BEAUTY Ex­pert

We an­swer a bunch of your burn­ing beauty ques­tions.

Cosmopolitan (India) - - BEAUTY -

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

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