Ode to Timeless Beauty
Study up on this regimen for looking good.
In the debut Weekender
in January, I wrote about creating a stylish, attractive and
fashionable appearance. It was entirely your call if you wanted to
follow my advice or dismiss it as the unsolicited lecturing.
Those belonging in the latter group of readers should turn the page
now and move on. For, in the past five months, I have offered assorted
advice, which is summarized below. Remember, reaching the beauty ideal
is not about discussing cosmetics or skin care, but itís a
mathematical equation where everything adds up for the desired look.
Before we get to
the issue of clothing, your body must pass inspection. Do what it
takes to get in shape. A well-proportioned body, whatever your
height, will let your clothes fall beautifully on you. That is the
benchmark for looking good.
Now for the
clothes: Form-fitting jackets and pants are in fashion. The pant
bottom should be cut ultra-close to the calf. Shirts should be
For women, itís
time to show some leg, either with miniskirts or the trapeze-style
silhouette. Tread your way from
to Bandung at the gym to make sure your pins are ready for the
Subtle silver and
wonderful white are everywhere, and silencing the usual loud hues.
Wear them with pride.
Your body is fit,
your clothes are in style, so make sure your face also passes
inspection. Clean your face daily just as you bathe twice a day to
keep smelling fresh. Just think of the assault to your face from the
sunís harsh rays, dust and grime, cigarette smoke and all manner of
pollutants from living in the big city (not to mention pore-clogging
makeup). Slap the face cream on both morning and night, and never
leave the house without sunblock.
Last but not least.
If the five points above were about polishing up the outer you, itís
now time to talk about what counts on the inside. They say that
positive thinking can help you win the war 50 percent of the time.
We may like to compare ourselves to George Clooney and Kate
Moss, only to find that we are dim moths flickering helplessly around
their scintillating flames. Be still your chastened heart, and
remember that everything is relative. I am attracted to regular folks,
but my friends always chide me that there are better-looking
candidates on the dating market. For me, however, OK looking is just
what I want.
Whether you are ugly, semi-ugly (or sexy ugly), beautiful or
almost beautiful, you will have your own set of admirers. Just stop
wishing that you had Beyonceís shapely hips, and make the best of what
God gave you.
+ Samuel Mulia