For most women, shoes are more than just footwear. More than accessories, they can be the focal point of a whole ensemble. For men, on the other hand, they are often a necessary evil. With that in mind, most men will generally opt for the most comfortable shoe available, with only an afterthought regarding looks.
There are really only four basic types of shoes to be concerned about. Dress shoes, casual shoes, work shoes and athletic shoes. Every shoe under the sun will fall into one of these categories. Let's look at how to choose and wear dress shoes.
The best rule of thumb is to keep things simple. Unless you're working a lounge act in Vegas, busy shoes will only distract people. Stay with highly polished leather shoes when wearing suits or dress pants. Dull or unpolished shoes show a lack of attention to detail. Try to wear shoes that are darker than the color of pants you are wearing, browns and blacks work best. If you're wearing earth tones, you'll want brown shoes. Blue or black pants require black shoes. If you're wearing very light earth tones or white pants, you can also wear tan shoes. When in doubt however, choose black. Stick with low heels and leather soles. Rubber soles are great for a casual date but if you want to dress to impress, hard leather soles are the only way to go.
The rules for casual shoes are a little different than dress shoes. While you should still keep the color-coordination in mind, it's best to avoid overly shiny shoes. Soft leather is always appropriate, whether you're wearing corduroys or khakis. Most oxfords or loafers will fill the bill nicely. Again, it's still best to avoid overly-complex shoes. You want to make the statement, not your shoes. Choose casual shoes that will be versatile enough to go with several outfits. Remember, brown or black shoes are almost always appropriate.
If you're going to wear jeans however, you can toss out a lot of the aforementioned rules. Almost any kind of shoe will work fine with jeans. Yes, even those overly-ambitious ones I warned you about. This is another time to avoid polished shoes, too. Oftentimes you can let your shirt dictate how relaxed a shoe you'll wear.
When I mentioned work shoes earlier, I was more concerned with work boots than shoes. Dress or casual rules will work fine for an office environment. When it comes to hard labor, it's always a good idea to have at least one pair of well-crafted work boots. Choose a pair that's waterproof and offers good traction. Any color will do, but boots that come up over the ankle will provide better support.
Believe it or not, athletic shoes can be the hardest to pick out. Choose a shoe that's specifically designed for the activity you'll be participating in. Running shoes are extremely comfortable, but offer no support for your ankles on a basketball court. If you're looking for an all-around athletic shoe, try a cross-trainer. They offer a fair balance between the different styles.
Now that you know what to wear on your feet when you're stepping out, it's time to learn how to purchase the right shoe for your feet. When you're looking for shoes, wear the right socks for the job. For example, if you're looking for dress shoes, wear dress socks while shopping. This will help you avoid picking the wrong size or buying shoes that chafe. Once you have a pair of shoes on, reach down and press the area between your big toe and the end of the shoe. You should have about a half an inch between the two. So far so good? Great! Now take them for a little walk around the store. Bounce around a little on the balls of your feet, to make sure the shoes will give you the support you'll need. If they rub against your heel or ankle, move along. You don't want to break them in later.
Make sure the shoes you choose are of good quality. Check out the soles to ensure they aren't going to come loose from the rest of the shoe. Look at any stitching for looseness or shoddy workmanship. Pick a pair of shoes with good linings; this will help keep moisture away from your feet. Stay away from shoes made of plastic, they'll make your feet sweat and will eventually warp. Always choose natural materials like leather or cotton. Following these guidelines will help you choose the right shoe every time.
Makeup reviews: cream foundation vs powder foundation
A quick guide to the pros and cons of cream versus powder foundation and it's uses.
Looking your best, minimizing those imperfections and facing the day with a fresh glow all create a high sense of self-esteem. A high self-esteem can lead to confidence in your abilities that can make all the difference in the day. Start this process with an easy and reliable makeup foundation suited to your needs. To create a smooth, even skin tone that will last throughout the day without overpowering the highlights of your blush, mascara, or lipstick; a foundation suited for your skin type is an important first step. Foundation is available in powder and cream form and is strictly a personal choice based on your preference and skin needs. Since age, stress and climate can affect your skin, re-evaluate your skin type and needs on a quarterly bases; more often if you feel it is necessary.
First determine your skin type.
Dry or Mature skin can feel tight throughout the day and may frequently show signs of flaking. A foundation with moisturizers is necessary for this skin type.
Oily or Shiny skin will frequently have a "glow" throughout the day and may require blotting of excess oil. An oil-free foundation is best for this skin type.
Combination skin, the most common, will show both dry and oily skin at different portions of the face. Water-based foundations or powder foundations are best for this skin type.
Sensitive skin can be occur with dry, oily or combination skin, and is associated with reactions to chemicals and scents within the product. Specialty foundations are available for sensitive skin to avoid reactions. These foundations may cost slightly more but are well worth the cost.
Once you've determined you skin type, decide upon cream or powdered foundation. Both types come in a variety of colors and finishes and can be used on a daily basis. Some of the pros and cons of both include the following:
Cream foundations offer a sheer, satin or matte finish that can be distributed lightly for quick coverage or more heavily for darker areas. Creams tend to last longer than powder foundations and a little can go a long way. Dry or combination skin will benefit the most from cream foundations as many varieties include a moisturizer that will benefit the skin as well as create a smooth tone. Those with mature skin should look for a cream foundation that lies on top of the skin, many creams will find their way into cracks and wrinkles by the end of the day; the opposite of what is wanted with foundation. Those with oily skin types may have a reaction to cream foundations creating an orange pigment rather than a creamy or nude tone. Cream foundations can feel heavy on your skin, as well as become tacky in hot weather.
Powder foundations also offer a sheer, satin or matte finish that easily blends on oily or combination skin. Powder foundations are available in loose powder or pressed powder. Loose powder is similar to talc powder and should be applied lightly with a brush. The best matte finish can be achieved with loose powder and it will last longer than pressed. Pressed powders are pressurized to create a particular form or can include oils to hold the powder together. Powder foundations can quickly eliminate shininess but touch-ups may be required if frequent face touching occurs throughout the day.
Decide on a color, or two, that best match your skin pigment. Try a few colors in different areas of your face as under the eyes and nose can greatly vary in colorization from your cheeks. Sometimes a blend of two colors will create the perfect skin tone match. Don't be afraid to experiment or take the advice of a makeup consultant. Keep in mind the lighting in which you'll be viewed. Makeup under florescent lights can vary in color when viewed in sunlight; test your colors in the light you'll be in most of the day.
Use the proper tools for application to get the best results. Synthetic brushes and sponges work best with creams, while natural bristle brushes will release powder foundations in a more even tone. Remember to keep in mind allergies as many makeup sponges or synthetic brushes can contain latex and other chemicals.
Whichever choice you make, keep in mind that sun damage can result; no matter how heavy makeup is applied. Remember to add sunscreen whenever you'll be in the sun or select foundations with sunscreen built in.
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