Adapt your makeup to your age, your bone structure and your lifestyle, and you can’t go wrong.

Beware of swimming pools. Swimming is good for the figure, but not for the face. Chlorine is very harsh and roughens the top layer of the skin, and one hour of sunbaking equals 11 days of natural aging.

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You must counteract these things with special care, using rich moisturizers both before and after swimming, and not exposing your skin to strong sunlight for long periods.

Here is the step-by-step guide to perfect makeup and skin care:

  1. Clean the skin at night and in the morning. Avoid soap and water, if you don’t believe it, think what it’s like when soap gets in your eyes. It’s just as harsh on our face.
  2. Tone the skin. This is the step most women leave out. But it eliminates excess oils and rinses away any greasy feeling. When you wash the clothes you rinse them, the same applies to your face. A skin tonic is also a good catalyst for a moisturizer. By cleaning away residue cream and oil a moisturizer will be more quickly absorbed.
  3. Apply your moisturizer, but not as if icing a cake. You only need the tiniest amount, as much as to coat a 10-cent piece.
  4. Under makeup dot a night cream, or day cream, around the eyes and creases in the mouth. It’s during the day that your face is moving and exercising, so it’s naturally beneficial if those areas have extra moisture when they are most active. That doesn’t mean you don’t need a night cream also.
  5. Everybody needs makeup. It adds a protective layer to the skin that holds in moisture and acts as a shield against grime and dirt. Begin with a fluid foundation to merge the flaws and protect.
  6. Never stop learning about makeup and skin care and always relate them to fashion. Every day something new happens in the cosmetic world, and if you have a 60s face with a 70s wardrobe then it’s certainly time for a change.
  7. Contour your face, don’t paint it. Take account of whether your eyes are wide apart, or your face round, and decide how your makeup will look best. Don’t plaster on the bright blues and iridescent greens. The look should be natural, smudgy and a little understated.
  8. Do all this and you’re only halfway there. Enjoy a healthy diet, get as much sleep as your body needs and smoke and drink as little as possible or not at all.

Your hands may not shape up to classical proportions but they can still be beautiful. Regular manicures and hand care will help give this result. Aim for a once-a-week manicure and in between take care to protect the hands. Here are some points to remember.

  1. Rub in a barrier cream before tackling household chores.
  2. Don’t forget to pull on gloves before washing up, gardening or cleaning.
  3. Hot water laced with detergent or laundry powder is particularly damaging for the hands. Excessive heat and chemicals dry out natural oils of the skin and nails.
  4. Always thoroughly dry your hands, then work in hand cream with firm stroking movements from tip to knuckle, finger by finger, as if pulling on kid gloves.
  5. Hands in poor condition should be massaged with medicated hand cream, then covered with cotton gloves before going to bed at night.
  6. Fingers discolored with nicotine stains will clean if scrubbed gently with a soft nail brush and rubbed with half a lemon.
  7. Calloused skin stroked lightly with a well-soaped pumice-stone will flake away.

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Get your kit together and follow these ten steps: You will need: hand towel, bowl, oily polish remover, cotton wool balls, emery board, orange stick, cotton wool buds, soft nail brush, toilet soap, hand cream, cuticle remover, pumice-stone, cuticle treatment cream.

  1. Remove old nail polish with an oily remover taking care to press firmly, not rub.
  2. Shape nails with an emery board; first with the darker side of the board then smooth the tips with the lighter side. File the nails in one direction, from side to centre. Avoid filing too low at the sides. This weakens the nails.
  3. Immerse fingers in a bowl of warm water to soften cuticles. Scrub nails gently with a very soft soapy brush. Dry thoroughly.
  4. Apply cuticle remover with an orange stick wrapped in cotton wool. Carefully press back cuticles. Don’t prod as this may cause infection.
  5. Gently clean under nails with a cotton wool bud and ease cuticles back again.
  6. Dot treatment cream on the base of each nail and massage in, working over the cuticles.
  7. Wipe the surface of the nails with a clean cotton wool bud. Grease prevents polish from “taking.”
  8. If nails are soft and flaky, apply a nail strengthener on the tips. (Overuse can make nails brittle.)
  9. Always use a base coat before applying polish. It acts as a buffer and fills in uneven surfaces.
  10. Apply polish, one stroke in the middle of the nail from base to tip, then one stroke either side. Three thin coats are better than two thick ones. Allow each coat to dry thoroughly otherwise the polish won’t last. Finally, massage hands with a little hand cream.
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