Reader Request Week: Ask Elle

I love answering your questions and giving advice! Please let me know if I missed your question.
Here's the latest beauty roundup:

I have a question about lip stains. Every time I use them all the color just migrates to the edge of my lips so it just looks like I'm wearing heavy lip liner!-- Laura 

  • First, what brand of lip stain are you using? I tried the Revlon version and had an awful allergic reaction. Maybe change the brand? I recently used the cheaper NYC version in a tutorial here and I love it!
  • I created my own "just bitten" lips in this tutorial. Try it out!
  • I would also suggest outlining lips in a nude lip liner before applying the lip stain to stop the migrating color.

My over-processed hair dried out, broke off, and fell out in all the wrong places. My now extra frizzy hair is in a pretty fragile state so I'm trying to do as little with it as possible. Any treatment tips or easy hair-dos for the warm weather?--Tina Lane 
Makes me wish I didn't cut off like 3-4 inches of my hair, lol, but I had to since it was so dry and breakage-prone due to overusing protein treatments. Could you do a post on what hair products you would recommend for super dry hair? I! I'd also love it if you did a "no heat hair styles" series – I'm trying to cut back on heat styling to prevent further damage.-- Ida 

How about eyeliner...help me out with a subtle method of application--le_third

  • Try using an eyeliner brush ($5) dipped in brown eye shadow and line your upper lid. You can wet the brush as well for a thicker application. Brown is usually the most natural-looking, and the powder (Bare Minerals makes great loose eyeliner powder, if you'd like that route) makes application easier.
  • I would also suggest a Kohl-liner (Urban Decay is my fave, but NYX makes a great one) in black or brown and lining your tightline. This is the area under your lashes. It does feel weird applying in this way, but it makes lashes look instantly thicker/bigger. Just hold up your lashes and apply. I have sensitive eyes and it doesn't irritate mine, but use with caution if you have sensitive eyes. I'll do a tutorial if you'd like!

How about products in your home that can be used on your skin or hair? as in, scrubs, soaps, serums, etc that you can make at home??--Rach

Do you know how to do a really good ponytail, one that's not severe, but has that nice bit of volume at the front? Oh and a good 5 minute face. --Jenny @ Spry On The Wall

  • For volume in the crown, use a teasing brush/comb or volumizing powder (used here). Spray the teased roots with hairspray if desiredUse bobby pins if desired to hold that poofed section. Pull hair into ponytail with one hand, and instead of putting the elastic right in the middle of the back of your head, move it up higher. Secure with elastic. Optional: after securing in elastic, split ponytail into 2 sections, and pull the sections down to create more volume. Want a tutorial? Let me know!
  • Concealer, BB Cream or tinted moisturizer, curled eyelashes, mascara if time, and lip gloss make up my 5-minute face.
  • This Spring Bloom Tutorial takes about 5 minutes.
  • For a night out, try this Quick Party Makeup.

Have beauty questions you'd like answered? Ask away!

On Friday, I'll be answering personal questions--ooh, ahhh. Leave yours below!


  1. k, you seriously know everything and I feel like Megan in the first comment, haha.

    and yes, do a tutorial about the split ponytail!

  2. Ahh thanks for answering my question! The brands I've used are Josie Maran and...Covergirl? I'll definitely try your suggestions! Thanks again <3

  3. what a fantastic way to help out your readers! i love this blog series :)

  4. Great tips on the hair masque! I have been looking for a new one. Pantene Pro V had a version that I loved, but then when they changed the packaging, they also changed the formula :) Looking forward to trying out one of your suggestions!

  5. You're such a wealth of knowledge! Thanks for all of your tips. :)

  6. The hair mask is on my wish list and I'm going to check out those no heat hairstyles. thanks!

  7. PS I hope you are enjoying my novel, Enchanted by Starlight. Can't wait to hear your reaction. Hugs.

  8. No heat hair styles sound great!! My hair is a dried out frizz bomb with applying some sort of heat to it. Great tips girl :)

  9. I love my Sephora brand lipstain. Looks perfect everytime and doesn't "run" or migrate like the others.

  10. Great answers and advice! I love Q&As! Did I already ask a personal question for Friday? I can't remember, but if not, what's the one thing you would most like to accomplish in your life?

  11. this is SO helpful!! I just adore your blog!

  12. Great tips! I have never tried olive oil to take off my make-up!



  13. Great tips! I need to be better about not using heat on my hair. Can't wait to see some future tutorials.

  14. I am so glad that these questions were posed to you. I think most of these are beauty issues we all go though. Some great advice hun!

  15. Hair breakage is an issue for me, and I so appreciate your tips! xo style, she wrote

  16. Thanks for answering my requests! I swear you are the best! Totally want a ponytail tutorial and the eyeliner tutorial. I'm so demanding ;o)

  17. wow, this is amazing!!! i'm so glad i read all of these, especially the one about lip stains -- i want to buy the covergirl outlast lip stain. :)

    <3, Mimi
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  18. Oh my goodness, all of these are sooo useful!

  19. Love your tips on lip stains! They've always intrigued me.
    xo Josie

  20. I've never tried lip stains but now I want to!

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  21. Love this. Need to write all of it down and tape it to my bathroom mirror!

  22. That is my 5-minute face too! For busy mornings when I am running late or plan on coming right back home after I drop off the girls at school ;-)


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