19 March 2009

Beauty 118

The Grazia beauty team are back, at your service, ready to answer you burning beauty dilemmas! We've spent all week tracking down the tailor-made solutions to your beauty troubles. (So it's a good job a lot of samples have come through our beauty cupboard this week!). Here's the scoop. And don't forget if you've got a question that hasn't yet been answered, post it below. We'll be back same time, same place next Thursday...

Q. I'm going to be bridesmaid for my best friend in just under two weeks. I'm wearing a gorgeous burgundy red dress and don't really know what colour eye shadow and lip would go the best with it. Any suggestions?

A. For make-up that will complement your dress colour without straying into matchy-matchy territory, you need to stick within the same tonal family. So pair your burgundy dress with other autumnal colours such as burnt orange and dusky browns. We love Becca's Sateen Palette. (£40; http://www.hqhair.com)

Q. I have read about a miracle lip-gloss called "fat lips skinny hips" which gives you fuller looking lips where can I buy it from and how much does it cost? 

A. It is indeed a genius product! Check out our story on ‘Fat Lips, Skinny Hips' here http://www.graziadaily.co.uk/beauty/archive/2009/01/28/the-world-s-first-weight-loss-lipgloss.htm for details of price and stockists...

Q. How can I stop my make-up looking shiny and wearing off by mid-afternoon?

A. Us Grazia beauty girls would be lost without one of our number one handbag must-haves: a packet of MAC Blot Film (£9.79; http://www.maccosmetics.co.uk/). They're handy little blotter wipes that soak up excess oil and can be used whenever you feel an attack of the shine coming on.

Q. Which eye cream and concealer should I use to improve the appearance of fine lines immediately under the eye? Do I apply eye cream actually onto the lines or pat it around the eye socket? I have sensitive pale skin and am 30 years old.

A. Applying eye cream beneath your concealer moisturises the area and reduces the appearance of your lines before you even start on make-up. We love the 3LAB WW Eye Cream (£175 at http://www.garden.co.uk/) for something high-tech or Korres Wild Rose Brightening Line-Smoothing Face and Eye Cream (£28 http://www.cultbeauty.co.uk/) if you're on a beauty budget! As for the concealer itself, YSL Touche Eclat (£23; 01444 255700) is the oldie but goodie that you just can't beat. Plus, we can't not mention here our favourite credit-chic buy: Laura Mercier's Undercover Pot (£28; 0800 1234000), which contains three concealers in one for the ultimate under-eyes cover-up!

- Bella Blissett

 


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