Less is More?

on Dec 09, 2010 @ 04:14 pm

I'm all for minimalism, and I do believe in natural beauty, but as a make-up junkie, I love experimenting with different colors, shades, and looks. While doing some research on brands, I came across this quote by Frederic Fekkai, and although I agree with the first few points, the 2nd part irritates me a little for some reason. What do you think of his philosophy? How much is too much?

When clients ask me what they should do to update their look I usually say, "Less!" To me, the fundamentals of modern, fresh, uncontrived style are quite basic:

  • Clean, shiny hair
  • Clear skin
  • Not too much makeup
  • Very little jewelry

And these are the things I recommend you avoid—they age even the most beautiful woman who wears them:

  • Too much foundation
  • Harsh lipstick
  • Obvious lip contour
  • Heavy eye makeup
  • Too much hairspray
  • Overdone highlights or over processed hair
  • Artificial-looking nails

5 Replies

No way! on Dec 09, 2010 @ 04:30 pm

I do agree that too much foundation can age a woman - you should only wear heavy foundations if you truly need to.?

But it's part of the fun of being female that you can play around with lipsticks, eye makeup, and crazy hair styles!? What's wrong with standing out in a crowd, right?

As much as I adore Fekkai's products (they are truly my all-time favourite), I'm disappointed to hear that his philosophy is so...boring!

Depends.... on Dec 11, 2010 @ 12:04 am

I do generally believe that less is more. Going through the list of "Do's" and "Don't's" I tend to agree with what he says with one catch: being prescriptive about "style" is a contradiction to me. You can't tell people how to be stylish, it's based off interpretation and is totally unique. I find the most stylish people are the one's that are walking on the edge of that beaten path, not squarely on it. They take risks and aren't afraid to re-interpret modern convention in order to make a statement.

I don't use Fekkai products (although I love his name) but as a woman, I don't give too much stock to style advice from a hair stylist. It's not that I don't respect his opinions, they just don't resonate with me.

Ali de Bold
I agree on Dec 11, 2010 @ 09:23 am

...with chinwe, but I also agree with him to a certain extent.

I think he's talking about extremes. Too much of anything isn't flattering but bold smokey eyes or a strong lipstick in a flattering colour worn with little else is very sophisticated.

I completely agree about fake looking nails, too dark foundation, overly defined lipliner and overly processed hair. Don't get my wrong - there is nothing natural about my hair colour, but it isn't dry and damaged looking that can come from over-processing.

Clear skin and shiny hair go farther than any makeup or hair colour.

I agree on Dec 13, 2010 @ 03:14 pm

I especially with his point about heavy eye makeup. Call me conservative, but when it comes to makeup, I like it better when features are emphasized rather than masked.

There are a lot of girls I've seen that wear sooo much eye makeup that I can't even see their beautiful eyes anymore!

And I also totally agree with Ali: good skin and hair will take you further than great foundation or the latest cut.

less IS more on Dec 13, 2010 @ 03:55 pm

maryd, I completely agree with you when you say that too many women mask themselves with a plethora of products and hide their own beautiful features. In my few short years as a (self proclaimed) fashionista, I've come to learn (the hard way of course) that my hard earned money is better spent on products that actually showcase my beauty rather than a hyper-glamourous 'caked-on' look. Glowing skin, and shiny hair are all signs of good health, which is always fashionable.

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