The 4 questions beauty editors get asked the most, answered

Beauty and skincare can sometimes be overwhelming, which is why so many of us are fascinated by what those in the know recommend. gloss etc founders Sarah Tarca and Sherine Youssef on the questions they get asked the most. 

Beauty editors get asked a LOT of questions. A fact that Kelsey Ferencak knows all too well. From how often to wash your hair, to if you really need a body beauty routine and one of the classics: how to layer your skincare products. And, they get asked them daily, in every imaginable format (think: WhatsApp, DM, email, text, and in real-life when anyone finds out their occupation, too).

It’s one of those things that comes with the job description, and it was also the premise behind gloss etc, a new weekly beauty newsletter by two ex-Marie Claire Australia beauty directors, Sarah Tarca and Sherine Youssef.

“We wanted a way to be able to answer all the questions from our friends, family – and basically everyone we meet – and we wanted it in an easy-to-digest format,” says Sarah.

“It’s also filled with our personal beauty recommendations of products we’ve actually tried, tested and loved, and professional advice from some of the industry’s best experts. It’s the advice we give our friends, the products we recommend to our mums.”

Here, the duo who have been beauty editors for well over 10 years answer the four beauty questions they get asked the most.

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What’s the best concealer?

Well, that depends on what you need it to do. For under the eye, look for creamy formulas that will hydrate this often-dry area. Colour-wise, yellow-tone concealers cancel out blue-tinged dark circles, while peachy tones help neutralise brown or yellow circles.

To add brightness to the eyes, a liquid with light-reflecting particles, applied on the inner corners near tear ducts, works like magic, and if you need to cover blemishes or redness, a thicker formula will give you opaqueness and longevity.

gloss etc recommends:

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Full Coverage Anti-Aging Waterproof Concealer, $40, at Sephora

Makeup For Ever Ultra HD Concealer, $48, at David Jones

Maybelline New York Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles, $19.95, at Priceline

The golden rule when using any concealer is to deploy a light touch: start by applying one sheer coat, then add thin layers until you’re happy.

And always apply after any foundation or base product, as you might find you need to conceal less than you originally thought.

Which moisturiser is going to make me look younger?

We expect a lot from our moisturiser, which is not a bad thing, but it’s actually the job of a serum to do the heavy lifting. Serums are the powerhouses of any skincare routine, delivering active, potent ingredients deep into the skin, and tackle specific concerns.

Some of the most popular serum ingredients include vitamin C to help even and brighten, zinc for oily and acne-prone skin, hyaluronic acid to hydrate, and retinol to soften fine lines and wrinkles.

If you’re looking to treat multiple concerns, you can layer different types of serums (just be sure to do some research to determine which ingredients work well together, and which don’t), and you can use different ones at different times of the day or week.

gloss etc recommends:

The Ordinary Hylauronic Acid 2% + B5, $12.90, at Priceline

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair, $110, at Adore Beauty

Alpha-H Vitamin A, $69.95, at Adore Beauty

How do I use a face oil?

Face oils are occlusive, so they will seal in all the ingredients and goodness you’ve applied, which means they should generally be the last step of your skincare routine.

You can apply oils all over the face. Just dispense a couple of drops (seriously, you only need a tiny amount) into your palms, rub them together to warm the oil, then press into skin, or take a few minutes and give yourself a mini face massage.

All-over application is not the only way to go. Sometimes it’s enough to just tap a little onto especially dry areas, like on the cheeks or around the nostrils, or even on the high points of the cheeks for a subtle highlight effect. Generally, oils are better at night, as you need to wear sunscreen in the morning, and oils don’t sit very well on top of SPF.

gloss etc recommends:

Biossance Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil, $112, at Sephora

Salt by Hendrix Mermaid Facial Oil, $44.95, at Salt by Hendrix

The Jojoba Company Australian Jojoba, $19.95, at The Jojoba Company Australia

Do I need vitamin C?

The short answer is yes.

The longer answer is as follows: vitamin C is an antioxidant, which means it helps keep skin cells healthy by neutralising damaging free radicals (which can cause premature ageing), and it can boost collagen and elastin production, which keeps skin plump, firm, and supple.

Vitamin C also helps inhibit melanin production, which is responsible for dark spots and pigmentation and can help even out the skin tone and brighten its overall appearance.

So, like we said, yes, you really do need a vitamin C serum. Use it every morning, under your SPF (which you also should be using every single day).

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