Q&A Monday

For all your beauty advice…

Good Morning, and Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend. I want to know why the weekend goes so fast, but the work week can feel like a month?? If only we were all independently wealthy, right? Read on about what highlights to choose for dark hair, wedding makeup choices, and some tween skin tips.

Dear Brooke, I’ve just decided to get my hair highlighted next week. It’s been about 2 years since I’ve last done this, so I was wondering if you can give me some ideas on some fabulous fall colors to add to my mane? My natural color is black if that helps. Thanks as always for the great articles! I always look forward to them. ~Kim A.
Dear Kim, Thanks for the compliment! Ok, if you’ve been going to same stylist for years, they’ll know what colors to use. My rule of thumb, when going lighter, is to only go 2 shades lighter than your natural color, but that’s typically for all over color. You can go much lighter since you’re doing highlights. If your hair tends to hold on to red colors, I would avoid using anything with a gold base…you want to use neutrals only to avoid brassy-ness. Since your hair is so dark, I would choose 2 colors…one light brown, and one light blonde. Using 2 colors will give your hair more dimension and make it look more natural and soften up the contrast between blonde and black. Hope that helps…it can be kind of hard explaining hair color to people without using stylist lingo!! Let me know how you like it!
Dear Brooke, I am getting married in less than two weeks and I have no plans for my eye makeup…it’s sad, sad news! I need to figure it out…I sweat a lot…part Italian, part nerves. What looks can you suggest, and will they stay on all day? I wish I could fly you out so you could talk me through the day! Angelia S.
Dear Angelia, I would love to fly out and keep you calm and beautiful for your big day, but I know you’ll do great! Too Faced Cosmetics has two great palettes that I think are great for brides! The Natural Eye and The Naked Eye palettes are so pretty and you can create tons of different looks with them, from natural to dramatic. They come with tutorial cards so you won’t be lost when it comes to applying the makeup. Their Shadow Insurance Primer is also amazing and makes your eyeshadow stay put ALL DAY! I use it every day and I love it. Good luck, and congratulations!!
Dear Brooke, What facial cleanser and/or skin care do you recommend for pre-teens?  My sons are 11 and already showing some signs of break-outs and zits, and I want to nip this problem in the bud.  I currently have them washing their faces with a “Clearasil Cleanser” from Wal-Mart or Target. What about adding a toner and does an astringent like Sea Breeze work?  I remember the days of Noxzema and Sea Breeze as a young teen in the 80’s… I’m sure there are much better products out there now!   I don’t want to spend a lot of money on Boy Skin Care, but also don’t want them to battle acne as they grow more into the teen years.  Thanks, Jera D
Dear Jera, I can understand what you are going through, my eleven-year-old daughter is battling breakouts right now. Boys can use a lot of the same products girls are using at this age. Gel cleansers foam the best and help break down dirt and oil; you could also get them those pre-soaked pads by Clearasil, or Clean and Clear, to use as a second step. A toner will give you good results, but the pre-soaked pads seem to be the most convenient for tweens. Then, have them use a light moisturizer that has SPF in it. The reason for that is, they need that protection because of the ingredients that are typically found in the pads. They still need moisture at night, so find a light moisturizer that doesn’t have SPF in it for night. The best thing to try that’s not going to break the bank is, Neutrogena. You can find it anywhere, and they have a 3 step system that’s a lot like Pro Active, but more affordable. Stay away from Pro Active…it’s too harsh for young skin…it does work, but I wouldn’t recommend it for young skin just being introduced to skin care.
Thanks again for the great questions, keep them coming! Email me your questions for Q&A Monday to brookeknowsbeauty@hotmail.com
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