Your Most-Asked Beauty Questions, Answered By Our Beauty Editor

Last week, our beauty editor Grace took over our WhatsApp to give you bespoke beauty advice. The thing is, she had so many questions that she couldn’t answer them all in one go… Below, Grace has rounded up and answered the ten most commonly asked questions from the WhatsApp takeover. Get your notebook at the ready… 

Hi, I have very dark circles! Do you have any tips? I always look kind of dead without makeup haha 

Dark circles can be hereditary, so sometimes it’s not possible to get rid of them completely. They’re often a sign of fatigue and dehydration as well, so make sure you’re getting enough sleep and drinking plenty of water. As for products, I love Youth Lab’s CC Cream For Eyes because it helps to  treat darkness by improving hydration but also has a natural-looking coverage that subtly conceals and corrects. 

Hi Grace, I was wondering if you could recommend some products for clearing acne marks? My skin get red and brown marks after spots. 

Acne scars are the worst! Ingredients like glycolic acid and retinol are ones to look out for because they gently exfoliate the skin – with every layer that’s removed, the scars fade until they disappear completely. They’ll also help to prevent future breakouts as well. If you’re on a budget, Mario Badescu’s Glycolic Toner is a great pick, and if you have a bit more to spend, try Alpha-H’s Beauty Sleep Power Peel – you will see the results super fast. Scarring heals better when skin is healthy and hydrated so I always recommend using The Ordinary’s Niacinamide + Zinc – together the two ingredients help to heal damaged skin and improve moisture retention. 

I actually wrote an article about healing acne scars with some other great product recommendations… 

Hi Grace. My foundation always breaks up and splits after a few hours and fades unevenly, even when I use primer and setting spray. Is there anything you can recommend? 

This is probably down to the formulas of the products that you’re using more than anything! Water and oil don’t mix, so if you’re using a water-based foundation with an oil-based moisturiser or primer (or vice versa), this is what causes the ‘splitting’ effect. Make sure that all of your products have the same base and you’ll notice the difference! 

Hey, I’ve been getting oily in my T-zone a lot, been trying a lot of primers but nothing works, do you have any advice for me? A great powder would be good to know. 

RCMA’s No-Colour Powder is brilliant, buff it over your foundation and you’ll beat the dreaded 3pm shine for good. It’s a loose powder so it’s super sheer and you can put on as much as you need without having to worry about looking cakey. Setting spray will also help, Skindinavia’s Bridal Makeup Finishing Spray is built to withstand wedding day tears so it’s industrial strength!

Hi there! I’m really struggling with blackheads around my nose all of a sudden and no matter what scrubs and peels I use, it seems like they’re here to stay. How do you recommend to get rid of them? 

It’s impossible to get rid of pores, they’re all over skin and we need them to absorb products! However you can help to reduce their appearance – when pores are noticeable it’s because they’re clogged with dirt. A chemical exfoliant which uses glycolic acid (like Alpha-H Liquid Gold) will help to lift even deep-rooted impurities. Hylamide also makes a great pore blurring serum which helps to reduce their appearance on a short-term basis, it makes a great primer! 

I have combination skin, sometimes it’s really oily and sometimes I have dry patches. Sometimes I have both at once! What’s the best cleanser I could use? 

This is a more common question than you might imagine! My own skin tends to be a mix of dry and oily, especially in the winter months. I always reach for Oskia’s Renaissance Cleansing Gel – it’s oil-based so it will hydrate dry areas and work to lift excess oil from oily patches. It’s super nourishing and gentle, and helps to calm irritated and sensitive skin, so it’s a good all-rounder that works for loads of skintypes. 

What’s the best primer for dry skin? I always end up with patches of foundation fading off. 

There’s no better way to prep skin for makeup than with a good moisturiser! Embryolisse’s Lait Crème Concentre is used by makeup artists backstage at fashion week to prep models skin for makeup and it’s easy to see why MUAs prefer using it to a traditional primer. It absorbs instantly so it creates a really smooth surface but doesn’t leave any shine or residue. 

What’s the best foundation for my skintype? 

Whether you classed your skin as oily, dry, combination, or sensitive, loads of you asked this question. Fortunately, I wrote an article last year rounding up the best foundations by skintype. Check it out! 

Hi, I’ve been getting quite a few under the surface spots and wanted to know how I can reduce them? 

Sounds like cystic acne, which can often be hormonal – making it quite hard to prevent with products… Your best bet is to invest in Mario Badescu’s Buffering Lotion and put it on the second you feel a spot coming. It’s a really light lotion so you can layer it under makeup or under other spot treatments, and it’ll help to stop spots in their tracks before they surface and become super painful. If your cystic acne is persistent, try cutting dairy out of your diet and taking zinc supplements.

I wanna buy the most blinding highlighter at Beauty Bay, what would you recommend? 

Without a doubt, Cover FX’s Custom Enhancer Drops, they’re truly blinding. But if you prefer a powder, try Jouer Cosmetics’ Powder Highlighter – it’s light but buildable and looks amazing when dusted over the cheekbones with a fan brush.