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The Seven Face Shapes

Written by Cindy Hoke on Tuesday, 28 February 2012. Posted in Makeup Trends, fresh faces News

Do you know your face shape?

George Westmore, born 1879 in England, was considered to be the first make-up artist.  A former Hairdresser and wig maker, Westmore and his family emigrated fom England to the US in the early 20th century.  With movies taking their hold on American culture, George gradually moved from Hairdressing into Make-up and established the first ever movie make-up department.  He taught his English-born sons Monte, Perc, Ern and Wally the techniques of the make-up profession and later, his two youngest sons, Bud and Frank, US born, also became make-up artists. 

After the death of his first wife, Westmore remarried, but the marriage ran into trouble and he committed suicide by swallowing Mercury in 1931.  After his death, his sons carried on his dynasty; Monte was much associated with MGM; Perc became head of Make-up at Warner Bros.; Wally became Make-up chief at Paramount; Ern worked at 20th Century Fox and low-budget film studio Eagle-Lion; Bud became head at Universal, and the youngest, Frank, was more freelance and later wrote a book on the family, "The Westmore's of Hollywood" in 1976.

In 1930, the Westmore brothers created the seven face shapes:

  • OVAL - most perfectly balanced; forehead slightly wider than chin, cheeks and jaw line curve from top to bottom, high forehead, bony, gently taper off.
  • OBLONG - face is long and narrow; long thin side-planes of cheeks; angular jaw, lack of full chin.
  • ROUND - circle; not too much longer than broad, rounded hairline, width at cheeks, round and short; strong character and individual.
  • SQUARE - a circle with corners, straight hairline; generous jawbones, square bottom chin, narrower at cheek, narrowest at forehead, low close hairline.
  • TRIANGLE (pear shaped) - greatest width at lower section of face, taper upward, slightly small chin.
  • INVERTED TRIANGLE (heart shaped) - you taper downwards; greatest width at forehead; jaw line narrow.
  • DIAMOND - small piquant ones to large ones width at cheekbones, forehead and chin narrow off; hairline and jaw same; extra-wide cheekbones.

So, have you determined your face shape?  Were you surprised?

How Diet Affects Your Complexion

Written by Cindy Hoke on Thursday, 23 February 2012. Posted in Makeup Trends, fresh faces News

10 Foods for Better Skin

Searching for better looking skin?  Look no further than your local grocery store. According to the American Council on Exercise (ACE), eating the following 10 foods will enhance your complexion. 

  • AVOCADOS - This creamy, green fruit is abundant in essential oils and B-complex vitamins that nourish your skin, inside and out.  Niacin (vitamin B3) is especially important for heathly skin, and avocados contain lots of it.  Niacin, an anti-inflammatory, soothes irritated skin and red, blotchy skin.  One avocado has 3.8 mg niacin - 27% of your daily need.
  • MANGOES - Mangoes have more than 80% of your daily requirements for vitamin A.  Vitamin A maintains and repairs skin cells; a deficiency will result in a dry, flaky complexion.  As an antioxidant, vitamin A also fights free radical damage that can prematurely age the skin.
  • ALMONDS - Almonds are great for your complexion - with 150% of your daily need for vitamin E.  Vitamin E's rich oils moisturize dry skin, and its antioxidants protect against skin damage and premature aging.
  • COTTAGE CHEESE - Dairy is good for your bones and face.  Containing selenium, an essential mineral, teams up with vitamin E as a powerful free radical-fighting antioxidant duo.  Plus, it wil protect against skin cancer and fight dandruff.
  • ACEROLA CHERRIES - Your average cherry does not supply a lot of vitamin C, but that's not true for Acerolas.  One of these cherries supplies 100% of your daily allowance for vitamin C, which is great news for your skin.  As an antioxidant, vitamin C fights skin damage and wrinkles.  It also plays a central role in the production of collagen, the structural protein in your skin.
  • OYSTERS - Fight pimples because they are rich in zinc.  The mineral affects sebum production, a deficiency may contribute to acne.  Zinc also helps boost elastin production with the help of vitamin C.
  • BAKED POTATOES - Eating one baked potato (with the skin) provides you 75% of your daily copper need.  This essential mineral works with vitamin C and zinc to produce the elastin fibers that support skin structure.
  • MUSHROOMS - Rich in riboflavin, a B vitamin that is vital to your skin.  Riboflavin (vitamin B2) is involved in tissue maintenance and repair, and improves skin blemishes caused by rosacea. 
  • FLAXSEED OIL - Omega 3s are great for your skin, but did you know that flaxseed oil is one of the best sources of this essential fatty acid?  Just one teaspoon of flaxseed oil per day provides 2.5 grams of omega 3s, which, in turn, hydrates the skin.  Essential fatty acids also dilute sebum and unclog pores that otherwise leads to acne.
  • WHEAT GERM - Wheat germ is a good source of biotin, a B vitamin that's crucial to skin health.  A mild biotin deficiency can cause dermatitis, a condition characterized by itchy, scaly skin.  Sprinkle wheat germ on yogurt for a tasty way to get more biotin in your diet.

Try these 10 foods today to receive a better complexion!

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