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Answer: Thankfully, it really doesn’t take a whole lot of makeup to make eyes stand out. We recommend two products: eyeshadow and mascara. With each you can achieve gorgeous results. Shadows in every color look great on brown eyes (can you say lucky?), so while staying with brown tones will always work if you want a neutral look, purples, greens and blues are fantastic if you want to use stand-out colors.
Using an eyeshadow brush to apply your eyeshadow will ensure you’ll only apply a sheer wash of color when you don’t want to over-do it, but you can continue to layer it until the color effect you desire is achieved. You can also use eyeshadow to line your eyes for a more defined look. Mascara will pump up your lashes to give you a more of a wide-eyed look that always looks pretty. Two coats is usally enough to do the trick. Hope this helps— best of luck!
A. Makeup artist Tina Roesler Kerwin used Pasadena Purple from the toxin-free brand Nubar. A pretty polish that’s in hot demand since the movie came out!
Q: What’s the best and quickest way to get rid of blackheads? I’ve already tried many things; salicylic acid does not do anything for my blackheads or whiteheads.
A: Blackheads are little annoying things that aren’t the same as typical acne. While salicylic acid can aid in keeping them at bay, it won’t get rid of them on its own. You see, blackheads are caused by excess oil that has clogged a pore. This clog occurs when the built-up oil is unable to come up to the surface of the skin because the pore is misshapen or impaired and dead skin cells blocking the way. When the pore is open, the oil is exposed to oxygen, which reacts and turns it a dark color, resulting in a blackhead.
Here’s our simple recipe for removing blackheads:
- After cleansing, use a mild scrub or skin exfoliant to remove any dead cells and expose the blackhead. Pat your face dry.
- Place a slightly warm compress on your face for about 8-12 minutes in order to soften the blackhead, making it easier to remove. Pat your face dry again.
- Wrap a piece of tissue on the tip of each index finger to avoid slipping, which could tear the skin and cause damage.
- Gently apply even pressure to both sides of the blackhead by pushing down, then up around the blemish. Think of trying to apply the pressure from “underneath” the blackhead.
- Attempt this no more than twice— you don’t want to bruise your skin or cause damage to your skin.
Allow a couple of days to go by before you attempt to extract again. Between these attempts, try using a clay mask to absorb excess oil. Also, consider visiting a dermatologist, as he or she may be able to prescribe a treatment containing a retinoid to keep pores functioning properly, thus keeping pore blockage to a minimum.
Best of luck.