Q&A Monday

For all your beauty advice…

Good morning, and Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend, and a great Father’s Day. Thanks for the questions this week. Read on about mature skin cleansing, makeup brushes, and adding bangs to your style.

Dear Brooke, as I’m getting older, I’m noticing the need for anti-aging products. My problem is, even though my skin is needing the mature ingredients, it’s also still on the oily side and prone to acne. Most cleansers I get for my “older” skin are cream cleansers that don’t break down the daily oil on my face. If I use an acne cleanser, it’s too drying. I need something that somewhere in the middle, can you help? Linda E.

Dear Linda, I think you just described my skin to me! What you’ve described is a frustrating situation, indeed. And, it’s one I was dealing with not so long ago. What I think works the best is two different cleansers. I use a gel cleanser, that foams, in the evening so I can get the oil and the makeup completely off my face for the day. In the morning, I use an anti-aging cream cleanser. Unless you get really oily overnight, I would suggest trying this. I know some people don’t like the idea of having so many different products lying around (I would not be that person!) but oily/acne-prone/mature skin has different needs at different times of the day, so give this a try, and let me know what you think.

Dear Brooke, I am slowly starting to use makeup brushes, but they’re so expensive! I have noticed some really cheap ones and wanted to know if there’s really that much of a difference between a blush brush that costs $5 as opposed to $25? Ashley O.

Dear Ashley, With most things in life, you get what you pay for…the same goes with makeup brushes. What you’re going to find if you go with the cheap ones is, stiff brush hairs that don’t hold the product very well, brush hairs left behind on your face after use, and basically it falling apart in a very short amount of time. I know there can be sticker shock when you are initially making the purchase of a makeup brush, but if you’re serious about starting to use them, then slowly start adding them to your collection. You don’t have to pay a ton of money for them. Sephora has affordable makeup brushes, and Mary Kay has them as well. I always suggest people get started with a brush kit and then add brushes over time. Take good care of a good brush, and it will last forever!

Dear Brooke, I am wanting a different look with my hair and thinking of bangs, but I’m afraid they will look too “little girl”. I know if I hate them, I am stuck with them for a while. Any suggestions to get over it, and just take the gamble? I’m kind of freaking out! Debbie R.

Dear Debbie, No need to freak out, calm down! Yes, getting bangs is a commitment, but not one for life. Start with a long bang so you can sweep them to the side if you aren’t liking how they look. Talk with your stylist about different ways to wear them, and don’t get nervous about it, get excited for a new look! Your stylist will be able to suggest some variations, and they will also know how to cut them to avoid them looking too “little girl”. I think it’s a fun change to add bangs to your style, and it also allows you to wear a pony tail and still look put together if your hair is long enough to pull back. So, go for it, don’t freak out, and enjoy your new look!

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

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