Ask the Stylists

Ask the Stylists

Gary Russell from The Chapel and makeup artist David Hynes are on hand to answer all of your hair and beauty dilemmas…

I’m baffled by all this contouring business! So, how do you contour, and what products do you use?

David: Contouring, when done properly, will lift the high points of the face while simultaneously shadowing the areas we want to fade. The trick to getting this right is subtlety. Use a bronzing/contour powder sparingly to the cheekbones, jawline and forehead while applying a soft, iridescent eyeshadow/highlight powder to the browbone, the temples and bridge of the nose. The colours you use should be one shade deeper/lighter than skin tone. That’s it!

When I was 12, I had a makeup lesson at the Body Shop and then bought loads of products, and I think my techniques of application have remained unchanged since then. Will my look start to look odd as I approach my 35th year? Is there anything I should be doing?

David: Don’t ever let the word ‘should’ dictate your image. Would Amy Winehouse change her look if she was still alive today? Would Marilyn Monroe? Probably not. A signature look is what defines you. If you’re happy with how you look in the mirror, stick with it but let your look grow with you.

On the other hand, if your look is trapped in the 80s and Girls Just don’t Want to Have Fun anymore, seek the help of a makeup artist that you trust and respect and find a new look together. Just remember when finding a new look, makeup isn’t about masking what we don’t like about ourselves. It’s about showing off the best bits!

I would seriously like to know how to make my hair thicker. Volumising shampoos do nothing but leave more product in, and no matter how I have it cut it doesn’t seem to make it look much thicker. Help!

Gary: I hear what you’re saying about volumising shampoos but have you ever consulted your stylist about which product would be best suited? If you thought of going to your stylist like going to your gym instructor, both will tell you that to achieve your desired goals, it can’t really come from just one exercise.

To pump up the volume, you need to stick to a routine of products, in conjunction with volumised styling. Redken have just released High Rise Volume that offers a range of volumising products that when properly prescribed gives a polished, bouncy look with supreme root lift and none of the greasy after-texture.

When styling, give it as much body as possible. Blow it. Wave it. Curl it. Whatever it takes to give more density. A personal tip: After styling, give your volumised curls a blast of cold air from the hairdryer before setting with spray. The cold air will lock the style in for longer.

My hairdresser uses a dark hair dye close to my own colour but often in the sun especially after a while it looks like my roots go ginger! What can I do about this?

Gary: What’s happening is just as a newspaper left in the sun turns yellow, the sun’s rays are literally pulling the colour from your hair. This raises the natural undertone and moves your root touch-up appointment forward a few weeks.

When going into the sun, you need to treat your hair exactly the same as you would your skin. Would you ever go out into the sun without SPF? Course not. Your hair should be treated no differently. Use products that have SPF protection against UVA/UVB. They may be a little pricier, but your hair will thank you in the long run.