Q&A Tuesday

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Whenever I use pressed face powder (no matter the brand), after a few applications, the powder seems to bond together due to face oil and not be usable any more. I try to vary applying with the applicator pad or a brush, but haven’t had much success in making it last. How do you keep your face powder fresh. Or is this just a “me” thing?

Incorporate some exfoliating into your daily routine to help smooth skin and remove dead skin cells.  Then, use a primer before you add any face make up.  It’s one extra step but I find that using primer smooths out your skin and helps your make up last longer.  The key is to make sure you give the primer a minute  to set before applying your foundation.  I like Smashbox Photo Finish Oil Free primer the best.

I love costume jewelry. But sometimes when wearing necklaces, the gold color pieces discolor – almost tarnish where it touches my skin and oils. I’ve tried cleaning with the online remedies of baking soda and water on tin foil, but it didn’t do much. What suggestions do you have to prevent your jewelry from turning dingy?

This is one of my frustrations too. I’ve noticed the better quality pieces tend to look pristine longer. It’s the lower quality, less expensive items that tend to tarnish fast (with a few exceptions). First, I would look at what you are buying. Are they from the same store or brand? If so, avoid them in the future. If you get a season or two out of a piece from Target or Forever 21, that’s about as good as it gets. For your better and favorite pieces, try washing them in dish soap and warm water. I found that to be the easiest and most efficient way to get them cleaned.

Also, be sure when you get dressed that you apply all your makeup, lotions and fragrance before you add your accessories. This should help prevent tarnishing in the future. If you are very disciplined (which I am not) you could keep a clean cotton cloth in your closet and wipe off your jewelry when you are done wearing it. This will help remove some of your skin’s oils.

Hi!  My hair is long and I love it but in the summer it gets hot and I want to pull it back.  Any recommendations for an office appropriate updo that I can manage in a few minutes?  Thanks!

YouTube is a great resource for hair tutorials, especially for updos.  Keep a few things in mind.  Give yourself at least 15 minutes.  A few extra minutes in the morning means a secure and elegant look all day.  Also, keep it simple.  Anything overdone will make you look like you’re headed to the prom or a wedding.  Finally, keep it low.  The lower the style the more sophisticated it looks.  Avoid high buns (unless you’re a ballerina).  I like to pull mine to the nap of my neck.  It keeps the hair out of your face, off your shoulders and looks chic and grown up.

This video is from The Small Things Blog.  It’s my go-to for tutorials.  She’s easy to understand and provides simple step-by-step instructions.  This particular style takes me just about anywhere. For board room presentations in a suit I keep it centered and sleek, for a summer night out I might wear it off center and let a few loose pieces fall toward my face to make it look a bit messy.

Megan Kristel

Megan Kristel is an entrepreneur, working mom, and former personal stylist. Tired of the one-dimensional portrayal of women online, she founded The Well Dressed Life as a resource for other professional women.

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