Ask Belle: Quick Beauty Queries, Vol. 1, No. 1
Aug 17, 2015
Many of the beauty questions I receive only need a quick answer, so I thought I would compile them into a single, recurring feature. Remember to send your fashion, beauty, and career questions to email@example.com.
Do you have any recommendations for mascara that *DOESN’T* give you a super-dark, false-lash effect? I’m a blond with really long eyelashes, and wearing a dark mascara makes me look like I’m wearing fake eyelashes. All I need is a light coat of color to make my eyelashes visible. Do you have any suggestions?
I Googled your question and found this funny article from Into the Gloss by a beauty editor who clearly shares your frustrations. I searched around and picked out only mascaras where I could see the actual color, and the color was a light or medium brown.
I found this Estee Lauder Sumptuous Mascara in a dark taupe. Benefit’s They’re Real Mascara comes in a medium brown. For a drugstore version, the lightest hue I found was Almay’s I-Color Mascara in mocha.
I started going gray earlier this year. It’s very stressful to be 29 and already graying. Do you have any tips on covering grays particularly in between dye jobs?
Love the blog. Karen
Oh, how I understand your conundrum. I started going grey at 31. It.is.not.fun.
It sounds like you’re already coloring your hair, which is the only way to cover the grey. If you need something for between colorings, Rita Hazan makes a spray-on root concealer in a basic array of colors. (I buy the light brown even though my hair is medium.) Another option is a brush on product like this Jonathan powder or this brush-in gel from Ardell.
Do you have a favorite body scrub or one you can recommend? I was using a product from Clarins that they discontinued. Keep the price under $25 if you can.
Thank you, SSD
My engagement photos are coming up. I really want to whiten my teeth. Do you still use those Crest white strips you reviewed last year?
I use the Crest Professional Effects Whitestrips. They work well if you use them as directed. I don’t recommend the 2-hour Express version; they made my teeth so sensitive.
If you’re looking for something more intense, the GoSmile Sonic Blue toothbrush promises more intense whitening. I’ve used their ampoules in the past, and I really liked them. They just cost a bit more than I want to spend.