Q&A with the experts on make-up and beauty confidence

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    Daniel Sandler

    Daniel Sandler has been a make-up artist and leader in his field for over 20 years. He's worked all over the world for photographers and designers such as Tom Ford for Gucci, Tommy Hilfiger and Jenny Packham. One of his fortés is making these looks wearable for everyone, and being able to show and explain just how easy make-up can be.

     

    Questions for Daniel Sandler

    Q. NotShortImFunSized: I'm currently 38 weeks pregnant with my sixth child, 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. 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?!

    A. Daniel: 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.

    Q. TheDailyWail: I have 10 family occasions this year, and a summer ball. How do I do make-up differently for each whilst on a tight budget?

    A. Daniel:  Invest in a make-up 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!

    Q. MrsShrek3: 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. My diet is ok, and I eat 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 at the moment. Any suggestions?
     

    A. Daniel: 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.

    Q. SnogSun: Do I need to wear make-up to look good in wedding photos? If so what kind of make-up?

    A. Daniel: Absolutely you need to wear make-up 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 make-up 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 make-up. I say this because I have a feeling you don’t normally wear make-up. You can do one of two things, either get a lesson from a professional so you can do your own make-up on the day or find a make-up professional to really make you look your best on your big day. It’s really worth the investment.

    Q. ShebaQueen: 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?

    A. Daniel: 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 you'll notice an improvement. Look for products which contain Hyaluronic Acid and multi vitamins such as citamin 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.

    Q. reastie: I have very sensitive skin which seems to be both dry and greasy. I've never been able to wear any kind of eye shadow as within a few hours it has creased up on my eyelids 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 eyelids 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)?

    A. Daniel: 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.

    Q. sharond101: I cannot get my eyeliner to look sleek and it never stays in place, what am I doing wrong?

    A. Daniel: 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 eyeliner pencil, an eyelid 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.

    Q. GreatBags: 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 aggravate my skin?

    A. Daniel: 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.

    Q. NotShortImFunSized: 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.

    A. Daniel: 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.

    Q. FannyPriceless: 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?

    A. Daniel: 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.

    Q. zipzap: 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.

    A. Daniel: 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 professional-looking finish.

     

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Last updated: almost 2 years ago