Leslie is hosting the above linkup all week long - with a different Southern topic each day. Seeing how I believe anything Southern is worth celebrating, I'll be joining in on the fun this week.
Hope y'all enjoy a little trip south of the Mason-Dixon line...
Try to overlook the humidity :)
First up for discussion (as with any group of Southern Belles):
Hair & Makeup.
We liked our hair big before the 80's arrived.
We liked our hair big when the 80's were gone.
We still like our hair big.
It's partly a spiritual thing...
the higher the hair, the closer to God.
Bachelorette Emily Maynard has been rockin' the perfect amount of Southern volume for everyday wear lately, IMHO.
This look is normally achieved with a good blow out and some handy work with a large barrel curling iron. My tool of choice:
|The Hot Tools 1.5 inch barrel.|
A little teasing at the crown, a little tousling, a little hairspray...
and you have the perfect Southern locks.
Ah, and now that I mention the teasing.
We love a good poof.
Hair down? Teasing at the roots and on the sides.
Half-up? A poof at the crown.
Pony tail? Make that a poofy ponytail.
Bad hair day and cute scarf to disguise? Poof it first to give that scarf something to latch onto.
55+ with a shorter 'do? Still poofin it. (Just ask Nana.)
From left to right, here we go ladies:
1) For everyday hold, this Southern girl swears by Tresemme, Level Four. Not too stiff, not too sticky, but it holds.
2)When you don't want it to move - Freeze It.
Cheap, and available even at a Walmart near you.
3) Teasing Brush.
I use this when I wear my hair down, for soft volume at the crown and on the sides.
(see pageant photo above.)
4) Teasing Comb.
I use this when I wear my hair up...
when I need a tighter "lock" and hold.
I use the pick end once my hair is up to gently pull up and out,
making the poof just a bit higher.
Now on to the makeup and skincare...
First, cleanse, moisturize, and stay out of the sun.
I feel like this is a gimme no matter where you live, but us Southern girls were taught from an early age the importance of skincare.
And it must work, because my Nana has the most beautiful skin of anyone I know.
I swear she looks 10 years younger than what she really is.
|I know, gorgie right? Lord, if only I can manage to look this good when I have a twenty-five year old grandchild.|
I swear by Cetaphil (or Walmart/Target generic) because it's gentle enough for morning and night use without drying out my skin.
My Nana swears by sunscreen and Estee Lauder skincare (from cleansing, to moisturizing, to makeup), but I can't drop $80 on a jar of moisturizer. I just can't do it folks.
I do, however, load on the sunscreen when I'm outdoors, and monogrammed hats make it a lot more fun to protect my face and neck.
Second, a good foundation and powder.
See above re: Southern humidity.
If I need an all day hold, I go to my trusty Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation, and Double Matte Powder.
If I'm just out and about during the summer, or if I know I'll be in the AC all day, I sometimes go for lighter, mineral based powders.
I've heard so much hype about the elf makeup line that I decided to give it a whirl and have a large order arriving on Wednesday.
I'll let you know how it holds up...
but I'm not giving up my Estee Lauder when I need full coverage that lasts.
And third, "Girl, get some color on your face!"
Blush and lipstick.
Or "rouge" and "lipstain" as some of you might have heard your grandmothers say in the South.
Nana's favorite (the ultimate Southern Belle), and my fall favorite:
Revlon "Wine with Everything"
It's a little more warm mauve than cool pink, so I love it for autumn.
My Nana wears year round.
When I wear blush in the spring and summer months (sometimes I just opt for a bronzer), I go for:
Maybelline Dream Mousse
I have no idea what color I wear.
But it's a warm pink.
I like it because you have total control over the amount of color and blending since you apply with your fingers.
With that being said...set it with a loose powder, or it can get shiny in the (let's say it together now) hu-mid-it-y.
And as any good Southern Belle learned from Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind, when in a pinch, just pinch your cheeks for an instant rosy glow.
As for lipsticks,
it varies depending on what I'm wearing.
But always a lipstick.
I am not a "just lipgloss" kind of girl, although sometimes I finish with gloss.
When I really need a little pep in my high-heeled step, I go for a bold red.
Like last Friday when I told my boss I'm leaving our firm in two weeks.
Oh, I failed to mention that?
Secret's out! More details to come :)
Revlon (ironically also named) "Wine With Everything"
Also my motto for life...wine with everything.
(Just kidding, Nana.)
Now, if you've stuck with me this long, you probably need a quick little Southern recap.
Let us commence.
Essential 1: Large Barrel Curling Iron.
Essential 2: Tease/Poof Tools.
Essential 3: A good hairspray.
Essential 1: Sunscreen/Cleanser/Moisturizer.
Essential 2: Full coverage foundation/powder.
Essential 3: Color for your cheeks and lips.
Go forth and be Belles.
Want more details on any of my favs or my methods? Email me :)