HFB’s FAQ’s | Meredith Ehler | Stylist | Northern Virginia

Readers often ask me for advice about home, fashion and beauty.  I thought I would share a few of their questions and my answers in case you have the same ones.   

doing hair, makeup and styling for a shoot with Goodhart Photography.

What is my favorite mascara?  Anything MAC, Diorshow, Lancome Definicils, or CoverGirl LashBlast Fusion.

How do I keep my eyeliner from wearing off during the day?  Line your eyes with an eye pencil and then “set” it with a similar or darker shadow.   Use a thin, flat, liner brush, with stiff bristles, to draw right over the liner with shadow.

How do I decide where to hang pictures on my wall?  Eye level.  That being said, eye level for a person that is about 5’10″. I recommend hanging photos or smaller pictures in a cluster.  When one small thing is hung by itself it feels out of place, even if it’s a small wall. Honestly, some walls should be left empty.  White space is ok!  Too many small things being hung everywhere is distracting.  Your eyes need a place to rest, white space is that place.  Art and pictures look wonderful when grounded to something else, by hanging similar things with it in a cluster or when a big item is hung over a table or couch.

How do I choose the right paint color?  Start by choosing swatches of paint that you like.  I recommend hanging them on your wall and making notes about how much you like the color during different times of day.  For example, I may write directly on the swatch “good in A.M.”.  Then at night I will check the swatches again and comment if I like it in the “P.M.”.  Then after a few days I will see which I liked the most at different times of day.  Colors look very different in different light.  You can also paint a small sample onto a piece of poster board. This works great because you can move the board around the room and see how it looks in different exposures of light.  Most stores sell samples of paint and Benjamin Moore sells pre-painted poster board of some of it’s most popular boards.

Am I supposed to buy and wear neon colors just because the stores are pushing them on us?  No.  Trends come and go.  Only buy it if it speaks to you.  It’s always fun to buy one piece of the current trend to add to your wardrobe.  But don’t buy too much.  You don’t want to look like a fashion victim!  And the trends don’t last so don’t invest too much money in the trend.  Save some of your money for the next trend which will be arriving soon!

Do dry shampoos really work?  Yes.  They come in different formulas.  I have used the dry powder form.  I sprinkled  it onto my scalp and then gently massaged it into my hair. The powder gets absorbed by any oils in your hair and scalp and your hair no longer looks shiny.  I have heard the spray formula works well.








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