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Trying too hard to be perfect is boring. As latest beauty diktats go, it's that upturned nose, the too-wide mouth or a pointed chin that are worth a second glance.

Stephen Bayley in his book, Ugly: The Aesthetics of Everything, says, "If the whole world was beautiful, it would, in fact, be extremely boring. We need a measure of ugliness to understand beauty. You can only understand heaven if you have a concept of hell." Imperfection is 2014's hottest beauty trend. Stiff plaits and buns, overdone eyes, defined lips, matte skin etc. are out. Make-up artists believe perfection is passe. Dr Brene Brown in her book, The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are asks readers not to be guided by media images of how one's body "should" look like. Says make-up and beauty expert Blossom Kochchar, "There's beauty in being imperfect. Flaws add to individual personality and attractiveness. If your nose is imperfect, get a wedge-cut done to take away focus from the nose, if you have small lips, highlight them with a lip pencil and make them look fuller. Don't fret over a small neck or small eyes, and if you have a scar, it might be your signature." Make-up artist Bharat of Bharat & Dorris says, "Don't look too pretty, too perfect or too made up. There's a certain dullness to perfection. Don't cover all your wrinkles or grey hair. Too much make-up compromises on freshness. Even men who wear make-up lose their manliness trying to be too perfect."

Relaxed look

A good make-up artist knows when to stop and put his brush down. Less is more when it comes to make-up. There' a word for `imperfect beauty' - it's called `unprocessed,' which is about revelling in your own skin. Says Komal Gulati make-up expert, "Make-up is more relaxed and real this season. Highlight your imperfections. Use your fingertips to smudge the eyeliner or smear the bronzer. To hide dark circles, neutralise the colour. If the person has wrinkles along with dark circles, apply a thin coat or use a liquid concealer.If you use a heavy concealer, the lines will accentuate. Make-up cannot hide lines." For pigmentation, use a concealer or a full coverage foundation, which also doubles as a concealer. Again, be careful to apply it sparingly and blending it well. Plastic faces look awful. One has to be very careful around the chin and mouth area; don't try to conceal the pigmentation, it forms creases around the mouth. Leave it natural. When dealing with puffiness, be moderate.

Concealer accentuates bags, apply only to the inner corner of the eyes. Minimise puffiness by using an eye gel.

The clone culure

Adds Komal, "Keep your eyes also natural, both brows don't have to be in perfect symmetry. Im perfect perfection is more glamorous and eye-catching than usual perfect beauty. A beautiful woman should not be too trendy but a relaxed beauty. Hair must be shiny and conditioned. Don't have perfectly blow-dried and straightened hair every day. This festive season, keep your hair casual with a bounce: a simple ponytail, a chignon or a bun you plop atop your head will turn more heads." The idea is not to end up looking like everyone else around you.Imperfection is all about having your own individuality, and that is sexier than being desperate to hide flaws. Says hair stylist Sylvie, "Don't cover all your greys, allow some to show your natural age and beauty. People who dye their hair black actually look older."

Don't cover scars

Says cosmetic surgeon Tejinder Bhatti, "If you are confident of your scars, there's no need to hide them. It might become your signature mark telling the world that beauty is more than skin deep." Says dermatologist Dr Varun Katyal, "People come to us feeling uneasy with their moles but I often dissuade them, as it goes with the symmetry of their face. Let the mole be, it might be adding uniqueness to your face. Nose surgeries are also unnecessary most of the time, because the patient ends up looking worse. The shape of your face and nose look much better the natural way." Read more here:simple prom dresses

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