When it comes to the world of hair and makeup, things can get pretty complicated. From 10-step AM/PM skin care routines to keeping hair healthy and knowing which type of foundation is best for your skin type, there are tons of rules to follow and information to keep up on if you want to look your best. And because many women may find themselves perplexed over questions like will coconut oil work as makeup remover? Or when does makeup expire? We often result to google searches to provide us with the answers.
So, to save you from the trouble of searching each individual beauty question that may arise one by one, Get The Look has compiled a list of some of the most popular beauty questions, along with their answers. From the secret to ultrasoft hair to tops on when to toss out makeup, read on to find the answers you may be looking for!
MAKEUP TIPS: YOUR BEAUTY QUESTIONS, ANSWERED
When does makeup expire?
While most cosmetic guidelines make this question simple to answer: many products are required to list on the label how long the formula will stay fresh after opening, for products that lack that handy guideline, play it extra safe with anything that goes on or around the eye. Toss mascara, liquid eyeliners, and concealers after three months. The eye has very few defenses against bacteria, which means very low doses can cause infection. Anything liquid, from skin creams to makeup, should be trashed after one year, while powder and shadow can stay fresh for up to two years.
To get the most shelf life out of any makeup, remove it from balmy bathrooms (heat and humidity can speed up bacterial growth), avoid applying with fingers, and sanitize brushes and tools weekly.
How often should I shampoo my hair?
Although many sources state that some women don't need to wash their hair daily, women with a lot of sebum production can benefit from daily cleansing. Sebum production is under hormonal control, so shampooing will not cause more oil production. Drier hair types can do with as little as once a week with one exception: Those who are prone to dandruff or inflammation, regardless of their hair type, should lather up regularly with the proper shampoo.
Is it bad to sleep with wet hair?
Although sleeping with damp braids may give you the perfect beachy waves, it turns out that air-drying may be more harmful than blow-drying your hair. Water causes strands to swell; over time, this could weaken hair from the inside out. But on the other hand, when you use a blow-dryer on high heat, the outer layers of your strands could become damaged. The best option? Dry your hair using a blow-dryer on the lowest heat setting (or cool setting, if you have one), with the dryer held at least 6 inches away from your head.
Is foundation bad for acne?
Some foundations are heavy with mineral oils, meaning they could block pores and cause major breakouts. To avoid this, look for foundations that are noncomedogenic, meaning they have been formulated to contain zero pore-clogging ingredients.
Which vitamins are good for hair and skin?
Vitamin C supports collagen production which plumps up the skin, while omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation, improve elasticity, and help the skin maintain hydration. Antioxidant-rich foods – think berries and veggies such as beans, artichokes, and potatoes – reduce free-radical stress and oxidative stress in the body as well as the skin. Meanwhile, both Zinc and B complex vitamins are excellent hair helpers that amp up shine, reduce breakage, and increase moisture retention.
How can I make hair feel soft?
To avoid dry, broken strands perform a 10-minute deep-conditioning mask or treatment on your hair once per week. Massage the conditioning mask through the hair and pop on a shower cap. Next, dampen a hand towel, place it in the microwave for 20 seconds, then wrap it around your head over the cap. The towel will produce heat and steam inside of your cap, which helps to open the cuticle, allowing the mask to fully penetrate the hair strand and further soften hair.
What are makeup basics every girl should own?
Whether you're heading out on the town or having an ordinary afternoon, there are a few products that work double duty: a cheek/lip tint is essential in giving your cheeks a natural-looking flush, an ultrablendable concealer that can double as a foundation, a smudgy pencil that can create a fine line or a smoky eye, plus a mascara. Then add your personal preferences, such as a highlighter for more glow or a brow pencil for arch definition.