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Look beautiful with Shahnaz Husain

👤FM Staff 🕔01/04/2015
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World renowned beauty and cosmetology expert Shahnaz Husain answers queries on beauty and skincare. Apart from being an authority on beauty and skincare and a well respected columnist for many reputed magazines, she is chairperson and managing director of the Shahnaz Husain Group of companies, manufacturers of brand herbal and Ayurvedic beauty products


I have dark circles near my eyes. Suggest a home remedy.


Hereditary factors, nutritional deficiencies, stress, inadequate sleep, sun-sensitivity, etc., are some of the aspects that can lead to dark circles under eyes. So, along with external care, you should check these aspects. As a home remedy, daily apply pure almond oil sparingly around eyes and massage it lightly on the skin, using only the ring finger, for one minute under each eye. Massage in one direction only. Leave on for 15 minutes and wipe off gently with moist cotton wool. You can also mix cucumber

juice and potato juice in equal quantities. Apply under eyes daily for 20 minutes. Wash off with water.




I have hair on arms and legs. How can I remove them without using hair removing cream?


Waxing is the best option for the removal of hair on arms and legs. You can have the waxing done at a beauty parlour. Or, you can try using an epilator for arms and legs. It is a small gadget for hair removal. The hair must be at a particular length before removal. Please read the directions given with the gadget. There may be some initial pain while removing hair with an epilator. Both waxing and epilation remove hair by the roots. If you wish, you can make a paste with turmeric and milk and rub it on the arms and legs with circular movements. This does not remove hair, but is said to lessen hair growth over a period of time. It may leave a yellowish tinge on the skin. Use whole turmeric to make the paste, in order to get pure turmeric.



I have oily skin. What is the remedy for that?


For oily skin, after washing the face, apply an astringent lotion. It will be available at a cosmetic store. Or, you can mix rose water and cucumber juice in equal quantities and apply on the face. Wash off after 15 minutes. This also helps to reduce oiliness and close the pores. Mix multani mitti with rose water into a paste and apply on the face. Wash it off when it is dry. Avoid creams. If the skin feels dry, mix 100 ml rose water with one teaspoon pure glycerin. Keep in an airtight bottle in the fridge. Apply a little of this lotion to relieve dryness.



I have small eyes and chubby cheeks. How to make eyes look bigger and cheeks less chubby?


You can make the eyes look bigger and the cheeks look less plump with the help of make-up.

On the lids, use a slightly off-white eye shadow on the inner part of the lid and add a pure white shadow in the inner most part to create a light effect. Pay attention to the lash line to add definition to the eye area. Apply eye pencil close to the lash line on the upper lid. Dot the pencil along the lower lashes and smudge carefully with swab to enlarge the eye area. When applying mascara, pay attention to the lashes at the outer corner. Apply darker colour foundation along the cheeks, at the fullest part. Use your blusher under the cheekbone, starting from under the centre of the eye and going outwards and slightly upwards. Apply highlighter or translucent powder on the cheekbones, to lift them.


What should I do to grow my nails faster and stronger? Suggest home remedies.

Include adequate protein and calcium in your diet. Take skimmed milk, yogurt, cottage cheese, eggs, fish and sprouts. If you suffer from any health problem or disease, consult your doctor before making changes in your diet. Follow a ten-day programme of taking gelatine. Dissolve one teaspoon gelatin in a little boiling water. Cool the water and add it to fruit juice OR cold milk. Have this daily for ten days. This helps to strengthen nails and encourages growth. 

My elbows and knees are dark. Please tell me some home remedies

Take lemon halves and rub them daily on the elbows and knees. Wash it off and then apply sesame seed (til) oil and massage it into the skin. Make a paste of gram flour (besan), curd, lemon juice and a little turmeric (haldi). Apply the paste on these areas at least three times a week. Wash it off after half an hour. You can also apply a cream containing lemon and turmeric daily.


Please tell me how to make and apply a henna pack

To the henna powder add 4 teaspoons each of lemon juice and coffee, 2 raw eggs and enough curd to mix into a thick paste. If you want to avoid eggs, add more curd. It should be of toothpaste-like consistency. Divide the hair in sections and apply the henna on both sides of the section, so that it is totally covered with henna paste. Wrap the section around the head. Now repeat this with each section, till the hair is totally covered with the henna paste. Keep it on for at least one hour and wash off. Wash it off with water. You can use shampoo the next day, if you wish. If your hair is dry, also add 2 teaspoons hair oil to the henna.



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