Belle of the Ball

By Clare Dickens

For many teenagers ball season is the first excuse to venture into the world of the beauty salon.

For many seniors at high school the night of the ball is an exciting date in the diary.

Once the all important dress has been decided, the finishing touches can make the difference between Cinderella and Ugly Sister.

For many teenagers ball season is the first excuse to venture into the world of the beauty salon.

The most important accessory to any well groomed fashionista is a flawless complexion. Young skin needs to be treated carefully. A professional skin analysis will ensure appropriate products and modalities are used to prepare the skin. Whilst battling with hormone fluctuation and menstrual cycles not every teenagers main concern is spots and blemishes.

Young skins are often mistreated with harsh products which strip the skin of moisture as well as oil leading to dehydration. This is a skin condition and not a skin type and is quickly reversed with correct products and a change in diet.

Once the canvas is prepared think about makeup. If you don’t usually wear much makeup be mindful that your photos will be with you forever, and sometimes less is more.

With regards to current styles, anything goes. However, colours should be selected depending on your colouring and dress rather than what’s hot in the glossies.

Do spend time looking through fashion magazines for ideas, just don’t expect to turn Oscar winning fem fatal instantly. Your makeup artist will be able to adjust the look to enhance your features and to suit your colouring.

In general; smokey eyes and pale lips is still a popular choice, pastels work well with a whimsical dress while brights are spectacular for those who wish to stand out in a crowd. Shimmery eyes look great in Ball photos

Whatever your time frame or budget don’t forget the eyebrows. A skilled hand with tweezers or wax can instantly transform even the wildest of mono brows into a tamed frame for your eyes.  Combine this with a lash and brow tint to guarantee optimum definition without the panda eyes at the end of the night.

Dress depending it is likely that you will want to be fuzz free. Throw away the razor and discover the relatively pain free world of waxing. For a few moments in the salon you gain smooth skin that’s hair free for weeks.

Whether it is underarms, legs or the works, be brave book it in and you will wonder why you haven’t done it before. Remember to wax first tan later. The wax will help with skin exfoliation. Use trained hands and patch test first to ensure you don’t look like an orange oompalompa on the big night.

For top to toe perfection don’t forget the feet. Wearing strappy sandals in the onset of winter can be challenging. Book in for a pedicure so you can put your best foot forward with confidence. Choose from the kaleidoscope of colours and remember hands and feet do not have to match. But be sure that all your colour choices are in harmony for an overall look.

A current nude shade works well on short nails or those with a tendency to chip the polish on their way out the door.

Then Cinderella when your work is done you shall go to the ball!


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