British Pathe – Vintage Make-up Tutorial 1936. What an absolute treat to have come across such a treasure, which it is presented by a gentleman in a unique way.
About make-up, I have never heard a truer word: “It’s an art, if only one knows how.” And an art it is. Watch this video and tell me that make-up artistry is not a skill to be mastered. Even back in 1936, if not more so, in that era.
During the tutorial the gentleman made a few statements that I believe to be applicable not only to one’s face but to individuals as well. One of which is: “Make-up: Making up what the face lacks in uniformity.”
Just as cosmetics are there to make up for facial imperfections, clothes and accessories are tools that can completely transform your body and confidence as well as your personal brand. It can change the way you are perceived by others, whether that is in a working environment, at an event, or at home.
Yet the biggest mistake made by most of us is forgetting that just as a garment should fit your body well, your brand should fit your personality. This, for example, is one of the reasons I have never chased after trends. I keep falling in love with them but I can never allow myself to follow one. Firstly, it’s in and out of fashion faster than you can say ombre, and then one is stuck with a cupboard filled with garments that you cannot be seen dead in. Secondly, trendy outfits and hairstyles do not suit every personality and body type. Rather find something that works for you, keep it updated, classic and classy.
It is rather amazing to experience the confidence change in someone when they learn which colours, make-up applications, necklines, shoes and accessories amongst many others are best suited to their body and skin types as well as their personalities.
We owe it to ourselves to showcase our best attempts at designing our personal brands. “Just be you” is a term I found to be misguiding. “Being you”, for example, doesn’t mean you have to look like you are wearing a tent because you want to hide your thighs or l as if you just walked out of the gym when you go for dinner. Being the “best you” on the other hand, I’d say, is to be aware of your flaws, not defeated by them. Look the best you can, dress according to a certain situation and most importantly, true to your personality.
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A lovely week to you all.