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The Summer of Slim: Hair, Fashion & Makeup Tips
by JohnMc

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He’s baaaaack! Christopher Hopkins, a.k.a. Oprah’s Makeover Guy, is here with a few cool hair, makeup and fashion tips to help you look and feel slimmer this summer.

The author of Staging Your Comeback can help you stage your beauty revival so you can enjoy The Summer of Slim.

"Remember round adds pounds… anything round, a neckline, a hair shape, a round-toed shoe or polka dots, will add visual pounds wherever it is placed," he says.

"Diagonals slenderize (V-necks, pointed shoes, a surplice wrap dress or blouse, a tapered and inverted bob like Victoria Beckham and Katie Holmes. Horizontals add heft: Avoid horizontal lines in belts, contrasting top and bottoms, a blunt bob, and horizontal stripes."

Hopkins says clothes are more flattering this summer. Take the bloussant, for instance.

Back-in-style.com says, "Comfortable and light, this dress is exactly what you will want to be wearing this summer. Square neckline with elbow length sleeves. Shoulders have pleats giving them volume, very trendy, and very flattering (it makes your waist look smaller). Sleeves have button up cuffs on the bottom. Loose blousy top. Elastic waist also adds to the blousy effect, and would also look great with a wide belt.

"If you are not too broad at the shoulders, you can wear it off the shoulder," Hopkins advises. "You can really look sexy while still covering your heavier area."

Wide-leg pants are also in. Hopkins says the best part is that wide-leg pants don't discriminate. Whether you're tall or short, curvaceous or petite, wide-leg pants will flatter your figure.

"They're particularly great for balancing full hips and wide waistlines," Hopkins says. "The shorter your legs, the more heel height is needed to balance the figure-shortening line."

Good news ladies. There's no need to avoid the beach.

"Cover-ups are your best friend," Hopkins notes. "They help you get to and from places gracefully.

"Got fuller hips? Wear a sarong that covers you from the shoulders to the knees and tie at the waist.

"You'll feel good walking around. So invest in one and showcase yourself."

What to avoid?

"If you are dressing to be slender, avoid capri pants -- they make you look shorter and fatter," Hopkins says.

When asked for tips on a super-fast makeover that will get you out the door looking great, Hopkins laughs and says, "Sunglasses and a hat!"

But then he's quick to add that three minutes spent on makeup can make a big difference.

Hopkins' Makeup Application Tips

* The four basic makeup items are foundation, bronzer, mascara and lip-gloss.

* Lip-gloss looks great, but will not last all day. Carry extra to reapply as often as needed.

* Use a powder foundation to even out the skin tone.

* Always use a makeup sponge when applying foundation.

* A bronzing powder can help add contours to the face, such as adding depth around the eyes and cheekbones.

* Roll mascara on to curl eyelashes, and add some lip-gloss as well.

* If your eyes are wide set, bring the eye shadow inward. The same idea applies when applying eyeliner. Use the eyeliner on the inside of the eyes, and bring eyelashes forward and eyebrows in.

* To accentuate the eyes, use eyeliner on the outer corners. Bring eyelashes out by applying to the outer lashes. Also, expand the brows outward.

So, you've done your makeup and picked the right fashions... how should wear your hair?

"Diagonal lines slenderize," Hopkins says, adding that "there really are no 'new' hairstyles... there never is.

"The inverted bob and asymmetrical bangs are two looks that work for many women. You should go for angles that are more vertical than horizontal.

"And always remember that round hair makes you look rounder. And although many models sport long curly hair, it's not realistic for the busy woman."


Hopkins tabs the Victoria Beckham bob ("which is great because it's asymmetrical") as the most popular 'do of summer because it's standard and flattering and current.

Entrepreneur, author, makeover artist and entertainer, Christopher Hopkins has inspired, educated and entertained audiences around the world. Through his television and radio appearances hundreds of thousands have used his straightforward advice to look their absolute best. His unique talents and on-air charisma won him repeat appearances on national talk shows including HGTV and the Oprah Winfrey Show.

June 23, 2008

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Beauty Secrets From Oprah's 'Makeover Guy'
by JohnMc

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You’ve seen him on Oprah. Now, in this Diet.com exclusive, “The Makeover Guy” Christopher Hopkins is here to teach YOU how to Stage Your Comeback with his makeup, fashion and hair tips that’ll turn you from blah to WOW!

Get ready to look better and feel better fast. Although the subtitle of Hopkins' hot new book is "A Complete Beauty revival for Women Over 45" his expert advice will work for any woman who has let herself go.

And that includes overweight women of any age or size.

"In order for any diet or any 'comeback' to be successful you need to do what I call the 4 A’s," Hopkins tells Diet.com.

"You must ASPIRE and tell yourself, 'I want it!' To do this I urge you to come up with 'trigger trippers' you look at daily for motivation. These can be your skinny jeans, a photo of you on the beach when you were at an ideal weight, or a photo from a magazine that motivates you).

"The next A word is APPROVE. Tell yourself, 'I deserve it!'
To do this you should blast belief systems and expose excuses that are holding you back. Write down your excuses and look at them often.

"The third A word is ASSUME. Tell yourself, "'I will have it!' You need to affix in your mind a state of belief that assumes you will reach your goal.

"The final A word is AFFIRM. You need to tell yourself, 'I am it!' Write down your affirmations in the present. A few good examples: I am a size 8... I am wearing a little black dress to my class reunion... I look slim and svelte!"


Hopkins goes much more in-depth in Chapter 1 of his beautifully illustrated and easy-to-read book Staging Your Comeback (HCI Books). During my recent interview with Hopkins, I got a sense this guy is really passionate about helping women return to the "good old days" -- and he's savvy enough to give advice that will improve your looks without damaging your bank account!

Hopkins believes that as you age, you become more beautiful but often feel less attractive. His book can change that sad cycle.

It's not that women don't care about their looks. It's more like they've been dealt other important things that need their nurturing energy.

"They've taken a backseat to everything and everyone else," he says. "They know what to do, but don’t have motivation to get off butt and do it.

"Most women put everything and everyone in front of themself. Children are a great personal attention diverter. The years pass and suddenly a woman will look at herself in the mirror and say WHOA..."

Ready to come out of the shadows and take center stage again? The step-by-step strategies and detailed advice in Staging Your Comeback will teach you to:

• Restore your hair with your ideal cut, color and style.

• Revamp your wardrobe to flatter a changing body.

• Refresh your face with "visible lift" makeup techniques.

• Renew your spirit and maintain your look using Hopkins' revival guide.

"Women need to nail down a plan," Hopkins says. "After they've achieved the 4 A's I mentioned earlier, they need to turn their attention to the 3 D's. (Yes, the man loves his letters!)

1. Devise your strategy!
"Put all your information in one place, such as a three-ring binder to hold your 'beauty revival guide.' Create your affirmations page and develop your morning routine.

2. Designate the time!
"You need to plan everything from grocery shopping to workout time to the snack breaks for small meals throughout the day."

3. Deliver the good!
"Read your revival guide and affirmations daily. Follow your routine. And countdown backwards to your goal date with tasks leading up to that big day when you will be at your goal. One example is 'August 23 wedding: I weigh 20 pounds less.' Now, work your way back to the current day with realistic goals for your journey."

Hopkins says you could also put ways to dress slimmer while you’re on the path.

"Remember round adds pounds… anything round, a neckline, a hair shape, a round-toed shoe or polka dots, will add visual pounds wherever it is placed," he says.

"Diagonals slenderize (V-necks, pointed shoes, a surplice wrap dress or blouse, a tapered and inverted bob like Victoria Beckham and Katie Holmes. Horizontals add heft: Avoid horizontal lines in belts, contrasting top and bottoms, a blunt bob, and horizontal stripes."

Hopkins has more great advice than I have space for this feature. So do yourself a big favor and get a copy of his book today.

Hopkins is such a treasure trove of look-good advice for Diet.com members, you can bet I will do my best to bring him back for more insights such as: Use shapewear to help slenderize, minimize your midsection, understand what can make your butt look bigger, and other fun stuff like hand bag rules.

May 12, 2008

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