A: Chances are your dark circles are part of your genetic makeup, since they’re always visible. If you inherit fair or thin skin under your eyes, it’s more obvious when blood pools there (often because of slower circulation from lack of sleep). This accumulation causes fragile capillaries to stretch and leak.
So, aside from camouflaging them with concealer (if yours are reading red, choose a concealer that is green to cancel them out, and if they’re a darker brown, opt for an orange cover-up to diminish the look of them), there are a few things you can do to minimize their appearance. Neal Schultz, M.D., a cosmetic dermatologist in NYC, suggests getting seven (or more) hours of sleep each night, and then using a peptide-infused, collagen production-building product daily. One of Schultz’s mainstays complete with peptides: Beauty Rx Skincare by Dr. Schultz Gentle Exfoliating Eye Therapy Cream, $50, beautyrx.com. He also recommends patting on an under-eye concealer with light reflecting particles that will distract from any darkness — try: Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Radiant Touch, $40, sephora.com — and wearing sunglasses, “since when you squint in the sunlight it creates folds underneath your eyes and each fold of skin casts a shadow on your under-eye area, making your dark cirlces appear worse.”
Q: “Is there a good hard-water shampoo/conditioner on a Pantene budget? #buildup #tangles” — @TheMonalysia
A: Yes, there are actually a bunch of inexpensive options that can help with your hard water issue. Basically, what’s happening to your hair is that the minerals, like iron, in the hard water are affecting it, leaving it too-soft and unmanageable, says Tommy Buckett, a celebrity stylist at the Serge Normant Salon in NYC. “Plus, hard water has a tough time rinsing shampoo and other styling products out of your hair entirely, so often times you’re left with a greasy film that’s a build up of detergent that makes your hair feel dirty and oily and look weighed down.”
But don’t worry, there is a light at the end of this tress tunnel. Buckett recommends using a detoxifying shampoo once a week to remove mineral and product build up; that way your hair looks healthy clean with a side of volume. One Buckett likes is: Garnier Fructis Pure Clean 2-in-1 Shampoo and Conditioner — it contains zero silicones, parabens and dyes, leaves your hair super clean and full of body, and it’s affordable!
Q: “What is the best oil control makeup or secret? An hour after mine goes on I need a blotter sheet..help!” — @bananana713
A: The secret to controling the oil on your face, so that your makeup doesn’t slide off midday comes down to these four things: 1) washing your face with an oil-reducing cleanser in the shower — that way you’re already decreasing the amount of oil on your skin from the start. 2) Using a primer, like Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch Make-up Base to help mattify and prep your skin before you put colored cosmetics on, giving your makeup something to adhere to so it stays on longer. 3) Choosing an oil-free foundation, like CoverGirl Clean Oil Control Liquid Makeup. This one is non-acnegenic, so it won’t cause breakouts and it also contains oil-absorbing silica to soak up oil throughout the day. 4) Spraying your makeup with a finishing spray, like Urban Decay De-Slick Oil-Control Makeup Setting Spray, which helps makeup stay put, controls oil, and keeps your skin from getting shiny midday.
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