Ask Chuck: For a more beautiful you, go with the stars

By Charles Colson
Nov. 14, 2013 at 5:14 a.m.

I am so tired of looking drab with my hairstyle, makeup, etc. after cooking all day. Do you ever run across any input as to how the stars do it? Surely, they have secrets they could tell us.

As a matter of fact, just in time for the holidays, I located a perfect article from First for Women magazine. Let's say you've spent all day cooking a delicious Thanksgiving meal and you are expecting several for dinner. But now, your hair and clothes smell like turkey and dressing. To freshen up in a flash, grab some vanilla extract from the kitchen pantry and dab a drop onto each wrist then comb a few drops through your hair.

This is excellent advice from style expert Hilary Kennedy. She says vanilla extract adds a light fragrance that diffuses the other odors. I can see how beneficial this would be since some perfume spritzing can be quite overpowering.

Kennedy explains further that if you are not a vanilla extract fan, try peppermint extract or lemon juice for substitutes. So you see, there's more than one way to kill a turkey, ha ha. Keep 'em wondering "How did she do it and still remain so fresh?" Now, you'll be the star.

Let's talk more about looking drab after a rough day. I can really tell it in my eyes. Do you have any suggestions as to what miracle I can use to look perky in just a few minutes?

Believe it or not, there are such miracles. Continuing from the article mentioned above, celebrity makeup artist Toby Fleischman professes to have some great ideas along this line. He says to apply a touch of shimmer eye shadow, which gives a sophisticated way to add festive sparkle to your eyes and definitely draws attention to them.

He goes on to explain if rogue flecks occur, the fastest way to get rid of them is to dab them with a piece of Scotch tape. This method simply picks up unwanted glitter without messing up the makeup. Talk about a terrific at-home way to use Scotch tape. Did you all know of this cute trick?

Since we have been talking about becoming more sophisticated around the holidays, what suggestions can you give us if we have had a bad manicure? I have even seen where my polish chips often.

Yes, I read recently that accent nails are a perfect answer for this problem. Kelley Baker, a well-known manicurist for celebrity clients, suggests to quickly grab a contrasting polish color and paint one coat over the chipped nail, then paint the same nail on the other hand. She says not to worry - one coat dries in seconds and looks like trendy nail art.

One of my personal clients shows me often how she solves the chipped nail problem by having the manicurist put a design of the season on one or more nails.

She tells me your friends would never know the difference. How about that for a camouflage trick? She even does this for pedicures and is ready for any party. Impress people by starting new fads that really work.

Charles, I truly love reading your articles about hair care. Would you be able to tell us in your next column of the latest hair fashions and colors that may brighten our holidays?

Certainly. I would be more than happy to. I realize that our lives are at a faster pace during the holidays, and we can use quick fixes since time is of the essence. If you get the chance, please email me any specific questions along this line you would like answered about your hair problems.

This goes for the guys, too, and I know women will say the guys need help whether they admit it or not. Maybe together we can actually make Victoria more beautiful and handsome. Come on, you know I'm right. Have a wonderful, safe Thanksgiving.

Charles Colson is a local hair stylist and registered massage therapist. You may email hair or massage questions to or call 361-575-5331.



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