Going to Great Heights- How to Select a Pair of High Heeled Shoes
There is no denying that although not the best shoe style for women medically (high heeled shoes put pressure on the front part of the foot by pushing it forward and down and bending the toes up in an unnatural position) high heeled shoes are stylish, elegant and can make any women feel sexier. High-heeled shoes have a simple definition, they are shoes which raise the heel of the wearer's foot significantly higher than the toes. High-heeled shoes come in a number of different styles, different materials and can be purchased in almost any color of the rainbow. Most high heels are one color but some have patterns such as leopard print. High-heeled shoes come in a variety of shapes also, such as block, blade, stiletto, tapered and wedge.
What exactly equals a high heeled shoe has been long debated. The norm for most women is a heel between two and three inches because it can be comfortably walked in while still providing some extra height. It is women in the minority who wear heels that are four inches and over and those classed as extremely high heeled tend to be the domain of entertainers and/or are purchased for those harboring shoe fetishes. The higher the heel the less practical it is for wear on a more or less steady basis.
In order to decide whether or not to wear high-heeled shoes or to decide what style of high heels a woman is interested in wearing she must consider her reasons for wearing them. One of the most obvious reasons is height. Lots of women (especially petite ones) want to appear taller and high heels make that happen. It is a form of an optical illusion in a sense. Longer legs (much like a Barbie doll's legs) appear extremely sensuous and this look appeals to most women (and most men). The angle of the foot is altered in respect to the bottom half of the leg when high heels are worn, which causes it to shorten and also makes the calves of the legs stand out.
Many women wear high-heeled shoes for the sexual element inherent in it. One's body is shifted in a different way, which is very sexy. In other words, high-heeled shoes bring about a change in gait and posture that thrusts the derriere further back and brings more of a sway to the hips, which lends itself to an air of eroticism. Some high heels (such as strappy sandals in summertime) show off the sole of the foot and many believe that to be very sexual in nature. As well stiletto heels are considered by many men and women alike to be off the charts sexy.
Today most women own a few pairs of high heeled shoes, some geared for business purposes and others for social occasions. Over the past sixty years high heeled shoes have been at times extremely popular and at other times, not as much so. Lower heeled shoes were all the rage in the late 1960s and early 1970s but then higher heels took over as the in shoes in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Then in the late 1990s lower heels and flatties took over as the popular style once again. With the turn of the century there has become a greater acceptance of a variety of shoes, everything from the high-heeled shoe to the lowest heel and everything in between. Different heel shapes have also come in and out of style. During the 1950s and now, post- 2000 stiletto heels are popular while the 1970s saw the block heel as in and in the 1990s it was the tapered heel.
In deciding what pair of high-heeled shoe is right for the occasion a woman needs some fashion know-how. What is considered to be the little black dress of shoes is a low-heeled sophisticated black pump. This is the most responsible of all heels, a pair of pumps that are at home for a business meeting or an early dinner. The new black high heeled shoe is a neutral pump. But don't think white, think beige, cream or off white instead. A black dressy high heel is a must for all those show stopping social occasions such as a dance, party or elegant dinner extravaganza. Look for a black high heeled dress shoe that is not too strappy but yet not too clunky- instead for understated charm and elegance, with a touch of sexiness thrown in for good measure! Just as in the basic pumps category, black is great but not enough. When you need something just a little bit more glitzy and glamorous get noticed wearing a pair of metallic high-heeled dress shoes. Gold or silver never looked so hot!
Avoid contact lens problems. Learn the essentials of makeup for those who wear contact lenses.
If you wear contact lenses, you know that you have to be super-careful about what kinds of makeup you use. The odd flake of mascara fiber or the wrong eye pencil can make you eyes puff up or feel like they're on fire. As well as being painful, that 100% bloodshot look also won't win you any beauty contests. Here's how to minimize the chances of makeup irritating your eyes when you're wearing your lenses.
Should you insert your lenses before or after applying makeup?
The answer to this question will depend on your lens prescription. If you have a very strong prescription, and simply can't focus without corrective help, you don't have much choice - you'll have to apply your makeup with the lenses in. If, however, your vision problem is less severe, it's far preferable to apply makeup FIRST and then insert your lenses. This way, any tiny flakes, powder granules or other fallout from your makeup can be dealt with before they fall into your eyes. If you apply your makeup with the lenses already in, you risk having to remove them again, clear your lens of the irritating object, flush your eye with water, and start again.
What kinds of makeup are best for contact lens wearers?
Regardless of whether you apply your makeup before or after you insert your lenses, there are two golden rules you should follow when wearing makeup with contacts. Stop and think about - number one - the consistency, and - number two - the ingredients of a product before you buy it. This rule applies to everything you are going to be putting on your face, and not just around your eyes.
Let's start with powder. If you use a large brush or powerpuff to dust loose translucent powder over your face, it's inevitable that many of the powder particles are only loosely attached to your face. This will be most noticable when you first apply it, of course (just think about how your black sweater looks after you apply powder with a brush), but particles will continue to fall off long after you've brushed off that sweater. There is a very good chance that at least one or two will fall into your eyes, and cause them to become irritated and red.
There are two ways to get around this problem. The first is to replace the loose powder with pressed powder. Apply sparingly to the nose, forehead and chin - those areas that are first to show shine - and try to stay away from the eye area. Although you still run some risk with pressed powder, the particles are at least not free-falling, and are pressed rather than brushed onto your skin.
The other option is to use a foundation and powder in one. These products have a moist consistency when you are applying them, and then set into a powdery finish. It's a good idea to experiment with the combination powder/foundation, and see if you like both the finish and levels of coverage. Although some brands of powder/foundation makeup can tend to create a mask-like effect, the better quality ones can solve the problem of powder particles falling into your eyes.
Waterproof eyeliner and mascara are good, safe options for contact lens wearers. Your eyes may water after you insert your lenses, and you don't want to undo all the good makeup work you've just done. If your eyes dry out during the course of the day or evening, you may need to use a wetting eyedrop product to make the lenses more comfortable to wear. Waterproof eye makeup is the only kind which will stand up to so much liquid in and around the eye.
Your mascara needs to have two magic phrases on its label: "hypo-allergenic" and "safe for use by contact lens wearers". You want to seize every opportunity to minimize the risk of irritation when you're wearing lenses, so don't take a chance on a mascara which may cause an allergic reaction.
Some mascaras can build up the thickness and length of your lashes with silicone and fibers. Save these products for the times when you are not wearing your lenses. If one of these lash-building particles falls into your eyes, you will need to get to a bathroom fast, so that you can get the lens out of your eye and put an end to the intense pain!
Many contact lens wearers don't realize that their hair products are the source of their irritated eyes. Pay attention to what kinds of styling aids you're using when you'll be wearing lenses. If your hair is likely to hang around or into your eyes, pull back on the gel-wax or styling spray. It's very easy for these highly perfumed, sticky products to wreak havoc on sensitive eyes.
If you're using hairspray, go into a different room, and make sure your eyes are shut before you depress that nozzle. When you've finished, back away from the cloud of spray, still with your eyes shut, and quickly leave the room. You don't need to experience the stinging agony of a fine spray of hair product settling over your lenses.
There's no denying that wearing contact lenses complicates your choice of makeup products. However, with some inside knowledge, it's not difficult to choose products which minimize the risk of irritation and infection. Now you can not only look your best, but you'll be able to see more than three feet in front of you at the same time!
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