Expert Beauty Tips
Adjust Your Diet
“A healthy diet that incorporates a mix of protein and nutrients can improve the condition of your hair,” says celebrity hairstylist and NYC salon owner Julien Farel. He explains that balanced eating keeps follicles strong and prevents the hair from breaking easily. Dr. Gervaise Gerstner, MD, a board-certified NYC cosmetic and medical dermatologist, advises to incorporate omega-3 oils. She says, “I recommend salmon or supplements. Nuts are a good source, too, especially almonds.”
…But Don’t Overdo It
Dr. Gerstner says it’s important to keep weight stable and not avoid yo-yo dieting, as hair can be affected by extreme regimen changes in addition to stress and hormone levels.
Get Smart About Styling
It’s a fact well-acknowledged that heat can be wildly damaging to hair, especially when it’s already compromised, so limiting the use of a flat iron or curling wand to three times a week is best, says Dr. Gerstner. She also advises limiting exposure to sunlight, as it can strip the hair, and blow drying, adding, “A weekly deep conditioner masque is a good idea to keep hair as healthy as possible.” According to Farel, many hair care products include the same stripping ingredients as detergents, so it’s vital to choose wisely.
Try Vitamins and Conditioning Ingredients
“Phytantriol, arginine and fish oil, and biotin aid in the production of enzymes and hormones, which can help stimulate hair growth,” says Farel, who suggests his “hero” product line, Julien Farel Restore. The cleanse/treat/condition routine is designed to push regenerating anti-aging ingredients, like hyaluronic acid, deeper into the follicle, scalp and hair, which helps prolong the hair’s growth phase.
In addition, Dr. Gerstner recommends the use of supplements like Viviscal, which includes biotin, vitamin C, and a special complex of shark powder known as AminoMar, to help aid hair growth and scalp stimulation.
Take it Easy
Because stress can affect hair, Dr. Gerstner recommends weekly deep-tissue massages to relax body and mind. “The adrenals pump out extra cortisol when we are stressed, which leads to acne, skin inflammation, and possible hair disorders,” she says.
And you can always afford to take some time off: “Your hair is a reflection of how you feel,” says Farel. “If you are healthy, or on vacation, your hair looks great, shiny, and is easy to style.” What will our bosses say to that?
While there’s no real wrong way to apply makeup (have fun! It comes off!), every makeup artist has his or her own method for creating the ultimate effect. Ask five pros whether they apply concealer or foundation first, and you’re bound to get five different answers. But one major makeup artist swears by switching up the order of almost every product that goes on your face, and when we first heard his tips, they kind of blew our minds. Napoleon Perdis, the Australian makeup artist whose namesake cosmetics line is sold at the likes of Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, and Nordstrom, and whose NP Set line is a Target favorite, shared his best makeup tips with us. Prepare to be amazed.
Apply mascara first.
“I’ve always been a big believer in applying mascara first—and last. After you’ve primed your skin, apply a coat of mascara to open your eyes, create that important definition, and map the rest of your makeup look. Once you’ve finished your eye makeup, then apply a second coat of mascara. When you’re completely finished, do one final assessment to see if you need another coat for a finishing touch.”
Line your lips after applying lipstick.
“When it comes to lipstick, I always advise lining the lips last to help contain the color and perfect the shape of the lips without creating a harsh, unnatural line.”
Fill in brows from the outside in.
“When filling in the brows, I recommend working from the outside in to create the most natural shape. Brows typically need more definition on the ends so by using this method you’re applying stronger color where you really need it. When you’re finished working your way in, brush the brows back into place for a natural finish.”
Use concealer before foundation.
“Before applying your base, use concealer to cover any areas of discoloration (e.g. under the eyes, around the nose and mouth, and any blemishes). Then apply foundation only where you really need it and blend it out to nothing for the most natural look.”
Line your eyes starting at the outer corner.
“To create the perfect angle for your eyeliner, line the outer corner of the lower lash line first and extend slightly beyond the corner of the eye. Then come back in toward the upper lash line. Using this line as your guide will give you a beautiful line that enhances the natural shape of your eyes.”
You can use all of the contouring serums and anti-aging moisturizers you want, but if it’s instant results you’re seeking, then makeup is the key to looking younger. Take Kim Kardashian, for example. Through the use of special makeup tricks from her makeup artist Scott Barnes, she has sculpted a face that has definition in all the right places. Barnes and makeup artist Ramy Gafni gave us their best tips for getting an instant face lift.
1. Make contouring the first step of your makeup routine.
“Don’t contour with bronzer on top of your makeup! Contour before you put on foundation,” says Barnes.
2. Contour under your cheekbones for a lifted look.
High cheekbones are the key to a youthful, lifted face. To sculpt them, use a foundation that’s a shade or two darker under your cheekbone. Next, “use a foundation that is a shade or two lighter than your actual shade to highlight areas of the face you would like to accentuate,” says Barnes. This lighter shade should be applied above the cheekbone.
3. Add blush on the apples of the cheeks to create fullness.
Plump cheeks are a sign of youth. To fake them, smile into your mirror and apply blush on the fullest part of the cheek. “Don’t create a racing stripe,” says Barnes.
4. Apply eyeliner and mascara to the upper lash line only.
“This will visually lift your eyes dramatically,” says Gafni. And since lashes become sparser with age, “Add an extra coat of mascara for every decade over thirty,” he suggests.
5. Add dimension to your eyelids.
Gafni suggests blending a taupe eye shadow, like RAMY The Perfect Eye Wand , to the creases of your lids only. This helps eyes look larger.
6. Add the final touches.
Fill in your eyebrows for added definition to your face. “The key is to choose a neutral color or a color that’s two shades lighter than your current hair color,” says Gafni. And don’t forget a bright lipstick. “Brighter lip colors can brighten the entire face for a more youthful appearance.”