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Jul 9, 2012

How to look pretty confident

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    Clean up. Try your best to remove spots, acne, or pimples from your face. If your hormones are causing acne then don't worry about it just try to cover it up with natural looking make up. If you're really uncomfortable about it, then wear a little bit of powder or foundation. Also use a light moisturizer that is oil free and contains SPF 15 or higher. Wash your hair every other day or every 2-4 days, unless you are a victim of dry hair and/or scalp. Run your fingers through your hair. If your hair feels even a tiny bit oily or dry, you are due in for another hair wash. You should ask a professional hair stylist to recommend products to keep your hair healthy. You want your hair to look clean, healthy, and shiny, not oily and gross or dry and brittle.

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    Brush your hair everyday, because it will bring oil from the roots of your hair to the rest of your hair. The oil at the roots of your hair not only keep your hair shiny, but it will protect it. Plus, the oil roots of your hair can collect and ruin your appearance. Apply a heat protectant if straightening or curling your hair, otherwise it can get damaged very easily. Healthy hair is pretty. You might need some kind of protection spray or shampoo to protect your hair from sun damage.

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    If you wish to dye your hair, make sure it's a dye that suits your skin tone--two shades darker or lighter than the natural color of your hair. It's not recommended however, as it can cause breakage.
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    On occasion, try considering a professional hairdresser. The extra money is worth it, and the products they use are better quality. If you're not sure what hair cut looks good on you, ask your stylist what haircuts suit your face shape [i.e. round, oval, square, heart shaped]. Don't be afraid to get wild with that hair! Go for something different that flatters that beautiful face of yours!

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    Remove unwanted body hair. Wax, shave, or pluck body hair such as bikini line, armpit hair, leg hair, eyebrow hair and your other parts.
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    Make the effort to smile. This will make you feel good about yourself, and make others positive to your day and put you in a good mood. Think of something that made you laugh, and you'll have the most charming and pretty smile! Definitely practice smiling in front of the mirror and find out what your most beautiful smile is (a head tilt smile, a teeth smile, a full lip smile, etc.) Then have; this smile on for the camera.
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    Try going for that fresh summer look, but DO NOT cake it on. Makeup is made to enhance your natural features, not cover them. One of the biggest mistakes you can make is to wear too much makeup, as you end up looking a bit fake. Eyeliner adds definition to your eyes. Choose a natural and subtle shade, like brown,or a color close to your skin color, to create a strictly neutral look. If you want your neutral look to be a bit bolder, try adding a thin line of black eyeliner. If you really need eyeshadow, which brightens up your eyes, make it natural and light. Try making it a champagne or brown color for that natural look. Mascara really opens up your eyes and makes your lashes super pretty. Also, add some clear lip gloss to enhance your lips. Don't wear shocking colors during the day. Stay pretty natural during the day and play it up during the night. If you have pimples or other face irritation, use an acne formula that won't dry out your skin. If your parents don't let you wear makeup, then you are probably really pretty without it.

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    Try your perfumes (if you have them), and see what makes you feel best. Also, you can try scented body lotions, or body splashes. You will probably want a refreshing smell. Spritz yourself once or twice on your wrist (it is not a good idea to rub your wrists together because it can change the scent), and then onto your elbows and neck. That creates a hint of scent, which is sexy. You can also spray perfume on your brush before brushing it through the hair to give it a nice scent. Don't worry, the tiny amount of alcohol contained in perfume is not going to damage your hair! Don't believe the stuff about "hot spots" on your body, these spots are only slightly warmer (less than a degree) than the rest of your body and won't help the scent last longer at all.
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    Try different types of acne solution to get ride of acne (if you have). Most acne medications have one or more of the following ingredients: Benzoyl Peroxide, Salicylic Acid, Glycolic Acid (part of the Alpha Hydroxy Acids or AHAs), Retinol, & Sulfur and Resorcino. Different skin types and different severities of acne will react to them differently. Whatever you do, remember, patience is a virtue! CLEAN START WORKS REALLY WELL :)
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    Buy clothing that flatters you. Black clothes are slimming, as are vertical stripes- Be modest, so don't wear shirts that are too low, or shirts or skirts too short. Ask people at your favorite clothing store to help you find clothing that are flattering to your figure.

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    No one has a perfect body. Look in the mirror. What are your flaws? Find ways to enhance them or, if enhancing is not possible, then try to cover it or draw the attention away from the flaw. For instance, if you have "thunder thighs" then don't wear tight pants. Try for a loose knee length skirt or wear a flattering top that will keep the eye trained on your top and not your legs. If you have "love handles" then don't wear a tight top. Do something with your pants or face to draw the attention away from your belly.
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    Flatter a 'blah' outfit with accessories. Try a headband, colorful belt or a cute necklace, but don't over-accessorize! In the words of Coco Chanel, "Take off one accessory before you go out the door."
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    Body language says a lot! Stand up straight. Let others know that you respect yourself, and they will follow your lead. Plus, it has the visual effect of smoothing out any bulges that aren't particularly flattering. Posture is important and can make you look more attractive. Standing or sitting slumped burns fewer calories then sitting or standing up straight.
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    Understand the value of inner beauty. There are "pretty" people in this world, but beauty is uncommon. A bad attitude makes the difference. Being horrible towards others will make you really ugly, and make people stop paying attention to your looks. Beauty is from the inside, the more anger and stress you have on the inside the more it will show on your face.

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    With that in mind, remember that all the makeup in the world won't help if you are unhappy and negative towards others.
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    Love yourself, love others and you will feel and look great. People are attracted to and feel comfortable with people who respect themselves. Liking yourself and respecting yourself doesn't mean you are conceited, it just shows others that you are happy about your appearance.
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    Be yourself, be warm to others, and feel great
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    If your friends give you positive compliments, don't try to change them into negative onesAccept them and use them to make you feel even better. Expressing a modest "thank you" is much healthier than putting yourself down.
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    Exercise. Looking great doesn't mean makeup and clothes, it means feeling good about yourself and staying healthy. Try to exercise for at least a half hour every day, and drink 8 glasses of water daily. The water helps you get a nice glow in your skin and makes your complexion much clearer.

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    If you don't have time to exercise try doing some brisk walking while running errands.
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    Get enough sleep. This will help you to always look your best. Regular sleeping patterns help your body to effectively regenerate and feel great the next day! Avoid sleeping on your face, this will cause wrinkles.

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    Maintain good dental hygiene - Brush your teeth after every meal, floss twice daily, and use mouth wash

    However, don't brush too hard - you may think it cleans your teeth better, but it's only damaging them
    . Make sure you don't brush until at least 10 minutes after your meal. Doing otherwise can damage your enamel, which will make is painful to chew sugary and cold/warm foods.
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    Believe you are beautiful! If you don't think it, no one else will. Simply look in the mirror and say this: I Am Beautiful. Although you may not think so, everyone is beautiful in their own way. You can look the part by smiling. That is the easiest way to be pretty. Remember - Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
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    Hands and nails say a lot. No one wants to touch someone with dry hands. Use moisturizer on your hands every day to keep them soft. For your nails, keep them in a neat trim .
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    Open up your eyes especially for the camera; you'll look prettier and brighter.

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    Whatever anyone says about you, ignore it and go on. That's the best way to ignore rude comments from someone who doesn't think you're beautiful.

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    YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL JUST THE WAY YOU ARE! Honestly, in the end, its the inside that counts. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, not the mirror.