Q&A Monday

For all your beauty advice…

Good Morning and Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend. Recently, I’ve had quite a few people tell me they really look forward to Q&A Monday, so I want to tell them, thank you so much for that compliment. Keep the questions coming!! Read on about introducing basic makeup to your routine, straightening irons vs. styling tools, and a product to help your nail polish stay put!

Dear Brooke, I don’t wear makeup at all…usually not even on special occasions. I am blessed with a good complexion, but I never embraced the whole makeup thing. I am wanting to start wearing some makeup, but I know if I jump right in and put it all on at once, I won’t like it and then I’ll go back to wearing no makeup again. What do you suggest to slowly starting introducing into my daily non-routine? Thanks! Sarah D.

Dear Sarah, I have to say I’m shocked that you don’t even wear makeup on special occasions. Wow! You must have a beautiful complexion! I agree if you jump right in and go for a full face of makeup, you probably won’t like it and you’ll go back to au natural again. If you haven’t worn makeup, ever, it will feel way too heavy on your skin, so you’re right to want to slowly introduce a few products and then work your way into more, if you want to, of course. Start with some mascara to bring out your eyes. You don’t need to put on 4 coats of it, one coat will do fine. Try Great Lash by Maybelline. It’s inexpensive and it’s wildly popular. The little brush will give you great control. I would also use lipgloss to accompany the mascara. If you’re a lip balm girl, try a tinted lip balm to give your lips just a little hint of color. I really like Burt’s Bees tinted lip balm. Start with those two products and see how you like them…then let me know how you like them!

Dear Brooke, simple question…I keep seeing flat irons popping up all over the place and some of them say “straightening iron” and some of them say “styling tool”. What’s the difference? Emma Q.

Dear Emma, the difference is simple. They look the same at first glance, but a straightening iron is designed to just straighten your hair, and a styling tool allows you to create curls and waves, as well as straighten the hair. The difference is in the way the sides of the tool are shaped. You’ll notice the ones that are “styling tools” have a curved side where the iron is, allowing you to twist your hair around the tool. The straightening irons don’t have that curve, so if you twist and try to make curls or waves, you will probably end up with crimped hair instead of curls.

Dear Brooke, I love doing my manicures at home, and I am loving all the fun polish colors. I get so irritated when my polish chips less than a day after I’ve done all that work. Any tips, or product suggestions on getting my polish to last at LEAST 2 days? Stacy C.

Dear Stacy, Doesn’t that chip you off? Ha ha…couldn’t resist! I feel your pain. I’ve noticed nail polish has no trouble at all staying on fake nails, but wears down quickly on natural nails. The best product I’ve come across is Chip Skip by OPI. It’s like a primer for your nail polish, and it really works to make the polish stay for days. After you’ve prepared your nails with the filing, and trimming, and buffing, you apply this before you apply a base coat or nail polish. It’s a thin liquid that dries immediately, and helps the nail polish adhere to your nail and helps your manicure last a long time. I can’t live without it! Try it, you’ll love it!

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

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