Newsletter: Issue #011 July 2010

Style Snippets

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Jane's Jottings

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By the time this newsletter comes out I will have been on holiday in the south of France for just over a week! If you're in the southern hemisphere, I hope you're enjoying wearing layers to keep warm, dry and stylish. If you're in the northern hemisphere I hope you're enjoying your summer and making good use of accessories to create variety in your outfits.

Just before I left Sydney I attended an AICI (Association of  Image Consultants International) educational day. This was great fun -- it's always great to mingle with other image consultants, to see what they're up to and re-kindle passion for my business. One of the educational workshops was on applying makeup for our clients. I've shared a few tips from this session below.

Enjoy this month's Style Snippets. Until next month, all the best


PS I always welcome your feedback, so please contact me with anything you'd like to see either on the website or in this newsletter (reply to this email or use the Contact Me link below).

Mastering Makeup Tips

Did you know that there have been various studies done that show women earn more if they wear some makeup? The aim is to enhance and add polish to your appearance. Keep it natural looking, especially for daytime.

I'd like to share with you some of the tips I learned at the last AICI Sydney education day...

  • Put eye makeup on before face makeup -- so that if some eye color gets were it shouldn't you can correct it with your foundation. If you apply your face makeup first you may end up wiping some of it off if there's any dropage

  • Apply any concealer last (spot cover, and under-eye dark circle concealer) so you don't rub it off. Remember to blend the edges in well

  • Use a primer to prepare your face for makeup. Primer is essentially a moisturizer and becomes more important on an ageing skin. It helps to seal in your moisturizer and provides a smooth surface for your foundation.

    The consensus at the AICI workshop was that the Arbonne Virtual Illusion Makeup Primer is one of the best around. It's a bit like a gel. It slides onto the skin and makes it feel smooth and silky. In my experience it minimizes lines as well -- which has to be a good thing! I also like that Arbonne's products are free of harmful ingredients and based on a combination of botanical principles and science.

  • If your eyebrows are fair, greying or patchy it really is a good idea to draw in your brows. They frame your eyes and define your face. It's best to use a powder, rather than a pencil, to keep it natural looking. Apply a color similar to your hair color with a stiff eyebrow brush. Then comb over with the comb part of a clean mascara applicator brush to make the color look natural

  • Set face makeup and eye makeup with a light dusting of translucent powder -- tap excess powder off the brush before applying so you don't apply too much

I'm intending to take more makeup application lessons later this year and will then write up some articles for you.

  in this issue
Jane's Jottings
Your Questions Answered
Product & Service Updates
Tell Your Friends

Style Snippets Back Issues
  fundamentals of style
Understand and wear your best colors

Know your body shape and proportions

Dress to flatter your shape

Your Questions Answered

Each month I pick 1-3 questions I've been asked that I think other readers will be interested in and publish them here. You can ask me questions or share your style story either directly on my website or through my contact me form.

I'd particularly like to know your style questions and to see or hear your trend observations. Come on, don't be shy!

Product & Service Updates

Discover Your Best Range of Colors
If you haven't had your colors done yet, or if you had your colors done many years ago and feel you may now have changed color categories I provide a color analysis service. If you live in Sydney find details of my in-person colour analysis service here. If you live anywhere else in the world contact me for details of my online color analysis service.

What's In a Name?

If you are already an ePortfolio client you may have noticed that the program has had a name change recently? In fact, it's now had several name changes over it's lifetime. It started life, in the offline, downloadable version, as the Style ePortfolio. Then when it moved online earlier this year it became the eStyle program. Ann (the program's creator) has recently been taking some marketing advice and as a result the latest name for the program is My Private Stylist.

Through all the name changes the program itself has always been an excellent way to take the guess work out of dressing to flatter your body shape. And it gets better with each large and small improvement. This latest online version in particular is excellent.

Of course the program only works if you correctly identify your body proportions (see below).

>> If you haven't already done so, check it out for yourself

Confirm Your Body Proportions

Ever since I started offering the online styles program I have been offering an online body shape analysis service. I realized that many people find it hard to assess their body proportions objectively. And, especially if a person's proportions don't fall obviously in one category, an experienced eye is needed.

As part of this service I explain how to take the set of photos needed. Sometimes a couple of takes at the photos is needed to make sure they don't provide a distorted view or to make sure an outline is clear. And sometimes I need to ask a few clarifying questions. Often it takes me at least an hour to get everything ready for my analysis, to do the analysis and to create the report. I've been offering this service for US$79, which is less than my hourly rate.

Now Ann (the program creator) has added a photo help offer in the order section of the My Private Stylist program. She has found a way to do this for US$25, which seems incredible value for money to me and there's no way I can match this price. So, while I will still offer my service, in case my clients would like my personal touch, I suspect most people will use the cheaper service (I'm sure I would!).

You can access this new service using the 'Need Help' button available from the 'Order Portfolio' menu. You will soon be able to use the new service to check your proportions even if you've already purchased your ePortfolio.

>> Access the My Personal Stylist program here

>> For details of all my services click here

Look Great! Feel Great!
If you don't yet have your personalized Style Solutions portfolio you can find the details here...

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