Answers to your pressing fashion and beauty questions from resident know-it-all Jean Godfrey-June.
The bottom line: Buy what you love.
My personal strategy is to plan an outfit around clunky, crazy-looking snow boots.
Q: Am I cheap to give homemade gifts for the holidays? Like jams and breads from scratch?
Q: My boyfriend thinks I’m weird to wear florals and pastels when it’s snowing. Are they too spring/summer?
Q: What’s a good sheer foundation with yellow, not red, undertones in the mocha range?
Q: I need an impromptu hostess gift I can buy in multiples (no candles—I’ve beaten them to death)!
Q: I need a change! I’ve had long, lightly highlighted blonde hair since middle school. How do I change up my look (without a lot of extra maintenance)?
Q: Often my scent barely makes it through the morning. How/where are you supposed to apply perfume?
Q: What’s a more grown-up way to wear the multiple bracelets/“arm party” trend?
Q: What’s the perfect winter coat: bigger? More fitted?
Q: How do I make a manicure last? I’m not a big fan of gel—I like a wider range of colors and textures.
Q: How can I wear very bright/very dark makeup in the fall once my tan fades and I become really pale?
Q: What kinds of colored jeans are good for fall? Can I dress them up to make them more work-appropriate?
Q: I’ve started getting fine lines in my eye area, and my concealer gets stuck in the lines and looks horrible. How do I avoid this? (I put on eye cream before concealer, btw.)
Q: How can I wear fall’s chunky knits without looking chunky?