As women, we have a lot of pressures on our shoulders every day. I know I feel that way! Mom, wife, friend, sister, and businesswoman … the list goes on and on. On top of it all, we are expected to look good while doing it. As if spinning a dozen plates in the air isn’t enough — it must be done with perfectly applied makeup. The beauty (no pun intended) of the world we live in today is that there are a lot of solutions that can make your daily routine easier. I’m not talking plastic surgery … although I wouldn’t say the thought hasn’t crossed my mind as I watch my body age. I’m talking about some permanent and temporary procedures that can leave you looking fresh faced and camera ready any time of day. While not for everyone, I thought I would share a few of the things that have helped me. Shellac I will be honest; shellac nail polish scared me a bit when it first came out. I mean it almost seemed too good to be true. If you’re not familiar with shellac, it is a chip-free nail polish that lasts for two or more weeks. It comes in a variety of colors and is carried by most salons these days. I use it on my fingers for special occasions and during party season and it looks and holds up amazingly. I have found after extended wear on my fingernails that they seem a bit weak for a month or so. What I love most about shellac is that you can get it on your toes! I started doing that about a year ago and it is wonderful! My pedicure looks great for about a month when I have them put on shellac. While it’s a little more expensive than regular polish, it’s worth it for me because I don’t have to go back to the salon every two weeks. Eyelash Extensions You can’t open many style magazines without seeing an ad for lash extensions. There are two major players on the market, Novalash and Xtreme Lashes. I’ve heard good things about both, but have Xtreme Lashes myself. Lash extensions are a semi-permanent procedure. While you are laying down comfortably with your eyes closed, a technician patiently applies synthetic lashes to each of your natural lashes to give you full and long lashes that never need mascara. Eyelash extensions require a little more maintenance than the shellac pedicure — I have to get my lashes “filled” every two and a half to three weeks and it is about a two-hour procedure each time. Because it significantly cuts down on the amount of makeup I wear each day, I find it to be a very worthwhile use of my time. While I’m sure that lash extensions aren’t for everyone, the people I know who have them are very happy with them. Permanent Eyeliner This is definitely not for the faint hearted, but I got permanent eyeliner earlier this year and am thrilled with it. If you’re wondering how it’s applied … well, you guessed it … you get your eyelids tattooed. Of course, a licensed professional does this procedure in a medical office. I had been thinking about this for more than a year, mostly because of my year-round allergies. I had to constantly check my makeup because it was prone to run and smudge, which did not look very appealing. Again, many people would shudder at the thought of this, but I promise it is not as scary as it sounds. Permanent eyeliner lasts about three to five years before it needs a touch up. Since this is a permanent solution, I strongly recommend that you vet your technician, check their licensure and be positive how you want it to look when it’s done. Beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder. The tips above help me feel great about my reflection in the mirror all the time, no matter how long I’ve been able to primp.
Shelley Davis Mielock
Shelley Davis Mielock is a certified business image coach and the founder of Mieshel Image Consulting, a Lansing-based firm that specializes in image development for individuals and businesses. She is also a co-host of In Her Shoes, a a weekly women’s talk radio show. To ask Shelley an image question, please e-mail her.