The brow tint was taken off the Canadian retail market years ago because there were problems with it when it was used too close to the eye. Estheticians/beauty therapists can tint your brows and lashes with a harmless vegetable tint. Do not tint them, nor allow them to be tined with a regular hair dye.

All waterproof mascaras contain plastics and may be a little more difficult to apply thinly and evenly. Choose a hypo-allergenic type and buy it at a shop where you can have a demonstration as to its proper application and removal. It sounds as if you may be applying it too heavily or not using the appropriate product to remove it, causing it to flake. Another possibility is that you are letting the mascara become too dry in the tube by not keeping it closed tightly or by pumping the wand in and out when attempting to coat it with the mascara. Slide the wand in and out just once then apply.

Eye pencils for sensitive or allergic eyes are also available. You may need to try a few different types as allergies are an individual thing. If your eyes are still irritated, then you may be allergic to the base or the color dyes used in them. If this is the case, you simply cannot wear this type of makeup. The professional lash and brow tinting would then be an advantage for you.

Is electrolysis permanent? I had some done but the hair seems to all have grown back.

Hair removal by electrolysis is eventually permanent but it is not necessarily effective the first time or two that each hair is treated. In order for the hair to be destroyed, the electrologist must coagulate the hair at its root with the electric current. For several reasons this may not happen the first time. The shape of the follicle may have become distorted through tweezing or waxing, making the root difficult to reach. Hair grows in cycles of growth, rest and shedding. If the hair worked on is in a shedding stage then there may be a new, as yet invisible one already started at the root and this will become visible shortly after the treatment. If you are on certain medications or have a systemic illness that affects hormones, body temperature, etc., the rate of hair growth will be affected, so this must be discussed with the electrologist.

The electrologist will work to clear the area of all visible hair growth over the course of several treatments. Then you would come back for regular treatments to have the regrowth removed. The length of time this takes depends on the area involved, type of hair growth and other personal factors. Be sure to discuss this with the electrologist for an approximation of the length of time involved in your particular case.

I have noticed that some salons offer a hand treatment with “electric mitts.” What does this do and is it safe?

The electric mitts are similar in construction to an electric blanket but are contained in a plastic material. They are just as safe and are heated with a controlled thermostat. They are used to help a treatment cream penetrate the skin of the hands. Usually a regular manicure is done first, a treatment cream is massaged into the hands, the hands are inserted into a plastic liner and then into the mitts. This is especially good for those who suffer from chronically dry skin or whose skin is cracked and dehydrated from chemicals. The heat produced can also help to relieve some pain of certain arthritic conditions of the hands.

How does one sharpen eye-color pencils? Should I keep a continuous point on them? I usually wait until the point is quite short and rounded but then sharpening is difficult.

The pencil should be sharpened regularly to keep a point as this facilitates a more correct application. A rounded end will give too heavy a line. Try refrigerating the pencil for approximately 20 to 30 minutes before sharpening it. Use a good-quality sharpener and don’t press the pencil in too tightly. The quality of the pencil could also make a difference, not only the lead in it but also the wood of the pencil. In some of the less-expensive ones, the wood splinters when sharpening causing the lead to break.

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