1. How do you know if your foundation is right for your skin tone?
Gone are the days where your only option for foundation was an orange hockey puck of pancake makeup. Nowadays, there are foundations for every skin tone, nationality and age. But with the dizzying array of options comes the problem of finding the right one for your skin tone.
You can do this by avoiding a few common mistakes. One mistake people make is matching the foundation to the skin on their face. You want to match the makeup to your neck instead in order to prevent the dreaded line of demarcation. Another mistake is testing the foundation in unnatural lighting. If you are under fluorescent lighting in a store, test it on your neck and walk outside to see if it truly matches up. And finally, make sure your skin is moisturized before you apply the foundation. Dry skin soaks up more foundation and may give you a false sense of the true color. M.A.C. makeup offers shades to perfectly complement all skin tones. Try their new Mineralize Satin finish SPF 15 Makeup ($26.50 for 30 ML), which provides a natural radiant finish.
2. Can you really get rid of stretch marks?
The Locness Monster. Big Foot. Bloody Mary. A cure for stretch marks. What do these things have in common? Unfortunately, they are all myths. There is no way to get rid of stretch marks. Some people are more genetically predisposed to getting stretch marks than others, and unfortunately, once they appear, stretch marks are permanent. That’s the bad news. The good news is you’re not completely hopeless. You can reduce the appearance of stretch marks once they appear. The trick is to keep the area moisturized. Dry skin makes stretch marks seem larger and more pronounced. Use a good lotion such as Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Tummy Butter for Stretch Marks (4-4 oz for $5.49 at drugstore.com) to rub directly into the area.
3. Why do I get dry patches on my face, and how do I prevent them from appearing?
Dry patches can be caused by a number of different factors. Winter weather, dry heat from heaters, sun damage, allergic reactions, aging, poor diet; the list goes on and on. You may try to eliminate some of the causes by drinking plenty of H2O, investing in a humidifier during the winter months, applying liberal amounts of moisturizer and staying out of the sun. But it is important to talk to your dermatologist to see what the cause of your dry patches may be and the proper course of treatment. And while you may be tempted to just cover these dry patches with heavy makeup, the best thing to do is to treat the causes of the dry skin in order to prevent re-occurrence and to determine if there is a deeper health issue that needs to be addressed.
4. How do you know when it’s time to trim your hair?
The general rule is every 4-6 weeks. But that will vary on the texture and length of your hair. If you’re sporting a hot little pixie you might get your ends trimmed as often as every two weeks in order to maintain the style. It’s important to get your ends trimmed in order to prevent breakage and to keep hair looking healthy. But don’t believe the common myth that trimming your hair will make your hair grow faster. Hair grows from the root not the end. Trimming your ends will help prevent breakage of the hair you have but will not help you grow more!
5. I wear pumps every day due to my height and love of stilettos, but my feet look terrible!
How can I make them open toe ready?
Ah, the price of wearing cute 4-inch peep toe stiletto heels…While they make you look flawless while you have them on, they make your feet look like serious flaws when they are off! I could try to talk you out of wearing such beautiful torture devices, but I know that will never happen as long as Christian Louboutin is pumping out his masterpieces. So, walk your pumps right into a local drug store to pick up a few items to try out this at-home remedy.
Get a pumice stone, any type of salt scrub, some zip lock backs and a thick moisturizing lotion such as Gold Bond Ultimate Healing Skin Therapy Lotion (14 oz $9.99 at your local drug store). When you’re at home soak your feet in a warm sudsy tub. Then softly scrub your feet with the pumice stone paying special attention to any hard or rough patches. Take the salt scrub and in small circles scrub any dead skin. Dry your feet with a soft towel and while your feet are still damp rub in an ample amount of the lotion. Finally, place each foot in a zip lock bag and slip on a pair of socks. Allow your feet to stay in the bags for at least an hour. Then remove the bags and allow your feet to dry. Repeat this treatment as needed.
Or you could always wait for your shoes to go on sale and use the cash you saved to pay for a pedicure. Either way, you are sure to have beautiful feet in no time.