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Q: I am fair skinned, blonde hair (highlighted), blue eyes. I have some pink in my skin. What blush and lip colors are for me? I sometimes feel colors are too bold for me or they wash me out.

A: If you have a natural flush of pink in your cheeks, look for a blush that is the same tone. This is best for daytime when you’ll want a more natural look. For evening, use a blush that is about a shade darker than your cheeks, or the color your cheeks might be after a moderate workout. Apply with a light hand to ensure you don’t over-do it, and blend until the color you want is acheived.

When it comes to lip color, we suggest the same; look for shades that are in the same color family as your lips. It’s best to keep blush and lip color’s undertones the same. Once you find one product it will be easy to find the other. Visit your local beauty retailer or department store beauty counter to test out different hues. Best of luck.

Q. What do I use to erase sun spots?

A. As a makeup artist, I’m more qualified to tell you how to conceal sun spots, so I consulted with Connecticut based dermatologist Dr. Loyd Godwin to give you more permanent options. He advised that sun spots can be challenging to remove. There is a prescription product called Solage that can be applied twice daily to sun spots to help to lighten them. Also, dermatologists can use lasers, chemical peels, and cryotherapy in their office to help lighten these lesions. Vigilant sun protection will then be needed to decrease the chance that these lesions will darken again over time. I hope this helps.
Q. I’ve always wondered, if my foundation is 20 SPF and my moisturizer is 20 SPF, does that add up to 40 SPF? Or is it still just 20 SPF? Basically, what I mean is, if you are layering different products that contain SPF, do you increase the protection?

A. Great question. It seems everything contains a bit of sunscreen these days, whether it’s our mineral makeup or our lip balm (which is so important). With all of the layering, something has to give you protection if not double your protection, right? Unfortunately this is not the case. I consulted with Connecticut based dermatologist Dr. Loyd Godwin who indicated that you do not increase SPF by layering two different products. You should always use a sunscreen of at least 15 that provides both UVA and UVB protection.
Q. I am a makeup artist and would like to ask you to recommend an anti-sweat base to be worn underneath foundation, or an anti-sweat foundation. Here in Greece, we have a hot climate!

TI-0166-00-000.jpgOne of my favorite anti-shine products was introduced to me during my years working in special effects. The talent would wear heavy prosthetics and/ or wigs and we would constantly have to pat down their skin. A veteran makeup artist named Jim Kola introduced me to Make-up International LTD’s Face to Face Super Matte Anti-Shine. You can use over or under makeup and the formula is lightweight and not gel-like or filled with silicone like the newer products on the market. Good luck keeping shine-free in Greece!
Q. No matter what I try, my eyeliner and mascara runs within a few hours of putting it on! I’ve tried everything (or so it seems)! I’ve given up wearing anything! Any suggestions?

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