Q&A Monday

For all your beauty advice…

Good morning, and Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend. Did you watch the Academy Awards? Who do you think was the most beautiful? Thanks for the great questions this week. Read on about shimmery body powder, bleeding lipstick, and short, sexy hair.

Dear Brooke, I love shimmery body powder, but I feel like it’s only ok to use it at night. I would like to use it sometimes during the day without looking like a disco ball, any tips? Thanks! Julia E.

Dear Julia, Shimmer powder can be fun, day or night. You can definitely use it during the day, you just need to tone it down a bit, and that’s very easy. The best way to do this is to add some of the shimmer powder to your body lotion and apply it to either your arms or your legs…choose one part of your body to play up during the daytime to keep it subtle. If you’re going out at night, go ahead and kick it up a notch and apply it to your legs, arms and/or chest. If you want to brighten up your complexion without being too sparkly, mix a tiny amount of shimmer powder with your face lotion and apply to your face. The shimmer in your face lotion will illuminate your complexion. But, don’t go overboard and shimmer from head to toe…just choose a few spots to sparkle.

Dear Brooke, I don’t smoke, I don’t like to think I’m old, but my lipstick tends to bleed into the lines around my mouth. I love using lipstick, but since this has started happening, I’ve just been using clear gloss or lip balm because it’s embarrassing! I miss my lipstick! Help! Michelle R.

Dear Michelle, I know how frustrating this is! I’ve had fine lines around my lips for a long time, and I don’t smoke, and I don’t think I’m old, either. I’ve figured out a couple of tricks to keep this from happening. The first thing you need to make sure you’re doing is using the proper skin care to create a smooth surface. Make sure you are gently exfoliating the area at least once a week. I like Kiss Me Lip Scrub by Philosophy. Before you apply your lipstick, use a nude lip liner to line your lips. By using a nude color, you can use it with any lipstick, and the liner can help keep the lipstick from bleeding. Also, look for a clear lip liner, which is exactly what it sounds like. It’s lip liner with no color. Apply it just like you would regular lip liner, and it creates a barrier around your lips to prevent the color from bleeding. Some brands of lip gloss or lip stick are destined to bleed no matter what precautions you take, so stay away from those brands. Good luck!

Dear Brooke, Can short hair be sexy on women? I have long hair, and I want to try something new and go short. My husband is freaking out! What is it with men and long hair? What are your thoughts on this subject? Hilary J.

Dear Hilary, I don’t exactly know what the deal is with men and long hair, but I can tell you you’re not the only woman I have heard this from. Maybe they associate long hair with femininity, maybe they like the way long hair feels when they run their fingers through it…I don’t know (Men, sound off please!). I sometimes tell my husband, if he wants to play with long hair, he can grow his hair out and play with his own hair…it never seems to work. I could go on and on about that topic (future article, perhaps?), but I’ll answer the other part of your question. Can short hair be sexy? In a word: Yes! I think there are some really beautiful/sexy short hair cuts out there and I wish more women would be brave enough to try one. Take a look at Hollywood right now. Halle Berry has a beautiful short cut; Michelle Williams is rocking a gorgeous pixie cut right now. A couple of things to remember if you take the plunge: when you do a drastic change with your hair, you might need to make a few changes with your makeup; darker eye shadow, bold lips, or play up those cheek bones…you won’t have the long hair to hide behind anymore, so play up your features. Also, just know that if you go for it, you will need to commit to getting your hair trimmed religiously, (every 6-8 weeks) to keep the new ‘do fresh. Have fun!

Thanks again for the great questions this week, keep them coming! Email me your questions for Q&A Monday to brookeknowsbeauty@hotmail.com

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