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Hiding from His Pursuit

What God gave Eve was “indeed very good,” but Satan made it look “shifty.” He must have known she was a Gamine, and would act before thinking. Gamines are also very passionate about their convictions, and they tend to be very persuasive in making those around them agree with whatever they believe. I bet the snake knew that, too. He knew if he could convince Eve that God’s law was unfair and that taking the fruit was right, she would convince her husband.

Not much has changed; the same enemy of God is still in the business of twisting up Truth. And his MO hasn’t changed either; he is still on a mission to destroy those created in the image of God, or at least to destroy their confidence in who they are!

The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. John 10:10

And when it comes to women, he loves to direct his lies toward the issue of beauty. Your enemy knows that your image is an important part of who you are as a reflection of your Creator, and he hates the fact that you are beautiful. He will do anything to keep you from living your life as a beautiful, captivating woman of God who knows who she is.

Why? Because Satan knows just how powerful your beauty is. He knows which style of beauty you are and what your strengths and weaknesses are. Whether you believe it or not, he knows your image has the power to glorify God and to draw others to Him. And that is why he hates your beauty. That is why he wants you to hide it, hate it, or get hung up on it.

Eve decided to hide it. A lot of Gamines do. Look at Genesis 3:7-8:

Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings. And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.

They hid themselves from each other and from the presence of their Lord. Isn’t that what shame does? It makes us pull away from each other, and from God.

Let me say it again: The temptation in the garden was not about Eve (or Adam) eating a piece of fruit. It was about them knowing who they are. The temptation is to be more, to know more; the trap is to be made to feel like a “nobody,” and to pull away from everybody.

Biblical LifecoachWhat happened that day in the Garden of Eden was a negative but supreme makeover. Eve was changed from the inside out. She started as an epitome of God’s beauty, a true reflection of Him. She had peace in who she was. So much so, that she could walk around completely naked with total confidence.

She could share herself, all that she was, inside and out, with her Lord and her husband, with freedom and joy. But when she started doubting herself and her God, she suddenly saw herself differently: She found herself inadequate and shameful. She lost her confidence and the ease of intimacy.

Who she was, as a woman of God, changed; her eyes were opened and she knew she was naked. She was suddenly self-conscious, aware that she needed to cover herself up…and as a result all her relationships were changed.

Satan’s makeover was successful (for him). Eve was a new woman: a fearful, self-conscious, unsatisfied woman in hiding. What she believed about herself had changed. She wasn’t even conscious of her image before; now she believed she should hide herself from the ones who loved her.

Gamines do that, too. They are bold women who tend to see things as good or bad, and unfortunately they assume others see things the way they do. If they see in themselves something they don’t like, they think everyone else sees it, too, and often they withdraw from friends who really love and respect them and wish they could be closer.

Thank God, Eve’s story doesn’t end with Satan’s makeover and neither does yours–whether you are a Gamine or not. God’s love for us is stronger than our shame. Like Adam and Eve, we may make great effort to hide from God, but all our efforts do not keep Him from pursuing us.

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Catrina Welch is an image- and life-coach whose message is not as much “what not to wear” as it is, “Know Who You Are,” which is the title of her book of guidelines for your personal image identity. Catrina has also written a Bible study to help women overcome their confidence conflicts; it is titled Supreme MakeOver: a Rich and Refreshing Devotional Experience. Her other books include Footprints Through the Sand: a Consolidation of Life-altering stories about Loving and Loosing a Trisomy-18 Baby and Confident Beauty: Reflecting the One Who Made You with the Images in Your Mirror and Your Soul, which will be available in book stores this spring. All of these books are available now at www.CatrinaWelch.com

If you are interested in having Catrina come speak to your friends, colleagues or ministry you can contact her on facebook or by email at catrina@catrinawelch.com.

Gamine Eve

imagesEve was confused when Satan asked her in Genesis 3:1: “has God indeed said, ‘you shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” (Doesn’t he do that to us? “God doesn’t want you to have any fun;” “Christians aren’t allowed to do anything.”)

Eve and her husband were only forbidden to eat of one of the many wonderful trees. God had blessed them abundantly with more than they could ever need or want, but He put one extra tree there in order to give them the opportunity to prove their love for Him by respecting His boundaries.

If they had no choice to disobey Him, then their relationship would have been a forced one. God wanted their love, proved by obedience, not just the company of two “robots” with no other option but to do as they were told.

Eve must have had a bit of the Gamine Img.ID in her because she wasn’t afraid to correct Satan on this; she told him that God permitted them to eat from all the other trees.

And the woman said to the serpent, “we may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘you shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.” Genesis 3:2 3

Gamines have a passion for justice. If they see something broken they fix it, and they don’t ask permission to do so. They are quick on their feet and full of ambition. Not much intimidates them and they don’t understand when others hold back. I imagine Eve was like that.

She quickly accepted the seed of doubt, and she was thinking about her enemy’s words maybe God was holding out on her. Then the sly one threw the big seed at her: “If you eat of that tree you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

Unfortunately, being quick on our feet is not always a good quality. Eve, like a lot of Gamines, formed an assumption about the goodness of God before really thinking through the facts.

Think about that.

First of all, Adam and Eve were already like God! … And second of all, they already knew good, so really what Satan was offering them was the opportunity to know evil. What a snake!

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Catrina Welch is an image- and life-coach whose message is not as much “what not to wear” as it is, “Know Who You Are,” which is the title of her book of guidelines for your personal image identity. Catrina has also written a Bible study to help women overcome their confidence conflicts; it is titled Supreme MakeOver: a Rich and Refreshing Devotional Experience. Her other books include Footprints Through the Sand: a Consolidation of Life-altering stories about Loving and Loosing a Trisomy-18 Baby and Confident Beauty: Reflecting the One Who Made You with the Images in Your Mirror and Your Soul, which will be available in book stores this spring. All of these books are available now at www.CatrinaWelch.com

If you are interested in having Catrina come speak to your friends, colleagues or ministry you can contact her on facebook or by email at catrina@catrinawelch.com.

Self-consciousness Isn’t Beautiful

snakeYou’ve read the story. Satan was a snake. He hated Eve. He hated Adam too, but it was Eve he came after because she was the beautiful one.

Remember, Satan left the throne of God where he had served as an “anointed cherub who covers,” who was “‘perfect in his ways from the day [he] was created, till iniquity was found in [him].”

You were the anointed cherub who covers; I established you; You were on the holy mountain of God; You walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones. You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, till iniquity was found in you. Ezekiel 28:14, 15

He left God’s side because he was jealous of God’s splendor.

Ezekiel 28:17 says “[Satan’s] heart was lifted up because of [his] beauty; [he] corrupted [his] wisdom for the sake of splendor.” he wanted to be above God, and so God “cast [him] down to the ground.”

Satan is not an ugly red creature with horns. He is a beautiful, clever, deceitful enemy of God … and of God’s people the ones made in His image. He is your enemy.

…He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it. John 8:44

This enemy is known as the “father of lies.” He can take a little bit of truth and twist it up with deceit and make things so confusing. That is what he did to Eve. The temptation he fed to her was not a delicious apple, it was the question, “Do you know who you are?” He was intentionally feeding her a lie (or a twisted-Truth) that she was not who God said she was, that God was holding out on her.

Eve had been the epitome of Confident Beauty, but her enemy gave her a supreme makeover-without the capitals, because this change was not a good one. This confidence conflict caused her to doubt her value and made her start focusing on herself.  She became self–conscious!

What comes to mind when I ask you the question, “Do you know who you are?”

Does your answer come from what is in the mirror, or is there any twisted-Truths that has made you feel like God is holding out on you?

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Catrina Welch is an image- and life-coach whose message is not as much “what not to wear” as it is, “Know Who You Are,” which is the title of her book of guidelines for your personal image identity. Catrina has also written a Bible study to help women overcome their confidence conflicts; it is titled Supreme MakeOver: a Rich and Refreshing Devotional Experience. Her other books include Footprints Through the Sand: a Consolidation of Life-altering stories about Loving and Loosing a Trisomy-18 Baby and Confident Beauty: Reflecting the One Who Made You with the Images in Your Mirror and Your Soul, which will be available in book stores this spring. All of these books are available now at www.CatrinaWelch.com

If you are interested in having Catrina come speak to your friends, colleagues or ministry you can contact her on facebook or by email at catrina@catrinawelch.com.

The First Twisted-Truth

God created her to be beautiful, confident and free to BE and LET BE, but Eve listened to her Creator’s enemy. He told her a twisted-Truth which changed the course of time forever. You find the story in Genesis, chapters 1-3.

Rather than me blogging about it, being that today is Sunday, let’s just meditate on the Word, and we will “talk” about what happened tomorrow.

255px-Lucas_Cranach_the_Elder-Adam_and_Eve_1533Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him: male and female He created them. Genesis 1:26, 27

Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day. Genesis 1:31

And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day you eat of it you shall surely die.” Genesis 2:16, 17

Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?”

And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’” Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil. So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings. Genesis 3:1-7

It is so hard for me to stop there, but I do need my day of rest and I don’t want my blog to be too long, so spend some time thinking about Eve’s story for now. I’ll be back tomorrow.

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Catrina Welch is an image- and life-coach whose message is not as much “what not to wear” as it is, “Know Who You Are,” which is the title of her book of guidelines for your personal image identity. Catrina has also written a Bible study to help women overcome their confidence conflicts; it is titled Supreme MakeOver: a Rich and Refreshing Devotional Experience. Her other books include Footprints Through the Sand: a Consolidation of Life-altering stories about Loving and Loosing a Trisomy-18 Baby and Confident Beauty: Reflecting the One Who Made You with the Images in Your Mirror and Your Soul, which will be available in book stores this spring. All of these books are available now at www.CatrinaWelch.com

If you are interested in having Catrina come speak to your friends, colleagues or ministry you can contact her on facebook or by email at catrina@catrinawelch.com.

Naked and Unashamed

It may seem like a “Christianeze” to say you were created to be “like God” because this is not an easy concept to grasp, depending on what you have experienced in life. Most of us have an especially hard time trying to grasp the idea that a woman’s desire to be beautiful is actually part of her being like God.

I know many women who feel guilt and shame for their desire–and I’ve walked in their shoes. Often we do not tell anyone about our complex beauty routines, services or surgeries because we want others to think our beauty is “natural.” The truth is, we don’t want others to know that we long to be lovely.

We tend to look at each other and long for such natural beauty and yet we say “only her hairdresser knows for sure” and laugh, because laughter keeps the emotions more on the surface.

There was no battle within the feminine heart at the start of creation. Eve wasn’t striving to be beautiful; she was a confident woman of God who knew who she was. She must have been; she walked around in that garden with her husband and Creator without a thought of her stark naked figure!

And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed. Genesis 2:25

Slide03I love to say there are two kinds of women in the world: the kind who walks into the room and says “Here I am!” and the kind who walks in and says “Oh, there you are!” I think Eve was the kind who didn’t give a thought to herself. I can just imagine her walking through the garden and enjoying all the beautiful flowers and waterfalls, with all the birds and butterflies leading the way and the leopards and cheetahs brushing along her legs as she walked beside them. I imagine her and Adam sharing their hopes and dreams with their Lord as they were exploring all the landscapes and creatures that He had put before them.

Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good… Genesis 1:31

“Indeed it was very good.” That is what God Himself said about His creation when He was done. This was His plan. Man and woman enjoying Him, enjoying each other and enjoying all that He had created for them. Free to rest and to play; free to adventure out together to discover all their hopes and dreams.

His creation was beautiful. True, pure beauty. Confident, inviting, comforting, peaceful beauty. Beauty that draws you to it and causes you to seek after the One Who created it. And Eve was the epitome of it all. That’s what God’s plan was for her to be. That’s what God’s plan is for you and me to be as women: a reflection of who He is.

Beautiful.

It all changed though, when Eve listened to the voice of another. That will be tomorrow’s blog.

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Catrina Welch is an image- and life-coach whose message is not as much “what not to wear” as it is, “Know Who You Are,” which is the title of her book of guidelines for your personal image identity. Catrina has also written a Bible study to help women overcome their image issues. It is titled Supreme MakeOver: a Rich and Refreshing Devotional Experience. Her other books include Footprints Through the Sand: a Consolidation of Life-altering stories about Loving and Loosing a Trisomy-18 Baby and Confident Beauty: Reflecting the One Who Made You with the Images in Your Mirror and Your Soul, which will be available soon.

If you are interested in getting these books or having Catrina come speak at your event, you can contact her at www.CatrinaWelch.com or on facebook.

A Partial Reflection of God

Pure beauty is healing; that is why we send flowers to the grieving heart. It is powerful. It is meant to inspire others to become better, stronger and more relaxed and confident; that is why we vacation in beautiful resorts. Your beauty should bring peace, joy and energy to others. That is what Eve’s beauty was all about.

Walk with me in the Garden of Eden; let me show you the first Supreme MakeOver. Notice I said supreme makeover; this was not the kind of makeover we do in the salons, which would make Eve look different (although we do know she did get a new leather outfit!). This was the kind of makeover that changed who she believed she was. Unfortunately, this supreme makeover was not done by her Creator, but by her enemy…

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over ever creeping thing that creeps on the earth. So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.                Genesis 1:26, 27

In Genesis 1:26-27 we see that Adam and Eve were created in the image of God—each one of them. God sees a married couple as one. Jesus Himself said that, “a man shall… be joined to his wife and the two shall become one flesh; that they are no longer two, but one flesh.”

It is the one–the union of the two different sexes–that reflects the image of God. Think about that, God did not create man in His image and then create woman as an afterthought. He created man and woman together in His image.

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Man is a reflection of the side of God that fights for us, pursues us, protects us, provides for us, and desires us, the powerful side of God that is a warrior…

Woman is the reflection of the gentle side of God that is relational, nurturing, comforting, encouraging, and responsive; the side of God that gives life and get this the side of God that longs to be sought after, longs to be seen for His (her) beauty. Let that sink deep into your soul. This battle within you, the core longing for beauty, is something God understands, something He put there to reflect Him!

Is that something you can believe?

Let’s talk about it more tomorrow.

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Catrina Welch is an image- and life-coach whose message is not as much “what not to wear” as it is, “Know Who You Are,” which is the title of her book of guidelines for your personal image identity. Catrina has also written a Bible study to help women overcome their confidence conflicts; it is titled Supreme MakeOver: a Rich and Refreshing Devotional Experience. Her other books include Footprints Through the Sand: a Consolidation of Life-altering stories about Loving and Loosing a Trisomy-18 Baby and Confident Beauty: Reflecting the One Who Made You with the Images in Your Mirror and Your Soul, which will be available in book stores this spring. All of these books are available now at www.CatrinaWelch.com

If you are interested in having Catrina come speak to your friends, colleagues or ministry you can contact her on facebook or by email at catrina@catrinawelch.com.

Know Who You Are

How did you do with the Img.ID quiz? I realize the personal preferences are sometimes hard to define– especially if you struggle to believe that your opinions have value. Many women are so focused on what is important to the ones they love that they do not give much thought to what they would prefer. You can take care of others and still be who God made you to be. You do not need to be the woman that men, media and your mom have persuaded you to be, if that is simply not your style. But first you must understand your style.

Looking at each of your charts, which clothing personality did you mark the most?

Was there any column marked more than the others? If not, you may have a secondary clothing personality; be sure to read chapter 13  of Know Who You Are to learn how to blend your two sets of guidelines together in order to best represent the true you.

If your answers were all over the place, and you are not sure which personality is strongest, do not worry. You may be an Ingénue, or a Classic; be sure to read those chapters to see if it suits you or not. Also, no matter what your chart looks like, be sure to read the chapter on each clothing personality if you want to understand the other women in your life better!

Here is a general assessment of each personality:

RoseClassic—Refined Beauty (like a rose) Average height and features. Professional. Calm, poised, warm, gracious, refined, polished, elegant. Cultured, meticulous; usually well-educated.

Transparent-Bgrnd_DaisyNatural—Casual Beauty (like a daisy) Average to tall. Broad features. Casual, unpretentious. Conservative, practical, reliable, dependable, responsible loyal; usually well-loved.

Transparent-Bgrnd-2FlowersDramatic—Exotic Beauty (sophisticated like a protea or artsy and eccentric like a bird of paradise) Average to tall. Exotic features. Unique, imaginative, independent, sophisticated, demanding, stylish; usually well-known.

Transparent-Bgrnd baby's breath_2Ingénue—Delicate Beauty (like baby’s breath) Average to short. Youthful features. Sweet, gentle, soft, gracefulyouthful, modest, shy, considerate, supportive; usually well-appreciated.

Transparent-Bgrnd_OrchidRomantic—Glamorous Beauty (like an orchid) Average to short. Soft features. Feminine, charming, sensitive, sympathetic, accommodating. Sensual, alluring, glamorous, flirtatious. Usually wanted as a friend.

Transparent--Bgrnd_Calla-LilyGamine—Bold Beauty (like a calla lilly) Average to short. Animated features. Fun, energetic, enthusiastic. Bold, bouncy, snappy, spunky charmer; usually well-respected.

I am often criticized for “putting people in a box” but please know my heart, I only want you to understand yourself more, like a florist understands each breed of flower, so that you can care for yourself better. If  a florist only knew how to raise wild flowers, she may find herself frustrated when her orchids won’t bloom. If she only knew how to raise Calla Lilies, she may find herself horrified when her tropical flowers go dormant with difficult conditions. That’s how many women feel when they believe their beauty should bloom differently than it does. Perhaps you were raised by a sensitive, self-sacrificing mom but have the strong-will of a Gamine, or visa versa?

My hope is that you will know personally “what not to wear” because you know who you are, inside and out. That’s why I call it a Supreme MakeOver, because this is when you break free from the cocoon that guards your heart, spread your beautiful wings, and be who you were designed to be.

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Catrina Welch is an image- and life-coach whose message is not as much “what not to wear” as it is, “Know Who You Are,” which is the title of her book of guidelines for your personal image identity. Catrina has also written a Bible study to help women overcome their image issues. It is titled Supreme MakeOver: a Rich and Refreshing Devotional Experience. Her other books include Footprints Through the Sand: a Consolidation of Life-altering stories about Loving and Loosing a Trisomy-18 Baby and Confident Beauty: Reflecting the One Who Made You with the Images in Your Mirror and Your Soul, which will be available soon.

If you are interested in getting these books or having Catrina come speak at your event, you can contact her at www.CatrinaWelch.com or on facebook.

Well Dressed Beauty

Christian Dior once said, “It’s not money that makes you well dressed, it’s understanding.” In today’s economy, this is good news! If you know your personal Img.ID you can save yourself a lot of money.

Every woman has figured out that what looks good on her girlfriends may not necessarily look good on her. Knowing the general guidelines for your image can keep you from making the common (and costly) mistake of purchasing clothing that never gets worn.  The delicate girl may like bold colors and heavy fabrics, but they simply overpower her beauty, just as frills and lace on the strong, sporty girl make her look and feel awkward. Understanding these general rules before shopping can keep you from bringing home a wardrobe you love but never wear because it doesn’t feel like “you.”

So what makes you well dressed? Of course money helps, but it’s not necessarily the quality of clothing (although if you are a Classic or Romantic quality is important) that makes you well dressed. Generally speaking, each Img.ID should focus on only that which best accentuates her individuality. Like the lines on the roads, here are some simple rules to keep you on the path of confident, “well dressed,” beauty:

  • Classic: completed, coordinating outfits
  • Natural: texture; simplicity
  • Dramatic: accessories; fashion
  • Ingénue: light fabrics; youthfulness
  • Romantic: soft, flowing fabrics; femininity
  • Gamin: bold, contrasting color; clothing that holds its shape

I was asked recently if, by generalizing women, am I trying to put God in a box? I don’t think so; I think God designed us just as He did the flowers- in all shapes and sizes with all different kinds of needs. When we understand which type of woman we are, we know how to care for our beauty so that we can be well dressed. Thank God it’s not about money.

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Catrina Welch is an image- and life-coach whose message is not as much “what not to wear” as it is, “Know Who You Are,” which is the title of her book of guidelines for your personal image identity. Catrina has also written a Bible study to help women overcome their image issues. It is titled Supreme MakeOver: a Rich and Refreshing Devotional Experience. Her other books include Footprints Through the Sand: a Consolidation of Life-altering stories about Loving and Loosing a Trisomy-18 Baby and Confident Beauty: Reflecting the One Who Made You with the Images in Your Mirror and Your Soul, which will be available soon.

If you are interested in getting these books or having Catrina come speak at your event, you can contact her at www.CatrinaWelch.com or on facebook.

Tuesday’s Tip: Eye Shadow


Eye Shadow can be a lot of fun, but not every woman is enamored by it. It can be a bit challenging to apply, and if not done correctly, it can rob all our attention, making many of us uncomfortable wearing it. However, when we wear it according to our image identity (Img.ID)’s  guidelines, the effects of accentuating our eyes (the window of our soul) we can become women of Confident Beauty.

If eye shadow makes you feel more self-conscious, then do not give in to the pressure to wear it… unless of course your self-consciousness is because you simply haven’t found your look yet. Let’s talk about that.

There are a lot of techniques and trends out there pressuring women to get their eye makeup right, I do not want to overwhelm you with tricks that may not suit your style: I prefer to keep it simple. Here is my advice:

Let all the beautiful women in this world be who they were designed to be, don’t stress about applying your makeup like theirs; you be who you are. Follow the guidelines for your personal Img.ID (below) and remember two simple rules of thumb:

  1. Dark colors create depth; light colors bring that area forward. Wherever you want to cause your eye to pop out, use your lighter color; wherever you want it to sink in, use your darker color.
  2. Blend, blend, blend, blend, blend. But do NOT use your fingers to do so, use a quality brush. And do NOT do erase your work before it has had time to settle in with your body chemistry. Next Tuesday’s Tip will help with the “this is too much” crisis that keeps so many women from wearing makeup. (and not just Naturals and Gamins!)

 

If you know your Img.ID, the following information is what will help you most. If you don’t, email me, and let’s book you a Supreme MakeOver edition of your own!

Eye Shadow Tips for each Img.ID:

  • Classics: Your makeup needs to be polished and flawless. Choose natural colors within your seasonal pallet and simple, well blended application.
  • Naturals: You may be happy to learn that you do best without eye shadow, unless you stay in neutral, skin-toned colors and keep it very simple.
  • Dramatics: You become much more alive with striking makeup. Have fun trying various methods of shadow application to accentuate your eyes.
  • Ingénues: Your makeup should be delicate and luminous, as if you have on no makeup at all. You may want to try a soft, lustrous color or two, but avoid the fashion trends unless they are very youthful.
  • Romantics:  Your look is glamorous and sensuous, if you are comfortable wearing eye shadow, do it; but be sure it is not too heavy or harsh or your sensuality will come across as inappropriate. Choose soft colors within your seasonal pallet and be sure to blend well.
  • Gamins: You may not want to wear eye shadow, but when you do you become so much more alive! Especially if you are of the Summer or Autumn pallets. Consider it. Choose real colors like blues, greens and whites to make your look defined, fresh and fun. (like you!)

 

One more thing: I must share the tip I have found to be the most helpful to all personalities: time yourself, and then evaluate the minutes you invested. Do you feel lovely? Was it worth the extra effort? Did you have more vigor through out your day? Were you more apt to think of others than of what they were thinking of you? If so, do it. Take that time for yourself, so that you can spend the other 15. 75 waking hours less self-conscious and more productive, energetic and others-conscious.

Tuesday’s Tip: Skin Care

Some of you have been asking for makeup tips, and so for the next seven Tuesdays I will be sharing simple tips for your foundation, mascara, blush, lip color, eye liner, eye shadow and loose powder.  These tips will be given according to the various Img.IDs because not every woman can carry off the same style of makeup. (You Ingénue’s and Naturals may only want to read the next four weeks, since you may find the last several steps undesirable for your image.)

Today let’s talk about the most important step in a good makeover; a step too often overlooked.

The artistry of makeup is most alluring when applied to a canvas of clean, moist skin. If your skin is not freshly washed, toned and moisturized, you may find that your makeup does not blend well (and no-makeup is more appealing than streaked-makeup any day!) so be sure to freshen up before you make up.

Get into a skincare regiment twice a day. Washing your makeup off at night is important, because while you sleep your pours open up wide and any makeup residue sinks deep into them, but it is not enough to apply your makeup over last night’s moisturizer since your oil glands were also working in your sleep, not to mention the dust settling on your face all night. Repeat your regiment in the morning before your pours close in around that dust and oil and you should find that you will win the battle over blemishes. Note: this is true for all ages, but for us more mature ladies, our morning routine may be slightly different than at night if we are taking advantage of any of the amazing anti-aging technology that is available to us.

Skin care is chemistry; find the products that work well for you, and stick with them. Also be faithful to the full line of that product, do not mix and match; each step is designed to work with the others. Often a poor response to one product is because the ph balance does not work well with the other line you are using it with. Also, give each brand a full month to trial its benefits; it is wise to give your body chemistry a chance to run a full cycle. If you experience a breakout, and it is not a hormonal issue, it may be that your new product is more effective in drawing out impurities, and you may find it worth sticking out a few temporary pimples if you will have fewer breakouts in the future.

When a skin care regiment simply does not work for you, give it away and try another one. Well-groomed skin is simply too important to give up on. Invest in yourself.

Next Tuesday we will discus how to paint a beautiful image on your freshly prepared canvas. Perhaps this week you could take some time to give yourself a full facial… Have fun!