Q: One of my resolutions this year is to lose weight. Are there beauty products that can help me look thinner before I get to my goal weight?

Good luck on your resolution. Remember the trick to looking your best is to feel your best. And self-love is not attached to a number on a scale. So no matter what size you are, invest in the idea that you’re beautiful. Now if you want to create the illusion of a slimmer, more beautiful you, there are a couple tricks. The first is to keep skin moisturized. Moisturized skin looks healthy. Then use a tinted moisturizer to even out the skin tone all over your body. Finally, use a bronzer to highlight your best features that you want others to focus on. Whether it’s the curve of your chest, you’re calf muscles or your fabulous cheekbones. And with everybody focused on how great your cheekbones are they might not notice you cheating on your resolution with a cupcake.


Q: What’s the best way to get my skin looking tiptop by the spring?

While we are in the grips of old man winter, now is the perfect time to think about beautiful spring skin. Get ready for spring skin by drinking lots of water, eating right and taking vitamins. You also want to invest in some serious skin care products like SkinFusion Micro-Technology Bio Active Mineral Power Brightening Lotion ($70, fusionbeauty.com) This brightening lotion delivers powerful skin rejuvenation, correcting complexion imperfections to rescue, renew, and dramatically improve skin. Leaving you with radiant healthy skin. Start now and your skin should be fabulous by the time it’s time to move your winter coat to the back of the closet.


Q: I recently broke up with my boyfriend of three years. I am done mourning for that relationship and am ready to start going out after work. Do you have some makeup that I can do at work after I am done for the day and headed out for the night?

Almost every cosmetics line out today has a palette of some sort. Makeup palettes are much easier than carrying a bunch of makeup around. One of the best palettes I have come across is the pop Beauty Day to Play Kit ($42, sephora.com). This adorable kit contains a brush and 24 vibrant eye colors that are perfect from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Now, you have no excuse to go out there and have a good time!


Q: I made some positive changes in my life last year, and I am feeling really good about myself. I want my inner glow to show on the outside. What are some products that will leave me glowing?

Congratulations on the changes you have made! Nothing is more beautiful than letting happiness shine through. But, if you want a little added glow on the outside nothing beats Artificial Light Luminizing Lotion ($30, smashbox.com). This all over face powder gives your skin a brilliant glow without looking overdone. You could also use Smashbox’s Smashing Skin Tint ($28, smashbox.com), which provides subtle color that makes you appear to be lit from within. Either option should give a great glow that will help you and the world see your inner glow.

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