Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST/TELEVISION - HELOISE Send a money- or time-sav­ing hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San An­to­nio, Texas 78279-5000; fax to (210) 435-6473; or email

DEAR READ­ERS: Even in the sum­mer­time, the laun­dry doesn’t stop. A re­cent study re­ported in Na­tional Clothes­line had some in­ter­est­ing find­ings about peo­ple and laun­dry:

Nearly 2 out of 3 peo­ple don’t take the time to read the care la­bels on gar­ments, mostly be­cause they find the in­struc­tions too hard to un­der­stand, or they don’t think it mat­ters what the la­bel says. As a re­sult, folks de­stroy around 10 pieces of cloth­ing a year.

A lot of peo­ple have no clue how much de­ter­gent to use in the wash, so many end up us­ing too much, which is dif­fi­cult to rinse out.

Women are slightly bet­ter at do­ing the laun­dry, ac­cord­ing to the re­search, but don’t de­spair, fel­las, there’s hope for you!

Take the time to read the care la­bels on gar­ments be­fore you pur­chase them. Know which items will ben­e­fit from dry clean­ing. And learn to de­code those care sym­bols. I will post a link to the most com­mon sym­bols on

DEAR HELOISE: I’m a pro­fes­sional makeup artist, and I have some hints for makeup ap­pli­ca­tion. Be­lieve me, I’ve seen ev­ery­thing.

Blend ev­ery­thing. No ob­vi­ous lines on your jaw, eyes or un­der eyes from con­cealer. Don’t keep pen­cils too sharp — this can cre­ate harsh lines. Don’t co­or­di­nate eye shad­ows and nail pol­ish to your cloth­ing.

Don’t for­get to blot your skin with one layer of fa­cial tis­sue. Don’t leave the lids off prod­ucts. This will dry them out and di­min­ish their ef­fec­tive­ness.

— Hilda J., via email DEAR READER: Thanks, Hilda. Read­ers, what are your most mem­o­rable makeup mishaps? There are bound to be some funny sto­ries out there.

DEAR HELOISE: I look in my closet once a year. If I haven’t used some­thing in that time, I do­nate it to char­ity. It hope­fully can help some­one else, and I can deduct the amount off my in­come taxes.

— Holly H. in Philadel­phia

DEAR HELOISE: My hint is to save the plas­tic sleeve that news­pa­pers come in. When mak­ing things that have to be mixed by hand (e.g., meat­loaf, salmon pat­ties, etc.), I put all in­gre­di­ents in a bowl. Then I put a clean sleeve on each hand, mix well and put in a bak­ing con­tainer. I dis­pose of the sleeves, and my hands are as clean as when I started.

— Bar­bara P., Ohio

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