February 2010

For Your Entertainment: Do Blondes Have More Fun? Maybe not in the case of Adam Lambert

Today we talk about US singer Adam Lambert, American Idol season 8 runner up who recently released his solo pop rock/electronic album, “For Your Entertainment”.

He certainly got the brooding glam emo rock star look down pat with his dark spiky hair and guyliner (man’s version of eyeliner).

Adam Lambert in full rockstar regalia - wearing guyliner makeup (male eyeliner)

His real hair color is much a lighter blond/strawberry blond as seen here in his earlier photos — Adam’s high school photo. (This is a screen capture off a video so the image quality is quite low)

Young Adam Lambert High School Photo - He's a natural blond

Slightly older, with darker brows.

Adam Lambert a blond jock in school? A rock star in the making

Here’s a picture of Adam Lambert without any makeup. He has striking blue eyes which are further emphasized by his pale skin and dark hair and eyebrows.

Adam Lambert without makeup (eyeliner)

How would he look like if he didn’t color his hair? Here’s our take: Adam Lambert “back to his roots” with blond hair and eyebrows.

Adam Lambert with blond hair in this back to his roots digital makeover by The Look Factor
By any means still a very good-looking guy but probably with a little less air of mystery.

For Your Entertainment: Adam Lambert as a dark brunette or with blond hair? Which do you prefer?

Digital Makeover – Making Fergie Look Younger without Plastic Surgery

Today we are going to talk about Fergie. Fergie’s real name is Stacy Ann Ferguson and she is a well-known pop singer-songwriter famous for her solo album The Dutchess. Fergie also fronts the band Black Eyed Peas.

Fergie has lovely green/blue eyes but her makeup and hair are usually not done in a way to give emphasis on her best features. She also have a problem of looking much older than her actual age (born in March 1975, she is 34 at the time of writing). She attributes this to drug abuse during her younger days. Drug use can be attributed to her poor skin quality — premature wrinkles, etc. — however fashion magazine editors are notoriously known for their heavy hand at touching up skin blemishes and other imperfections using photo editing software such as Photoshop.

This is a Fergie’s photo from a magazine photo shoot. She still looks matured.

Blonde Fergie looks old before eyebrow makeover, photo from a magazine photoshoot

So why does Fergie still look old despite the professional touch up?
The answer to this lies in the eyes. Or more accurately, her eyebrows. She has a very highly arched, thin brows that doesn’t complement her beautiful eyes. In fact, this style of brows have the tendency to make one look like a drag queen, which is one of the unfortunate titles she has been associated with.

To remedy this, she needs to wear her eyebrows lower and darker. Why?

Take a look at a young child’s face. Their eyebrows are not arched and are positioned lower down the forehead, closer to the eyes. This is one of the tricks to create a suggestion of youth.

Thicker eyebrows would give her sultry eyes the right framing they need.

In this makeover, Fergie is given darker, less arched brows, a little bit more mascara to make her eyes pop and darker hair to complement her brows and also draw our eyes to her best feature. In keeping with the youthful theme, her lips are kept matte, using a lighter lip color.

The result: Younger, brunette Fergie after our digital makeover.

Fergie (Black Eyed Peas) looks younger as a brunette with thicker, less arched eyebrows in this digital makeover

No other changes were made to her skin, structure of face, color of eyes etc. but the result is amazingly different. She looks 10 years younger and the emphasis to her best feature is restored – her amazingly sexy eyes.

Blonde, overly arched eyebrows make Fergie (Black Eyed Peas) look older than she actually is. She looks younger as a brunette with thicker, less arched eyebrows in this digital makeover

What is Beauty?

What is beauty?
Ask this question and a plethora of clichés come to mind — Beauty is only skin-deep. A thing of beauty is a joy forever. Beauty is a fading flower.

Beauty is subjective therefore the ultimate cliché:

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

One of the most universally accepted idea of beauty is that of youth and health. Clear, supple skin free of acne, pimples, fine lines, wrinkles and other blemishes; healthy, bright eyes and soft, shiny hair. Not everything associate with youth is considered beautiful for adults. Consider the proportion of a baby’s head to his body. An adult has slightly different proportions compared to a child.

Another acceptable definition of beauty is that of symmetry. A vertically symmetrical face is a beautiful face. In other words, the eyes line on about the same plane on the right side as it is on the left, as are the nostrils, ears, etc.

Apart from symmetry of placement, facial features have to be of similar shapes and sizes. Not only that, the sizes have to be of the right proportion in relation to the size of the face and other features. This is the beauty of being proportionate. Ideal proportions differ for adults and children as describe in the paragraph above.

Photo: Flickr

How do we emulate beauty?
Not many of us are blessed with all the attributes of that make up the ideal beauty but there are ways to improve on our features in order to look younger, healthier. For a start, consider engaging a basic skincare routine to maintain clear, youthful skin. Wear sunscreen with a good SPF reading protects your skin against the harmful effects of UV (photoaging).

Beauty is the Mistress, the Gardener Her Slave.

Makeup can be used to enhance our best features and play down unflattering flaws. This is the aim of corrective makeup. The same can be said about hairstyles. Depending on the type of hair cut you get, one can emphasize on the eyes or slim down a wide face. Hair color too plays an important part.