Q&A Monday

For all your beauty advice…

Good morning, and Happy Monday. I hope everyone had a great weekend as it starts to cool down and the seasons change. Thanks for the great questions this week! Read on about foundation primer, white bumps under the eyes and on the chin, and glittery nail polish being a nuisance.

Dear Brooke, I just heard someone mention makeup primer and it made me laugh. Seriously? I’ve obviously never used it because I just heard about it. I thought primer was just for paint! What’s the purpose, and do we really need it, or is it just another product to buy? Anne C.

Dear Anne, You are not alone. I have come across a lot of people who have no idea that such a product existed! Using a foundation primer can help your makeup stay all day without touch-ups. The concept of primer is just like paint primer. It creates a barrier between your skin and your foundation, allowing your foundation to adhere to the primer and not your skin. If you haven’t used anything like this in the past, and you don’t have a problem with your makeup wearing off through the day, then I would say there’s probably no need to add this step to your routine. But, if you do find that after a certain amount of time it seems like your makeup has faded, you might be pleasantly surprised to use a foundation primer and realize what a difference it will make. I used to have a problem with blush absorbing into my skin a few hours after I applied it. Once I started to use a primer, my blush stays all day. I love it, maybe you will too! My favorite? Primed and Poreless by Too Faced. It’s great with any foundation, but I find it works wonders with mineral foundation! I hope that gives you some insight; let me know if you try one, and what you think!

Dear Brooke, I have tiny white bumps under my eyes and on my chin. Not too long ago, an esthetician told me that these are calcium deposits. I have no idea what that means, but I would like them to go away. Do you know what I’m talking about, and how I can get rid of them? Thanks! Colleen O.

Dear Colleen, I’ve always been educated on the fact that the white bumps you are seeing are milia…also known as calcium deposits, but basically they are tiny white heads. These are usually caused by using products that are too heavy for your skin type. The best way to get rid of these annoying things is to get a facial and have your esthetician gently extract the congestion from your pores. You can also see a dermatologist and they can extract them as well. The skin around the eye area is so thin, you have to be extra gentle when you are cleansing. Use a cleanser that has AHA’s in it to topically exfoliate the area on your chin, and stay away from ultra-rich eye creams, which may be causing the condition around your eyes. About once a week, I will take a warm, wet washcloth and very gently buff the area under my eyes to keep these at bay. Be extra gentle if you try that…you don’t want to tug, or rub!

Dear Brooke, I love the trendy nail polish colors that come out every season. Lately, I have been using the cool nail polish colors that have glitter IN them, not the shimmery type. The problem I am having is, this stuff is impossible to get off my nails! The shimmery colors come off, but the polish that has the pieces of the glitter in it refuses to budge. Any tips on how to get this stuff off my fingers? I love trendy polish, and I don’t want to give it up! Angela B.

Dear Angela, I know it can be frustrating to get that polish off, but you don’t have to stop using it. I lose patience with dark polishes, because of how long they take to dry…the deeper the pigment in the polish, the longer it’s going to take to dry. That’s why clear nail polish dries so fast. Glitter in nail polish seems to act like glue, and adheres to your nail and can be tough to remove. Try soaking a cotton ball with polish remover and then hold it on your nail and let the remover break down the polish. Don’t move it back and forth like you would normally do with regular polish; just be patient and let it sit and soften the glitter. Have fun, and don’t give up on your trendy polish colors. Just remember, if it takes a long time to dry (and glitter polish usually does), it’s going to take some time to get it off your nails.

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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