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Written by    Last updated: June 6, 2006

How to get that glow

Q. What can I do to give my eyebrow a more regular shape?

A. Start by plucking the hairs that appear above your nose, between your brows. The beginning of your brow should be even with the inside corner of your eye. Next, remove any stray hairs below your brow. Then tidy up the shape; the arch of your brow should ideally start three‐quarters of the way along. Your brow should extend beyond the outside corner of your eye and taper slightly down.

Give yourself plenty of time, don’t rush. It’s even worth waiting a day or two between each stage to ensure you get the look you want.

Q. My cuticles are constantly splitting. What can I do?

A. You need to stop them from drying out. Almond oil is a wonderful nail and cuticle conditioner. Simply work a little into the nail plate and leave for about ten minutes before rinsing off. It will leave your cuticles and nails looking and feeling wonderfully healthy.

Q. Help! I’m prone to cold sores…

A. There are a number of specialist products you can apply to your lips whenever you get that itchy, pre‐cold sore feeling. Some people also swear by rubbing a slice of lemon over your lips. But also keep an eye on your diet and lifestyle ‐‐ cold sores often flare up when your immune system is low.

Q. Should I depilate my top lip? And how do I go about it?

A. Hair on the upper lip is a fairly common problem, especially for dark‐haired women. If it is very pronounced, it may be worth your while removing it. There are a number of depilatory creams and bleaches designed for this purpose, but they contain strong chemicals that can irritate your skin. Alternatively, try waxing. In both cases it’s worth going to a salon to get the job done properly.

Q. I’d like to have a healthy glow, but don’t have the cash to go somewhere sunny. What can I do to get that golden look?

A. You’ve got three options available. Spend some time on a sun bed, invest in a self‐tanning formula or go subtle with bronzing powder.

Even though the UV rays in a sun bed are artificial, they can do just as much damage as the sun’s rays. You’ll want to be careful that you wear a SPF lotion on particularly sensitive areas.

Self tanners are a safe and reliable way to get that golden glow. There are a number of them available, so you might want to test out a few. Unless you’re an experienced user, you might want to leave the application to an expert. Most spas have a self‐tanning treatment where they’ll ensure you are suitably exfoliated, buffed and moisturised to avoid the streaky look.

If you want that lightly sun‐kissed look, a bronzing powder is the way to go. Apply it where you’d naturally be browned by the sun ‐‐ across your cheekbones, nose and brow. Avoid frosted bronzers, as they can look artificial. Stick to matte formulas and the golden girl look is yours.

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