Got an upcoming wedding? A friend’s wedding? Anniversary, party, seminal night out on the town? Many of us ladies have problems trying to properly apply fake eyelashes for a big event. I am normally satisfied enough with my mascaras themselves and my ability to apply them, but for this a big event where I know photos will be snapped all day, some extra definition is in order. Even if you’re not doing anything special – what better time to glam it up than for no event at all, when you can relax and play with it?
Here’s how I go about applying falsies:
Step 1:Get some great false lashes. Individual lashes are VERY hard to apply for beginners, so I use MAC 7 Lash ($11.00), which come in a strip. These are great for several reasons: they look natural because of the varying lengths and separation, and they are reusable unlike the drugstore ones, so they’re a bargain in the end. I also recommend MAC Duo Adhesive ($8.00) for your glue, as it dries clear and not gloopy like cheaper brands.
Mineral makeup has officially made it in a big way, but it all started with Bare Escentuals BareMinerals foundation. I swear by mineral foundation in general, but I typically use Raw Minerals, Pur Minerals or even the Maybelline variety. Curiosity got the best of me and I had to test the original out for myself.
The key to Bare Minerals success, as with any loose powder mineral makeup, is using it properly. Get yourself a big kabuki brush – it doesn’t have to be the Bare Escentuals brand one – and follow the mantra of its acolytes: swirl, tap, buff. Take the kabuki, dip it in, swirl it around in the lid, tap off the excess, and buff it all over your face. When they say buff, they mean it. If you don’t do it exactly right, you’ll end up with excess powder all over you. Don’t get dressed first. (It’ll end up on your bathroom counter anyway.) Continue reading “Makeup Review: Bare Escentuals Bare Minerals Foundation” »
Today I’m debuting a new section in which I will provide step by step beauty guides called, rather uncreatively, “Beauty How-Tos”. Today’s issue is on getting perfect brows at home – no spa or nail salon required!
Step 1: Prep. Start with a clean face and generally gnarly brows. Rinse your face with hot water to enlarge the hair follicles if you’re going to be plucking. Pat dry with a washcloth.
It’s hard to find a good powder – striking the balance between thickness and coverage level, matteness and shimmer… then of course, you’ve got to find a color that matches your foundation. That’s why I prefer powders like this, which use multiple colors to give you a natural results. Victoria’s Secret Very Sexy Finishing Powder Duo is great: you can use the lighter color to powder your concealer in problem areas, and sweep your brush over the whole palette to give you a natural, multidimensional look over your whole face.
Trends may come and go, but super-straight hair is always in. Celebs like Selena Gomez and Jennifer Lawrence are seen sporting the style all the time, so I thought it’d be helpful to share my definitive guide on getting stick-straight locks at home, no salon blowout or split ends required.
Step 1: Get a professional grade flat iron. Things have come a long way since the Chi, but it’s still a powerful choice in this arena. Other heavy hitters include the Proliss, InStyler and Sedu (my personal favorite). Regardless of which you choose, a professional grade straightening iron is absolutely your best friend. I know they’re expensive, but you’ll use it constantly, and it can straighten even the kinkiest curls.