Wallflowers Rejoice! Beauty Tips For Big Events

If you love the limelight, you probably think of special occasions as a chance to show up and show off. For someone who tends to shy away from attention and scrutiny, the idea of an upcoming party, wedding, or banquet is enough to make you break out in a cold sweat. We cannot all be Jessica March after all. It doesn’t have to be this way! Follow the guidelines below to ensure that you look and feel your best.

First, think about the event. Will you be introduced to a lot of people who you’ve never met before? If so, that means there’s hand-shaking in your future. Plan accordingly. Two or three days before the event, visit a local spa or salon and splurge on a manicure. A classic French manicure is ideal, or you can have a favorite shade of polish applied to keep your spirits high. It’s much easier to relax when you aren’t worried about chipped polish or dirt beneath ragged, bitten fingernails.

What you wear does not define you as a person, but it’s certainly important at times like these. In large groups and unnatural environments, it’s often challenging for introverts to let their inner beauty shine. You may find it easier to do so if you have the confidence that your attire and accouterments are perfectly planned and coordinated. This mean choosing in advance each piece of clothing and jewelry you will wear. Don’t forget the details: special undergarments for low-back or strapless gowns, a handbag, jewelry, and fashion fixes (fashion tape, clear bra straps, or inserts).

If you’re nervous about the event, you are more likely to procrastinate. Unfortunately, this often leads to last-minute mishaps–especially where your wardrobe is concerned. Scrambling around hours before you are set to depart will only increase your stress levels. Not being able to find that matching shoe is enough to shake your confidence, so you can imagine what happens when you have to show up at the event with flip flops peeking out from the hem of your formal gown. Take care to locate and set out every piece of your big-day outfit the night before.

When attending a big event, lighting is usually the wildcard. You don’t always have the luxury of knowing whether the venue uses fluorescent lighting and harsh spotlights or whether you and other guests will be bathed in soft, flattering ambient lights. Bright lighting causes dramatic makeup to appear overdone and unnatural. Soft lighting may give your bare face a washed-out appearance. Your best bet is to go for a makeup look that works well either way. For eyes, this means a touch of eyeliner and one or two coats of mascara. Skip the elaborate contouring effect on your cheeks, focusing instead on a natural flush (gel stains work well for this purpose). Choose a lip color up to two shades darker than your natural lip tone, and avoid heavy lip liner.

Sometimes it’s difficult to lose yourself in the excitement and joy of a celebration, especially if you tend to be introverted or anxious. The key to enjoying yourself at these events is to tie up all lose ends in advance, ensuring that your confidence levels are high and your potential for missteps is low. Simple planning and a touch of pampering is often sufficient to put you at ease.

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