Choosing the Right Men’s Formal Suit

Choosing the Right Mens Formal SuitAs women must research for that perfect gown, men must research the type of formal suit they’ll need to pull off a stunning look. Here are the facts to find the perfect fit every time.

The Basics

Though there aren’t as many formal suit types as there are dresses for women, there are very important fashion distinctions that cause a formal suit to lean more business versus more gala. Once you figure out the formality of the event, it’s time to take in the two main factors that determine a suit’s dressiness. The first is the lapels. Thin lapels are formal while the thicker ones are executive. The second, pockets, are where the style flairs really shine. Jetted or flapped are standard for any formal look. Rounded pockets, also known as patch, are less formal. Peaked are rarely acceptable but notched are considered a classic.

The Colors

For any suit, there are three colors you can choose from regardless of any prints added. Gray is a universally liked color that’s not too formal but not too relaxed. Blue is a bit more serious but certainly not formal. Black is as classy as it comes.

The Fitting

Much like women, the best suits are tailored. Depending on the store, you may be fitted there. If you’re not, head to a local seamstress and have it done. Just remember that material can always be subtracted but it can never be added, so buy loose rather than tight.

The Cost

Accept that a great suit, one that will last you the better part of a lifetime, will cost money. You might luck out and find a solid choice in a discount store but when it comes to clothes, money often matters a lot more than you might think.

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Plus Size Modeling

Plus Size Modeling

Models come in all shapes and sizes and nowhere is this truer than in the burgeoning plus size modeling market. Having exploded in the last few years, here’s what you need to know to make the most of this fashion phenomenon.

The Basics

To be considered a plus size model, there are physical requirements that must be met, just like with any sphere of modeling. The desired bodies are typically a size 12 or larger with aesthetically proportional measurements. The rule of thumb is that the waist should be around 10 inches smaller than the hips. If you want to work fashion, you should be 5’9” to around 6’. Fit models are a bit smaller at 5’6” to 5’9” and commercial models are the most lenient in that height doesn’t matter. Finally, be sure your hair, skin, nails and teeth are all healthy looking.

The Representation

Most major modeling agencies have representation for plus size models and there are even some that work solely with this clientele. Who you choose is ultimately up to you and who offers to take you on. To get started, you’ll want to submit your information to various agencies to see if you spark interest. Luckily, no experience is necessary to begin this process, but continually adding to your resume in the background does help.

The Jobs

Plus size modeling covers virtually every sphere that regular size modeling does. From runways to centerfolds, you can pursue any avenue you want. That being said, it is important to recognize your best features and pursue the avenues that exploit these. Putting your best foot forward is the strongest way to make the fastest progress toward your dream modeling career.

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Flawless Cut Crease Eyeshadow How To

Flawless Cut Crease Eyeshadow How ToPerfect for those with medium to heavy folds over the eyes, the cut crease is the latest and greatest eyeshadow technique. Named because of how it defines the crease by using a contrasting color to cut across the fold, here’s how you can master the look perfectly.

Apply Primer

Every artist begins with a blank canvas. Unfortunately your skin is not blank with all of its pits and creases and color changes. Apply a foundation or eye primer over the lid of the eye to create this blank slate.

Lighten the Lids

Across the eyelid, add the lightest eyeshadow you’ll be using for this design. This will make your eyelid pop even more against the dark cut the upper lid will provide.

Trace the Crease

Next, pull out a flesh tone eyeshadow color. Use your brush to spread this along the hollow of the eyelid along the upper eye socket line. This will give you a light sketch of your upper eyeball.

Add Eyeliner

Pull out your eyeliner and lightly trace a line across the shadow you just applied. Remember to keep this part light. You can always go back and add more if the contrast isn’t bold enough. While black is the most common choice here for maximum pop, feel free to test out other colors based on your skin tone and eye color.

Blend Upward

Pull out your blending brush and blend the eyeliner upward in circular motions to keep the bottom of the line sharp. At this point, your eyelid should be bright and bold with an unblended switch to the dark that traces the eyeball.

Finish the Top

Finally, take your last color, typically a gold or bronze, and add that to the brow below the eyebrows.

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Nail Trends 2018

Nail Trends 2018From the runway to the home, nail trends this year proved to run the gamut of possibilities.

Single Accent

Across the countless designers, one of the most popular looks was to have one color across all the nails and then slap a small accent on one finger. Some included a line, others included a word. Regardless of what it was, so long as there was a single nail embellishment, the look fit the fashion.

Black is Back

Black nail polish has been a tempestuous force in the fashion industry, disappearing almost as quickly as it appears. Luckily, however, it seems designers finally settled on designs that fit into a happy medium. Not too bold, the black nail polish was often either blended to create a stunning color gradient across all nails or used to accent other colors with beautiful lines and shapes.

Pure Metal

Opting for silvers and bronzes, toned down metallic nail polishes were all over the runways. The less noticeable they were in color, the more celebrated they were. In addition, these tones always matched the facial makeup color scheme.

Featured Flowers

As far as designs went, flowers reigned supreme. From floral designs different for each nail to one detailed rose blooming on an index finger, flowers are the best way to have fun. Color didn’t matter in the least with some flowers even being the only color on the nail.

The Short and Long

As far as fake nails were concerned, models only wore them to achieve pointed lengths. If not this, natural nails kept trim and shaped short were far more popular.

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How to Break into the Industry past your 30s

How to Break into the Industry past your 30sThey say it’s never too late to pursue what you love. What they don’t tell you is how difficult it is to make a late-in-life change, regardless of the industry. However, don’t fret that you’ve lost out on your youth to younger models. There’s always a chance.

Think Connections

You’ve no doubt amassed a large network of people from a wide array of jobs. Use this to your advantage. Maybe you know someone that knows someone in the fashion industry. Ask to set up an interview. Gather what information you can in terms of where to start and the best path to take. Realize that no success is achieved without a lot of time and dedication, but by starting now, you’re going to reach that goal sooner.

Think Transference

So you don’t have any modeling skills. That’s okay. What skills do you have that you’ve shown expertise in over the last few decades? Are you a fast learner? Are you adaptable? Are you driven? Don’t ignore the skill set you’ve put together because you don’t think it has anything to do with modeling. In fact, a vast number of your current skills are applicable in any industry. You just have to understand how they transfer over. Use that to your advantage as you focus on what you can do versus what you can’t.

Think Volunteering

If you’re truly set on pursing modeling, offer to volunteer for fashion companies. Though they may not be modeling gigs, such a position gets you on the inside where you can see the realities of the life of a model. While there you can determine if such a career is still one that you want to chase down.

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Pantone Colors 2018

Pantone Colors 2018Begun in the 1950s as a commercial printing company, Pantone evolved to become the world leader in color matching, developing a system used by brands of every industry across the globe. Ever since 2000, they have declared a color of the year, one that matches the needs of the emotions of the world. In addition, they provide runways with a yearly color palette.

Ultra Violet

This year’s color of the year turned out to be Ultra Violet. A combination of red and blue, it spans genders and speaks to past royalty. Loud expressions of it, especially through makeup, can mean defiance while muted versions imply secret creativity.

Cherry Tomato

What good is a fashion color palette without a bold red? This year’s choice is an orange red that exudes energy. It is bright and daring, one that excites viewers before they can register what color they’re even looking at.

Palace Blue

To balance such a bold color, this more muted blue still remains energetic but doesn’t try to steal the red’s spotlight.


Yellow with a touch of blue, Meadowlark is as outgoing as the Cherry Tomato but far less aggressive. It is a yellow that challenges even the sun in its brightness.

Nile Green

Interestingly enough, the Pantone palette didn’t forget to include muted colors to counteract the loudness of the primes. This green, for instance, is very much a pastel. It is calming to look at and works as a strong base to branch out from with the other colors.

Ash Rose

Next to this is an earthy red that walks the line between red and brown. Like the green, it is a very calm color chosen to act as yet another base on which to build.

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How to Cuff Shirts

How to Cuff ShirtsA universal look that indicates work is about to be done, the cuffed shirt has since transformed into a fashion statement for those that aren’t actually going to be doing any hard labor but still want to appear active. It’s also a great way to stay cooler on hot days and otherwise come off as more casual than a button-up normally allows. That being said, there are three ways to do it, each serving their own purpose.

The Basic Roll

Perfect for actually doing work, this takes the sleeve back past the elbow. First, unbutton all the buttons of the cuff. Next, flip the cuff back and keep flipping, using the cuff to set the width of the fold. Do this until the sleeve is back past the elbow. It can go higher if need be.

The Casual Roll

If you’re aiming for a casual look, this is the easiest and quickest way. As like the first roll, unbutton the cuff. As for the gauntlet buttons, those can be left buttoned or unbuttoned based on preference. Fold the cuff back and fold it back once again. Tuck in any loose material.

The Master Roll

For the fashionable roll, you can’t go wrong with this. It may take some practice, but it is deemed the most acceptable when choosing to do this for style rather than purpose. Unbutton the cuff and unbutton the gauntlet buttons if you need to. Flip the cuff back once. Next, pull the flipped cuff back to either just below the elbow or just above it. Take the bottom of this folded sleeve and fold it up until it covers the cuff about halfway or three quarters of the way to show off as much or as little of the cuff as you want.

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How to Practice Improv

How to Practice ImprovPracticing improvisation is no different than practicing anything else. With time, diligence and hard work, you can become gifted at the art of creating live performance on the spot.

Find a Teacher

Just getting together with your friends to practice improv is great, but it won’t teach you anything unless you have access to a professional in the field. Your teacher is there to pass on wisdom and help you learn to see your own weaknesses while providing ways to improve. Their guidance is a great way to help you find a path when it seems like you could head in any direction. As an important note, never be afraid to move on to a different teacher when your current one has taught you all that they can.


Alongside your teacher, study. Watch interviews with improvisers you find talented. Read about the theory behind improvisation. Try out new exercises you come across. Study is what allows you to gather the information you need to ask questions, make improvements and grow as a performer. It teaches you the language of the industry and warns you against useless pursuits.


In the end, though, practice makes perfect. You can train improv by yourself in an empty room or you can do so in front of an audience and learn more in that one night than a lifetime by yourself. To do is to progress. Each time reveals some new strength and some new flaw you could never hope to find on your own. The public, for as cruel as it can be, is a fantastic resource for learning. Their responses teach you how to read the air of a crowd and how to shut down hagglers. In short, live performance is what refines your practice into a profession.

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Natural versus Stage Makeup

Natural versus Stage MakeupThere is a big difference between natural and stage makeup. Where one is to be enjoyed in natural lighting, the other must be bold enough to be seen from across a room as you are showered in very intense lighting. Never should the two be swapped.

Natural Makeup

In general, lighter is better when it comes to natural makeup. The colors used are there to accentuate your natural features while smoothing out some of the less desirable parts. Tones that match your skin color are favored and when you go heavy for a bold look, it’s only done on one area. Be it smoky eyes or red lipstick, every girl gets a favorite feature she can emphasize without any backlash. Too much, however, and the gossip begins.

Stage Makeup

For stake makeup, take what you know of natural makeup and throw it in the trash. On the stage, it’s all about extremes. How big is the venue? What color are the lights? Will you be using period makeup? Are you playing an animal? What age are you? What does your costume look like? Is the production realistic or fantastical? All of these questions and more go into designing your makeup for a stage show. In general, you are required to have your own makeup kit to achieve the costume designer’s dream. This typically means a box of colors to be mixed and matched. While Ben Nye is usually the brand stage performers turn to, there are other options out there. You’ll find these makeups are more like pastes and the colors are bright, even when going for the more natural shades. On top of such a heavy makeup, there’s the outercoat that is then applied to lock the makeup in place so that it doesn’t run when you inevitably begin sweating.

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Ways to Connect with a Scene Partner

Ways to Connect with a Scene PartnerWe all dream of the perfect partner. Emotionally you connect and the energy is passed back and forth on stage as if you were soulmates. The reality, however, is much different. Instead of instant clicking, there’s a lot of awkward fumbling and dropped lines. As for the emotional connection, it’s even more of a mythological tale. Even still, there are things you can do to force a connection on stage when all else feels lost.

Don’t Try Too Hard

If you’re getting upset over the lack of connection with your scene partner, you’re building up emotional walls that will only make your acting worse. Instead of focusing your rage on them, take it as a positive. You, lucky actor that you are, have been given the immense challenge of making the impossible possible. Should you be a good enough actor, you could do it.


Listen to their lines and the delivery. Watch their movements or lack thereof. What are they giving you to work with? Even if it seems they’ve got nothing to offer, you can still salvage the scene. Maybe the person has a nervous tick you can work into the scene. Maybe they have a way of saying something you can turn into a characterization for your role. Even the smallest hint of connection can lead to something greater.


In the end, maybe they simply can’t connect with your delivery. Test out different ways to say your lines to see if you can elicit a reaction. Maybe they need you to be angrier but have a hard time expressing it. While the change may not lead in the direction you had in mind, any kind of common ground with your partner is enough to make the scene that much better.

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