We answer a bunch of your burning beauty questions.
QI used a concealer to cover a pimple and it made my zit even more noticeable! How did this happen? You probably chose a brightening formula, which is designed to awaken under-eye shadows. “The light reflectors in these put zits in the spotlight,” says M.A.C senior artist Keri Blair. Next time, hide breakouts with a matte concealer. Its opaque coverage is best for camouflaging. QHanging
at the pool and beach makes my mani-pedi dull and chipped. Any tricks? Sand, saltwater, and chlorine wear away the protective top coat, says Flora Grinshtein, a nail pro at the Rita Hazan salon in NYC. To weatherproof your tips, try a gel mani. We like the L’Oréal Paris Color Riche Vernis range—it contains a breakthrough gel formula that results in dramatic colour and a seven-day hold. QWhat’s
a cool, not-too-summery way to wear braids? Try mini-braids, inspired by Rachel Zoe’s Autumn/ Winter ’12 runway show, suggests NYC stylist Yanni Boyiatzis. Weave a two-inch section, secure with a rubberband, and let it hang with the rest of your hair. QMy
facial towelettes dry out so fast. Any longer-lasting tricks? You can reactivate wipes with water but it’s best to store the sticker-tab sealed packs (try The Body Shop Vitamin E Gentle Facial Cleansing Wipes, 375, they cleanse, tone and moisturise skin) in zip-lock bags as it won’t let out moisture. Or buy ones with a plastic clasp or in a storage tub.
M.A.C Select Moisturecover Concealer, ` 1,050
L’Oréal Paris Color Riche Vernis in Exquisite Scarlet, ` 225
The Body Shop Vitamin E Gentle Facial Cleansing
Wipes, ` 375