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Chances are if you’ve ever wondered about something, someone else has too. For as many times as you’ve questioned how to do winged eyeliner, know that thousands of people are searching the same query every month. When it comes to beauty, you can build a solid knowledge simply by learning the answers to the most-searched hair, skin, and makeup questions. The first step is to identify the biggest beauty questions according to Google autocomplete. We’ve rounded up top beauty queries that start to autofill when you begin a search. Below, find the answers to nine of these popular questions and know you aren’t alone if you’ve ever been confused about frizzy hair or makeup primer.
Attempts to identify one’s hair type account for quite a few searches. Knowing whether your hair is straight, wavy, curly, or kinky is key as it impacts your hair-care routine. While this is often easily identifiable based on appearances, there are sub-types that make things more complicated. Here’s a quick breakdown:
Straight, Type 1 Hair: If your strands lack any sort of wave, they’re straight, which is also known as type 1.
Wavy, Type 2A Hair: This hair type is fine with just a bit of wave to it.
Wavy, Type 2B Hair: Type 2B hair flaunts straight hair toward the roots and a little curl at the ends.
Wavy, Type 2C Hair: Coarser, wavy hair with a more defined curl pattern falls into the 2C category.
Curly, Type 3A Hair: Well-defined curls with a spiral shape point toward having a 3A texture.
Curly, Type 3B Hair: These curls are less wide than 3A curls, and they can be described as full and springy.
Curly, Type 3C Hair: 3C hair is thicker and looks like what you might refer to as corkscrew curls.
Kinky, Type 4A Hair: This type has small, tight coils with a zig-zag pattern.
Kinky, Type 4B Hair: The Z-shaped pattern of 4B curls sets them apart. Rather than forming rounded curls, the strands bend at sharper angles.
Kinky, Type 4C Hair: Super-tight curls with a zig-zag pattern make-up 4C hair.
Learn more about these hair types and textures from our article, Hair Textures: Understanding Different Natural and Curly Textures.
Dyeing your hair can be a big decision, and that may make you want to really understand what will happen to your strands before you make the leap. How hair dye works comes down to the type of dye you use. Some dyes penetrate your strands while others only coat the outside. Read The Ultimate Guide To Different Types of Hair Dye to find out how each type of hair color (permanent, semi-permanent, demi-permanent, and temporary) works.
In order to correct any beauty issue, the first step is to understand what’s causing it. This is true of acne, hair buildup, makeup pilling, and so on. And that’s why finding out what causes hair to frizz up is important. Frizziness can occur because of humidity, hair damage, and dryness. If you identify the cause of your frizz, you can better address it. For example, if humidity is the issue, follow our 7 Hair Care and Styling Tips For Dealing with Humidity.
There are also tips for taming frizzy hair that apply regardless of the source. One of our most-recommended is to use a frizz serum, like L’Oréal Paris Elvive Smooth Intense Frizz Taming Serum.
While makeup doesn’t change your face, it can make a major difference in your appearance. We’re not even sure we could name all the ways you can use makeup to transform and play up your features. But, let’s go over a few of our favorites.
1. Fake defined cheekbones. Grab your contour powder and read about How To Fake High Cheekbones With Makeup.
2. Make your eyes look bright. White or nude eyeliner can instantly make you look more awake. Here’s a complete guide on How To Make Your Eyes Look Brighter.
3. Give yourself full lips. If you don’t have the full pout you’ve always dreamed of, lip liner and lipstick can allow you to fake it. Click through to learn How To Make Your Lips Look Bigger.
So, you know what makeup primer is, but you assume it’s unnecessary. Well, you may want to reconsider. Every makeup routine should start with a face primer, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Makeup Primer. Primer acts as the base for the rest of your makeup look and offers a slew of benefits. Two of the most important are that it helps your makeup apply smoothly and last longer. If you don’t want to deal with constant touch-ups, priming is the answer.
There are so many makeup brushes out there, and if you’re just starting your makeup collection, it can be tricky to know which ones you need. These are the basics we recommend starting with:
Foundation brush: Instead of smoothing products on with your fingers, use this brush to evenly apply foundation.
Powder brush: Sweep face powder on with a fluffy brush.
Blush brush: Dust your cheeks with blush for a flush of color.
Flat eyeshadow brush: Apply shadow across your lids.
Blending brush: Define your crease and blend out your lines for the perfect eyeshadow look.
For more on these brushes and a number of others, read The Ultimate Guide To Makeup Brushes and Sponges.
Not only does your skin type impact your skin care routine, but it also plays a role in the makeup you should use. For example, the best foundation for dry skin may differ from the best option for oily skin. Hence why knowing and understanding your skin type is important.
The four main skin types are dry skin, oily skin, normal skin, and combination skin. You may be able to easily determine your type based on how your skin feels and looks (i.e., oily skin is likely to be shiny), but you also may need a little help. We break down how to identify your skin type in our article, What Is My Skin Type?
Beauty tips and rules are rarely one-size-for-all. With exfoliation, the right frequency for you depends on your skin, and that may differ from what will work for someone else. While everyone needs to exfoliate, your skin may not be able to handle as much exfoliation as you think.
What’s best is to start by exfoliating your skin just once a week. You can then build up frequency over time. If your skin responds well, try exfoliating twice a week, then three times a week. If it doesn’t respond well, scale back how often you’re exfoliating.
It’s also important to use a gentle exfoliant that won’t irritate your skin. We love the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar line, which features gentle sugar scrubs.
Oily skin can be caused by various things, including stress and humidity. It may also simply be your skin type. In this case, focusing on how to get rid of oily skin won’t do you any good. Instead of trying to change your skin type, you can follow tips to reduce oiliness. One essential tip is to use the right moisturizer. That’s right, oily skin does need moisture. In fact, not moisturizing can lead to skin looking even oilier. Try a moisturizer with a matte finish, like L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care - Normal/Oily Skin, for the best of both worlds.
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