely dry.
    2) Use acidifiers. Acidifiers close the cuticle down and lock in moisture. Acidifiers have a pH of 2.5 to 3.5. They have a lower pH than hair does in an aqueous solution.

    3) Color, perms, relaxers, and other chemicals are sometimes a necessary evil. They rob the hair of humectants. Humectants attract and retain moisture (water) in the cortical layer of the hair. Try to use low ammonia -low peroxide color. Do not leave neutralizer on too long with perms. If possible avoid relaxers.

    Wardrobe Tips.

    Have you ever walked by a store in the mall and stopped to admire the gorgeous new skirt that they have in? Or maybe you've been walking down the street, and saw an outfit that you absolutetly hated?
    Or are you wondering how that new top you bought looks on you?
    Ask us.

    If you're planning on going on a shopping spree soon, first post a picture of yourself (a full body shot) in your favorite outfit. We can recommend stores that you can visit, styles you should try out, and colors that you should get your clothes in.

    For example, if you have blonde hair, and are a bit heavier set, you should try shirts like this or like this.
    Or, if you're wondering what would look great with shirt, perhaps we could recommend a necklace or a headband.

    All right girls, start posting!
    April 11th, 2007 at 01:34am
  • Cyanide_heart

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    im getting my hair dye tomorrow with my mum, i dont know what colour to get.

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    i want it cut and styled also, i dont know what style tho
    April 11th, 2007 at 01:38am
  • The Motorcycle Boy.

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    For the dye job, I think that you should get a chocolately brown color, with copper and blonde highlights (thin, not thick) and equally spread throughout your hair.

    For the cut, I would suggest that you get medium length layers (no shorter than the tip of your nose) and get a choppier cut at the bottom. If you want more volume, I suggest that you get short layers, (about an inch or two) and cut a bit of hair off the bottom. If you still want more volume, I recommend that when you are blowdrying your hair, flip it upside down and blow dry the underneath part. It makes your hair bouncier, and adds thickness.

    By the way, you're super pretty. Good luck tomorrow, I hope you end up happy. [:
    April 11th, 2007 at 01:46am
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    broken_loser:
    For the dye job, I think that you should get a chocolately brown color, with copper and blonde highlights (thin, not thick) and equally spread throughout your hair.

    For the cut, I would suggest that you get medium length layers (no shorter than the tip of your nose) and get a choppier cut at the bottom. If you want more volume, I suggest that you get short layers, (about an inch or two) and cut a bit of hair off the bottom. If you still want more volume, I recommend that when you are blowdrying your hair, flip it upside down and blow dry the underneath part. It makes your hair bouncier, and adds thickness.

    By the way, you're super pretty. Good luck tomorrow, I hope you end up happy. [:
    i dont want a natural hair colour, i have already had blonde and brown and i didnt like it at all it was done awhile back
    April 11th, 2007 at 01:48am
  • collateral damage.

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    I can tell I'll be here a lot..
    are we allowed to ask questions and such and then people answer?
    April 11th, 2007 at 01:48am
  • The Motorcycle Boy.

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    i dont want a natural hair colour, i have already had blonde and brown and i didnt like it at all it was done awhile back
    Hmm...then I suggest keeping close to the shade you have now. Perhaps a little bit deeper of a red if you're wanting to be wilder looking. I don't suggest getting that purpley-red, it doesn't flatter anyone, and it fades very quickly.
    If you were to dye your hair red, you would have to minimize the number of showers you take per week, seeing how it fades the quickest out of any other color, and you'd have to avoid strong shampoos, as they effect it greatly as well.
    we beg for mercy.:
    I can tell I'll be here a lot..
    are we allowed to ask questions and such and then people answer?
    Yes. Anything that involves beauty or vanity is allowed. 8)
    April 11th, 2007 at 01:57am
  • collateral damage.

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    this is my hair color now [not natural]. I'm growing it out to look like this [cut wise] I am planing on dying my hair, in some places, a teal/turquiose. But I need suggestions on where to dye it. I don't want to dye my whole head. And also, would I need to bleach my hair in order to get the teal?
    April 11th, 2007 at 02:06am
  • The Motorcycle Boy.

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    we beg for mercy.:
    this is my hair color now [not natural]. I'm growing it out to look like this [cut wise] I am planing on dying my hair, in some places, a teal/turquiose. But I need suggestions on where to dye it. I don't want to dye my whole head. And also, would I need to bleach my hair in order to get the teal?
    Since when you dye parts of your hair blue, you have to bleach it first, I believe that in order to dye your hair turquoise or teal, you would have to bleach it first, but I could be wrong.

    I always like when people dye a strip on the underneath part of their hair, as well as the tips of the longest layer. It looks super neat, and it doesn't show too much of unnatural color.

    I suggest you use Kool-Aid in a similar color to which you want to dye your hair in the spots that you are thinking of dyeing. It is a non permanent feature, and it washes out within a few showers. Doing this allows you to see what the dye job would look like, and whether or not you like that amount of color.
    April 11th, 2007 at 02:23am
  • astroz0mbie

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    What about skin care?
    o_o
    April 11th, 2007 at 02:26am
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    A Melancholy Autumn:
    What about skin care?
    o_o
    Skin care has to do with beauty/vanity, therefore it is allowed to be discussed in this thread.

    I get really dry skin in the winter (lots of horseback riding without gloves on,) and I find that Dove Dry Skin (it comes in a large container with a blue lid, and a gold design) works the best for my hands.
    April 11th, 2007 at 02:30am
  • astroz0mbie

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    I am very pale. So much in fact, I get made fun of all the time for it.
    Nope, I don't have a nice copper tan. Never have, and probably never will.
    I burn.

    My skin is horrible. It's blotchy and acne is easily noticable, hence my previous statement: I'm really pale.
    April 11th, 2007 at 02:37am
  • collateral damage.

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    Since when you dye parts of your hair blue, you have to bleach it first, I believe that in order to dye your hair turquoise or teal, you would have to bleach it first, but I could be wrong.

    I always like when people dye a strip on the underneath part of their hair, as well as the tips of the longest layer. It looks super neat, and it doesn't show too much of unnatural color.

    I suggest you use Kool-Aid in a similar color to which you want to dye your hair in the spots that you are thinking of dyeing. It is a non permanent feature, and it washes out within a few showers. Doing this allows you to see what the dye job would look like, and whether or not you like that amount of color.
    thank you.
    I've heard of the kool-aid thing, but I wasn't sure how it worked out.
    April 11th, 2007 at 02:37am
  • The Motorcycle Boy.

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    A Melancholy Autumn:
    I am very pale. So much in fact, I get made fun of all the time for it.
    Nope, I don't have a nice copper tan. Never have, and probably never will.
    I burn.

    My skin is horrible. It's blotchy and acne is easily noticable, hence my previous statement: I'm really pale.
    Have you ever tried using Dove Summer Glow Body Lotion? It sounds like you and I have similar skin, and this stuff has worked wonders for me. I apply it every morning on my legs, face, and arms. I've been using it for about three months, and it has done wonders for me.
    What's great about it is that it builds a light tan, not a cheesy looking obviously fake one.
    For the blotches on your skin, I suggest looking through the shelves at your drug store for a lotion that will minimize the redness of your skin. Also, I've heard that sun screen will minimize the appearance of freckles. Perhaps it would work for red skin as well?
    Whatever you do, don't load on a lot of foundation. It clogs your pores, and makes your skin very dry, and certain types can cause rashes on sensitive skin like yours.
    April 11th, 2007 at 02:51am
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    I am very pale. So much in fact, I get made fun of all the time for it.
    Nope, I don't have a nice copper tan. Never have, and probably never will.
    I burn.

    My skin is horrible. It's blotchy and acne is easily noticable, hence my previous statement: I'm really pale.
    Have you spoken to a dermatologist about it? If not, they may be able to give you some suggestions, but as there is none around here, I'll try and help out:

    Proactiv. This stuff IS amazing. I used it for a long time and it kept my acne way down. If you use all three [cleanser, toner, and fixer, I believe], it should help out tons.

    I also use this Origins Spot Remover. It comes in this teeny tiny little bottle and is absolutely fantastic at removing blemishes from past acne, scars, even current acne. My mom and I think it's made of mainly peroxide, as it smells strongly of that, so if you're allergic you may not want to use it. If not, I'd suggest this because, as I said, WOW.

    I also use this prescription called clindoxyl gel. If you can get it, the stuff works wonders.

    Oh, and my mom put me on the birth control pill. Once again, get a prescription. But if your mom'll let you, I'd suggest it. There are certain kinds that alleviate most acne. I use Diane 35 and I swear barely any of mine is left.

    Hope that helped, and sorry for the lengthy answer.
    April 11th, 2007 at 02:52am
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    A Melancholy Autumn:
    I am very pale. So much in fact, I get made fun of all the time for it.
    Nope, I don't have a nice copper tan. Never have, and probably never will.
    I burn.

    My skin is horrible. It's blotchy and acne is easily noticable, hence my previous statement: I'm really pale.
    Have you ever tried using Dove Summer Glow Body Lotion? It sounds like you and I have similar skin, and this stuff has worked wonders for me. I apply it every morning on my legs, face, and arms. I've been using it for about three months, and it has done wonders for me.
    What's great about it is that it builds a light tan, not a cheesy looking obviously fake one.
    For the blotches on your skin, I suggest looking through the shelves at your drug store for a lotion that will minimize the redness of your skin. Also, I've heard that sun screen will minimize the appearance of freckles. Perhaps it would work for red skin as well?
    Whatever you do, don't load on a lot of foundation. It clogs your pores, and makes your skin very dry, and certain types can cause rashes on sensitive skin like yours.
    I used to use that lotion, infact. I still have a bottle of it around my room somewhere. I usd it to see if it would work and it really helped. I just forget to use it frequently.

    I use Biore Triple Action Astringment, and it's helped with my acne, but I want something stronger, you know?
    April 11th, 2007 at 03:13am
  • The Motorcycle Boy.

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    A Melancholy Autumn:
    I used to use that lotion, infact. I still have a bottle of it around my room somewhere. I usd it to see if it would work and it really helped. I just forget to use it frequently.

    I use Biore Triple Action Astringment, and it's helped with my acne, but I want something stronger, you know?
    Start using it again then. It's worth the time.
    Also, as Princess said, you should consult your dermatologist and try taking birth control pills. It's worth a shot. 8)
    April 11th, 2007 at 04:48am
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    Are there any alternatives to eyeliner? I can't apply it worth shit and whenever I play around with it for practice it looks awful. I've pretty much given up on it. I always end up looking ridiculous and laugh at myself. Instead, I just shade a little bit of darker eye shadow underneath my eye.

    I'm just wondering if there is anything else I can do or even tips on how to apply it so I don't look a complete idiot.
    April 11th, 2007 at 04:53am
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    Are there any alternatives to eyeliner? I can't apply it worth shit and whenever I play around with it for practice it looks awful. I've pretty much given up on it. I always end up looking ridiculous and laugh at myself. Instead, I just shade a little bit of darker eye shadow underneath my eye.

    I'm just wondering if there is anything else I can do or even tips on how to apply it so I don't look a complete idiot.
    Well, eyeliner is not a necessity. I am assuming that you are talking about black eyeliner, and if that is the case, you should try brown eyeliner. Though it takes the same skill to apply, you can smudge it a little bit, and it since it is lighter, the mistakes are less noticeable.
    To apply eyeliner properly, you are supposed to:
    1)Apply a small amount of water to your brush. If you are using a pencil, make sure it is sharpened.
    2)Move the wet brush through the liner, hold the brush like you would hold a pen.
    3)Tilt your head back slightly and close your eyes halfway.
    4) Draw a line across the upper lid just above the lashes, from the inside corner to the outside corner of the eye. If you're using liquid liner, allow it to dry before opening your eyes all the way, or the color may transfer into the crease of your eye.
    5) Gently smudge the line with a Q-tip or with your finger.
    6) Line the lower lids. Moving from the outside edge inward, draw a line on the outer two-thirds of the lid or more, depending on the look you're going for. Your line should be slightly thicker at the outside corner, becoming thinner as it moves in toward your nose. Using your brush or pencil, lightly stroke the area. If using a liquid liner, apply it in one smooth stroke.

    I hope that helps. [:
    April 11th, 2007 at 05:27am
  • the optimist.

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    Okay, so. I really need to get my hair done again. I am thinking about both getting it cut again and bleached blonde, once more. (I already have a bleach kit saved back to do this and I'm waiting until I cut it first)
    I was considering just getting the same thing I have now.
    Now (about three weeks ago, really.):
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    The cut (Taken the day I got it cut.):
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    I am thinking I want it MAYBE a little shorter than that, but I'm really undecided. It's only been 2 months since I got it cut and it's still short, really. But I don't like that it's starting to grow out. Long hair annoys me. If anyone has any cut or colour recommendations, I'd be totally glad to take it into account.

    Oh and if anyone at all can help me, I have SERIOUS dandruff problems. Nothing I use or do makes it stop. I've used dandruff shampoos and everything. I even told my hair dresser about it, well, she actually seen it as she was parting my hair with the comb and suggested some shampoo to moisturize my hair. The shampoo did no good, neither did the conditioner. If anyone knows how to deal with serious dandruff, I'd really appreciate it. I can't remember a time I haven't had dandruff. :(
    April 11th, 2007 at 05:35am
  • The Motorcycle Boy.

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    Okay, so. I really need to get my hair done again. I am thinking about both getting it cut again and bleached blonde, once more. (I already have a bleach kit saved back to do this and I'm waiting until I cut it first)
    I was considering just getting the same thing I have now.
    Now (about three weeks ago, really.):


    The cut (Taken the day I got it cut.):
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    I am thinking I want it MAYBE a little shorter than that, but I'm really undecided. It's only been 2 months since I got it cut and it's still short, really. But I don't like that it's starting to grow out. Long hair annoys me. If anyone has any cut or colour recommendations, I'd be totally glad to take it into account.

    Oh and if anyone at all can help me, I have SERIOUS dandruff problems. Nothing I use or do makes it stop. I've used dandruff shampoos and everything. I even told my hair dresser about it, well, she actually seen it as she was parting my hair with the comb and suggested some shampoo to moisturize my hair. The shampoo did no good, neither did the conditioner. If anyone knows how to deal with serious dandruff, I'd really appreciate it. I can't remember a time I haven't had dandruff. :(
    First off, I just want to say you're really pretty, and that I dig the shades. [:

    I really like the color you have now, I think it suits your skin tone to a tee. I think that if you wouldn't mind getting up fifteen minutes earlier than you do now, to primp your 'do, you should get your hair done in very short, very choppy layers. From the looks of the two pictures you posted, you have relatively straight hair, and you wouldn't have to do too much work to maintain the layers. Other than applying gel to your hair, and straightening it the odd day, it wouldn't be very high maintenance. And I think it'd look super cute.

    Concerning the dandruff, I googled 'dandruff removal' and I came up with this reciepe.

    The Ingredients

    1/2 cup Water
    1/2 cup of White Vinegar

    The Instructions

    Combine ingredients then apply directly to the scalp. Use before shampooing. Apply twice a week.

    Putting the vinegar in your hair sounds pretty painful, so I wouldn't blame you if you didn't try it.

    Good luck, I hope that your hair looks good after it's been cut. [:
    April 11th, 2007 at 05:51am