Q: What is the best way to cover fine lines?
Don't think of your lines as a negative. I think they're beautiful and
we get them from living, laughing, expressing ourselves. You can't
really cover lines, so focus on making your skin look smooth and even.
The best way to do this is with a rich face moisturizer, which will
help plump up skin and make lines look less obvious. Use cream formulas
of concealer, foundation, and blush; they'll glide over your skin
instead of settling and collecting in the lines. If you've got fine
lines around your eyes, draw attention away from them by lining your
eyes to make your eyes stand out. A touch of blush on cheeks makes you
look fresh and pretty. Use a rich lip balm (or even your eye cream) to
hydrate lines around the lips. To keep lipstick from feathering, line
your lips after applying your lipstick.
Q: What can I do to make my eyeshadow last longer than lunchtime?
Don't apply eye cream on your lids in the morning - the added
emollients in the cream will cause any makeup you apply afterwards to
slip right off. Before applying shadow, prime your lids by pressing on
face powder. This creates a base for the shadow to stick to. And go for
powder shadow formulas, which are longer-lasting than oil-based cream
Q: I like my makeup
very natural and have never used foundation. Is it really "a must" to
use and what other makeup items are key to looking great without having
to do too much?
A: If I could only own one piece of
makeup, it would be concealer. A yellow-toned concealer (one shade
lighter than your foundation) works wonders on dark circles and
instantly brightens and lifts your face. Foundation seems too fussy for
you, so try tinted moisturizer instead. It's super sheer and has just
enough color to even out any redness. I think everyone looks prettier
with blush on, so try a shade that looks like your cheeks after a
Q: How do you pick
the right blush for your skin tone? I think I look better in pinks but
people tell me the coral/orange colors look better on me. Since I
coordinate my lipstick with this, it affects that choice too.
If you have porcelain skin, use pale pink or pastel apricot blush. Fair
skin looks good in sandy pink tones. Go for tawny brownish pinks if you
have medium skin. Dark skin looks good in plum, golden brown, and deep
rose. Use deep red or bronzer on very dark skin.
I use a lip pencil since I have thin lips and lipstick just doesn't
show without it. But I can never seem to get the outline right. My lips
are a little lopsided and unless I "widen" certain parts with the
pencil, I look ridiculous. Should I follow my own lip line or just how
do you apply a lip pencil?
A: Start by making sure that
your lip pencil is the same shade as your lips. When you line, your
best bet is always to follow your natural lip line. Resist the urge to
draw in bigger lips - it'll look fake.
I live in a high-humidity region and my face becomes covered in
moisture a few moments after I've stepped outside. How do I find a
moisturizer that I can switch to in summer that does the same job on my
face without drowning my skin when I'm outside?
skin's needs change with the seasons, so most women need at least two
types of moisturizer. It sounds like your moisturizer - which was
perfect when your skin was dry in the winter - is now too heavy for the
summer. If you usually use a cream, then switch to a lotion. If you
normally use a lotion, then switch to a moisturizing gel
Choosing and Applying Mascara
To Curl or Not to Curl?
right, curling your lashes has the eye-opening effects of a double
espresso. Make sure you’re using a lash curler that’s wide enough to
cover the entire lash line and that the rubber pads are properly in
place. Always curl bare lashes; if you do it after applying mascara,
they’re more prone to breakage.
1. Blot the end of the brush on tissue to get rid of excess mascara.
2. Don’t pump the wand in the tube. This will push air into the mascara and cause it to dry out.
Holding the mascara wand parallel to the floor, work from the base to
the tip of the lashes. Roll the wand as you go to separate lashes and
4. Always apply mascara to upper lashes from
underneath; brushing mascara over the top will weigh the lashes down.
If you wear mascara on your lower lashes, use a lighter hand than you
did on upper lashes.
5. To prevent clumping, allow mascara to dry in
between coats. Apply one to two coats if you want a subtle look and two
to three coats if you want a more dramatic effect.
6. Don’t tug or
rub when removing mascara because this irritates the eye area and can
make lashes fall out. Soak a cotton ball with remover, press down on
lashes to dissolve mascara, then gently wipe it away.
Tip No. 1
black mascara looks great on everyone. To check if it’s a true black,
swipe it on white tissue or paper. Pass on it if it has a grayish cast.
Choose brown mascara if you’re a light blonde or redhead and want a
more natural look. Leave trendy colors like blue, plum and hunter to
Tip No. 2
share your mascara! Mascara is a potential breeding ground for bacteria
that can cause eye infections. Replace your mascara about every three
Finding the perfect foundation
Look for foundations that have a slightly yellowish cast to them.
This may surprise you, but whether you’re pale or dark, you have some
yellow undertones in your complexion. (Even if you’re extremely pale, a
pink, peach or whitish shade will look chalky and old-fashioned.) A
yellow-based foundation will blend beautifully into your skin tone,
making it look fresh and healthy, which is exactly what a great
foundation should do.
Use foundation to perfect your skin tone, not create a new one.
It’s tempting to go a shade darker to give yourself a more tanned
look–but that never ends up looking natural. Always try to match your
exact skin tone.
Swatch your skin.
In natural light, make a stripe of the foundation from your cheek to
your jaw line, and gently blend it into your skin. Now do the same with
another foundation that’s one shade lighter and another that’s one
shade darker. The shade that’s imperceptible should be your pick, but
double-check it against your forehead, since some women tend to be
darker here. If it works in both areas, you’ve picked a winner.
Keep up with the seasons.
I recommend having two foundations on hand–one for the winter months,
when your skin is naturally paler, and one for the summer months, when
your skin is slightly darker. For those in-between months, blend the
two to develop your own custom shade. And year-round, mix the two to
address any areas where your skin is darker or lighter.
A hydrating foundation. There are moisturizing foundations that deliver
sheer coverage (like tinted moisturizers or balms) or medium to full
coverage (like creamy liquids and whipped foundations). Stay away from
powder and mattifying formulas. They’ll zap your skin of oils, leaving
your skin looking dry and chalky.
You Have: Oily skin
You Want: Smooth, matte skin
An oil-absorbing foundation. Look for buzzwords like oil-free,
mattifying, or shine-reducing on the foundation’s packaging. As a
general rule, oil-free or oil-reducing liquid foundations impart light
to medium coverage, while cream and compact foundations give you full
You Have: Combination skin
You Want: A uniform complexion that’s neither shiny nor dry.
A foundation with silica beads and lecithin. The silica beads soak up
oil on your t-zone (forehead, nose & chin), while the lecithin
hydrates dryer areas like your cheeks.