How to look your best
By The Washington Post
Published: Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Don't pluck your eyebrows too close to the mirror. Sculpting your brows too close to a mirror means you can lose sight of their overall shape. “Eyebrows are so important — they frame your face. It's almost as impactful as having your hair colored,” says Marla Beck, co-founder of the Washington cosmetics emporium Blue Mercury (Bluemercury.com).
The fix: Get your brows groomed by a professional and maintain upkeep of strays, steering clear of the arch itself. No time to consult with the pros? Anastasia Beverly Hills' brow stencils provide an easy-to-follow blueprint for petite, slim, medium, high or full arches ($20, Sephora).
Do moisturize your neck. Cutting your skin-care regimen off at the chin is doing a disservice to your anti-aging campaign. Giving your neck attention could determine whether people believe you're celebrating your 30th birthday (again).
The fix: Extend a moisturizer such as Kiehl's new Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Cream ($52, Blue Mercury) to your neck. Looking for something lightweight? Beck recommends a serum. “Sometimes, people don't want to put moisturizer on their neck because they fear it'll get on their hair and clothes. A quick-absorbing serum is a good alternative.”
Do apply a top coat to your nails. Rushing your paint job and failing to apply a top coat leaves your digits susceptible to chips and dings. Take an additional five minutes to seal your polish with a long-lasting top coat that will save you time in the long run.
The fix: Illamasqua makes a high-gloss, non-yellowing top coat that dries evenly in as little as five minutes ($12, Sephora). The heavy-duty varnish can extend the life of your manicure for up to two additional weeks.
Do wash your makeup brushes. Using a dirty brush is like applying makeup with the bottom of a shoe. “When you're putting something on your face, you want to make sure it's clean,” says D.C. beauty blogger Lara Ramos of Theglossarie.com. “Brushes carry a lot of gross bacteria because they're sitting in your bathroom or floating around your makeup bag collecting germs.” Maintaining brush cleanliness extends their life and keeps evil, acne-causing organisms away from skin.
The fix: Beck recommends disinfecting brushes at least every three months. Swirl damp buffers in Sephora's Purifying Brush Shampoo ($6, Sephora) before letting them dry. You'll return to clean bristles minus the buildup.
Don't wash your face in the morning. Like your hair, your face benefits from a healthy amount of naturally secreted oils. Cleansing skin at the end of the day strips it of environmental factors such as pollution and dirt buildup as well as makeup. But washing it again in the morning is overkill and just dries it out.”
The fix: Trade harsh cleansers for a warm washcloth or gentle wipes such as Korres' Milk Proteins Cleansing & Make-up Removing Wipes, which nourish and refresh a sleepy dermis ($12, Sephora).
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Party time: Shimmer and shine with festive cocktail dresses
- Fashion FYI: FashionAFRICANA celebrates beauty, diversity at Downtown show
- Designers handbags carry clout with signature style
- ‘Smart’ socks may be the future of wearable technology
- Go Red event shows women can move beyond heart disease diagnosis
- Annual Handmade Arcade entices crafters to the Pittsburgh
- Abercrombie & Fitch grows a heart — and its sizes