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Got a burning beauty question you need to know the answer to? Our fashion and beauty director Julia McEwen finds the answers to all your beauty woes.
Can I camouflage grey hair without resorting to dye?
For a quick fix, try a root touch-up product (like L’Oréal Paris Magic Root Cover Up Temporary Gray Concealer Spray, $13.50, lorealparis.ca), which deposits colour pigments at the roots. But if you really want to turn back time, we suggest this first-of-its-kind innovation from Phyto Paris: Phyto RE30 boosts pigmentation by activating melanin synthesis and transferring it
to the hair shaft. It protects against future grey hairs, too; during clinical trials, after three months, greys were reduced by 30 percent.
Phyto Paris Phyto RE30, $59, phyto-canada.ca.
Do you have any tips for applying blush?
There are two things that really matter: placement and blending. For the latter, be sure to blur the edges of your blush so it looks seamless with your foundation. For the former, Rose-Marie Swift, founder of RMS Beauty, offers her advice. “Don’t go below the nostrils,” she recommends. “Blush has to lift the cheekbones up.” Placing the product too low pulls the face down, emphasizing gravity’s effects; placing it higher will help distract from under-eye bags and give the illusion of lift.
RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek,
What’s the best way to protect my damaged hair?
Believe it or not, your best line of defence when it comes to your hair is conditioner. “Conditioners can offer replenishment and an infusion of ingredients like few other forms of hair care can,” says Jeni Thomas, principal scientist for Pantene. And with new formulations that target the inner hair fibre, instead of just smoothing the outside, conditioner can set you up for a good hair day every day. Thomas’s tip? Condition your hair from root to tip, not just the ends, paying special attention to where you do the most damage—including where you apply heat or tie your ponytail.
Pantene Repair & Protect 3 Minute Miracle Daily Conditioner, $6,