Six common beauty questions, answered
The business of beauty can be pretty damn confusing at times. From keeping up with the play to new age threats like blue light and pollution affecting our skin, we'll cut you some slack if you’re left wondering on occasion ‘what on earth does that mean?!’ Thankfully, the experts have come to the rescue with the answers to those nagging beauty questions.
Is gel nail polish bad for my nails?
Unlike acrylic nails, gel nails aren't as bad for your nails, believes celebrity manicurist Leah Light. “Gel polish is totally safe and will never damage your nails,” says Light, who has done the nails of Taylor Swift and Rihanna when they were in town. “It comes down to how it was applied and how it gets removed,” Light says. “Something we tell all new clients is to remember gel polish is not bullet-proof and how long it lasts can vary. Most people get between two and three weeks; however, if you are really hard on your nails you may get less.” If you do find your nails aren't like they used to be there are ways to help strengthen weak and brittle nails.
Do you actually need to use a toner?
You may think it’s a useless step in your bedtime beauty regime but toner is pretty important. It will sweep away the top layer of dead skin cells, dirt and oil, leaving the skin looking more healthy. “A toner helps prepare the skin for the next phase of the skincare regime, which will help the products then penetrate much deeper into the skin,” says Hayley Wren, Estée Lauder’s national education manager. “For those who invest in their skincare regime, make sure the toner is part of your daily ritual.” Toner should always be applied after cleansing.
How often should I clean my makeup brushes?
To prevent the spread of bacteria it is probably best to wash your brushes at least once a week. Sound too hard? Dont' worry it's super simple to clean makeup brushes and it will also help give your pricier tools a longer shelf life!
Why should I use a lip liner and how do you use it?
MAC national makeup artist Kiekie Stanners explains, “It’s a very important step to keep lip products on your lips for longer. I always fill the whole lip in first with the liner colour. Not only will this give you a sharper lip line, it also provides a base for lipstick to adhere to.”
No matter what brand I try or what application method I use, I cannot apply fake tan without causing streaking or patches. What is the best approach?
Any serial tanner will tell you, there are hacks and tricks to applying fake tan - especially when it comes to tanning your feet...eek we've all be here. “Applying fake tan is like applying foundation; it is all in the prep to gain perfection,” says St Tropez skin finishing expert Michael Brown. Here are his tips:
- The more moisture you have locked in your skin, the longer your tan will last.
- The week of your tan you should increase your moisturiser application; this way the skin is plump and smooth for a more streak-free look.
- The day before you are going to tan, make sure you exfoliate your entire body and do any hair removal that is needed – do not do any of this the day of your tan application as it can dry out your skin.
- Moisturise your entire body the day/night before. The day of your tan, only moisturise dry areas, not your whole body as this will weaken the tan’s bond to the skin. Dry areas are usually the feet, hands, ankles, wrists, and knees. With these areas moisturised, they will not make the area go darker because tan will not stick as much.
- Apply tan with your hands, instead of a mitt, as you can feel every part of the body that you are applying the product to. Massage really well – the heat from your hands should melt the tan into skin.
- Wash your hands thoroughly; Brown’s top tip is to use hair removal cream to get any excess tan off your hands… it works every time. Wait at least eight hours before you moisturise and then do so daily to lock in your tan.
- Some creams come with a thin plastic cover under the lid… should I keep it?
- Yes – it will help protect the active ingredients in the cream – essentially making it more effective.
And, if all else fails consult our fail-proof tan removal hacks.
Is there a correct technique to applying fake eyelashes?
We went to MAC national makeup artist Kiekie Stanners to find out the best way. Here’s her step-by-step guide:
- Make sure to do your eye makeup before applying false lashes, as it is much harder to work around them once applied.
- Start by checking your false lashes fit your own lash line by holding them in place before applying the glue. If you need to trim the length of the lash strip, do so by cutting off the outer corners.
- Apply a thin layer of lash glue along the base of the lash. Allow time for the glue to become tacky; this will help the lashes adhere to the lash line.
- Look straight into the mirror, lifting your chin so you can see your lash line and where you want to apply the lash.
- Start by placing the outer corner of the lash on the outer lash line. Then gently move down the lash, making sure the inner corners of the lash are last to be applied.
bh loves: MAC Lashes #33, $26
This story originally appeared on our sister site FQ
Main image: Michael James Rooke, Issue 3, Miss FQ
What nagging beauty question would you ask an expert?