I have enjoyed every style book written by Brenda Kinsel. She is witty, warm, and usually spot-on in her style advice.
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Her little book Brenda’s Bible is a collection of advice, encouragement, affirmation and humor. Today I wanted a “Miracle Makeover”, particularly a “Ten Minute” version. (She calls it the “Ten Minute Makeover to Look Ten Pounds Thinner,” but many of us are fine looking however many pounds we are : > )
Brenda’s ten-minute tips:
- Fill in your eyebrows. I love this one, although I often forget to do it.
- Lift your bra straps and loosen your belt.
- Wear a size bigger to look a size smaller. I like the looser feel of sizing up, so I do this a lot.
- Add a pretty lipstick color. Of course!
Here’s a couple I thought of, not miraculous but helpful, and I’d love to know yours:
- Brush on some highlighter or rosy blush.
- Toss on a scarf that flirts with pattern-mixing. Yes, just throw it on, you can fuss with it later.
- Run some styling cream or mousse through your hair to freshen the style.
- Spritz on a scent. I just sampled Lady Gaga’s Fame yesterday and loved it. It didn’t smell slutty to me at all!
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What do you do if you feel the urge for a ten-minute makeover?
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I like the tip about the scarf. Yup, just throw it on! 🙂
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I like this! Throw on a scarf is definitely something I do
This sounds like a great book! I love to toss a scarf on a LARGE white shirt… to look thinner and more elegant. As for the two color lipstick…. not sure I will try. As everything tends to head "south", lifting the bra straps seem almost mandatory!Fun post. Thanks :-)))xo,
Just ordered the book – sounds like it can work miracles. All I need is a guarantee.
I'd settle for slutty.
Second that. 🙂
Wear your best shoes and bag. You will elevate any outfit.
Lipstick, comb hair differently, and a quick manicure. I'm amazed at how more put-together I feel if I have a coat of sheer pink on my newly filed nails.
hmmm-mascara and curling my lashes.
I'd like to fill out my bra and lift my eyebrows!!
The shortest dress I can find, bright opaques and huge earrings! x
Fun! I do like a spritz of my favorite scent. Dangly earrings. Shimmer just under the brow, shadow or liner in the same peridot-ish color as my eyes. Olive oil on clean, short-clipped nails. I will also gently curl my lashes but here's my extra trick – first I condition them with the same natural balm I use on my lips (Eye Butter from Keys). Finally, a deep breath and posture! Such a difference.
Great tips! (Brenda's, yours, and the comments). I agree that lipstick is a quick and helpful fix. Add a coat of mascara, killer shoes, and I can do anything 🙂 It's a quick way to freshen up. I agree with filling in eyebrows. I do that a lot but with a blonde pencil so it's subtle.
Oh man, even 10 minutes of extra sleep would do me a world of good this week! Failing that, a couple of minutes sorting accessories, and safety pins / fashion tape / loose threads / lint-rolling can spiff things up a notch.
"it didn't smell slutty at all" hahaha
Yes, lipstick, earrings, and pull my hair up its it's a mess.
Posture. Standing straight is the best slimmer ever.
Flobberly is a look none of us is aiming for! : >
So true about the bra straps – it's amazing when you try on a new bra then go back to your stretched out old one and see how much more flumpy and flobberly you look. (Well, I look, can't speak for you guys).
I usually smear on a little eyeliner or flat iron my hair. I like two-tone lipstick. It can really look great as an IRL thing. I will often just put a tinted lipbalm on my top lip (Burt's bees in plum! Very dark and luscious!)
i used to never fill in my eyebrows when i was younger, i don't think anyone ever told me too
it is one of my such do things now, makes such a difference
Only in the past few years have I worn lipstick. I just wish I could keep it on for more than 5 minutes.
I miss wearing scents. Since I developed asthma I cannot tolerate any scent. But I do remember how it made me feel.
Polish my nails, use a little more eye makeup, pick a lush lip color, and grab an accessory that hasn't been worn in a while. Brenda sounds extremely cool 🙂
in winter a lipstick and in summer a lip gloss, khol to accent the eyes and a brushing the hair over the head, that's what my quick makeover. my eyebrows mostly are dyed by the barber light brown. because they are so flimsy – a fad of the 80s – i ponder about permanent tatooed eyebrows to fill them up. i like it to get tipps, thank you!
I completely agree with filling in your eyebrows. My whole face changes when I take the time to do it. I also love highlighter to look "dewy" now that my skin isn't quite as youthful looking. 🙂
I just started last June to do some kind of exercise for 29 minutes after I get up and it has been a miracle makeover for me! And of course, smile, smile, smile!!!
I like all your suggestions, Patti, and usually I do the same, but sometimes I mess up my hair on purpose for a last-minute style change, or switching into a pair of unexpected heels always makes me feel last-minute fresh. I never thought of the two lipstick colours together. I'm intrigued by that…
Wear pretty shoes! It takes only a minute, and at least for me, makes me feel on top of the world!
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yes, I can picture you trying this, Ariane, and looking terrific!
Lipstick always makes me feel like a whole new person, especially red! Heather
I love the advices,
I would fill out my eyebrows and lift my bra straps for sure! so funny!
I like the 2 tone lipstick, i might try it!
Lipstick, with a little color, a spritz of scent, a scarf. Check, check and check! And maybe a pair of leopard print shoes… 😉
of course, the best makeover "secret" there is!
Lipstick, a spritz of scent and a scarf…
add some positive attitude…
Those ten minutes you should take each day. Maybe I can find this book in Germany?
Regards from Rana