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You Asked, Bobbi Answered!

The makeup maven responds to your top beauty questions.

Makeup Tips and Tricks

Choosing Makeup Colors

How should I match eye shadow, blush, and lip color? I often like to use makeup kits, but I still have trouble putting together a look.

Bobbi says: I've always believed that makeup should be quick and easy. If you're tight on time and only have five minutes apply concealer under your eyes and stick foundation around your nose to even out redness. Apply cream blush on the apples of your cheeks (pick a shade that looks like the color of your cheeks when they're flushed). Pick a lipstick or lipgloss that is one shade darker than the natural color of your lips. If you have more time, fill in and shade brows with brow powder and define your eyes with bone shadow all over the lid, taupe shadow on the lower lid, and mahogany shadow as liner.

Makeup for Redheads

I've just changed my hair color from highlighted blond to a copper redhead. Now I need to update my makeup. What do you recommend for eyes and blush? I have fair skin and hazel eyes -- which look really green now!

Bobbi Says: On your eyes try bone, mossy green, taupe, and red brown. When it comes to lipcolor, redheads look great in light peach, sheer light brown, brownish pink, or medium chocolate brown. For cheeks, stick to blush in shades of rosy or light orange-y brown and apricot.

Too-Straight Eyelashes

Almost every kind of mascara I use makes my eyelashes straight even though I curl them. Is it just that my eyelashes are too thin?

Bobbi says: Some women are naturally blessed with lashes that stay curled all day. Rather than fighting what nature gave you, focus on working with what you do have. I've found that lining eyes all around is a great eye-opening alternative to mascara. For the most natural look, use an eye liner brush and eye shadow to line your eyes.

Lightening Eyebrows

I color my hair a shade of dark blond. I have black eyebrows, and I would love to lighten them up without dyeing them. What do you suggest?

Bobbi says: The kind of extreme color change that you're trying to make to your eyebrows can't be achieved just with makeup. It sounds like something your hair salon could take care of.

Long-Lasting Lipstick

How can I make my lipstick last?

Bobbi says: The trick to making your lipstick last is layering creamy and dry textures. To get long wear, you want to create a surface for lip color to adhere to. Start by filling the entire lip using a neutral lip pencil and then apply your favorite lipstick over it. When lipstick begins to fade, you'll be left with a pretty stain on lips. It's also good to prep your lips before applying any lipstick. A lip balm gives lips moisture and actually helps lipstick go on smoother.

Stop Eye Shadow Creasing

How do you stop eye shadows from creasing on the eye?

Bobbi says: I always tell women that the key to getting your makeup to last for hours is powder. Using Sheer Loose Powder will help your makeup stay put and keep it from evaporating too quickly. For long-lasting eyes, begin by applying eye cream to the under-eye area only -- any extra moisture on the eyelid will cause the shadow to crease. After that, use a puff (I love velour puffs) to press powder onto your entire eyelid to prime it. You'll find that any eye makeup you apply afterwards stays in place much longer.

Skin Care Queries

Stopping Shine

As I get older, my hormones are going crazy. How do I maintain a matte look (or at least non-shiny) on my face without drying it out? Is there makeup that can absorb oil and help prevent the greasies?

Bobbi says: Re-evaluate your skincare routine to make sure you're using the right cleanser and moisturizer. For particularly oily skin, I use a purifying gel cleanser and follow up with a shine control face gel. Both have oil-controlling ingredients like seaweed extract. Look for foundation formulas that are oil-free and keep pressed powder handy for quick touch-ups to your t-zone throughout the day.

Skin Smoothers

What can I put under my make-up to make my face look smooth and clear and not bumpy?

Bobbi says: If you find that you're prone to breakouts, you might want to start by consulting your dermatologist. Cleansing and moisturizing skin daily with the right skincare products for your skin's needs is the first step in getting healthy-looking skin and makes more difference than any makeup.

Dark Spots

I have dark spots on my cheeks; what can I do? My one dark spot on my face looks so noticeable.

Bobbi says: Start by making SPF protection an essential part of your skincare routine -- it's never too late to prevent future sun damage. To hide a spot that's bothering you, apply concealer one tone lighter than your skin with a concealer brush. Then, apply foundation as you normally would. Use a light hand when you go over the areas you have concealed. If necessary, go over the spot again with concealer and finish by setting with powder.

Self-Tanning Mishap

I bought some self tanning spray, and sprayed it on evenly -- or so I thought. The next day I had brown splotches and streaks with plenty of pale areas. I tried to fill in the blanks, and it just seemed to make the problem more obvious. Some areas of my skin just don't seem to take the color, while others take it too much. Is there anything I can do to even out the color (or get rid of it) before it wears off naturally?

Bobbi says: The good news is that self-tanning mistakes like picking too dark a shade or obvious streaks eventually fade. To help speed up that process, try exfoliating with a body scrub in the shower.

Love Your Freckles

Help! I have combination skin and freckles. Even when I use foundation, my freckles show through, plus my skin always looks shiny. What do you recommend?

Bobbi says: I love freckles! They send the message of youthfulness and freshness, and I think they're just great. I've also found that women with freckles tend to have beautiful skin, and need little-to-no foundation. If you do use it, apply only where needed to even out any reddened areas (like around the nose), or to cover up the occasional blemish. To help eliminate an oily sheen, apply a shine controller, like my Shine Control Hydrating Face Gel, to your T-zone first, follow with foundation and set with loose face powder in a color like my Pale Yellow. Be sure to carry Pressed Powder in your bag for touch-ups.

Mature Skin Issues

Dark Circles

What's the best way to cover dark circles? I'm 37 and most concealers make my fine lines stand out.

Bobbi says: The trick to crease-free concealer is skin that's been properly primed. To ensure smooth, even wear you should moisturize the skin around the eye area with a gentle moisturizer designed specifically for the eye area. Gently pat eye cream beneath the eyes -- not on lids, as this will just make makeup you apply afterwards bleed -- and allow it to set before applying concealer.

Hiding Fine Lines

What is the best way to hide fine lines around the eyes?

Bobbi says: Let's face it, we all get fine lines eventually, and there's nothing wrong with them -- they're a result of years of smiling! However, if you want to minimize the appearance of fine lines around your eyes, first prime the undereye area with Eye Cream -- the soothing formula will help to improve the texture and elasticity of the delicate eye-area skin. Next, apply a cream-based moisturizer, like my Face Lotion, to keep your skin soft and hydrated.