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What is the secret to a good cat eye?
Well, there are two main tips I can offer – one on shape, and the other on application. Shape-wise, you want it to make your eye look as big and twinkly as possible. I tend to prefer a straighter line from outer corner to eyebrow (rather than anything with too sharp a curve) as it looks more modern and elongates your eye for a feline appearance.
Application wise, I am very pro eyeshadow. I think it looks cooler to have a matte, slightly diffuse flick than anything shiny and sharp. Trace out your cat eye with the liner of your choice then take a matte black eyeshadow on a tiny angled brush over the top. This not only sets your work in place, but gives it a more forgiving finish.
What ingredients are found in setting makeup spray, and are they safe to use?
That really depends on the setting spray. The main concern I tend to have for setting sprays which boost makeup longevity is the inclusion of alcohol. Alcohol is fast-drying and helps make a mist finer, but can be detrimental to the skin, particularly if you’re more dry or sensitive. Check the ingredients list before purchase if you’re concerned.
However, I think you can DIY a makeup finishing spray which is both safe and affordable. Simply decant either witch hazel (for oily skin) or rosewater (for dry skin) into a spray bottle and mist over your finished face. It’ll take down the look of powder and help melt your makeup into your skin for a more natural and dewy finish.
How often should you do your eyebrows for them to always look good?
For me, never. I’m absolutely serious – I think a full, bushy, ungroomed brow always looks cooler and more youthful than anything overly manicured. I will allow you to tweeze the odd hair if it’s seriously out of line with the rest, but try not to get too trigger-happy when you start plucking. If you prefer a tidier look, though, the recommended time to wait in between a wax or threading is six to eight weeks.
Is there a remedy to keep your hair from getting greasy on a plane?
If you want to arrive and be able to look good fresh off the plane, I recommend applying a lot of dry shampoo, then putting your hair up in a top knot for the entire flight. When you land, massage the dry shampoo into your scalp and let your hair down, for effortless (and fresh-looking) waves.
Alternatively, lean-in to the grease. A long-haul flight is a great opportunity to nourish your hair with a mask. Apply before you leave for the airport, allow hair to soak it up during the flight, then rinse once you reach your destination. The extra time will mean your hair will be super strong and shiny.
How many layers of nail polish is too many?
If you’re doing a home manicure, the ideal situation will be a base coat, two colour coats, then a top coat, making four. But with some shades (particularly nudes or pastels) two colours still looks too sheer. If you’re having issues, I recommend doing many, very thin coats, rather than applying fewer thicker coats. This will create a uniform finish and will dry more quickly and without any denting issues. It’s a more time-consuming process, but the results are worth it.
I’ve always wondered, what’s better, spray deodorant or stick on?
For me, the very best deodorant is the Mitchum Advanced Unscented Antiperspirant Roll On. It’s clear, so doesn’t interfere with any clothing, and non-fragranced, so it doesn’t interfere with any perfume. It’s also the very best at preventing sweat and scent. For me, spray ons are too messy, and often leave a crumbly white powdery residue – they also tend to smell very sweet and cheap.
Desperately looking for a remedy for dark circles around my eyes?
Skincare-wise, there’s not a whole lot which can be done to brighten up dark circles, although vitamin C is always a good bet. Go for a serum which is gentle enough to bring over the eye area, or a dedicated vitamin C eye cream – Drunk Elephant make a lovely one. Alternatively, a slightly tinted eye cream can work wonders. The Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Eye Cream has a light-yellow tinge which helps minimise the appearance of blue or purple tones. The Origins GinZing Eye Cream has a lightly pearlised finish, which helps reflect light in the under-eye area.
Makeup-wise, the under-eyes have a propensity for looking cakey, so light layers of makeup work best. You can use a peachy or orangey colour corrector to cancel out blue tones – Bobbi Brown’s Corrector is one of the best. Over top, I’d go for a hydrating feeling concealer to avoid looking dried out. Glossier’s Stretch Concealer is fantastic for under-eyes, but for those who want more coverage I’d recommend It Cosmetics’ Bye Bye Undereye.
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