15 May 2009

Beauty 118: we answer your questions!

Beauty 118

Another week, another day spent in the Grazia beauty cupboard scouring the shelves to find the answers to your questions. This week we've discovered the stay-put eyeshadow, how to clear up your skin and the quick-fix serum. But if you've got any other questions, from what to use to erase under-eye circles, to the hottest nail colour for summer, just post them below or email graziadaily@graziamagazine.co.uk and we'll get back to you!

Q: I was wondering if anyone knows of any really good, long-lasting eyeshadow that stands out? Eyeshadow always seems to end up in the crease after a whole day for me, even if I do wear eyeshadow base. Jen13

A: Estée Lauder's Double Wear Stay-in-Place Shadow Creme (£13.70) is the master at staying in place. They spent years creating the Double Wear range so it was guaranteed to stay put for eight hours plus (when we tried it, the eyeshadow lasted for 15!) so you won't need to worry about any creasing.  The colours are fab, too.

Q: There's plenty of advice on how to apply eyeshadow, lipstick etc… but how do the models achieve perfectly groomed eyebrows? I've tried eyebrow pencils but it never seems to look as good as the photos in the magazines
chel29

Shavata, the queen of eyebrow shaping, has lots of tools to help you get perfectly groomed brows at home.  She has an eyebrow stencil kit that you can use to shape your own brows and her Brow Perfector kit has special brow shadow to create the brows you always dreamed of.  (Shavata www.beautique.com)

Q: I've always been lucky enough to have good skin but it's suddenly just gone mental. Any tips? MissDixie

Try changing your skincare to a range that is going to really look after it during this 'mental time'. We always recommend two brands to Grazia girls who come to us with the same complaint. Avene, the French Thermal spa brand, is great for calming skin that's irritated and misbehaving and bringing it back to life. I also love Aveeno – it's recommended by dermatologists and is also great for taming your skin.  (Avene www.boots.com Aveeno www.aveeno.co.uk)

Q: I need a cheap and cheerful serum to help smooth frizz and add shine any ideas please? xtie123

John Frieda's Frizz-Ease is not only easy on the purse but it actually works miracles. Loved by celebs, hair stylists and beauty editors for years, it will sort out both your frizz and give you shine. (John Frieda Frizz-Ease Original Hair Serum £5.85)

– Lauren Murdoch Smith


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