Beauty and makeup tips: nail polish colors which match your lipstick and dress
Women accessorize their looks with nail polish and lipstick, but what are the ideal colors and what are the mistakes to avoid? And how do you coordinate the two so they match your wardbrobe?
Many women work to create a coordinated look from head to toe. Accessorizing well is not limited to jewelry, scarves and purses. Makeup counts too. The right nail polish and the right lipstick can help a woman keep her look pulled together.
While it's good to be coordinated, there's a fine line between matching colors and going for a look that's over the top. To avoid these color coordinating mistakes, it's a good idea to find out which hues work for your skin tones, your style and the season for which you're dressing.
Fair skinned women look great in rosy pinks, sheers and light pastels like blue and lavender. Ethnic skins look best in deeper hues like red and orange. These darker complexions also wear gold, purple and other striking hues very well. Lips especially look great in plum and rich browns.
Your personal style factors into your nail polish and lipstick choices as well. A conservative woman with a shy personality would never be able to wear bright attention grabbing colors like hot pink lipstick or sunny yellow nail polish. And a flashy dresser would not be comfortable in a subdued look of nude polish and sheer lip gloss. Personal preference dictates makeup choices great, so mix and match looks and products until you find your ideal color style.
When it comes to seasonal selections for nail polish and lipsticks, there are lots of choices. For fall, try gold, sandy brown and plum polishes and lipsticks. All are very warm tones fitting for harvest time. Don't worry about perfectly matching the polish to the lipstick. These earthy hues work well together in a variety of shades. And the colors look great with autumn wardrobes of suede, wools and tweeds. Go for that crisp look that is so coveted in the fall.
Dress your lips and nails in lush winter colors to play up the season. In winter opt for colors with dark berry tones like mulberry, cranberry or deep reds that bring out that holiday spirit and the subdued feeling of winter. This time of year lipsticks and nails can be bold and striking to create a very polished look that needs very little additional accessorizing. Dressing this time of year is usually very cozy. Whether you're wearing a velvet party dress, a luxurious cashmere sweater or comfy corduroys, you're sure to want to dress up your look with the colors of the season.
By the time spring rolls around, you want to break away from the deep hues of winter. Opt for softer, fresher colors like light peaches, pinks and corals. For a daring spring look, try baby blue or lavender nail polish, complemented by sheer lip glosses in nude hues or light purples and pinks.
Summer nails and lips can be less fuss than any other time of the year. For summer, have a little lighthearted fun with some bright hues including lively corals, fabulous fuchsias and funky blues and yellows. Lipsticks are equally lively. Try glosses in bright pinks, reds and grape.
And let summer's carefree wardrobe reflect summer fun. At the office many women can sport brighter lipstick and glamorous nails. There's one caveat though. Sparkles and glitter polishes can be fun for a sassy look like a night out on the town or a getaway in the islands, but they also exude a young look?think teenagers on summer vacation. For professional looks steer clear of these trendy polishes unless you want your nails to project a youthful flashiness.
When in doubt any time of year, there are nail polish standards that look great on just about everyone. For a universal elegance and beauty, try nude colored polishes or French manicures. Both are sophisticate, subtle and never look overdone.
Migraine solutions: can massage ease migraine pain?
Many migraine sufferers are finding relief and prevention in different massage therapy techniques.
If you suffer from migraines, you know all too well the time lost to pain, nausea, photosensitivity, and a general unwell feeling. Prescription medicines can halt a migraine in its path, particularly when taken at the first hit of onset; avoiding triggers, which can include anything from caffeine to chocolate to alcohol to wheat or dairy, also helps those afflicted by migraines to avoid illness as often as possible. However, many people today choose to pursue alternative medicine to help ameliorate and prevent migraines. Massage has proven itself a powerful alternative to traditional medications in the field of migraine prevention.
There are several different techniques of massage that have been shown to help migraine sufferers combat their illness. Different styles work - or don't work -- for different people, and most sufferers combine massage therapy with traditional therapies to reap the best results. Depending on the type and frequency of your migraines, one or more of the following massage techniques could prove helpful to you.
Deep-tissue massage, perhaps the most well-known technique, relaxes the muscles in the body through pressure and stretching. A massage therapist focuses on areas of the body that carry tension and feel tight or uncomfortable, and uses deepening pressure to release the tension and give an overall feeling of relaxation and loosening of stiff muscles. If your migraines result from tension carried in a certain part of the body (usually the neck and shoulders), deep-tissue massage that relaxes those areas can provide a palliative measure.
Neuromuscular massage is a close cousin of deep-tissue massage. In this technique, the therapist applies moderate to deep pressure to the body's "trigger points" - specific areas within a muscle that often feel painful to the touch when pressed. The idea behind trigger-point therapy is that it will release nerve compression (compressed nerves being the reason that the trigger points ache when touched), and that the relaxed nerves in turn will help the body to release tension.
The next technique to consider is craniosacral therapy, wherein the pressure applied by the therapist is focused on the skull and scalp. By soothing the nerve endings through massage, the therapist encourages them to relax and to stop sending such powerful waves of pain.
If craniosacral massage does not help your migraines, you might try moving downwards to the feet for reflexology. Reflexology concentrates on pressure points on the soles of the foot. According to the practice, the foot is divided into that relate to different areas of the body; by stimulating those points on the feet, the therapist aims to relax muscles that carry a lot of stress or tension. Because it involves applying pressure to the feet, several people have found that they can learn and practice a version of the therapy on themselves, thus making it more affordable and more available as a prevention tool at the onset of migraine pain.
Lastly, you might choose to consider acupressure and its close relation, acupuncture. Acupressure, like reflexology can be learned and practiced by the migraine sufferer. The technique involves applying pressure with the fingertips to specific points on the head and neck or the hands; the idea is that applying pressure, then releasing it, in a certain rhythm will relax the specific nerves responsible for transmitting migraine pain. If you find relief from acupressure, you may choose to seek out a licensed acupuncture practitioner. Acupuncture therapists attempt to release the body's tension by painlessly inserting fine needles into the pressure points all over the body. While acupressure and acupuncture are not to be confused, they have both arisen from the Eastern concept of qi, or energy, that courses through the body and can become blocked at those nerve endings, or pressure points. Releasing the qi to flow freely again relieves the pressure and pain of many ailments, including, for some, migraine.
If you do choose to pursue a form of massage to seek relief from migraines, you should check with your doctor to ensure the safety of your choice. Always find a licensed practitioner. While acupressure and reflexology can be learned from the numerous books on the subject, you should always find certified therapists for any technique that allows someone else to manipulate your body in any way. Some massage therapists even accept insurance, so check with your insurance carrier to see if massage can be covered under an alternative medicine policy. Most of all, keep your mind open; if one technique does not work for you, another might. Do your research, take care, and be well!
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