• The most Googled beauty questions of 2016... answered

    by ELLE Team

    Google has been our lifesaver on more than one occasion. Whether it’s to fine-tune your understanding of the Syrian civil war or to demystify the art of filling in your eyebrows, we’ve turned to the search engine more often than we’d care to admit. Google Trends recently released a list of the most searched beauty questions of 2016 and we’ve got our team of experts to answer them for you. Happy reading.

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  • How to make a fishtail braid?

    Not only is the fishtail braid a red carpet favourite, it’s super easy to hack. You can go as messy or clean as you want, and the result will still be fabulous.

    Tie your hair in a ponytail at the base of your neck. Use an elastic hair tie that you can cut away when you’re done with the braid.

    Divide your hair into two sections. For clarity, let’s name them sides A and B.

    Take a small section of hair from side A and take it across to the side B, adding the strand to the section.

    Repeat the same with a section of hair from side B to side A.

    Continue doing this, while tightening the overlapped sections and making sure that all the smaller strands from either sides are taken into the braid.

    When you reach the end, tie it with an elastic hair tie, preferably transparent, and cut away the one at the base of the braid.

    You can loosen the braid by tugging at the sections carefully to get achieve a slightly messy, boho chic vibe; or keep it sleek for a red carpet look.

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  • How to make hair grow faster?

    Even though lobs (that’s long bobs for the uninitiated) were everywhere you looked this year, Rapunzel-esque tresses are still the most sought after, at least according to Google. Grandmothers and shampoo adverts have served to provide us with hacks and tips to get longer hair quickly. If you just got a haircut that you’re regretting almost instantly, or if you’re one of those who have tried every trick in the book to get hair till down there, then here’s our guide to help you make your hair grow faster

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  • How to fill in eyebrows?

    2016 has made us all rethink what we knew about tweezers. But it takes a lot of TLC to get fuller eyebrows like Cara Delevingne and in case patience is not your strongest virtue, you can always rely on filling in your brows to get them on fleek. Here’s our guide to get the eyebrows you’ve always dreamt of.

    How to shape eyebrows?

    “The ideal shape of your brows has very little to do with the shape of your face overall; it really depends on the positioning of your features, the distance between them and the shape of your eyes,” says make-up artist Lisa Eldridge. We’ve rounded up the basic rules that you should follow while shaping your eyebrows depending on your features.

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  • How to curl hair?

    You can use a curling iron to get the corkscrew curls you’ve always dreamt of, or put your flat iron to use. Spritz a body-boosting mist on damp hair before drying detangling and rough drying them with a blow dryer. Wrap a one-inch section of your hair, away from your face, around the top plate of the flat iron. Gently ease the straightener down the length and release. Repeat this by taking small sections all over your head. Flip your hair and run your fingers through the waves to get a looser texture. In case you want to know how to keep your curls looking fabulous, Saiyami Kher has some sage wisdom to impart.

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  • How to clean your make-up brushes?

    Often out of sheer laziness or lack of time, we forget to take proper care of our tools. If you’re guilty of the same, then don’t worry. Cleaning your make-up brushes will take you less time than you can imagine.

    Wet the bristles first. Take care not to get water on the handle, regular contact with water makes the glue holding the bristles together loose. Then use a gentle soap (you can also use a mixture of olive oil and an anti-bacterial soap) to clean the make-up off the brush. After this, squeeze out the water on the bristles with your fingers. Leave the brush, or brushes, to dry overnight on a tissue paper. 

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  • How to get rid of beauty bags under your eyes?

    If your biggest beauty nightmare is dark circles, then join the club. Under eye bags can make you look tired and older and it’s often a Herculean task to get rid of them. But if you’re looking for a quick and easy way to conceal them, we’ve got your back.

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  • How to remove gel nails?

    Gel nails look pretty and are super efficient if you have the bad habit of biting your nails. But while they look amazing, removing them can be a bit of a hassle. The best option is to go to a nail technician to get them removed, but you can try a DIY method too. Apply acetone to your nails and wrap them in foil. Keep them like this for 20 minutes, this will soften the nails allowing you to either peel them off or file them off with a buffer.

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  • What is balayage?

    Balayage is a hair highlighting technique where the colour is applied to create a natural, graduating effect.  It comes from the French word that means to sweep or paint. It’s a low maintenance colouring technique that is flattering on most hair colours and styles. Even though it has been around for a long time, it gained popularity with more and more celebrities opting for the look on red carpets.  

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