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A Touch Of Baltic Beauty

Appearance is a vital factor in a person’s life. On a daily basis people perform the same routine to make themselves more attractive. The characterization of a person as “beautiful”, whether on an individual basis or by community consensus, is often based on some combination of Inner Beauty, including psychological factors, and Outer Beauty, the so-called physical attractiveness.

Beauty presents a standard of comparison, and it can cause resentment and dissatisfaction when not achieved. People who do not fit the “beauty ideal” may be ostracized within their communities.

Beauty in the eye of the Makeup Artist

In terms of people’s superficial values of wanting to look better in the eyes of the public, applying makeup seems to be the most important factor. It’s almost as if makeup becomes a part of them. And it seems like beauty in the 21st century has no limits. Loore Harmat, who has been working as a make-up artist for 15 years, and is also a make-up teacher, feels Estonian women prefer modern and very natural makeup.

According to her, they don’t put on much in the way of foundations and eye shadows. The basics are a little foundation, under eye concealer, mascara, eye shadow, blush and lipstick. This year Harmat took part in Supernova 2009, a contest for young fashion designers, where she showed her best results.

“It was a very innovative and glamorous make-up show, where I, together with my assistants, did make-up for 100 models. It was quite hard work but I found it an interesting opportunity,” she said. Harmat noted that mineral makeup, such as the Jane Iredale brand, is getting popular in Estonia as well, because it’s very good for the skin and is made from natural ingredients.

“In my opinion now that autumn - winter make-up collections have been released, the colors have turned darker and so, Estonian women also prefer darker and sophisticated tones for eyes and lips,” Harmat explained. “I think that Estonian women are little bit afraid of very bright and shiny colors in comparison with all other Baltic states, where women use more bright colors. I mostly use lots of different techniques in my work such as smoky eyes and creamy eyehadows all mixed up together. I use my fingers to put on make-up base, because it shows the face very naturally.” “I do my own make up courses teaching women different make-up techniques and helping them to find their own style and colors. And I also teach how to become professional make up artist”.

Keeping Hairstyles

Modern without the Hassle Hairstyles for today’s modern women are always changing. A hairstyle considered hot and fashionable today, will be old and out of style by next week. Olga Cerus, who has worked as a hairdresser in INTERSALON for more than 10 years as well as a trainer at Londa Professional, gives some tips to those who are fashion-conscious.

“Those of you who are sick and tired of wearing long hair but at the same time don’t have enough courage to make a short haircut, I would advise choosing a classic bob-wig, which has two varying lengths for this season –level with the shoulders and chin length. To those who prefer short hair-cuts, I would advise paying attention to so called bob haircut. The most conservative of the bob, the sleek one-length cut, is always in style.

This sophisticated cut can be trimmed to a length that is attractive to almost any face shape No matter which bob hair cut you choose, it should be shiny and natural looking. Keep your style simple and easy to manage, which is the bob trademark! In general the most demanded hairstyles in Estonia are bob and bob-wig in various lengths and colors. Long hair will look great when it is exactly straight and cut in an absolutely straight manner, giving hair necessary elegance.

It is completely unnecessary to blindly follow the latest fashions. It is enough to just take care of your hair, to choose style which will suit you and of course to support your hairs natural shine. This alone can be enough to remain one step ahead of fashion and to keep in style for winter.

By Ella Karapetyan