Dieter Makeovers: Look Great During Weight Loss (cont.)

If you're purchasing makeup online or by mail order and can't figure out what to buy, Dumont says, you won't go wrong if you look for products with a pink undertone. This will brighten the skin even if your complexion is dark.

"Most women look better (and more natural) in a foundation that has a subtle pink undertone -- it makes you look soft, pretty, and feminine," says Dumont.

Play All the Angles

When it comes to giving your face subtle shape -- bringing out your hidden cheekbones and jaw line -- many women turn to contouring products, powders, and creams in brown and tawny colors. Unfortunately, unless you're a trained makeup artist, these products can make your face look dark, shadowy and -- egad! -- older.

The way around it: Paige suggests contouring with foundation that is no more than two shades darker than your skin tone.

"Place it along the chin and jaw line, and under the cheekbone, and blend, blend, blend it well, particularly down into the neck," says Paige. The look is softer than contouring, she says, and much less obvious even in daylight.

To further emphasize cheekbones, Dumont suggests blush in a soft shade of pink or coral, placed on the uppermost portion of your cheekbones. For extra pizzazz, Armstrong says, never underestimate the power of a good bronzer -- winter or summer.

"It not only slims the face, but it also adds a youthful glow," she says.

If dieting has left you with dark circles or puffy eyes -- two common weight loss problems -- bypass ultra-light or white under-eye concealers, which will only emphasize the problem.

"Choose a concealer that matches your skin tone and has brightening properties but not lightening properties," says Armstrong. "You want to avoid anything shimmery or light."

Finish your face with a touch of mascara and lip gloss, rather than lipstick, for a more up-to-date look.

Odds, Ends, and Extra Advice

To help you pull your new look together, our experts offered 10 more tips for quick-and-easy makeover success.

1. Use accessories to draw attention to your face. Earrings and necklaces will bring the eye upward.

2. To slim the face, choose earrings in a triangular shape. For dangles, the longer and leaner the style, the slimmer your face.

3. Wear jewelry that's in proportion to your body. Overly large pieces will draw attention to your size; teeny-tiny jewelry will make you look larger. Your pieces should be seen but not command the whole show!

4. Remember that every detail plays a part in your overall look, including accessories like handbags and shoes. Always check your total look in a full-length mirror, and watch that accessories don't over- or under-power you.

5. Never underestimate the impact of a good bra. Make sure to get refitted for a new one for at least every two dress size you lose.

6. Use anti-aging skin care, even if you're years away from aging skin. The more weight you lose, the greater your risk of loose, flabby skin when you reach goal weight. Using these products while you're dieting may help you keep the look of firmer skin.

7. Instead of buying a new wardrobe every 10 pounds or so, have your clothes tailored every time you drop two dress sizes. When you drop the third size, buy new basic pieces -- a jacket, skirt, trousers, a pair of jeans, and two tops.

8. As you start your diet, budget a few dollars for experimenting with new grooming products, like shampoos, conditioners, and skin care items. Weight loss can trigger body-wide changes that require a change in grooming products.

9. Choose tops that show some skin on your chest without revealing cleavage. Generally speaking, the lower the neckline, the slimmer you look. Avoid turtlenecks, mock turtlenecks, and crewnecks, which make most women look larger.

10. When it comes to grooming, don't forget hands and feet. They can go a long way in giving you a polished look, no matter your size.

Originally published Nov. 11, 2005.
Medically updated November 2006.


SOURCES: Ceslie Armstrong, women's lifestyle expert; former editor, Grace and Mode magazines. Andy Paige, beauty and style advisor, NBC's Starting Over. Sandy Dumont, executive director, Impression Strategies Institute; author, Image Pays.

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