Beauty Fix: How to melt (yes, melt) your makeup off, the ingredient that’ll save your dry skin + more

Beauty fix

I wear a lot of long-wearing makeup formulas, so what’s the best way to get them all off?
If long-wear makeup is your thing, then using an oil-based cleanser should also be in your daily routine. Regular gel or foaming cleansers may not fully remove your makeup and those cosmetic remnants can cause breakouts galore, so try a hybrid formula like Bliss’ new Fabulous Makeup Melt Gel-To-Oil Cleanser ($34, to avoid said scenario. This gel-to-oil texture is less runny than an oil cleansing fluid, and it contains anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory tamanu oil, as well as abyssinica and mirabelle plum seed oils to help soothe skin and prevent it from drying out while melting away all traces of your makeup.

What can I use to reverse my skin’s extreme dryness brought on by this winter?
A multi-step approach is your best defense against the absurdly low temperatures and wind chills we’ve been experiencing recently. While a hydrating body wash followed by an emollient body cream are par for the course that is winter weather, consider adding a step in between these two in the form of Hand Chemistry Hyaluronic Concentrate ($30, A little reminder that hyaluronic acid is dry skin’s best friend since hyaluronic acid can hold 1000 times its weight in water. This innovative gel contains three different types and weights of hyaluronic acid molecules and it absorbs into skin quickly, increasing the hydration level of your skin. Slap this gel on after showering and follow up with lotion or cream.

I never know what to wear on my nails for an interview. Any suggestions?
What’s considered appropriate depends entirely on several factors, including (but not limited to) the dress code of the office environment. With that being said, if you’re really not sure which direction to go in, err on the side of caution and stick with a sheer neutral, like any shade from Sephora’s Formula X Sheer Strength range ($16 each, The formula contains golden bamboo, safflower seed oil and licorice extract to moisturize nails and prevent yellowing. These soft petal shades give your nails a polished shine and a hint of colour without being distracting, making them an ideal go-to for any situation, especially an interview.

I have one or two specific little gaps in my eyebrows, so how can I fill them in quickly?
You have plenty of options, but if speed or ease is top of mind, then go for a brow pen or marker. Now, we’re not talking about taking a Sharpie to your brows, but rather creating very light strokes with a fine-point tip to mimic the look of brow hairs wherever you’re lacking them in your natural shape. Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Color ($27, offers up precision combined with a waterproof formula that is buildable, meaning you can target the areas you want to draw “hairs” in and not worry about fading or smudging since the formula stays put throughout the day.

How can I make really bright blush work for me?
Being adventurous with makeup can often be a matter of tempering a look to make it more palatable and make the leap feel less extreme. Make Up For Ever’s Desire Me Cheek Set ($56, features two blushes (raspberry pink and orangey-coral), a pearly beige highlighter, and a mini angled cheek brush. The blush shades feature a slight iridescence, meaning they’ll be easier to pull off than flatter, matte shades. Pair them together, building up the colour on the apples of the cheeks while blending up towards the temples, or wear them separately. Apply the highlighter to cheekbones for a bit of sheen to pull the look together.

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