Q&A Monday

For all your beauty advice…

Good morning, and Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend, and a very Happy Easter. Thank you for your questions this week. Read on about hair spray staining your hair, oily skin woes, and stubborn eye makeup!

Dear Brooke, my teenage daughter has been getting a costume together for a masquerade party. At a recent trip to a party store, she insisted on bright blue hair spray to turn her hair blue to match her costume. She has very fine, very blonde hair. I am concerned that this will stain her hair. She rolls her eyes and tells me I’m over reacting, but I think I’m onto something. What do you know about this? Lynn T.

Dear Lynn, I hate to tell your daughter this, but in this situation, mom may be right. Depending on the health of your daughter’s hair, that temporary color could last a lot longer than just a night at a party. If her hair is extremely dry, or has any kind of damage on it from heat styling, or chemical hair treatments, she could be rocking a shade of blue for a few days, maybe longer. I would suggest finding some hair extensions with the color she wants, or even finding a wig for an entirely different look. If your daughter refuses to budge (that’s between you and her), then let her use the colored hair spray, but make sure she does a deep conditioning treatment the night before for a little extra protection. The deep conditioning treatment will provide a small barrier so the hair spray won’t hold on forever. Good luck, I hope it all turns out ok.

Dear Brooke, I have oily skin, and I can’t stand it! I know you’re always saying how oily skin needs to be embraced, but this is ridiculous! I just want to soak it all up with rubbing alcohol. My question for you is, if I am truly that oily, do I really need any moisturizer? Leigh M.

Dear Leigh, I really do understand your dilemma. One day, you’ll be happy your oily skin kept the wrinkles away, but I know in the present, it can be tough to deal. Here’s what I have been taught in my years of learning about skin: If your skin is tight after you cleanse in the morning, you need some kind of moisture. If, after you cleanse, and dry your face, your skin feels normal…no tightness at all, you can probably go without it. Your skin’s natural oils will act as that moisturizer. You still need an SPF, and with oily skin, I know how hard it can be to find one you really like. Find it in a tinted moisturizer to use as your foundation; some makeup primers have SPF. Whatever you do, please don’t try to dry your skin out with rubbing alcohol. It won’t work, and will make your skin produce even more oil throughout the day. Hang in there…when you’re 50, you’ll look 40!

Dear Brooke, What is the best way for me to remove my eye makeup at the end of the day? I use a cleanser that says it’s a makeup remover, so I thought I would multitask and use that. It seems like it takes it off, but when I wake up in the morning, I look like a racoon, and it’s in my eyes and it’s annoying. Do you ever have that problem? What do you use? Susan B.

Dear Susan, Sometimes those multitasking products don’t live up to what they claim. I know of a lot of cleansers that say they remove eye makeup, but I’ve never had success with using them for that purpose. To answer your first question, yes, I have had that problem, and you’re right, it is annoying. To answer your second question, I use a dual-phase eye makeup remover. Which is a remover that looks like oil and water until you shake it up and mix it together. I find these kind of removers work the best at getting rid of all your eyeshadow, eye liner, and mascara. I know you wanted to save a step, but this is a small step to add. Use the eye makeup remover, and then use your cleanser to get any makeup left behind. No more racoon look in the morning!

Once again, thanks for the questions, keep them coming! Email me your questions for Q&A Monday to brookeknowsbeauty@hotmail.com

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