Fashion

Beauty Q&A January 2005

Assistant beauty editor Ingrie Williams answers your questions every week

Eyeliner expertise

How do I prevent my eyeliner from running?

Depending on your formula preference and application confidence, there are a few techniques you can practise to keep it in place. To increase pencil liner durability, for instance, set your liner by going over it with a thin line of powder eyeshadow in the same colour. Or, try one of the new long-lasting eyeliners, such as Cover Girl Outlast Smoothwear Eyeliner, $8, that can last for hours without smudging or smearing. TIP Don’t apply foundation or concealer to the eyelid. Instead, opt for a light dusting of translucent powder to help anchor the pencil.

Liquid eyeliner definitely lasts longer, but applying it is a learned skill that keeps many women from trying it. Practice definitely makes perfect: steady your hand by resting your elbow on the edge of something, such as a table, and don’t try to draw one continuous line. Instead, work in two parts, from the inner corner to the middle of your eye and from the middle to the outer edge. Never put on eyeliner in a rush. TIP Liquid liner doesn’t have to look like a harsh thick line. For a softer look, gently blend it with a small brush or Q-Tip as it dries.

Bangs 101

What can I do with my bangs to look up-to-date?

The styles of fringes change with each season, from short and choppy to long and wispy. But looking up-to-date has more to do with the right bangs for your face shape, rather than sporting the “in” bangs of the moment. If your face is long, your bangs should be thick and long to balance the proportions of your face. If your face is round, go for bangs that are softer and wispy to give your face more dimension. For instant elegance, sweep your bangs to the side and pin them with a discreet bobby pin. To keep them in place, use a light-hold smoothing product such as Matrix sleek.look Styling Crème Lite, 150 mL/$15. For more information about Matrix products, visit Matrixbeautiful.com.

Curl control

My hair is medium length, naturally curly and colour-treated, and by the end of the day, it is as wide as it is long! How can I stop this?

Sounds as if you have a conditioning crisis on your hands, or should I say head? Curly hair tends to need more moisture than straight locks, and when you add colour (read: damage) to the picture, hair requires even more help. Here’s what you need in your hair-care regime, in order to see results:

· Products for colour-treated hair. They’ll protect your colour from fading and provide much-needed moisture.
· Something to reduce frizz. A non-silicone frizz-fighter such as Curly Hair Solutions Curl Keeper, 250 mL/$13, stops frizz before it starts. For more about Curly Hair Solutions, visit Frizzoff.com.
· A weekly conditioning treatment. Once a week, take a few extra minutes to slap on an overnight conditioner. This will pay off with longer lasting softness and shine.
Hair colour after chemo

I’ve recently completed chemotherapy. When would it be safe to colour my hair, once it has grown in?

It’s best to wait at least one full year before applying colour, in particular permanent colour, to re-grown hair, says Gianni Gagliardi, brand manager for René Furterer hair-care products. “If you can’t wait that long, then wait at least six months and use only semi-permanent ammonia-free dye,” he adds. No sooner than 30 days post-therapy, Gagliardi recommends a regimen that includes René Furterer RF80, box of 12 ampoules/$80 (about a three-month supply). This anti hair-loss treatment stimulates scalp circulation and promotes hair growth. René Furterer products are sold only in salons.

Hair colour after chemo

I’ve recently completed chemotherapy. When would it be safe to colour my hair, once it has grown in?

It’s best to wait at least one full year before applying colour, in particular permanent colour, to re-grown hair, says Gianni Gagliardi, brand manager for René Furterer hair-care products. “If you can’t wait that long, then wait at least six months and use only semi-permanent ammonia-free dye,” he adds. No sooner than 30 days post-therapy, Gagliardi recommends a regimen that includes René Furterer RF80, box of 12 ampoules/$80 (about a three-month supply). This anti hair-loss treatment stimulates scalp circulation and promotes hair growth. René Furterer products are sold only in salons.

Hair colour after chemo

I’ve recently completed chemotherapy. When would it be safe to colour my hair, once it has grown in?

It’s best to wait at least one full year before applying colour, in particular permanent colour, to re-grown hair, says Gianni Gagliardi, brand manager for René Furterer hair-care products. “If you can’t wait that long, then wait at least six months and use only semi-permanent ammonia-free dye,” he adds. No sooner than 30 days post-therapy, Gagliardi recommends a regimen that includes René Furterer RF80, box of 12 ampoules/$80 (about a three-month supply). This anti hair-loss treatment stimulates scalp circulation and promotes hair growth. René Furterer products are sold only in salons.

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