You ask. LUX answers.

Posted: Aug 18 2011 | Author: Jennifer Grimm

We received a ton of great questions this week about makeup, skincare, and beauty in general for our first instalment of ‘You Ask, LUX Answers’.  Please keep the questions coming, we love helping to solve your beauty woes!  Just send them to indulge@luxbeauty.com, and they will be answered each week.

First up, “What type of makeup is appropriate for an office environment?”

When it comes to choosing makeup for the office, I think the objective is to look professional and pulled together while allowing your personality to shine through.  This is where focusing on one facial feature, ex. eyes, cheeks, or lips, really comes into play.  If you want to wear a colourful lip gloss, then make sure your eyeshadow and blush are more simple.  For eye shadow colours, I really like Stila’s Eyeshadow Trio in Goddess since it is neutral, but has a bit of iridescence to add something special.  Black eyeliner is acceptable, just as long as it isn’t too thick. The Geisha Ink Liquid Eyeliner is one of my favourites as you get really precise application.  It is also gives you 24 hour water and smudge proof formula which is great for those long days at the office.

“Liquid vs Powder, when it comes to foundation, which is better?”

I definitely think the answer to this question depends on your skin type, lifestyle and personal preference.  Liquid foundation is great for those with more imperfections they want to conceal, dry skin and/or those who have the time to apply it in the morning.  Kevyn Aucoin’s Liquid Airbrush Foundation gives great coverage, yet its’ creamy texture feels light on the skin.

Powder foundation is good for oily skin, as it will absorb some of the oil throughout the day.  It usually gives a little less coverage than liquid (depending on how you apply it of course), and is great when you need to apply your makeup on the run.  The Pressed Mineral Foundation from Geisha Ink is my favourite.  That being said, if you are more on the oily side, there are great liquids for you as well which is where the personal preference portion comes in.

“My skin changes from Summer to Winter, what can I add to my skin care regime to ease it into these drier months.”

This is a question we hear a lot, especially because of our dry winters.  If you are just feeling a little tighter and drier in your cheeks, but don’t need to overhaul your entire routine, adding a hydrating serum will do the trick.  The Green Tea and Rose Hydrating Face Serum by John Masters Organics is the perfect thing to use before your current moisturizer. It will add moisture and will also protect your skin from the environment to lock your natural moisture in.

Often times, a small addition to your skin care routine won’t alleviate the tightness, or flakiness that comes during the fall and winter months.  In that case, packing away your summer moisturizer and pulling out a more intensive moisturizer will do the trick.  Pure Cloud Cream from Skyn Iceland contains Almond oil and is rich in vitamins A, B & E to provide intense hydration.  It also protects the skin from the harsh winter elements while comforting it with aloe moisturizers.

Hope that helped, and don’t forget to send your own questions to indulge@luxbeauty.com