Your bridal beauty dilemmas solved by Anjana Gosai
A build up of late nights has left my eye area looking tired and dull. How can I make them appear fresh and awake on my wedding day?
My secret weapon is Filorga Liss & Go Set (£32, www.houseoffraser.co.uk). The cotton-bud style sticks are filled with a solution of hyaluronic acid to plump up the eye contour and argireline, which has a botox-like effect to smooth out expression lines. It also contains pentapeptides to boost collagen production and a chamomile, cucumber and liquorice plant trio decongest under-eye puffiness. You only get five sticks in a pack, which isn’t much considering the price tag, but these are designed to be used in real emergencies, and trust me, they work!
Shade in Full
I’m doing my own make-up for my mehndi night, but I can never get my eyeshadow to last. It always fades after a few hours. Any tips?
You need to invest in a primer, which provides a smooth base to maximise the intensity and staying power of eyeshadow. I like Bare Minerals Prime Time Brightening Eyelid Primer (£16, www.bareescentuals.com), which is infused with light reflecting pigments and vitamins A, C and E. Smooth on a thin layer before applying your eyeshadow. You could also look for long-lasting eye colours such as Estee Lauder Stay-in-Place Shadow Crème (£15.50) – it has a creamy formula designed to last for up to 15 hours.
When I am stressed I suffer from spots. I’m so worried that I will get a breakout on my wedding day. What can I do?
It’s natural for you to be anxious during the build up to your Big Day, but some daily relaxation techniques can help calm your mind. A visit to the gym, a yoga class or long soak in the bath can help relieve stress. If you do get a breakout, there are many effective over-the-counter solutions that can help. Try Avene Triacneal (£23, www.avene.co.uk), which contains anti-inflammatory ingredients. Dab it on problem areas for fast relief. Or Medik8 Acne Treatment Kit (£34, www.skinbrands.co.uk), which includes a gel and emergency spot balm with decongesting azelaic acid, nourishing niacinamide and soothing camphor oil.
I have several pre-wedding ceromonies and don’t have time to keep visiting the beauty salon for manicures. I am hopeless at doing them myself. Can you suggest a good long-lasting manicure?
Long-lasting manicures are my new obsession and I must have tried most of them out there. My favourites are Shellac (www.sweetsquared.com) and Gelish (www.nailharmony.com) both are a hybrid between traditional nail polish and gel. After being painted on, the polish is sealed under an ultraviolet lamp. Why I prefer these two over the others is that they really do remain chip-free and glossy for over two weeks and more importantly, when the polish is soaked off with acetone, there’s no damage to the nails. Prices start from £30.
The long and seemingly fruitless search for a tinted moisturiser that works well and looks natural on Asian skin may finally be over! The MAC Studio Moisture Tint SPF15 (£20, www.maccosmetics.co.uk) is absolutely perfect. The sheer tint provides just enough coverage to even out the skin, while leaving it lightly moisturised. You’ll find the medium dark or dark shades work best for most Asian skin tones.