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, read on about jewel-toned nail polish, perfecting nail art, and perfectly imperfect hair!

Dear Brooke, I’m seeing the new fall colors for nail polish coming out, and it looks like a lot of dark, jewel tones. I love nail polish, but these colors just seem so dramatic. Can I pull them off in a professional setting? Leann M.

Dear Leann, I have been admiring the new fall colors recently, so I’m glad you sent me this question. A lot of the jewel tones have a shimmer/sparkle to them, which makes them even more fun, if you ask me! If you’re wanting to ease into this look, grab a shade that’s creamy, without any sparkles, for a softer, more sophisticated look. The main thing to remember is, it’s just nail polish, so you can take it off if you don’t like it. If you’re really having doubts about pulling off the look, start with the colors on your toes, then see which colors look the best, and go from there. Have fun with it, the new colors that are coming out are absolutely gorgeous!!

Dear Brooke, I am really getting into nail art, but I’m having a hard time drawing thin lines, even with the thinnest brushes that come in nail art kits. I always end up smudging at least one finger, and the lines are never thin enough for the designs I’m trying to create…any suggestions? Emma T.

Dear Emma, I’ve always thought nail art was such a challenge! I love the designs I see people coming up with. It’s been years since I’ve attempted to do it, but one of the best things to use when you need really fine lines in a nail design is a toothpick. Set the cap to your polish aside, and dip the toothpick into the polish and you’ll be able to create very thin lines with the toothpick. Just work fast, because you will only be getting a very small amount onto the toothpick and it will dry fast. Hope that helps, have fun!

Dear Brooke, I love these hairstyles I see on celebrities that are natural looking waves, or messy little updos. I can never seem to create the look on myself, and end up pulling my hair back into a slick  pony tail. What’s the trick? Do I need a 24/7 stylist? Jill R.

Dear Jill, I think we all could use a 24/7 stylist! I know the exact look you are talking about…perfectly imperfect hair! The best way to start to achieve this look is to use a volumizing product on your roots. If your hair is stick straight, put your favorite styling product through the rest of your hair, loosely braid your hair, and blow dry it while it’s braided. This will give it some texture and wave. Don’t use a brush when styling your hair, just use your hands for natural movement. Try not to touch your hair too much throughout the day, oils from your hands will make your style fall flat. And if you want to make this an updo, just pull your hair back into a loose pony tail, or twist it into a bun, and make sure you have a few wispy pieces hanging down. I know that seems like a lot of steps to get an “undone” look, but it’s pretty easy once you get the hang of it, and it looks natural.

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

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