Glamour gurus

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 12 August, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 12 August, 2007, 12:00am

Curl conundrum

I've got quite dark skin. I like to use foundation followed by a light touch of blush and a light coloured eyeshadow, but this makes me look too made-up. Is there a base I can put on before my makeup to make my look more natural?

Overdone diva

Denise Toms says: Darker skintones have a tendency to look shiny, so choose a base that's lightweight and oil-free. Nars' Makeup Primer has a gel formula which leaves skin looking smooth and luminous, while Makeup Forever's Corrective Make-up Base SPF18 in Apricot #4 also brightens darker skintones, prepping it for makeup. Use sheer coverage, as heavy foundations can make skin look patchy and uneven. Bare Escentuals' i.d.bareMinerals SPF 15 Foundation is perfect for providing weightless coverage in tan, warm and deep shades. Add a spot of black eyeliner, a slick of mascara and a dusting of bronzer or deep rose blusher for a look that's natural and flawless.

Natural looks

I recently permed my hair and as a result, my locks have become dry, frizzy and straw-like. I have tried moisturising treatments in salons but to no avail. Is there a quick way to make my hair lustrous and soft?

Brittle locks

Fernando Viseu says: There are a few ways to calm the dryness and frizz after a perm. Firstly, if the situation is very bad, you'll need a haircut every three to four weeks - even a little trim will help to improve the condition. Secondly, give your hair a regular deep conditioning treatment at home. Apply the intensive conditioner after shampoo and conditioner formulated to give sleek, smooth hair. Place a plastic cap or cling film over the hair and wrap a warm towel around your head, then leave the intensive conditioner for at least 15 minutes before rinsing first with warm then cold water, to help close the cuticles. I also recommend you use a leave-in conditioner and anti-frizz serum, while your hair is still damp. Never brush your curls; instead, use your fingers or a wide-tooth comb to style your hair.

Pore problem

When I was younger (and ignorant), I used scissors to trim the hairs on my legs or pull them out with my fingers! Now my legs have big, open pores, with some ingrowing hairs. How can I get rid of them?

Holey legs

Dr Leung Sze-kee says: When hairs re-enter the skin, they cause an inflammation called 'pseudofolliculitis'. This is not a true infection but an irritation caused by a foreign object. The hairs need to be removed. There are a number of ways of doing this, so consult your dermatologist to discuss the options.