Makeup artist Damone Roberts may be known as "The Eyebrow King," but he considers himself more of a beauty therapist. He answers your most-asked beauty questions with confidence-boosting solutions that won't break your beauty budget.
Q: I am a true redhead! Red hair, freckles and light skin. I am getting married in the spring and have no clue on how to do my makeup. I want it to look very natural and classic, as it lasts all day, which is another problem I have with makeup: It does not last. Any suggestions you could provide would be great.
A: Your wedding day is something most women have dreamed of their whole lives, and the last thing you want to be thinking of is, "How do I look?" I would suggest applying a face primer before your actual foundation. Primers provide a base for foundations, eyeshadows and blush to adhere to for longer wear. When searching for the right makeup look on your wedding day, remember to bring out the best version of you. Trends do not last, but a classic, elegant face is timeless.
Q: I have noticed now that the temperature has dropped during the winter season, my makeup has changed consistency! My pencils, for example, now feel dry and scratchy against my skin. Why?
A: Makeup is like anything else that is left out in the cold, and the dry, cool weather can temporarily change the consistency of makeup that is designed to be applied at room temperature. This does not necessarily mean the makeup has gone bad; it may simply mean the product needs to be warmed up by storing in consistent room temperature, by keeping the caps on and lids closed, or in some cases by simply rolling the product in between your hands. Please note heating by electrical means is never recommended for beauty products.
A: Vitaligo is much more common than you realize. The most important thing to remember is the skin is very sensitive. Sunblock is not an option but rather imperative to prevent discomfort. I would suggest a matte lipstick in a complimentary color for your skin tone to make you feel a bit more secure. The matte lipstick will block out the UV rays while covering the discoloration. My last piece of advice would be to not let the Vitaligo lower your self-esteem. Be thankful for what you do have, starting with life.
Q: My 13-year-old daughter is obsessed with anything that has to do with glamour and makeup. She asks daily when she will be old enough to wear it on herself. I still think she is too young. Can you please give us your advice?
A: I also agree that 13 years old is too young to wear makeup. What I suggest you do is allow her to apply a little bit of clear eyebrow gel to her lashes and brows to give her the most minimal of definition, yet still allow her to feel as if she is doing something. She is also at a good age to start wearing a clear lip gloss so she can dab her feet into the world of makeup yet still look like the beautiful girl I know she is.
Q: Are there any pointers you can give to an individual who has extremely oily and sensitive skin? I would like to wear a foundation and powder, but nothing seems to be working.
A: The best skincare advice I can give you is to avoid cleansers with scents, as they tend to irritate sensitive skin. I would also recommend an oil-free foundation and get in the habit of blotting throughout the day instead of applying powder to take away the shine. Sometimes the fewer products you put on your face, the better the results.