Q&A Monday

For all your beauty advice…

Good morning, and Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend, and I also hope you are enjoying the fall weather…I know I am! I’ve been getting some great questions from my readers! Thanks so much for sending them in, keep them coming. Read on about finding the right red lipstick, multitasking mascara, and my opinion on mineral makeup.

Dear Brooke, I recently purchased a daring shade of red lipstick from Ulta. I usually stick to browns and plums, so I really had no idea what I was doing in the reds. However, when I got home to try it on, I was shocked!!!! It made me look like a monster with bright yellow teeth. I’m embarrassed to return it, but I won’t ever wear this again, and I would like to find a shade of red that would look good with my olive skin and black hair (and white teeth.) Is it frowned upon if I take it back and get another shade? Do you have any advice on what shade of red would look good with my coloring? Ready to rock the red, Kim A.

Dear Kim, I have a hard time with reds, even though they are so appealing! I stick with reds that have a brown, or a plum base. I love the idea of cherry reds, and all makeup artists tell me they look great on me, but I don’t think so! Reds with a blue base will make your teeth look white…reds with a yellow base will make your teeth look yellow. The problem is, people with our skin tone look best in warmer reds, and that makes our teeth look yellow. Sigh…it’s always something, isn’t it? I don’t know Ulta’s return policy, but if they’ll take it back, return it and find something better suited to you. If it was cheap, and you are uncomfortable with doing a return (or they won’t take it back) find someone you can give it to. Sometimes we just have to rock the red-brown and accept the fact that cherry red is not a friend to olive skin!

Dear Brooke, I use 3 different mascaras every day! One to lengthen, one for volume, and one that’s waterproof to seal it all in. This is getting to be too much. Do you recommend a mascara that has all three of those features? Thanks, Melissa F.

Dear Melissa, With so many mascaras to choose from on the market, I know we can find you the right ONE mascara instead of using three. Although, I admit, I sometimes use two different ones, because I like the different brushes, and the final result I get. I have two suggestions for mascara for you. The first one is by Laura Mercier. It’s a little pricey, but I absolutely love mascara by Laura Mercier! Their waterproof mascara will lengthen and thicken without flaking or smudging throughout the day. Good stuff, but I know it’s a little expensive. The second one I suggest is Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof. This little mascara has gotten so many beauty awards and remains the #1 best seller in the U.S. I used to never use it because I think the packaging is ugly, but I got over that and it’s pretty awesome. It won’t break the bank, either. Let me know which one you try!

Dear Brooke, I know in the past, you’ve written about mineral makeup, and you’ve said you have used Bare Escentuals and Mary Kay mineral makeup. I’m looking to buy some, but not sure which brand to go with first. Which brand do you like better? Ashley T.

Dear Ashley, Thanks for reading my articles! I was very resistant to even begin using mineral makeup, but once I gave it a try, I found I love it. In fact, I love it so much, the thought of going back to liquid foundation doesn’t appeal to me at all. I started off using Mary Kay and I loved the way it looked and felt on my skin. An added benefit with mineral makeup is, it’s good for your skin, so I started breaking out less. I moved on to Bare Escentuals once I was done with Mary Kay and it’s just as good. It does feel a little heavier at first on your skin compared to Mary Kay, but you can get extreme full coverage with Bare Escentuals. They’re both similar in price, just a few dollar difference for the foundation. But, the brushes are a different story. The brush you need to use with Mary Kay is about $10, but the brushes you’ll need for Bare Escentuals are an investment. However…I had to throw away my Mary Kay brush when I was out of foundation, so it doesn’t last long. The brushes by Bare Escentuals will last forever. There are pros and cons to both brands, but I like them both a lot. So, go for the brand that is the most convenient for you. You’ll love either one you choose!

Thanks for the great questions! Email me your questions for Q&A Monday to brookeknowsbeauty@hotmail.com

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