Beauty 118: Grazia answers your beauty questions!

11 June 2009

The Grazia beauty team are on hand 24/7 to answer all your burning beauty questions, and today we're tackling all things eye-related. So brushes and lippy at the ready, here's another round of Beauty 118 with answers to last week's questions. And remember, post any of your burning beauty queries below if you'd like to hear our top tips. See you next Thursday!

I'm sure you must get asked this ALL the time, but have you found any new wonderous eye creams that can clear up my dark circles? Or any other clever tips or miracle cover-ups that'll do the job?
Getting rid of dark circles is tough, we're not going to lie to you, but there a few new high-tech eye creams out there that promise to help deal with them. Try Remede Wrinkle Therapy Eye Baume £60 which has illuminating properties in it to brighten the eye area, or for a more budget option try Garnier UltraLiftPro-X Double Action Eye Care £11.99 (available from July nationwide) which also targets dark circles. Also, invest in a good concealer. Bobbi Brown's Eye Brightener £21.53, is infamous among the fash pack for its dark-circle-covering skills. You can also try make-up artist Fiona Jolly's trick that dark eye make-up actually takes away and distracts from dark circles – so on a night out, don't be afraid to go heavier on your smoky eye! 

Ive been reading for weeks in your magazine that coloured eyeshadows are in for summer. What are the best shades for a coloured-eyeshadow virgin! I'm so used to my dark smoky eyes for nightwear. Im blonde (naturally dark) with dark eyes and naturally quite tanned skin?
It's probably best to experiment at home when you've got time to play. If you're a bit nervous, go for a shadow that can be used as a sheer wash or built up to get a more intense colour. Nars and Estée Lauder are great for this, but if you really just want to have a play, try GOSH at Superdrug, who have a range of pallettes with four brights in so you get a few colours in one go. You could try wetting the shadows and using them as an eyeliner to get an idea of colour, and this works particularly well with the Gucci turquoise eye. If you have a darker skintone, try a pink wash of eyeshadow, as this will work well with your skin colour. Failing that, go for a metallic navy, gold or bronze to get a 'wow' look. It might make you feel more comfortable if you're unsure about bright colour.

- Lauren Murdoch Smith, Assistant Beauty Editor


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