Listen to MNers talking about make up and confidence on the Boots Feel Good Forum and tell us what you think - voucher to be won

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TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 22-Mar-13 11:09:04

We hope lots of you tuned in to the latest Boots Feel Good Forum but if you missed it, please listen to the podcast. The show discusses ways to give your beauty a boost as well as how to look and feel your best. MNers have been posting about this all week - please see their comments below.

The show features experts make up artist Daniel Sandler and Psychologist Emma Kenny. Daniel has also answered some MNers' Qs that he didn't have time to cover on the show on this thread so please scroll down and have a read of those (and while you're there, why not check out Trevor Sorbie's As to MNers' Qs about hair, slightly further down the thread!)

Please do listen to the podcast and then come back to this thread and tell us what you think.

As a thank you for taking part, Boots will be giving a £50 voucher to a poster picked at random from this thread.

The next show is about sleep, stress and energy, with sleep expert Dr Colin Espie and Behavioural Psychologist Emma Kenny - if you have a Q about any of those things, please do post it here - prize to be won!


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catwomanga Thu 27-Jun-13 18:24:12

Love your laughter lines...add to them! Play with your kids more; step away from the laptop and get out and have fun with them. George Bernard Shaw said it best: "We don't stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing."

Hopasholic Wed 17-Apr-13 19:04:42

Thank you so much! Oooh! Will really look forward to visiting Boots soon!

Chuffed to bits grin

OxfordToLondoner Tue 16-Apr-13 21:38:29

I'm 27 weeks pregnant, and frazzled with work. Am not sleeping as well as I used to, due to a combination of discomfort, baby kicks, and work whirring through my head! Any tips on how to get a good night's sleep, and manage my stress levels?

TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 16-Apr-13 10:08:45

Hi all - thanks again for participating in this thread. We've got 2 winners to announce:

youmaycallmeSSP has won for posting a hair Q

Hopasholic has won for posting her top make up tip

You've both won a £50 Boots voucher! I'll PM you to get your details.

Thanks again everyone!

DanielSandler Sun 14-Apr-13 21:59:07


With regards to make up techniques - how do you do smoky colours on your eyes - for daytime and evening? Whenever I try, I just end up looking like I've got black eyes or panda eyes and it never looks any good.

Sounds like you’re being a little heavy handed. Build up the colours slowly by first applying the lightest shade over the lid then sweep the mid tone shade half way towards the outer edge and into the socket then apply the darkest colour towards the outer corner and wing it out slightly, blending all the time so it appears air brushed. Use clean cotton buds to help remove excess colour and use good brushes for a pro finish.

DanielSandler Sun 14-Apr-13 21:58:45


I know eyebrows are supposed to frame my face, but mine seem to be getting more pathetic and straggly as I get older (and middling blond which makes it worse). How can I 'fill in' a nice brow shape without it looking like I've used my kids' colouring pencils to draw some eyebrows on my face?

First thing is to find your perfect brow shade. If when you apply it and it appears fake then it’s too dark so go a shade lighter. Grab yourself a brow stencil set and use that as your template. I find that pressed brow shadows are more flattering than pencils which can appear waxy and shiney on skin, especially in day light.

DanielSandler Sun 14-Apr-13 21:58:15


I would love some advice from Daniel about covering my awful rosacea skin. I use mineral make up at the moment but my skin is so dry in winter I look flaky and powdery. Are there any alternatives that won't aggregate my skin?

Look for a different type of foundation, choose one which is a medium -weight liquid formula that disguises the rosacea yet still appears natural on skin and doesn’t contain ingredients which may make your condition worse. Apply it by patting it on using you middle finger until the area is covered. You may find that asking a dermatologist will give you great advice too as they will understand what you should and shouldn’t avoid.

DanielSandler Sun 14-Apr-13 21:57:48


I am Mum to an 8mo who I have been sterlilsing bottles and breast pump equipment for since birth, my hands are so dry and cracked with the sterilising fluid. No amount of hand cream helps and some bits of my skin is splitting open and bleeding. Can you help?

Your problem is possibly due to the pencil being too greasy or that you have too much moisturiser or foundation on your lids or that you just may have naturally greasy eye lids. I suggest you try the following. Invest in a waterproof eye liner pencil, an eye lid primer and go easy on moisturiser. Apply the pencil in both directions to create a smooth, even line. Apply it from the inner to the outer eye corner then go back the other way.

DanielSandler Sun 14-Apr-13 21:56:59


Make up question here. I have very sensitive skin which seems to be both dry and greasy hmm . I've never been able to wear any kind of eye shadow as within a few hours it has creased up on my eye lids and looks a state with it all gathering in the lines of my eyes. I've tried using a base underneath foundation and a powder on top to seal it and lots of different brands but to no avail. My eye lids are also quite low over my eyes too. Have you got any tips for how I can get eye make up to stay on all day with minimal touch ups (or am I just doomed to either not bother or spend my life checking in the mirror and touching up)?

What could help you are cream-to-powder eye shadows that once applied stay put. You apply them onto clean bare lids then blend using fingers or a brush. After a few seconds they set so you may need to work pretty quickly.

DanielSandler Sun 14-Apr-13 21:56:18


I will be turning 50 in the not too distant future and want to look my best. My skin has changed as I have aged but my skincare regime hasn't, I'm still using the same stuff I've always used and it doesn't seem to be working as well. Can you help me with suggestions for suitable products and a daily routine please?

Firstly, if you love the brand you’ve always been using then go back to them and have a consultation. What I think they’ll advise is that you apply more nourishing products at day and night so that within a few days youll notice an improvement. Look for products which contain Hyaluronic Acid and multi vitamins such as Vits A,C and E. They might also suggest you layer a Serum on your face and neck, as well as a good moisturiser, to support your skin condition. Don’t forget to exfoliate a few times a week so that the new creams can be easily absorbed.

DanielSandler Sun 14-Apr-13 21:54:32


Do I need to wear make up to look good in wedding photos? If so what kind of make up?

Absolutely you need to wear makeup to look your best in photos. Even the most beautiful women in the world enhance their look with cosmetics.

You'll look at your wedding pics for years to come. You don't need to buy heavy makeup or bright colours, just apply colours that enhance your beauty. What I would like you to consider is that you seek professional advice from someone who specialises in bridal makeup. I say this because I have a feeling you don't normally wear makeup. You can do one of two things, either get a lesson from a Pro so you can do your own makeup on the day or find a makeup Pro to really make you look your best on your big day. It's really worth the investment.

DanielSandler Sun 14-Apr-13 21:53:49


Another one for all day make up - but for work. Normally
I wear little or none, but recent events and very little sleep in over a year have resulted in rubbish dry and knackered looking skin. Diet is ok, lots of fruit and veg, but I am feeling every bit of 42 and moisturisers and foundation don't seem to be working for a good combo atm. any suggestions?

Sounds like the formulas aren’t really treating your skin’s dry condition. Make sure you have an intensive night repair face cream and a really nourishing day cream as well. Also, your foundation needs to contain skincare benefits too.

DanielSandler Sun 14-Apr-13 21:52:55


I have 10 family occasions this year (2 christenings, 3 weddings, 3 birthday/anniversary parties & 2 holy communions) & a summer ball

How do I do make up differently for each whilst on a tight budget?

Invest in a makeup palette so you can change your colours at each event.
Look out for a palette that contains different shades of shadow, blush and lip. You should be able to find one within you budget. It’s great you want to look different at each occasion; have fun!

DanielSandler Sun 14-Apr-13 21:52:02


I am currently 38wks pregnant with DC6 and let's just say I'm not looking my best right now. In a few weeks the lack of sleep is only going to make me look even worse wink

I have such noticeable dark circles under my eyes and I can't seem to get it right when trying to cover them up. I'd quite like to go out to baby groups without looking as awful as I shall really be feeling. Please help, what can I do/use to sort my face out?!

Grab yourself two things; an under eye cream that helps banish the darkness and a light reflecting concealer and apply to the dark circles. Make sure it specifically targets under eyes as opposed to blemishes. Build up the coverage until you’re happy with the result. Avoid getting the panda eye by using a shade that’s not too pale for your skin tone.

TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Sun 14-Apr-13 21:49:38

Thanks to everyone who posted a question about make up on this thread - expert Daniel Sandler has answered some of the questions he didn't have time to cover in the show - please do have a read of his answers below...

TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Sun 14-Apr-13 19:07:10

Thanks for posting everyone - please do tune in to the show now to hear MNers' Qs about make up and confidence answered - 7-8pm on Real Radio and 8-9pm on Smooth Radio

malachite Fri 12-Apr-13 19:33:06

My tip is to use a make up sponge instead of your fingers when applying foundation. It goes on much more evenly.
Also, if you suffer from acne then you can get a green cover up stick which you apply before the skin tone concealer and it really helps to hide redness.

stephgr Fri 12-Apr-13 00:07:26

if your hair is weak and falling out, it's worth having a blood test to determine whether you are anaemic. If you're not anaemic, make sure you eat a diet high in protein as well as fruit and veg

lagoonhaze Wed 10-Apr-13 21:29:35

How do you combat the post baby exhaustion look when you are returning to work and barely have time to brush your hair!

maloofysmum Wed 10-Apr-13 19:07:51

Mine isn't really a tip, other than I never put moisturiser on my face until after I have put my contact lenses in. It doesn't matter how many times I wash my hands after moisturising, my lenses always feel dirty if i do it the wrong way around.

My question is about hair dye. My hair is now unfortunately going grey and colouring is expensive, I just wondered what the top tips were for long lasting home applied hair colour were?

thanks grin)

RichTeaAreCrap Wed 10-Apr-13 15:57:16

My top tip is after blow drying your hair, spray some hairspray onto your brush then give it a final brush through. It leaves a nice shine, but also you avoid the feeling that you get when it's sprayed directly on. Sometimes hair goes a bit stiff with hairspray on, but this just holds it enough to make it stay looking great but natural with a lovely shine.

HannahLI Wed 10-Apr-13 13:36:15

1. My skin is super dry and the moment and flaking off - what do you suggest I use to help minimise this, is their a good moisturizer or something in my makeup routine that I should change?

2. I know most people try and look younger but I am in my thirties and regularly get mistaken to be much younger so what make up can I use to make me look more sophisticated without doing a full evenings out worth?

My top tip is that if you do your eye makeup it makes you feel good even if you dont have time for the rest as your eye is naturally drawn to it!

PolyesterBride Wed 10-Apr-13 10:06:34

My top tip: if you can find the time, blow dry your hair properly and you will be able to wait longer between washes. I was trying to save time by washing my hair at night and sleeping on it damp and it looked awful so I had to do it at least every other day. Now I do it properly in the mornings once every three or four days.

MummaBubba123 Wed 10-Apr-13 08:43:25

I keep my make up in the car and put it on before turning car on when baby us in her seat.
As for shower, I have a cheap bouncer I sit baby in while I shower (in my tiny shower room.

BigFairy Tue 09-Apr-13 23:42:49

Keep the little tester pots when you visit beauty counters as they are useful for taking a small amount of foundation out with you in your bag for touching up your make up, rather than transporting the whole bottle.

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