Thursday, November 20, 2014

Flamboyant Natural from head to toes: hair and makeup

HAIR should be loose, relaxed and free.
A tousled effect is best, so layering is always called for.
If your hair is ultrafine, thin, and wispy, you look best with a shortish cut that is layered around the face to create the illusion of volume. The outline is geometric, but the edges are softened by the layering.
If your hair is thick, you can opt for a wilder, "lion's mane" effect if you wish, but layering is still important.

All severe geometrics.
Blunt-edged symmetrical cuts.
Boyishly cropped cuts.
Overly ornate, teased or coiffed hair.
Smooth sleek styles.


Your haircolor should be rich and vibrant, in keeping with your free-spirited freshness!
If you choose artificial coloring, keep the base of your hair very close to your original shade.
Streaks and highlights are generally best, for they give you more of that outdoorsy glow.

If you are extremely bold, you could opt for bold, dramatic streaks, giving you a lynx cat look. This is very extreme, however, don't do it unless you are prepared to carry off the flamboyant theatricality in your everyday life!


Extremely artificial shades (blue-black, platinum, or brassy yellow-blonde, fiery red, etc).
Be careful with lightening the hair. Anything designed to "soften" the color is going to be very dull and aging on you.

About makeup

I don't wear makeup. If the my natural lines and colors are supposed to be perfect, then the natural colors and contrast of my natural face are perfect as well. Besides, it's a lot of fuss and I'm very sensitive... so I figure it's better to wear just my smile as makeup, than have a perfect makeup and watery, red eyes :-D

Anyway, this is what I think Kibbe meant Flamboyant Naturals should wear:
Natural, fresh makeup, strong, bold lips.

"Makeup should be strongly contoured in shape, emphasizing strong eyes, strong lips, strong cheekbones, but not overly colorful. An exotic eye makeup is a nice touch, but avoid colors that are too artificial-looking and excess glitz.
On the other hand, makeup that is too minimal in effect is very unsophisticated on you. Your head-to-toe look-- bold and sweeping, uncluttered with exotic accessories-- requires the extra effort here to be completed in the most polished and sophisticated manner."

What I think is more important are the key words and sentences mentioned in the makeup section:
Strong, deep, bold, blunt

Exotic (bold and fresh)

Exciting and warm

"the hint of drama that spells elegance on you"

"the slightly exotic air for which you are famous."

Kibbe uses the word "exotic" quite often. I would like to know what he thinks when he says exotic.
The dictionary gives this as one of the suggestions: "strikingly unusual or strange in effect or appearance". I think of Arabic, Middle-Eastern, Indian women.

These are faces most people would classify as exotic... so - orientalism, the dream of the innocent beauty on a tropical island... with dark hair, dark eyebrows and lashes, soft, not too dark, but not light skin, small chin, high cheekbones, lush lips, large cat eyes and a feminine nose in the middle. Not sharp, not round, but short and straight, perhaps a bit wide... with a touch of wildness and danger...

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