The Most Googled Beauty Questions Of 2016 Answered Once And For All
The year might be over but that doesn't mean we've finally become as good at makeup and Beauty as Tanya Burr or Zoella. In fact, according to data just released by Google Trends, there are 10 questions a whole load of us have googled a LOT in 2016.Wanna start 2017 off the right way? Then here's the answers to all of those beauty mysteries solved once and for all.
1. How to do a fishtail braid
These may look fancy af but they are super easy and just involve splitting the hair into two sections, then taking a small section from the outside of one, crossing it over and joining it into the opposite section. Then repeat on the other side.
2. How to clean make up brushes
Glad you asked as dirty makeup brushes are a major offender when it comes to causing breakouts. To clean you can either buy specialist brush cleaner or use a gentle shampoo or fairy liquid. Gently massage into the brush with some water, then rinse and repeat until the water runs totally clean (and free from bubbles).
3. How to remove gel nails
Whatever you do, do NOT pick them off. So bad for your nails! Either go back to the salon to have them removed or buy specialist products to soak it off at home.
4. How to make your hair grow faster
To be honest there isn't much evidence to say you can make it grow faster. There are, however, plenty of dietary supplements out there that you can try and trimming the ends and being super gentle when you brush it are said to help too.
5. How to apply concealer
Whether you're using a brush or your finger, the general rule is that you should pat it on and blend outwards. Mineral and liquid formulas are both foolproof for building up coverage on pesky spots you don't want anyone to see.
6. How to get rid of bags under my eyes
This is a tricky one. Lots of sleep will help reduce bags and if dark circles are plaguing you, try patting a green colour correcting concealer onto the offending area. Cover with your usual concealer gently patted over the top, but be warned - lots of light reflecting concealer on eyebags will show up as bright white in any flash photos taken on your night out.
7. How to curl hair
The answer to this one is that there's MANY ways. For soft and beachy mermaid waves, a curling wand is probably the simplest method. Take smallish sections, twist and hold for 8 seconds and release. Always curl the front sections away from the face to make it look natural and fix in place your waves with either a salt or hair spray.
8. How to fill in eyebrows
It ultimately depends how you like your brows to look but the general rule if you're using a pencil or brow wiz is to be sparing with the product.
Start by brushing brows up and into place using a spoolie. Then draw lightly with a pencil the same or a shade lighter than your brows and fill in any gaps with small strokes that imitate natural hairs. Whatever you do, do not shade the area in completely! You can slightly elongate or widen brows but try to keep to your natural shape. Finish with a slick of eyebrow gel and define the outside with concealer if you like your brows to pop.
9. What is balayage?
In the beauty sense, balayage is the practice of using bleach to naturally create sun-kissed looking colour in your hair. Using a painting technique, your colourist will sweep bleach through the ends and mid-section of the hair to give soft lights with a natural fade so you don't get noticeable roots or regrowth. Think Zoella's hair if you're having trouble picturing it!
10. How to shape eyebrows
Again it's totally up to personal preference and getting them done professionally means the therapist can help you choose a shape that suits your face. If you want to DIY it at home, there is a nifty trick whereby you can use a pencil to gauge where your brow should begin and end, as well as where the arch should sit. See above to try it!
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