Pro­file your as­sets for the per­fect look

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS/STYLE -

The full length mir­ror never lies when it comes to dress­ing for your body shape. So here is a great strat­egy, turn to the side and check your pro­file.

When you stand side on, it takes in to ac­count par­tial views of both the back and front of your body. This makes it eas­ier to iden­tify fea­tures to be ac­cen­tu­ated or dis­guised as well as ver­ti­cal style lines.

These lines are the dis­tance and spac­ing be­tween spe­cific points on the body and/or cloth­ing, and cru­cial for cre­at­ing a bal­anced shape.

When try­ing to find that per­fect fit­ted dress, it is help­ful to know if a short or long waist gar­ment is re­quired.

Check­ing your pro­file is a sim­ple time- sav­ing rule pro­vid­ing an in­stant over­view of all your key as­sets and chal­lenges in one hit. Get this right and you are well on your way to cre­at­ing the per­fect look ev­ery time.

Start­ing with your hair, it high­lights the oc­cip­i­tal bone, the ear level in­dent of the skull at the back of your head.

Cre­ate the per­fect shape with some vol­ume in the crown area and the whole nat­u­ral fall of your hair­style will be more flat­ter­ing.

Next comes the jaw line, hair sweep­ing slightly for­ward will dis­guise a strong ac­cen­tu­ated chin as well as a prom­i­nent nose.

This ap­proach can also be help­ful with makeup. Re­mem­ber a sweep­ing up­ward blend of blusher or eye shadow will cre­ate a more youth­ful ef­fect. Foun­da­tion blended away with a damp sponge into jaw and hair lines will pro­vide a nat­u­ral, flaw­less fin­ish.

Adopt­ing this an­gle to de­ter­mine the length of your neck is a much eas­ier way of se­lect­ing suit­able ac­ces­sories in the form of scarves and/or jew­ellery. Longer neck­lines can ac­com­mo­date a more os­ten­ta­tious look.

The three ar­eas of fo­cus for most women, how­ever, are usu­ally the bust, tummy and bot­tom. De­pend­ing on whether you see these ar­eas as as­sets or chal­lenges will influence your ap­proach.

The tummy in par­tic­u­lar can be a ma­jor fo­cus, so some­times us­ing a low slung wide belt can pro­vide a lit­tle magic in be­com­ing a fea­ture. An al­ter­na­tive is se­lect­ing cloth­ing with a cum­mer­bund ef­fect. This is a wide in­set panel of ma­te­rial run­ning hor­i­zon­tal around the waist­line area. The wide band cre­ates dis­trac­tion, break­ing up the flow of the ver­ti­cal styling line, en­sur­ing a shapely fig­ure.

Paula Birnie is a hair and wardrobe stylist who lives in Ti­tahi Bay. For more in­for­ma­tion about hair, makeup and wardrobe styling go to com­ple­

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