Q&A Monday

For all your beauty advice…

Good morning, and Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend. I got some great questions this week, thanks for sending them in! Read on about when to apply false eyelashes, red bumps on arms, and cleaning up nail polish around the fingers.

Dear Brooke, I want to start wearing false lashes but I’m confused as to when I put them on. Before I do my eye makeup, or after I do my eye makeup? Does it even make a difference? Tracy A.

Dear Tracy, In my opinion, it’s what works best for you. I have always told people that they should put their eyeshadow on first, then apply the lashes, then apply mascara to bind the false eyelashes with your real lashes for a natural look. If you put the lashes on first, I feel like they get in the way of putting on eyeshadow.

Dear Brooke, I have these pimply, raised, blotchy patches on the back of my arms (above the elbow). They are like lots of little white heads and the skin is very red. I have tried lots of things to try to get rid of them (scrubs, spot creams, moisturizer, peels, antiseptic gel!) but nothing works. They look really awful and I have a summer ball to go to in a couple of weeks. I  really don’t want to wear sleeves but at the moment I won’t have a choice because I feel so self-conscious about it.  Please, please help!! Thank you, Lisa T.
 
Dear Lisa, I have heard, and seen, the skin condition you are writing about. It’s called Keratosis Pilaris (KP). It’s not uncommon, and it can be treated. Basically, what’s happening is your skin cells aren’t turning over, or shedding, at the normal rate and proteins are getting trapped in hair follicles and forming those bumps you’re talking about. You need to gently exfoliate the area using a loofah and a mild body wash…start exfoliating every other day, and then work up to doing this daily. After you exfoliate the area, you’ll need to apply a treatment lotion that contains either salicylic acid, or glycolic acid. I have heard really good opinions on a product from Dermadoctor called KP Duty. I’ve also heard success stories with using acne treatment on the affected area. If you go that route, make sure it’s salicylic acid in the treatment. Salicylic acid will help because it’s promoting cell turnover and topically sloughing off the skin. Good luck, and let me know if that helps!
 
Dear Brooke, I am 12, I love playing around with nail polish but I have a hard time not making a mess on my fingers with the polish when I’m done. What’s the easiest way to clean up around my nails after I’m done? Kayla L.
 
Dear Kayla, You can try a few things to clean up nail polish around your nails. Probably the easiest, because you probably have it on hand, is to take a q-tip and dip it in your polish remover and start cleaning up. If you have a small paint brush that’s clean you can try it with that instead. I think using a brush gives you more control, and a better clean up. But, if all you have is a q-tip, try that. It will work, but it might leave pieces of cotton behind. Have fun trying new things with polish, and take your time. Thanks for the question!
 
Thanks 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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