Ever wondered about how to carry off the latest beauty trend of the season? Or what products to use to make those dark circles disappear? Well help is finally here. Send in your queries to our resident hair and makeup specialist Ayesha Babar to [email protected], and we will get you your answers!

makeup bronzer blushDear Ayesha,

I love the bronzed look that lots of fashion magazines have been carrying recently especially with summer just around the corner. The models used, however, usually have a much lighter skin colour than mine. I have darker Asian skin and want your advice on how to get the same effect.

(Divya J, London)

Dear Divya,

I love the whole ‘golden goddess’ trend going around too! The right bronzer will add warmth to your face and give you a sun-kissed look.

It is important to choose the product with a correct undertone – that means that the bronzer should look more brown or gold than orange in the makeup pan. I see so many Asian women choosing orangey shades and while a little dusting of that colour on the apples of your cheek gives you a beautiful blush, it is certainly not the ideal product for bronzing.

Lots of drugstore brands have produced fresh collections for the summer, and it is worth trying an inexpensive product first to see if the look suits you!

Apply the bronzer with a large, fluffy round brush to all the parts of your face where the sun will naturally hit you. This would be the cheeks, the nose, the chin and the temples. Start with a little and build up if necessary. Remember, a little goes a long way!

Dear Ayesha,

I have been trying some smoky eye looks recently. My problem is that the looks lasts me only a few hours. The eye shadow on my lids starts to disintegrate and crease after a couple of hours which does not look nice at all. Can you suggest anything to prevent this?

(Pashmina R, Leeds)

Dear Pashmina,makeup eyeshadow closeup

The skin on our eyelids is one of the most actively engaged parts of our face. Every time we blink, the skin is stretched and then relaxed. Over time, this delicate skin is most vulnerable to fine lines and wrinkles.

To ensure that your eye shadow stays on, you need to make it sit better on this active skin. I cannot stress hydration enough. Once you have applied an eye cream (yes, even under your makeup!), go over the lid with a neutral coloured primer. Opt for an oil-free formula as the eyelids can very often become oily over the course of a few hours.

The way you apply the eye shadow also makes a huge difference. Shake any excess product off of your brush and dab the colour on to the primer instead of swiping it across the lid. This makes the colour adhere to the lid much better. If using a cream eye shadow, try and go over that lightly with a similarly coloured powder eye shadow, as powder is better at absorbing excess oil and thus prevents creasing!

makeup lipstickDear Ayesha,

I like to enhance my lips with lipstick and as my natural lip colour is almost a light mauve colour I usually go for opaque colours – these then dry out my with lips. I would like you advice on trying to get a beautiful pout without the ‘gloss’ effect but with a natural soft look.

(Mrs. Hasan, London)

Dear Mrs. Hasan,

Darker colours lips have troubled me for many years too. I have now established a regular routine of keeping my lips moisturised but also exfoliated so that there is no extra dead skin to dry out and ruin the look.

I would suggest that you always apply a lip balm as you start to apply your makeup. This gives you about 10-15 minutes to hydrate until you get to lipstick application. Once you have done up the rest of your face, take a tissue and wipe away any excess balm very gently. Apply the lipstick next and use your finger to massage the colour on so that it spreads evenly. This will help you avoid the ‘chapped’ look and make your lipstick last much longer!