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Take off your shoes, curl up on the sofa, grab your favorite drink, let down your hair, and get ready for some straight-from-the-heart girl talk from Emme!
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In this frank, practical, and hilarious guide to getting through life's everyday emergencies, Emme is your navigator. Her insider’s eye and priceless connections will help you solve the dilemmas that come your way—no matter what! Whether it’s what to wear on that all-important first date (or totally crucial first interview), or how to throw an unforgettable party, or what to take with you on that impromptu getaway with the perfect guy, Emme comes to the rescue! And she calls on some of the smartest women around for “been there, done that” advice—women like Naomi Wolf, Aida Turturro, Trisha Yearwood, and Camryn Manheim. Each section is jam-packed with useful tips and strategies to help you get through things that might otherwise throw you for a loop.
To solve your Beauty Emergencies, you will learn:
- Secrets from make-up artist Bobbi Brown
- The best body products you've never heard of
Knock out your Fashion Emergencies with tips on
- How to camouflage any figure flaw
- What to wear to make a knockout first impression
Find solutions to Romance Emergencies with
- Breakthrough methods for handling tough holidays from expert psychologists
- How to keep your friends close and circle the wagons
And avoid Lifestyle Emergencies with
- Party secrets from celebrity chefs and party planners
- How to create the perfect living environment
And much, much more!
Life's Little Emergencies is the perfect companion for any woman driving along life’s bumpy roads.
Emme, an entrepreneur, is the host of " Fashion Emergency," a clothing designer, a supermodel, a vocal women’s advocate, and a mom. She lives with her family in New Jersey.
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Natasha Stoynoff is New York correspondent for People Magazine. She lives in Manhattan and is currently at work on her third book.
Life's Little Emergencies
1 beauty emergency! Beauty is truth, truth beauty,--that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know. JOHN KEATS Wow. Now that's a mouthful. To hear the poets tell it, beauty is this unreachable, all-consuming, mindboggling panacea to which we all aspire ... but fall woefully short. Me? I ascribe to the simpler, grassroots, Forrest Gump school of philosophy: Beauty is as beauty does. To me the word beauty covers a vast, colorful spectrum. It can be the smile my daughter gives me when I least expect it. It can be the bare nape of a woman's neck when her hair is twisted up and tiny tendrils fall softly. It can be a pair of men's strong hands in motion--veins popping. It can be a rose blooming. I see beauty everywhere I look and sometimes in the oddest places. My mom taught me that beauty is simplicity. There was nothing overdone or forced when she "made" herself beautiful every morning before work or at night before a party. She put on a dab of color here, a spritz of scent there, and a lot of charm. She showed me that each person is attractive in her or his own way and praised people's unique physical qualities--a warm speakingvoice; a rosy complexion; a great smile. It wasn't about looking like someone else, I learned, it was about appreciating what you have and who you are. Even in the modeling world, where "beauty" can be a changeable, unattainable ideal, the models I know understand the ultimate, constant beauty secret that never goes out of style: confidence. And then, for polish, they trade about a zillion makeup, hair, and skin tips for the outside of the package. Because there's nothing wrong with a little plucking and pruning. If putting on a bit of mascara or curling your hair or giving yourself a facial makes you feel good about yourself, why not? If you feel beautiful, you are beautiful. And why not be proud of it? In the past, when people told me I looked great, I'd feel a little uncomfortable and I'd say, "Oh thanks, I just lost some weight," or "Yeah, I just bought this dress."I'd make excuses or apologies and my appraiser would look deflated like I just shoved a gift back into her face. I don't do that anymore. Now I say,"Thank you!"--and I mean it! WISE WOMAN Cheryl Tiegs, supermodel
Beauty Is Growth
To say that beauty comes from within us is a cliché, but it's true. If you keep yourself happy it shows on your face. When I started out in New York as a young model, my agent said to me, "The key to beauty is to always learn and grow and educate yourself and have new experiences." I never forgot that. When you are learning something new or experiencing adventures for the first time it brings excitement to your eyes, to your face, to your whole being. Once when I was going through a troubled time, a therapist told me, "Cheryl, take up a new hobby ... take up needlepoint ... plant a rose garden ... do something you've never done before." You start off wobbly at first but soon you get good at it and it makes you feel so great. Keep exploring. It brings a contentedness to you and helps with self-esteem. And that's what makes you "beautiful." About Face! Natasha's cool friend, Rachel, who wears only red and black, is obsessed with finding the perfect red lipstick. She has at least twenty tubes in shades of scarlet, crimson, ruby, burgundy, and cherry in her purse at any one time. My beauty obsession is of a more architectural nature. Yes, okay, anybody who knows me already knows this: I have an eyebrow fetish. I admit it. It's almost as bad as my shoe fetish. Tweezerman tweezers are God! And it just so happens that Natasha has those bushy, Slavic eyebrows that are tough to tame so we're kind of eyebrow codependent on each other. She hates to pluck. I live to pluck! At my annual summer barbecue last year, I noticed she was overdue for a little pruning. I beckoned her over to the grassy knoll in the backyard, took out my instrument of torture (I never leave home without it, even if I'm only going to the backyard), and pointed to the grass. "Here?" she asked. "Here," I answered sternly. My tweezer finger was itchy. Hiking up my blue-jean skirt, I crouched over Natasha as she lay on her back on the grass and I plucked, plucked, plucked. It was cause for small alarm among my party guests who thought Natasha was having some sort of attack, she was yelping a bit (I would have put on some baby-teething stuff first to numb the area but hadn't had Toby yet to know what a lifesaver Oragel is to numb pain), or that I was giving her mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. "Okay, okay, show's over, folks," Natasha said finally, as she got up and smoothed her fingers over her newly smooth and tamed brows. Well, it was an emergency as I saw it. Natasha's brows were criminally out of control; and it was my job to subdue them!
I can't help myself. After you've sat in the chair of some of the world's most famous makeup artists, you learn a thing or two about the tweezing, contouring, and tinting of the female face and you want to try what you've learned on your girlfriends. For example, my friend, makeup artist Maria Verel, who has worked on such beautiful faces as Diana Drall, Diane Sawyer, and Nora Ephron, taught me these all-important tweezing "never" tips that have made me mistress of the tweezers in my peer group: Never tweeze when you're angry or bored. Never take too much at one time; go for a few hairs at a time and step away from the mirror. Never oversnip with scissors or hairs will look stubby and harsh. Never forget symmetry. Never tweeze from the top. Never shave your eyebrows. The thin arch is over so don't go there. But I didn't learn everything at once. My education in primping was a slow process. Don't forget, I'm a tomboy at heart. For the longest time, I was guilty of making the number-one mistake a makeup novice is guilty of: TOO MUCH. I used to pile it on, layer after layer, before a modeling shoot. As an athlete who was forever in the water or at the gym, I was so used to being barefaced that when I finally got my fingers into those colored pots and lipsticks and powders, I went a little girl crazy. At my early modeling shoots, I'd arrive with my face already painted to the max. "There's just too much of it," the makeup artists would tsk, tsk, tsk, over and over again, as they wiped and sponged and powdered it off. "Where?" I'd ask. "Um, all over the place." Time after time, makeup artists would tell me: "If you're wearing a strong lip color, go light on the eye makeup and vice versa. Make one part of the face the focal point." My friend Maria would drill that one home to me: "When you wear bright red lipstick, it stands out like a fine piece of jewelry. Your lips will shine more brilliantly if they don't have to compete for attention with other intensely made-up features." So heed these words of wisdom: LESS IS MORE.
Here are some of her emergency tips:
MARIA SAYS ... To make eyes wider: Always curl your lashes before putting on mascara; it makes your eyes appear bigger and brighter, which automatically narrows your face. To open your eyes: Curl the lashes, color in between the lash roots with a soft eyeliner pencil, then apply a lot of mascara. Only do this to the top lashes because doing the bottom too will be overkill. To cover zits: Use allergy eye drops that you can buy from a drugstore to take the redness out of a blemish. Dab a few drops on the spot, or hold a piece of cotton saturated with the drops on the pimple for two minutes, then allow the area to dry. Top with a thin layer of concealer and set with translucent powder. To keep lipstick off your teeth: Line and fill lips with a lip pencil that matches your lipstick. Next, apply lipstick over the liner but avoid the inner edges of your lips--that's the trouble zone. Then blot lips with a tissue and apply a color sealer to set your lipstick until you wash it off. TryBeneFit She Laq ($24) or Lip Last by English Ideas Cosmetics ($18). If your lips are chapped, however, you might find a sealer drying, so use a lip stain that blots on like ink and top it with a gloss for extra shine. Try Stila Lip Rouge ($26) with Prestige Aromatherapy Lipgloss in clear ($2.95). To save money on products: Buy from the drugstore! I've been using drugstore makeup forever. They perform equally as well as department-store brands. In fact, many are made in the same factories. Read labels for ingredients, noting those first in the list are the highest concentrations. Sometimes all that differs is the fragrance added (or not added), and/or the packaging. Open the door again to the Avon Lady! Seriously, their products are great and so are their prices. Take a closer look. Their performance is on par with the leading brands. So when Avon comes calling, answer the door! Some of Maria's Favorite Drugstore Items: Wet 'n' Wild #666 lip pencil L'Oreal Colour Riche lipstick in Tawny and Cornsilk Classic Translucent Powder Maybelline Illegal Lengths Mascara TAKE NOTE: Out in the sun a lot? I concocted a great makeup/sunscreen potion that makes you look great and protects you from the rays. My friend, makeup artist Fran Cooper, was testing a variety of makeup bases under the spray of a shower to see if they could stand enormous amounts of sweat without sliding off the face (she was preparing to do makeup for Janet Jackson for her Live in Hawaii TV special). She told me that just wearing makeup base alone did a good job of blockingout harmful burning rays. That got me thinking ... what if I were to mix a high SPF nongreasy sunscreen like my favorite Coppertone Sport 30 with a Colorstay base by my old buddies at Revlon? (Once this stuff goes on, it stays on.) I beach tested this idea in St. Maarten and WOW, what a find. Five days in the sun and not a freckle or burn in sight. And the makeup didn't smear all over my clothes. Just one word of warning: If your skin is sensitive and you're not used to wearing makeup, you might be prone to breaking out. Make sure you clean your face thoroughly before bed! Learn What's Best for You After lots of trial and error, you'll know your face like the back of your hand, so to speak. You'll know what works for you and what doesn't. I learned that birch-brown eye shadow makes my eyes bluer. I learned to use shimmer below my brow bone and above my cheeks to add a nice contrast in pictures. Taupe eye shadow became my friend for instant cheekbones. I learned not to use heavy powder--especially under the eyes--because it gets crepe-like on me and it screams, LOOK, I'M WEARING MAKEUP! I learned to fix my ruddy complexion with a yellow-tinted base and concealer. I learned to define my eyes with a kohl pencil in dark blue or black underneath the inside of my upper lid ( not on the bottom, like we did in the 1970s). I learned to blend, blend, blend. But most of all, I learned that I know my face better than anyone else and not to let anyone mess with it. Think of Brooke Shields and her famous thick eyebrows ( again with the eyebrows!). For years makeup artists wanted to pluck them, but she resisted. She knew they fit her face and were a signature look for her. On one TV appearance when I worked with a new makeup artist, I asked her to pump up my eyes with a few false eyelashes and she said, "Oh, I just ran out of my regular eyelash glue ... but I have this other stuff they use for mustaches." I was hesitant. I knew my eyes could be sensitive and told her so. "Oh, don't worry," she said, "it'll be fine." As she liberally applied the stuff, my eyes started to water from the fumes. I went out to do my appearance with the eyes of America on me, and my eyelids started to tighten and close up. My eyes turned bloodshot. Everything became like putty. Seems this mustache glue was crystallizing on my lids and jagged bits of it were falling into my eyes. It took me a week to get those lashes off my eyes. After that I never again let anyone put a product on me that I hadn't already tried myself. I Stick to What I Know and My Daily Routine Goes Like This: Clean face with Aveda gel cleanser. Moisturize with Kiehl's Ultra facial moisturizer SPF 15. (spring and summertime) Moisturize with Sundãri Neem and Tamanu Corrective Moisturizer for dry skin (fall and wintertime) Blend light base in Bobbi Brown Protective Face Lotion SPF 15 moisturizer in sand. A bit of color on my brows, Laura Mercier in topaz. A little contour under my cheekbones, taupe by Bobbi Brown. Dab the apples of my cheeks with MAC HUSH frost or STYLE frost. Curl my lashes with my Shu Uemura curler. Draw on the upper inside lid with my Laura Mercier black liner pencil. Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in black. Lip gloss, Bobbi Brown in petal. Ten minutes, total. (applause, applause)
And here's my favorite trick for keeping lipstick off the teeth throughout the day: Before you leave the house in the morning or after you reapply at lunch or dinner, put your index finger in your mouth and pull it out. Once you close your lips around your finger and pull it out, all the lipstick from the inside of your lips comes off and you have no more lipstick worries. Works every time and a tip you should tell all your girlfriends. (Caution: Do not do this in public in mixed company. It could be taken in the wrong way ... . ) The Mane Event: After-Work Hair That Won't Let You Down What to do when you plan a special night on the town with your girlfriends and your hair loses its oomph right at 5 P.M.? I knew if I asked Kevin Mancuso, celebrity stylist, hair expert, and author of The Mane Thing, he would know how to help. "Any day-into-evening hairstyle is best achieved with a strong start! Take the time to build a strong foundation with your morning blow-dry, natural air-dry, or set. This will help give your hairstyle the strength to make it through the day and then some. So plan ahead as to what your evening look will be. Up or down, your hair will work the best if the texture is set from the start. There are no rules; evening hair can be controlled or loose. It depends on how you feel, what you're wearing, or where you're going." FINE HAIR: For lasting volume, use a volume spray concentrating mainly on the roots. Blow-dry with a smaller than usual round brush. (Choose your brush according to the length of your hair. In this case, your hair should be able to wrap around the brush at least two times.) Using a blow-dryer, smooth hair onto the brush when hair is almost dry. Roll it down the scalp, heat it up thoroughly, and then switch to cool. Cool it down entirely and release. You can roll the section back up without the brush and use a clip to hold it in place. This will give it more strength and holding power. When you're finished, brush it and go! If you lose volume through the day, take all of your hair into your hands in an upward direction and twist loosely up and into a high soft bun. Don't twist too hard or tight. Pin high up on your head (so it looks pretty). Continue your day and in the evening, let it down. It will have more movement and volume and whether you wear it up or down, it will be voluminous and pliable enough to style. CURLY HAIR: Curls that last all day! For na...
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