A deeper look at your face.

A deeper look at your face.

Ok, let's start with the face , and the general healthy condition.

If you have a combination skin, then you'll find this is a good way to work out which parts are dry and which are oily.

First thing in the morning, before you put anything on your face – or take anything off-press a single-ply tissue against your forehead. Use another for each cheek, and finally one for your nose, upper lip and chin. (Keep track of which is which!) Where skin is oily, a definite mark will be left on the tissue – which may even stick slightly to the skin. Normal skin will imprint only a very slight sheen. Dry skin will leave virtually no mark at all.

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Face type

Now look to see what type of face you have. This will give you an additional indication of your skin type, and can also help to determine whether you might want to use make-up to add contour to your face.

There are three face types: bony, fleshy and sound.

bony face has the flesh drawn tightly over the bones – which are quite prominent. This type of face most often has dry, delicate skin.

fleshy face has much more flesh in relation to bone, usually with heavy jowls. The bones are not prominent at all. Usually the skin is oily, often also sallow.

sound face is the happy medium, with flesh and bone in good proportion. Skin types for sound faces vary, but usually the skin is normal, or combination with an oily central panel and dryness on the cheeks.

Face shape

Once you know your face shape you'll be well on the way to finding make-up, hairstyles and even fashions to flatter your face!

Basic face shapes are ovalsquareroundheart-shaped and long, though few faces fall exactly into any of these categories.

To find out which shape your face most resembles, start by getting your hair right out of the way – either tying it back or pinning it flat against the sides of your head. If you still aren't sure, try closing one eye and tracing round your reflection on the mirror with a wet bar of soap. The result may be a little wobbly, but it will give you a good idea of the basic shape of your face. From the outline you have drawn you will also see where your face is broad and where it is narrow. Incidentally, an ideally-proportioned face is thought to be one where the distances from tip of nose to base of chin and tip of nose to outer corner of eye are equal.

Having looked at yourself this closely you'll probably be able to determine your best and worst features very easily!

A word about imperfections – moles, scars and other blemishes are often not noticed at all by others, even though you may be very aware of them. Indeed, it is often the methods employed to hide a defect that will draw attention to it. If people are aware of an imperfection at all it is usually taken for granted as part of your total appearance. Recognise any defects you may have, learn how best to deal with them, then forget about them.

Lastly, before you put your mirror away, smile and see what a difference it makes!

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