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 never wear makeup, but I have to attend some rather formal holiday functions. This happens every year and makes me crazy. I don't know where to start!
A: The most important thing to remember about makeup is that it's meant to enhance who you are, not cover up who you are. Start by getting your eyebrows shaped professionally to frame your face. I would then apply a translucent powder to take away shine, mascara brushed over your lashes to pop open your eyes, a touch of blush on the apple of your cheeks for color (Flirt Peek-A-Blush sheer powder cheek color $12 FlirtCosmetics.com) and a lip gloss in a complimentary color for your skin tone (Neutrogena MoistureShine soothing lip sheer with SPF 20 $9 Ulta.com). These five simple steps will enhance your natural beauty while still making you feel comfortable in your own skin.
Q: Do I still have to wear a sunscreen daily during the colder season when we rarely see any sun?
A: Yes! Remember the sun is not your friend. It is just as important to wear SPF in the winter months as it is during summer. Harmful UV rays penetrate the skin year-round, and daily protection is essential to maintaining healthy skin and the prevention of fine lines and wrinkles. I suggest using a daily moisturizer with a SPF of 15 or higher (Purpose Dual Treatment Moisture Lotion with SPF 15 $7.97 at WalMart.com)
Q: My daily work makeup is rather conservative. What can I do to punch up my look for evening without taking it off and starting over?
A: First, use blotting papers (Shine Eraser Blotting Sheets by e.l.f professional $1.49 at Drugstore.com) to take off any extra oil and debris before applying a fresh dusting of facial powder. Black liquid eyeliner is always a quick and easy way to dramatize eyes for evening. Last but certainly not least, apply a deeper-toned lipstick with a matching lip liner for definition. Remember, it is all right to go a little bolder in the evening but still remain comfortable with your choices.