Last year was a big year in beauty. It brought highs like Chanel’s 3D printed mascara, the Dyson Airwrap, and natural makeup with freckles galore (a la Markle!). However, it wasn’t all good as Urban Decay’s OG Naked Palette was discontinued.
Google has unveiled its 2018 list of most searched for topics and beauty lovers were searching hot social media trends, celebrity inspired looks and pesky questions that have been bothering us since the beginning of time.
Here, we answer the top nine most searched beauty questions.
1. How to apply magnetic lashes?
Glue-free and reusable, magnetic lashes attach to your natural lashes with a magnetic strip. To apply, separate the lashes, place one lash strip above the upper lash line and the other strip below, once the lashes are aligned at the lash line the tiny magnets will lock them into place. To remove, you just pull the false lashes apart – no wipes or oil cleansers required. Still confused? Check out this tutorial.
2. What is a lash lift?
A lash lift is a treatment that combines both an eye lash perm and an eye lash tint. It lengthens, lifts and volumises your natural lashes without using extensions.
3. How to remove individual eyelashes
Individual eyelashes are great for LVL – length, volume and lift. If you find it difficult to remove them, here is a simple and quick process.
Fill a bowl with boiling water from the kettle.
Steam your face over the bowl for 10 to 15 minutes to loosen the lashes. To do this, position your face about 30 centimetres (12 in) away from the bowl. Set a timer for 10-15 minutes and allow the steam to rise up and work its magic. If your face begins to get uncomfortably hot, move it slightly away from the bowl.
Pull the false lashes out, starting from the outer corners of your eyes. Gently tug on each individual lash with your fingers or a pair of tweezers to remove them. The steam should have loosened the glue, allowing you to easily remove the lashes away from your eyes.
Wipe coconut or olive oil over the lash line to remove any stragglers. Dip a cotton pad into coconut or olive oil and wipe it across the base of your lashes.
If the lashes were applied in a salon, it is recommended that you go to a lash technician to remove them but if you can’t find the time to do so, this process outlined above will do the trick but remember to be extra careful and take your time.
4. What hair colour looks best on me?
According to Luke Hershesons, internationally acclaimed hairstylist, co-founder and creative director of Hershesons, ‘a great colour is one that looks as though it really belongs to you and that a colourist hasn’t had a hand in creating it. A convincing natural-looking colour is one that complements your skin tone, enhances the colour of your eyes and makes your features come alive. Making roots a bit darker and ends a bit lighter makes the colour look more natural and the regrowth less obvious,’ (for more haircare advice, check out his book, Great Hair Days & How To Have Them here).
Those who have hazel or brown eyes should think of autumn colours like red, coppers and gold.
Those with piercing blue eyes should go for cooler shades like white/platinum blonde or silver.
Those with green eyes can mix between warm and cold colours, for example copper tones or rust highlights.
5. How to do a cat eye
The cat eye is a dramatic look that takes a few tries to master.
Find the right angle for your wing. Hold a brush against the side of your nose and angle it until it’s pointed to the end of your eyebrow – this is the line you want your wing to follow.
Mark a dot at the outer corner of your eye. The higher you make the dot, the thicker and more dramatic your cat eye will be.
Draw a line connecting the dot to the outer corner of your eye.
Draw another line connecting the dot to the middle of your upper lash line.
Fill in the wing.
Draw a thin line along your upper lash line, beginning at the inside corner of your eye, near your tear duct.
Thicken the line as it gets closer toward the outer corner of your eye.
Finish with mascara.
Still stuck? Check out this great tutorial.
6. How to take off makeup without makeup wipes
Face wipes have been beloved by many for their ease of you – you simply open a packet, whip it across your face and feel like you’ve done some good. However, face wipes do not remove your makeup fully and are loaded with drying alcohols and sensitising fragrances.
An alternative to face wipes is a new product by Irish entrepreneur Pamela Laird and her Moxi Loves range. Bare Faced are hypoallergenic cotton wool pads infused cleanser. Simply add water and remove your makeup easily, without damaging your skin. Another product worth investing in is The Skin Nerd Jennifer Rock’s Cleanse-Off Mitt. It is a reusable microfibre makeup remover suitable for all skin types. Simply wet the mitt in lukewarm water and gently glide it across the face – the tiny loops that make up the mitt break the surface tension between makeup/oil and the skin, gently removing it.
7. How to apply aloe vera
Aloe vera is full of amino acids, vitamins and minerals, making it one of nature’s most effective cleansers. Its soothing, cooling and moistening, which helps to clear inflammatory skin problems such as acne.
Cut a leaf, about 5-6 inches long, from an aloe vera plant. Wash the leaf in water and using a knife cut it in half lengthwise. Use a spoon or a knife to scoop as much gel as possible.
Test a small amount of aloe vera on your skin. You need to make sure you don’t have an allergy or sensitivity to the plant. Try the gel on your wrist, allow it to dry and then rinse off. If there is no reddening, itchiness or swelling, you can try it on your face.
To use aloe vera for spot treatment, take 2 teaspoons of aloe vera gel and add two to three drops of lemon juice. Apply the mixture directly on the acne, let it sit on your face for at least 20-30 minutes or overnight. Rinse off with lukewarm water and cleanse as usual.
8. How to fix cakey makeup
Doing makeup not long after you’ve woken up is a very difficult task and sometimes you might go a bit overboard on the foundation and bronzer. If that’s the case, an easy fix is to take a facial beauty spray and gently spritz your skin. Quickly blot your skin with a slightly damp sponge, repeating this step until your skin begins looking fresh again.
If you find yourself looking cakey after a long day and are trying to revive your skin, spritz your skin with the beauty spray once again but also take a hyaluronic based serum or a nourishing beauty oil and apply a small amount to your palm. Rub together and then pat evenly and gently to your face.
9. What concealer to use
Choose your concealer based on what works for your skin type and concerns. If you have dry skin, a liquid concealer with a matte finish isn’t recommended as it only highlights the dryness further. If you have oily skin with enlarged pores, don’t go for creamy or stick concealer as these tend to magnify the appearance of pores and add on oily shine.
For the undereye area, select a shade of concealer that’s no more than one or two shades lighter than your natural skin tone. For your face, select a concealer that matches the exact colour of your foundation.
Best for normal, combination, oily, sensitive and breakout-prone skin.
Best for normal, dry and sensitive skin.
Best for normal, dry, combination, or sensitive skin.