Make Yourself More Lovely (Aug, 1930)
Make Yourself More Lovely
Some Things Every Woman Should Do for Beauty and Charm
By Carol Cameron
Personal Charm for YOU Are you popular? Have you personality? Do you possess that mysterious quality of magnetism that leads to romance and to social and business success?
The Charm Department is intended to meet the needs of the modern girl or woman who wants to be more lovely, more magnetic, more socially agreeable, yet lacks the proper knowledge of how to acquire these most desirable qualities.
Each month we are discussing some particular attribute of a woman’s charm. If you have a personal problem in this field, write to Miss Cameron, 1926 Broadway, New York City, and let her help you. Letters are held in strict confidence, and answered personally, if desired, provided a stamped self-addressed envelope is enclosed. We do not publish any names. The Charm Department is Your Department, and is conducted by CAROL CAMERON.
THE hot, lazy days of summer are over, and with the coming of crisp, golden autumn weather, your enthusiasm—that hasn’t been very much in evidence for the past few months—awakens. You have some ambitious plans for the fall and winter, I’m sure. At this time of the year all of us are mapping out some sort of campaign, either business or social. We’ve been drifting long enough, and we’re eager to be active once again. But no matter what else you hope to accomplish, I know that you want, always, to be charming and attractive. So be- fore you plunge headlong into your schemes, it’s a mighty fine thing to take stock of yourself—your clothes* your hair, your complexion.
How about your skin? Is it tanned, and do you desire to keep it so, finding it becoming? Well, if you are among the idle rich—who aren’t very idle, after all!— you can go South for the winter. Or you can rent, buy or employ at a doctor’s office the ultra-violet lamp. You should be careful in the use of ultra-violet treatments for tanning at home, but milder “sunshine lamps” suited for (Continued on page 120) GO home use may now he had, which are simple of operation and quite safe.
If you want to get rid of the tan which you so gaily, or painfully, acquired, the best thing you can do, of course, is to permit it to wear off. You can use gentle bleaches of cucumber lotion, buttermilk or peroxide at home. Remember that a strong bleach is apt to dry and harm most skins; and that all peeling processes have to be used with great care.
Summer suns mean a drier skin, tan or no tan. You can therefore be more lavish with heavy creams and you can use olive oil. lint don’t forget to tone up your skin and assist circulation by using a gentle friction brush when you wash. And don’t neglect washing, for goodness’ sake. Use warm water and bland soap and lots of rinsing and cold water to close the pores; with a touch of cold cream or oil before and after washing if your skin is dry.
YOU don’t, of course, use the same light powder when you are tanned as when your skin is white: so, as your tan wears off, mix into your sunburn powder your own flesh tint, increasing it as you “fade,” until finally you don’t need the tan powder at all.
Don’t forget to groom your brows. So many girls rub vaseline carefully into their lashes, brush and curl them and forget their eyebrows. Please don’t pluck them out until you look like an insipid doll! Nature gave you the shape, in eyebrows, most suited to your face. Where they straggle or grow uneven you can, and should, tweeze them into line, using a little oil or cold cream first. Be sure to brush them every day. It will make them healthy and sleek.
Every woman should own a face powder brush, soft and wide. When you apply powder pat it on, never rub it in, and brush off the surplus with the brush or cotton. It will make your skin look velvety and will remove the dreadful overpowdered look.
Now for rouge—I know you are waiting for that! You know, I am sure, that I do not approve of it, that I think there is no necessity for applying artificial coloring when, if you will eat the proper foods and take sufficient rest and exercise, you can have a complexion that will rival any that can be made up out of rouge-pots and lipsticks. But I know, full well, that you are going to use it, so I beg of you, be moderate! The only excuse for make-up is to supply a deficiency—to make you appear to have the rosy cheeks and bright lips that you should possess. Therefore, use it sparingly and be very careful that the shade you use is the same as your natural coloring would be.
Lipsticks I especially abominate— chiefly because they produce lips of a color that no human being would have. But that, too often, is the fault of the user. If you will take care, with all the lipsticks on the market, you can surely choose one of the proper shade, and if you will use restraint in applying it, and not smear it on thickly, you may not be suspected of using one. Remember, the real art of make-up is to look as if you didn’t use any.
A young woman of my acquaintance sometimes uses a cream rouge to faintly pink her nails, as she does not like highly colored nails, and I, personally, think she is right. I feel that the brilliant red nails are in bad taste. They do not, I assure you, look well in an office. Nor do nails look well which have been allowed to grow too long or which have a very pointed shape. Nails should be a faint healthy pink, with not too high a polish, and should be oval, almond-shaped. And they should be well cared for always, and so should the hands they tip.
Now about eyes. I do not approve of mascara. If your eyelashes are light, use vaseline at night to darken them. Brush them daily and curl them upward—it will greatly enhance their appearance.
Do think of your hair, this autumn! He sure you attend to shampooing and to olive oil rubs and daily brushing and massaging, for sea water or fresh water, hot sun and summer winds, will have played havoc with it and it will require special attention to restore it to its proper condition.
Two weeks past vacation and exercise won’t help you during the coming season. Walk. Join a hiking club. Ride, if you can. Join a swimming pool, play indoor tennis and play golf, if you can manage it, on a public links, as long as possible. Our weather conditions are such that you can play late into winter. I know a girl who is a secretary. She walks part way to work. She goes on hikes, weekends, or plays golf on a city course. She swims at the Y.W.C.A. twice a week and has one gym class. This exercise, in addition to her regular daily dozen, keeps her in marvelous trim and she never loses the benefit of her vacation. Her vacation helps her too, for she doesn’t go to it soft from lack of exercise and get all tired out while on it. So many girls and men come home from vacation half dead, having crowded into two weeks all the strenuous occupations of a year. But if you exercise all year round you’ll be all right.
LOOK over your clothes! Remember what I said about, shoulder-straps and keeping hems in, and shoes shined! Use your little summer frocks for evenings at home. Have your spring suit freshened up to wear with a fur-piece or a topcoat during the brisk but not too cold days of fall. Buy your autumn things with a wise look ahead to spring. You will be astonished how beautifully you can manage if you plan on this season’s clothes doing extra duty in a coming season.
If you’ve been out of town, you’ll have lots of happy memories of sky and sea and mountains and trees and gardens. Keep them. They’ll help on gray days. You’ll have made new friends. Keep them, too, if they are worth while. You will have enlarged your horizon and your contacts. You will have new topics for conversation. How easy to begin an autumnal conversation with “Where did you go this summer and what did you do?” If you find a golfer, a tennis player, a hiker or a fisherman, all you will have to do is just sit back and listen. And probably you can add your own experiences to the subject.
Summer’s over; autumn’s going; winter’s just ahead. There’s hard work and play for all of us. Get all you can out of life. That’s one of the big secrets of charm. The person who is living joyously, healthily and vitally every minute of the day is the person we like to have around us. Each season brings its pleasures and its duties. When winter conies and there’s hail and sleet and snow, well, you’ll have books on long winter evenings; you’ll go to the theater and to dances; you’ll see your friends and give parties. Good luck to you, all year round.
And now to end with I must tell the feminine readers that I have made a discovery, if you want to write me about it. It is a three-in-one-cream, semi-liquid and not greasy. It serves as a skin food and a mild bleach and, used sparingly, as a wonderful powder base. It comes in a fat jar and, though it costs three dollars and a half, it will last six months. Name and where sold on request.