The Ultimate Beauty Problem Of Each Myers-Briggs Type | Clozette

We've said this over and over: our beauty and fashion choices say a lot about our personality. But we have to admit that we don't know ourselves to the fullest extent, making it hard for us to go over our options and pick the best one to reflect who we really are -- because let's face it, getting a perfect lippie shade to match our current mood is a major personal decision.

Good thing there's our Myers-Briggs type. If you don't know what this is, it's a 16-personality type classification made by psychologists. It theorises that people can identify to one of the 16 typologies, making it easier to understand their thinking process. It's achieved by taking a test a that would barely take 15-minutes and the results are claimed to be convincingly accurate. Plus, if you've been typed before, then you'll definitely agree that it's actually really fun to give a try! 

So in the name of all things fashion and beauty, keep reading as we decided to decode each Myers-Briggs type's ultimate problem and give it our protip solutions.

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ISFJ - Can overlook their own beauty

ISFJs are naturally warm and supportive that they make the people around them realise that everyone is definitely beautiful. However, because of their own humble and shy nature, they tend to downplay their own beauty. They take criticism very deeply and overload themselves with too much pressure that they are also prone to too much stress, which tends to wear them out inside and out.

Our solution: Take things slow and make time to look at yourself in the mirror and appreciate yourself the way you appreciate others. Get that much needed pampering and see yourself glow both physically and from within.  

ISFP - their own creativity overwhelms them

Beauty and fashion brings out the artist in all of us. Coming up with a look that shouts 'you' is a masterpiece in its own. But this is the very reason why ISFPs sometimes feel constricted with their own beauty choices. Planning is never really their strongest suit and they love coming up with looks on-the-spot to the point that they can never quite agree with themselves on what look works for them. So they can go over that winged tip 10x over or redo their look at least three times before turning away from the mirror with a tons of makeup wipes used. Probably not the best when you're on-the-go!

Our best tip: Always keep a travel-sized all-in-one palette in your purse for an instant revamp whenever and wherever you are! Who said you can't have a makeover midday? You do you, girl!
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ESFP - their need for approval

Naturally enthusiastic and engaging, most will agree that ESFPs are born stars -- and they are! But even if they can shine their brightest, they have a tendency to look to others' approval before embracing something fully, making it hard for them to have freedom in experimenting with trends that they find interesting. 

Our best tip: Not all trends work for everyone. Just because people give a certain trend a thumbs down doesn't mean you can't go ahead and try it out. Who knows? You might be missing out on a trend that only you can own!


ENFP - gets stressed over trends

The most dynamic and enthusiastic of the MBTI types, ENFPs are always on the lookout for new opportunities and horizons -- and the same goes when it comes to their excitement towards the newest trends. Their never-ending quest for the latest and hottest trends can be refreshing and innovative, but it can take a major toll on the pockets. Plus, it also takes a huge amount of energy and effort that can wear them out to a certain extent. 


Our solution: Take things slow. It's okay to not always be "in" when it comes to beauty and fashion trends. Trust us when we say that you're radiant and amazing personality makes you rock any OOTD and MOTD.



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ENFJ - the pressure of being a trendsetter

Born with a charisma that magnetises people, ENFJs are often looked up to by others, from the way they dress and compose themselves, down to their ideals and wisdom. Their opinion matters to people and because they have a deep sense of altruism, they hate disappointing those who rely on them. This is why even the idea of talking about beauty products or fashion pieces they love can be pressuring, considering that it might not be everyone's cup of tea.

Our best advice: It's normal to gush over the things you love. If you're really keen on not wanting to give people a "false review", just keep in mind that people are more understanding than you think and have faith in their knowledge that beauty and fashion choices are purely subjective.

 
INTJ - their need for perfection

If there's one thing that 2016 proved, it's the idea that no matter how outrageous beauty and fashion trends can be, it has a place in the world. But this very idea can be a little disorienting for our INTJ friends. Upholding order and perfect planning is their most valued morale, INTJs are more at ease with curated OOTDs and classic makeup looks, making it hard to adapt to the crazy up-and-coming trends that pops up every now and then. 

Our ultimate tip from the bag: Even if people are telling you to move out of your comfort zone when it comes to how you style yourself, always remember that you don't have to pressure yourself to follow a trend for the sake of others. Trends are optional, not a necessity! 


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INFJ - the fear of not being 'original' enough

INFJs hold their principles to the highest degree. This is why they are scared of compromising their own identity, leading to overthinking their choice of beauty and fashion looks. And with the beauty and fashion industry being more and more open to even subculture inspired trends, INFJs often feel like they are losing their own touch at uniqueness. Their yearning for authenticity is blocked out by the idea of joining in the bandwagon, making them restrict their own goals for achieving a desired personal style.

Our ultimate advice: With millions of people across the world, having a look that's uniquely your own can be difficult -- at least in a literal sense. Always remember that at the end of the day, your individual mind shapes an identity that's uniquely yours, and that's what makes any outfit or beauty look original in its own way.

 
INTP - their need for innovation

One of the busiest minds in the bunch, INTP combines creativity and rational thinking in a way that not the other types could comprehend. They find the perfect balance between practicality and other-worldly, making them one of the masters of innovation in terms of fashion and beauty trends. However, their thirst for this constant change easily makes them get over one trend even before it has its share of the spotlight. 

Our two cents: One way to not get bored as easily is to study the inspirations behind each trend and understand that each of these looks are reincarnation of others. This way, you'll see that trends are not just passive elements, but rather contribute to how your much anticipated innovation happens. 


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ENTP - decluttering

ENTPs embody the saying "the world is my oyster". They love to try and experiment to their heart's content and because of this, they are most likely the type who has the most diverse beauty and fashion stash. They don't like restricting themselves with one signature look, and with their confidence, they shine through every outfit. However, because they simply love everything in their collection, decluttering is their major nemesis.

Our best tip: As much as you love everything in your stash equally, find the balance between adding to your collection and letting go of items that you rarely even use. This way, you're giving your wardrobe room to breathe while still letting yourself indulge in having diverse options. 


ENTJ - their quest to be the best

While some people are contented with fitting in with the latest trends or simply sticking to their own style, ENTJs competitive nature yearns to stand out from the crowd. Highly resourceful and energetic, their are charming and compelling in a way that they encourage everyone around them to also look and feel their best. But sometimes, their energy can come off as intimidating, even to their own self.

Our ultimate tip from the bag: No need to stress yourself over with the latest beauty and fashion trends just to show people that you're still at the top of your game. With your amazing energy, you're already one step ahead and your beauty and fashion picks are simple their to enhance what you already have. Relax!


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ISTJ - they're too critical on themselves

With their strong sense of duty and responsibility, ISTJs often make great leaders who knows their convictions. But in terms of beauty and fashion, this can serve as a challenge for them. They often feel compelled to say something about almost every single beauty and fashion trend that they come across with that it makes their options smaller and smaller. This makes them feel stuck in terms of finding a style that suits them because of their overly critical nature.

Our best solution: Trust yourself with a little freedom. As long as your beauty and fashion choices don't offend or promote cruelty towards others, it's okay to give yourself the liberty to give that power outfit a try. 


ISTP - their passiveness

Highly analytical, ISTPs prefer to observe fashion and beauty trends through a glass window. They love everything about makeup, clothes, and things that are "in", but only in a conceptual way. This often leaves them in a dilemma when they actually have to attend an event or a gathering where they have to don a certain look, leaving them to shop with their theoretical knowledge down to the last minute.

Our ultimate tip: Use your fascination for fashion and beauty to find your own unique style. You already have the concepts in mind, so find the motivation to put them into action. Think of it as an actual experiment to make your learning process more interesting.


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ESTJ - their aversion towards the uncoventional

As people who love order and logic, ESTJs often find themselves confused when it comes to extreme beauty and fashion trends. They find themselves fixated on trying to understand the reasons behind these crazy trends, sometimes overlooking the point that it is simply for entertainment, which adds to their personal stress.

Our best tip: Take time to relax and enjoy other news about fashion and beauty that suits your aesthetic. Keep in mind that trends will always keep on changing and even if it can't please everyone, doesn't mean that you have to stress yourself about it.



ESTP - their impulsiveness

Ah, shopping! One of the things we absolutely love about fashion and beauty is just walking through aisles and aisles of products and pieces that we love to get our hands on. And with the ESTPs enthusiasm and always on-the-go attitude, this is one of their most exciting past times. However, their adventurous outlook also shows when they're shopping, causing them to go for buys that often leave them regretting later.

Our ultimate solution: Shop with someone who will help you weigh down your options. Shopping alone can give a huge sense of freedom that can lead to impulsive purchases, and having someone who can remind you to take things slow can significantly help adjust your shopping habits.


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ESFJ - finding a look that they can own

Naturally warm and sensitive, ESFJs often stick to going with the flow and puts a huge amount of trust in other people's recommendations. With this, they often struggle with finding their own unique look and style, as they find it more easy and practical. This often leaves them feeling unoriginal.

Our two cents: It's okay to get help from others. Use it as an opportunity to explore the options that are suggested to you and choose which looks and pieces you find yourself more at ease in. Finding your unique style is not something you can rush -- what's important is that you have fun during the journey. 


INFP - they are not fond of reviews

From their beauty and fashion choices to their personal hobbies and lifestyle, you will notice that INFPs live and breathe creativity. They see idealism in everything and everyone and believe that everything has its hidden potential -- this is why they usually frown upon beauty and fashion reviews. No matter how low-rated a product is, INFPs often give it a chance only to find themselves disappointed with a wasted purchase. Still, they never lose hope and commit this over and over again.

Our best tip: Optimism and having strong faith towards others is admirable. But when it comes to beauty and fashion products, keep in mind that objectivity should always be taken into consideration. It's always a good thing to remember that negative reviews give a brand a chance to innovate and improve. All the more reasons for you to not feel bad about it as much, right?

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When we think of hair removal, it’s usually one of these three removal methods: shaving, waxing, or IPL (Intense Pulsed Light). But did you know that there is an alternative method that is gentler and kinder to our skin? It’s called sugaring, and yes – you can eat it.


“I lived in the US for about three and a half years. I used to go for a Brazilian wax every month, but I hated waxing. I hated the heat and it was painful,” said Jasmine Yong, founder of Sugar(ed). “Seattle is a very eco-friendly city, so sugaring is pretty popular there. I had the most painless Brazilian I ever felt [through sugaring]. Having it a lot less painful sold me. Plus, it’s all-natural.”


Jasmine Yong, Founder of Sugar(ed)

Sugaring isn’t new. In fact, this hair removal technique dates back to 1900 BC, when it was a form of beauty indulgence for young Egyptians. 100% natural and water-soluble sugar paste is applied to the skin at room temperature and removed in the natural direction of hair growth. The result? Reduced breakage, lesser ingrown hair, and of course, no more scalding risks from waxing.

Today, sugaring is still very popular in Russia and Eastern Europe, and with Sugar(ed) being the first – and currently, the only – body-sugaring studio in Singapore, we say it’s time we beauty aficionados get schooled before it starts gaining traction around here. If you’ve never heard of sugaring before, we booked an appointment with Yong and got the lowdown on this hair removal technique for you!

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Sugar(ed) flagship store

Sugaring is all-natural, chemical-free & eco-friendly

“[100% natural] sugar is water-soluble. It doesn’t leave any carbon footprints. It’s eco-friendly. Even if it gets onto your hair or any part of the room, I can [simply] wipe it off with water,” said Yong.

Being 100% natural and chemical-free also means that people with sensitive skin or skin irritation can benefit from sugaring too. “Sugaring is a lot more sanitary. [The] sugar paste is made of sugar, water and lemon. When there is high concentration of sugar, bacteria don’t breed. People used to use sugar to heal wounds because it has anti-bacterial properties.”

Sugaring is said to be gentler and less painful than waxing

Because sugar grips onto hair effectively rather than adhering to the skin like wax, sugaring ensures as little discomfort as possible during the removal process. The sugar paste is also used at room temperature, so you don’t have to worry about getting burnt. “We have a lot of converts. People who wax actually think that sugaring is a lot less harsh to the skin.”


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Sugarist molding the sugar paste

There are different types of sugar paste

Fun fact: they are all edible and taste like Ding Ding Candy, a type of Chinese traditional hard maltose candy.

“There are five types of sugar paste. [At Sugar(ed),] we only use three: soft, medium, and hard. The hard one is more for very humid environments. For hard sugar, we use it for smaller areas like the underarms. For legs, we use LK (Lina Kennedy), which is the softest. When you do legs, you want to go fast.

The consistency of the sugar changes when the room temperature, your body temperature and your sugarist’s body temperature. Sugaring is quite tedious. It’s not like waxing when you wait for the wax to dry before removing. We really massage it to the skin, let it seep into the follicle, and we remove it. There is a technique to it.”


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Fully equipped Sugaring treatment rooms at Sugar(ed)

Sugaring can lead to permanency

“To reach permanency, you need to do sugaring regularly. We generally recommend you to do sugaring every four to five weeks.

Your hair grows in three different stages. Not all your hair is going to grow at the same time. When your hair is growing, your hair is still attached to a blood vessel that’s feeding it. When you detach it from the blood vessel, you cut off its oxygen supply. When you do that, the follicle wall depletes. Hopefully it closes, and no hair will grow out later.”

In addition, as hair is removed in the direction of growth (unlike waxing, which removes hair in the opposite direction), the possibility of ingrown hair is also lessened.


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Alexandria Professional Full Circle Travel Kit retailing exclusively at Sugar(ed)

A little skin conditioning goes a long way

No matter how good a procedure is, it’s still important to take care of your skin. Sugar(ed) recommends a full circle of skin conditioning: sugaring, exfoliating, detoxing (by using a mud to purge out any ingrown hair), and moisturising. “We recommend customers not to do vigorous exercise for 24 hours post-sugaring.”

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Sugar(ed) is located at 733, Bukit Timah Road, Second Avenue Junction, #02-02, Singapore 269748.

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Dry skin, much like oily skin, is hard to combat. Since your complexion barely produces any oil, you’re prone to dry patches of skin that often flake off. While dry patches are easy to control with the right cocktail of skincare products, it’s a different story when foundation and makeup is involved.

These dry patches of skin are often ‘raised,’ so when foundation is applied, it catches it and emphasises them even more. But, our dear dry-skinned ladies, you don’t have to worry about that anymore!

Ahead we listed our favourite makeup hacks that will let your foundation effortlessly glide over any dry patch for a smooth and flawless finish.

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Exfoliate beforehand


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To get rid of most of your dry, flaky skin, the best thing to do before makeup application is exfoliating. Use a gentle exfoliating mask because not only will this get rid of any blocked pores, but the buffing motions will also remove your dead skin cells and refine your skin’s texture!

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Add a little bit of face oil


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Now that you’re done exfoliating, applying your moisturiser and sunscreen, you can proceed to foundation! To avoid tugging on your skin, add a drop of your favourite face oil, or primer oil, to your base makeup. This will loosen up the texture, without sacrificing pigmentation, to make blending easier and faster.


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Use stippling or patting motions


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Whether you’re using a brush or a sponge or even your fingers, always pat or stipple your foundation in. If you use circular motions to apply your makeup, it will catch all the dry patches you have; while if you pat or stipple it onto your complexion, it won’t disrupt them and will evenly cover them. Patting or stippling motions may take more time, but the end result is well worth it!


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Apply foundation downwards


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With that in mind, always remember to apply your foundation downwards. Doing this will ensure that any dry flakes of skin that are raised will be flattened and covered, so when you have your foundation on, it looks like an even canvas. 

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Excited to try out these foundation hacks? If you have any more, share them with us in the comment section below!

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