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Beauty Qestions Answered… How to Bronze Fair Skin

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One of our beauty-full readers, Phyrra, wrote in with a great question:

“I’m a girl who can’t tan, ever. I burn. I don’t ever have that golden, sunkissed look. How does someone like me apply bronzer without looking ridiculous? Or is there no way?”

Of course there is a way, Phyrra!

My first suggestion would be to apply a very light buildable color moisturizer for a base. Try . You get to control how dark or light the bronze is – apply a few times for a light sun kissed hue. Apply daily for a more golden color. This is a great product, very well-received, people love it (Allure even gave it their coveted Beauty Award). It’s NOT a self-tanner so it doesn’t streak or turn orange, but there is a bit of color built into the moisturizer.

Next, I would use a powder one shade DARKER than your skin tone. Again, this will create a base from which to build. This should not be a bronzer, just an everyday powder. Make sure to get in the hairline, ears and neck so that you don’t look two-toned!

Finally, find a bronzer made specifically for light skin. Physician’s Formula makes amazing, affordable, natural-looking bronzers. Try the Organic wear 100% Natural Origin Bronzer – it has 2 shades that you can blend together to create the perfect sun-kissed hue. It’s also buildable color, meant for fair skin so you will get a very natural, even bronze. **VERY IMPORTANT: Only use bronzer on areas that would actually catch the sun’s rays. A bronzer should NEVER be used everywhere on the face! A bit on the forehead, chin, cheeks, a couple dusts on the neck and chest, will give you that natural hue.**

It’s really all about trial and error. Go to Sephora and raid their bronzer section – try as many as you can get your hands on… just make sure to apply sparingly! And don’t EVER use a bronzer intended for darker skin tones. This will most definitely make you look “made-up.”

Hope that helps!


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We received a great question regarding how to make the most of small eyes…

Here it is:

“I’ve always heard lining your eyes on the inside rim makes them look smaller, but I think this looks great! What’s the best way to line small set eyes? My eyes are blue grey & plain looking and I’m really stuck on how to make them look brighter.”

Naturally, we asked our friend and celebrity makeup (she calls Josie Maran and Nicole Richie clients) artist Sole Alberti for the 411 on making small eyes pop!

Here’s what Sole had to say:

“In order to make eyes appear larger, use an eyeliner that is one shade brighter than the color of your eyes. With blue eyes, I recommend using a royal blue eyeliner. For hazel eyes, a teal eyeliner will work. Any shade that is darker than the color of your eyes, like black or charcoal for example, will make your eyes appear smaller as it brings out the black in the eyes and not the color. Colored eyeliner will make your natural eye color pop!!”

And a little beauty for thought by moi – queen B beauty whore – for smaller eyes (or any eyes that want a bright pop), use a white liner on the inner corner of eyes and/or an iridescent nude cream shadow or highlighter (MAC’s Barestudy is a favorite) on the inner bridge of nose/ eyes and a few finger taps on the outer corner of the eye. Gently pat the cream in half semi-circles for both inner and outer. This will allow light to bounce off of the areas and create a luminious, bright-eye effect.

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So, ask away!


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dear beauty banter-

my hair is dull dry and damaged. i have tried every deep conditioner, hot oil treatment under the sun. even my cut didn’t really do the trick. i need something more drastic. what can i do? do u know salon treatments that actually work? or over the counter products? coconut oil? vitamins? i’ll do whatever you tell me as long as i can afford it.
i need help!


When it comes to hair, I turn to Jen Atkin of Andy Lecompte Salon — not only is she a hair maven, she’s also cutter to the stars (and yours truly!)

Here’s what Jen had to say:

Brazilian blowout. It adds shine to the hair. Andre or Maurice at the Argyle Hotel in West Hollywood are the best. Also Morrocan oil is great… you can get it at any major beauty supply store.

For hair growth, Phytologie Phytophanere Hair and Nail Vitamins. These will help a lot!

Have a Beauty question? Email the Beauty Whore at beautybanter@gmail.com and we’ll get a beauty pro to answer!

The NEED for ZINC (in Sunscreen)!

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I was very discouraged when I recently discovered that my must-have sunscreen, Neutrogena’s Ultra Sheer Sunblock with Helioplex, does NOT contain ZINC!!! It still does contain other vital ingredients that do protect against UVA and UVB sun exposure.
It’s no secret that zinc oxide is a very important component in sunscreens. Why? The properties in zinc actually block the sun completely by reflecting and/ or scattering the sun’s rays (because zinc is a metal!) Remember being a kid and having your mother put those embarrassing colored zinc balms on your face (and nose) while frolicking in the sun? That’s because zinc acts as a barrier from the sun. And as a child, our faces are very tender and we needed that total protection!
Zinc is a necessity for people with sunspots and melasma. The problem with pigmentation issues is that any light affects the pigment. Unlike all of the other fancy ingredients that do protect your skin, zinc completely blocks light (sun) from penetrating the skin’s surface (thus keeping pigment normal(ish) and at bay).

So, with this in mind, I’ve found a great sunscreen that has broad spectrum UVA/ UVB protection and ZINC! It’s also loaded with antioxidants and green tea – AB Sun’s Advanced Anti-Photoaging Complex SPF 45 was developed by renowned dermotologist, Dr. Craig Austin. I’ve been using it religiously (although I do mix it with my Neutrogena because I still love the dry-touch technology) for the past couple of weeks. I do notice a difference in the sunspots. Not that they’ve disappeared – because, let’s be honest, a sunscreen’s not going to do that – but they haven’t gotten darker. The sunscreen has a light redish/ brown color to it (I’m not quite sure why) but it absorbs clear. It’s a tad on the heavy side for me (as I have very oily skin) so I use it sparingly… and mostly on the areas where I tend to get sunspots.

A word (or several…) from the company:
“With advanced anti-photoaging complex, AB Sun has been formulated to block UV radiation and provide broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection using micronized zinc oxide. With SPF 45, AB Sun delivers a unique antioxidant, free radical quenching and neutralizing complex whose composition includes green tea polyphenols and caffeine, two of the most potent ingredients in fighting the signs of aging. This advanced sun protection product blocks UV radiation and neutralizes damaging UV-induced free radicals, all with a moisturizing base. It’s your best defense against the sun, with all in one protection.”

PRICE TAG: $45.00 for 4 oz

Another fabulous sunscreen that contains zinc oxide is Armada Face and Body Shield SPF 60. It’s a skin lightening, full-spectrum (UVA/ UVB protection), fragrance and preservative-free sunscreen that actually fights photoaging and melasma AND lightens skin naturally while wearing it! It’s a super light cream (better for oily skin) that absorbs clear into skin.

A word (or several…) from the company:
“The most comprehensive protection, with some of the highest protection factors ever against the full spectrum of skin-harming light: indoor and outdoor UVA, UVB, Infrared and Visible Light. Truly impressive power in a weightless, anti-oxidant créme that works for your skin’s perfection. Banishes wrinkles, fine lines and other signs of photo-ageing. When used everyday, indoors and out, Armada also helps erase melasma. Protection so strong, skin lightens naturally. Arms your skin with renewed elasticity and vibrancy. “

PRICE TAG: $47.00 for 85 grams


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We, at Beauty Banter, are here to help. We love receiving your beauty questions and those sometimes frightening beauty emergencies. After all, that’s why I started blogging in the first place!

So, when one of our lovely readers, JOG, wrote in with the following question – “I see a lot of pics of celebs with what appears to be white eyeshadow. how do they pull this off without looking creepy/cakey/gross? Is there a method or a specific e/s you can recommend?” – we knew we not only wanted to answer it for her, but for all of our other readers as well.

This is a great Summer beauty question… how do you do a white eye right?

(Shimmery White Eye with Liner and Lashes:
J. Lo. from the Costume Institute Gala; May, 2008)

We enlisted the help of two amazing professional makeup artists for the answer.

Celebrity Makeup Artist and Photographer, Troy Jensen (he’s painted the faces of Cameron Diaz, Eva Mendes, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Beckinsale, Halle Berry, and Paris Hilton – just to name a very, very few… you must check out his website – his client list is RIDICULOUS!), gave us these brilliant products and tips to help us on our quest:

Jouer Cosmetics has a brilliant cream white highlighter that works great in the eyes, Just dab it on your eye-lids with your finger tips, curl your lashes and add black Diorshow Mascara. I love to pair this eye with a deep pink stain lip and sheer gloss. I love Three Custom Color’s “Light Bright Lip Collection” in Palladium, Danceteria, and Limelight. They give a sheer wash of vibrant color. Perfect with a shimmery white eye, That’s fresh for Summer.”

Smashbox’s resident makeup artist, Lori Taylor, also had some tips and products in mind. Here’s her professional advice:

“The best way to achieve this look is by not choosing a white that is chalky. Using a cream based shadow or a shimmering white is best (try the white from the Smashbox trio, Twilight). You can be a little playful by adding an eyeliner that has a bit of pop to it. Like metallic gray, bronze or pewter (Try Smashbox’s Lava-Pewter, Putty-Taupe, Thunder-Gray or Water-Proof Jet-Set Bronze). Even purple, green or blue (a deep and subtle shade, not electric) shades can enhance the subtle color you tend to have by being in the sun. Experiment with false lashes. Summer is the time to push the make up envelope and shed those old winter habits and drab winter colors.

It’s always important to keep in mind that during the summer months (and really all year round) one should not mask the skin with foundation, try using a tinted moisturizer like Smashbox’s Sheer Focus. Skin is the basis for any good make up!

Thanks to Troy and Lori for their **exclusive** expertise!

And remember, if you’re in a beauty bind, email us! We’re here to help (and so are our fabulous, famous makeup artist friends)!

Your Questions, Answered…

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I am an LA resident and love to be tan year round, but I am at the age where
I am really thinking about aging and protectin my skin. I want a deep tan
from a bottle and was wondering if you could recommend a sunless tanner that
really works, price is no issue, just quality.

Thank you!

The Beauty Whore says:
From Sephora, it’s called glow fusion… it is the most fabulous self
tanner that I have ever used… I’m gonna be writing about it soon… Keep in mind, it’s
very expensive… but not as expensive as curing skin cancer or fixing a withered face!


I am wondering if you have any suggestions for a really good nail hardener or strengthener? My nails are just peeling like crazy. Any brand is fine………..anything from Covergirl to Channel……………..price not important………but dependability.

I thank you so much in advance!!!!


Susan J. Hedrick

The Beauty Whore says:
i like nailtique….(CLICK HERE for product)
it’s awesome… $15.00 and well worth every cent!
you must use daily for optimum results!

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