All Your Burning Beauty Questions, Answered!
Editors and experts answer everything PEOPLE readers are asking about beauty. Have a burning question of your own? Submit yours to firstname.lastname@example.org along with your first name and home state
How can I prevent my face from sweating under my cloth face mask? — Jenny in New York
For starters, leave the skin that’s covered by the mask bare, says celebrity makeup artist Vincent Oquendo. Keep makeup to a minimum on the rest of your face and use a setting spray to prevent it from migrating, he adds. Another trick: Stash a clean powder puff in a plastic baggie and use it to dab away perspiration. Don't forget to wash it every night with a gentle cleanser too.
When I use sunscreen spray, I always miss a spot and burn. How can I make sure it covers allover? — Kayla in Texas
Try to apply your aerosol formula indoors, otherwise it could easily blow away in the wind, leaving your skin unprotected, says dermatologist Dr. Anne Chapas. Hold the bottle six inches from your skin, and while standing in front of a mirror, go over your entire body four times. If you must put your sunscreen spray on outdoors, spritz a generous amount in your hand, then rub in so you don’t miss a spot.
Between working from home and the hot weather, I haven’t touched my foundation. What can I do with it before it expires? — Tory in Florida
Two ingenious hacks from celebrity makeup artist Allan Avendaño: combine a dime- size amount of foundation with two drops of facial oil to make a tinted moisturizer. For the neck down, mix one part foundation with two parts body lotion and a pinch of crushed powder highlighter. Apply the DIY shimmer lotion with a tanning mitt.
How can I make my air-dried hair look polished? —Rose in Florida
Try washing your hair in the evening and sleeping with it pulled up in a silk scrunchie so it dries overnight, says Chris McMillan, hairstylist to Jennifer Aniston. In the morning apply a leave-in cream at the ends to tame frizz and add shine. “Less is always more,” McMillan says. Spritz a light-hold hairspray throughout your hair, and go. Pro tip: You can also blow- dry the roots, like McMillan did to Aniston (above), and leave the rest.
Is it true that your hands show your age faster than your face? —Janet in Washington
Typically yes. The skin on the back of your hands is thinner than that on your face, so you’ll see the e ects of the natural aging process and sun exposure — brown spots and a crepey texture — on your hands first. To slow things down, use a hand cream with SPF every day, and reapply often, says dermatologist Dr. Anna Karp.
I keep hearing about HydraFacials. What are they? —Christine in Texas
The treatment, done by dermatologists or licensed facialists, uses a medical-grade device to gently exfoliate and deeply moisturize, says derm Dr. Howard Sobel. It’s pricey—$200—but may be worth it if you want to target skin issues (from acne to hyperpigmentation) and get a smoother, glowy complexion in just 30 minutes. Find a certified provider near you here.
I want to wear a dramatic smoky eye for my holiday party. What’s the easiest way to do it? — Brooke in Maryland
Try Mandy Moore’s fully lined black eye. "It’s easier than blending eye shadow colors, especially when you’re short on time," says her makeup artist Jenn Streicher. First use a primer to help lock in your liner. Next draw a thick line around the eye, from the inner to outer corners, then in the waterline. Using an angled brush, set the liner with black eye shadow. Finish with several coats of mascara so lashes still stand out!
Is it really that bad if I sleep with my makeup on for one night? —Carly in Texas
While it won’t cause major damage (we know; we’ve done it), we wouldn’t recommend making it a habit since it can clog pores and prevent the skin from properly regenerating. For those times when you’re too tired to stand at the sink, stash these individually wrapped wipes by your bedside to remove makeup without leaving behind a sticky-feeling residue.
My fragrance fades so quickly. How can I make it last longer? —Jamie in Utah
We learned this trick from perfume experts: Apply unscented lotion or Vaseline on the areas you’re going to spritz. When you spray your fragrance, it’ll help the scent stick to skin so it lingers for hours.
My summer glow is gone. How can I get it back, sans beach? —Alyce in Massachusetts
You can get a faux look with a few key products, says Katie Holmes’s makeup artist Genevieve Herr. Start with a sheer tinted moisturizer, pressing it into your skin with a damp sponge for a natural effect, so it looks "fresh, young and not overdone," Herr says. Set it with a translucent finishing powder, then blend bronzer all over with a brush for even coverage. Finish by using your fingers to tap highlighter to top of the cheekbones.
Scalp scrubs are everywhere . . . do they really work? —Sarah in Ohio
Yes. Similar to a face scrub, these deep-clean, which is especially important the less you shampoo, says hairstylist and trichologist Kevin Mancuso. Use a sugar-based scrub, which dissolves easily, once a week to remove product buildup, he says.
Can you recommend a product that will smooth my skin? —Katie in Colorado
Try a serum with glycolic acid. “The highly effective ingredient gently removes dead skin cells to improve texture, including the appearance of fine lines,” says New York City dermatologist Dr. Shari Marchbein. Apply it at night (before your moisturizer) while your skin is in repair mode, she says.
Is there an updo I can actually create on myself? —Tara in Michigan
A center-parted bun is as simple as it gets. "It looks elegant on all hair types," says Scarlett Johansson's hairstylist Jenny Cho. The key is to use a flat iron to get your hair extra sleek before you pull it into a ponytail. Then twist it into a knot (it doesn't have to be perfect) and secure it with a clear elastic. And here's how the pros get a perfect finish: Mist a toothbrush with hairspray, and use it to smooth flyaways.
Do I really need a face mist? —Brittany in New Jersey
If you ask a derm, the answer is most likely no. But if you ask us, especially at 4 p.m. on a Monday, it's a resounding yes. Hydrating rose-spiked sprays are a favorite at the PEOPLE office since they perk up dry skin and boost our moods. So we say: Mist away!
Why does my hair dryer always seem to die within a year? —Breanne in Ohio
It's probably the filter. "Wipe it with a damp cloth after each use to prevent lint and dust buildup," advises Alli Webb, who founded Drybar, which does more than 2 million blowouts per year. And avoid wrapping the cord around the dryer while it's still hot, since the heat can potentially melt the wires. Coil the cord around itself instead.
How do I prevent my makeup from melting off in the heat? —Javana in California
It's all about how you start—and end—your look, says Hilary Duff's makeup artist Allan Avendaño. After moisturizing, apply a thin layer of oil-free primer, followed by makeup, then a spritz of a matte setting spray. "If you need to absorb oil mid-day, touch up with pressed powder. It's a savior."
I have eczema but want my skin to glow. What self-tan product will apply evenly? —Karen in New Jersey
Try a lotion, says N.Y.C. dermatologist Dr. Kavita Mariwalla. "It's less likely to settle in any patchy areas that eczema creates than other formulas." Before applying it, exfoliate in the shower with a gentle sugar scrub to smooth the skin you want to bronze.
Can you recommend a new product that will cover my under-eye circles? I've tried everything. —Riley in California
We're loving YSL Beauty's new click-pen concealer, which instantly brightens the eye area while using hyaluronic acid and caffeine to improve the skin's texture. Select a shade slightly lighter than your skin tone for luminous results, says celebrity makeup artist Tom Pecheux. To prevent cakiness, apply one layer, then use a fingertip to tap it into the skin.
Is there a heat protectant that won't weigh down my hair? —Leigh in Ohio
Celebrity hairstylist Justine Marjan swears by this fine mist, which can be applied before blow-drying or flat-ironing and "never makes hair feel heavy." Her tip: Part hair into sections, apply from mid-lengths to ends, then use a comb to evenly distribute the product throughout your hair. Says Marjan: "It's foolproof."
What's the best blush? —Heather in Wisconsin
"I can't get enough of this gorgeous coral color Luminoso, which gives me the most flattering flush," says PEOPLE style & beauty assistant Kaitlyn Frey. "But if a little shimmer isn't your thing, Milani's collection of 12 buildable shades includes beautiful matte options too."
In what order should I apply my skin care? —Andrea in New Jersey
Celebrity facialist Christine Chin follows this sequence:
1. Cleanser: Prep skin for the rest of your routine.
2. Toner: Remove dirt and more. Pick one for your specific needs.
3. Serum: A concentrated formula, it works best on bare skin.
4. Moisturizer: It hydrates while sealing in serum.
5. Eye Cream: Prime the eye area for makeup.
6. SPF: It's most effective when it isn't covered up.