Using the Internet to Create a New “You”

Tired of living with the same old, same old you, stuck with the same makeup and hairstyle that “worked so well” fifteen years ago? It’s easy to get in a rut, staying with style solutions that served us in the past, only to wake up looking hopelessly out of date. That’s when it’s time to shake things up!

Exploring new looks, and trying on a new style of “you” can be a lot of fun. In the past, searching for a new hair or makeup style meant going out on a limb, taking a chance on a radically different look and hoping it wasn’t a disaster. Today, there are numerous Internet websites available that will let you makeover a virtual “you.” They’re a great, risk-free way to try out the fabulous blonde do you’ve never had the courage to try, or the feathery eyelashes and spray-on tan you’re looking to sport at the upcoming high school reunion.

Here are a few sites that let you experiment with daring hair and makeup ideas, before spending time and money at the salon or cosmetics counter:

www.Taaz.com This virtual makeover site is beautifully designed and features lovely “before and after” photos of models, celebrities, and “real people” who’ve had their photos redone online. Just sign in and upload your own photo onto the site, and then experiment with different hair and makeup styles on your own picture. It’s a lot of fun and a great way to get a sense of how a new look could work for you.

www.beauty.about.com This site can be found on the ivillage.co.uk site, and again provides fun makeover options with lots of hair and makeup choices, available with just the click of a mouse.

www.bobbibrowncosmetics.com Talented makeup artist and cosmetics entrepreneur Bobbi Brown is a highly regarded name in the cosmetics world with her natural look products. Her site has graphics and information on how to create a look that flatters, and even has a chat option to “talk” with a real makeup artist live.