Makeup Q & A

Makeup expert Sandy Gold answers your burning beauty questions!


Q: I love the look of lipstick but hate how it tastes! Can you recommend any alternatives?

Sandy: Raid your fridge! No, seriously. You can make your own lip stain with strawberries, raspberries and blueberries. Crush the berries to achieve your desired shade and use a cotton swab to dab the colour onto your lips. Employ the same technique with rose petals for a soft hue and a sweet scent.

Q: I'm as blind as a bat. Is there any way I can apply my makeup with my glasses on? A magnifying mirror just doesn't cut it!

Sandy: I still suggest that you apply eyeliner with your glasses off. It doesn't matter if it's a complete mess; the next step is to smudge the line! Put your glasses back on, reach through the side of your frames and blend it out.

As for mascara, remove your glasses and hold them in front of you so that you can look through your lenses and into the mirror as you coat your lashes. Try Lise Watier Mascara Wow.

Your glasses can actually help you apply your blush! Use them as a guideline: When you hit your frames, you've gone too far up!

Q: My eye-makeup remover irritates my eyes. Help!

Sandy: The easiest way to remove eyeliner along the inside waterline is—believe it or not—with your own saliva. Put some spittle onto a cotton swab and then just wipe the eyeliner away. It should come right off—without any stinging!

Q: How can I get glowing skin ?

Sandy: The first step toward glowing skin is to exfoliate. Fortunately, it's easy to make your own exfoliator at home with kiwi and honey. In a bowl, mash one kiwi with one tablespoon of honey; use a toothbrush to apply the mixture to your face. Rinse with warm water and a face cloth.

Next up? Moisturize. For extra hydration, spray your face with water first, then apply a good face cream (not lotion), such as Lise Watier Hydra Smart 3D Hydration Creme, followed by another spritz of water and light layer of cream.

Once you've layed the groundwork, use makeup to enhance your glowing skin. Even out your skin tone with foundation, applying it only where needed. (Remember, less is more.) Then add a pop of colour with a bright-pink cream blush. It does wonders for the complexion. I like Stila Convertible Color in Petunia. Finish the look with a bit of shimmer on the tops of your cheeks!

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