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Birthday girl Michelle Obama: Style lessons from the First Lady

17 JANUARY 2013

America's First Lady Michelle Obama turns 49 on Thursday, and just one year from 50, she is fabulous and undeniably stylish to boot.

Championing health and fitness for children, Michelle is equally political about style and the well-being of adult women across the nation.

"Being a healthy woman isn't about getting on a scale or measuring your waistline, and we can't afford to think that way," the 49-year-old declared in 2012.



Michelle Obama

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Instead, she suggests rather democratically that  "we need to start focusing on what matters – on how we feel, and how we feel about ourselves."

But how does the President's wife and mum Michelle manage to look so gorgeous, with perfect makeup and toned arms – all the time?

These days she wakes up at 4:30 or 5 a.m. every day to work out before her kids wake up. Focusing on fitness clearly gives her the confidence to step up to the stage alongside her husband, Barack Obama, as the beauty exudes the radiance and well-being as a result of her daily regime.

Often wearing sleeveless, figure-hugging dresses, Michelle's elegant, lengthy arms are frequently exposed to an audience in envy. To achieve her lithe look take ten minutes aside in your morning routine to strengthen and tone with bicep curls and tricep dips.



President Barack Obama & the first lady Michelle Obama



With hair always perfectly coiffed, the Chicago-born first lady has adopted the cut and volume of Jackie O's iconic political style, adding her own finishes. Worn slicked back, curly or in a sleek, straight bob, Michelle's hair maintains its glossy look with regular deep-conditioning treatments.

A good volumising shampoo is essential to achieving the full body of Michelle's bob and to match her classic 'do.

Achive the look by parting hair to the side and blow-drying with a ceramic round brush to get extra volume at the crown and separate the strands for a healthy shine.



First Lady Michelle Obama, hair



The ex-lawyer is consistent with her polished makeup. And groomed eyebrows are a staple to frame the ex-lawyers eyes, where both upper and bottom lashes are coated with carbon black mascara. Often teaming a smokey eye with bronzed contouring, the President's wife cleverly accentuates her features whilst adding a healthy glow to her face.

The undeniable warmth in Michelle's manner is reinforced by a face-opening smile which presents itself whenever she speaks. And a subtle nude lipstick contrasts perfectly with her eye-brightening makeup.

Giving Michelle's overall look a neutral feel, a nude or peach lip in a crème finish looks super chic without distracting from the seriousness of political situations.

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