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No Bull with Natalie

Straight-up Advice from a straight-up chick

Staff Writer

Published: Monday, September 16, 2013

Updated: Monday, September 16, 2013 12:09

Dear Natalie,

I find that when I go to school in the morning, I look like a schlub. I’m not a morning person, but I see other girls with perfect outfits and perfect hair. I wonder to myself: how they do it? How do I achieve a fresher look in the morning?

Dear Owl,

I understand what you mean. I have this same problem. I asked my friend if there was a way to achieve a fresher look that wasn’t time consuming because I really hate getting up earlier than I have to.

Also, I don’t like to wear a lot of makeup, and I don't always have an amazing outfit on every day. I don’t see why some girls do this. It sets a standard for how people expect you to look every day. I don’t want people expecting me to look like a Barbie doll every day because not only does it eclipse my actual personality, it makes me wonder how much their opinion of me might change if they ever happened to see me right after I got out of the shower.

Anyway, if you don’t have a lot of time on your hands and you want to look fresher, my friend Helen Belt, who is also a CSU student, suggests the following tips:
There is a temptation to cake on foundation to cover up the dullness in your skin, but tinted moisturizer should be used instead to brighten you up. White eyeliner on the waterline and lengthening mascara also achieves these effects. Use cheek tint for a natural “blush,” and use the same color on your lips in order to frame your face. Fill in your eyebrows a shade lighter than your natural color to finish the look.

If you happen to have more time on your hands, smudge some brown eyeliner on the top of your lash line. Use brightening under eye concealer for the dark circles. Add foundation but use a primer to keep it on all day. Contouring with highlighter on your cheekbones and lip stain in a berry color will help you finish framing your face. Perfection achieved!

Dear Natalie,

How do I get my man to manscape? I don’t want to offend him, but...yeah.

Dear Smooth,

An excellent question. I myself have wondered about this.

Depending on the guy, though, I doubt this would work. I myself am very proud, which is typically a “male characteristic,” so I understand how men feel when they say they are more open to an idea if they think they came up with it.

There are plenty of subtle hints you can drop. Like being in WalMart and pointing out some man grooming tools or printing out some waxing coupons from the spa and giving it to him. If he’s the kind of dude who cares what you think, he’ll take the hint.

Your situation might be more difficult, though, if he is under 25 and thinks it isn’t “manly” to manscape. Actually, yes it is. You don’t have to be disgusting to be a man. No one wants to date a grizzly bear unless you really like that weird stuff or you’re a gay “bear cub.” In any case, if he is mature, you will find a way to work it out.

Contributions were made by sophmore theatre major Helen Belt. For more beauty tips and advice from Helen and Natalie, email


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