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roommate and I refer to this outlandish lady that she works with as
“eyelashes.” You know the type–the one who dresses too young for her
age, drop hints that she wears a size smaller than you, and just
overall has far more fun than you. Kind of a Rayanne Graff of another
generation. Now naturally, she also wears these crazy eyelashes (hence,
the nickname) that are the kind you buy for Halloween–about two inches
too long for your face.
We asked Pamela Taylor, of Pamela Taylor Make Up Studio and Academy Team
to show us how to make false lashes look natural. Pamela actually adds
shimmer eye shadow to the fake lashes for us girls with lighter hair so
that they look more natural on the face and provide the illusion that
the lashes are actually growing out of the root of the lash line.
Step 1: Begin by choosing a shimmer eye shadow
based on your hair color. With a fluffy eyelash brush, gently paint the
lashes while they’re still in the tray with the shimmer. As a general
rule of thumb, if you have dark hair use more of a brown; if you have
light or blonde hair try more of a gold.
Step 2: To apply the lashes, dab just a little clear lash adhesive on a flat corner of the tray. (Duo Lash Adhesive, $6.29, at walgreens.com)
Step 3: Use the groove of the tray to rest your
pinky finger. This will keep your hand in control as you pick up the
lashes. (Duralash by Ardell lashes, $3.49 each, at madamemadeline.com)
Step 4: Take your slant tweezers and angle them so
they lay flush with the tray. Slide the tweezers up against the tray so
you are holding the lashes only by the end of the false lashes. To
practice or test your control of the lashes, try to place the false
lashes back in between the teeth of the tray. This step is the hardest
part of applying false lashes–not actually gluing them to your
face–because if you don’t have the right angle, the lashes wont look
natural on your face. (Tweezerman tweezers, $20, at tweezerman.com)
Step 5: Lightly dip the lashes into the glue. Be careful to only dip the back root of the false lashes into the glue.
Step 6: To apply the lashes to your lash line, rest
your pinky on your cheek for stability, and gently place the false
lashes right in between your lashes on your lash line.
Step 7: Repeat however many times you’d like to make your lashes fuller.
Step 8: You can then go over your full lashes with
the eye shadow to fill in any spots you may have missed when you were
painting your lashes before you applied them. Use the Mascara Shield
and gently brush the glitter shadow over each lash.
Step 9: Bat your natural, full lashes at everyone you see!
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Having the right products and accessories in your work drawer or in your purse is the secret to holiday party beauty success. We asked three always-on-the-go women–a jewelry designer, a communications executive and a college student working in retail–to spill their best day-to-night tips and tricks.
In early 2008, Danielle and her sister Jodie Snyder founded DANNIJO, a line of hand-made, eclectic jewelry that is gaining an impressive celebrity following that includes BeyoncÃ©, Natalie Portman and Milla Jovovich.
Danielle knows start-up life means long hours at the office, so she’s no stranger to dressing in outfits that can be simply enhanced for the evening. It’s all about a workable foundation. She says, “I tend to stick to great jeans, a soft tee and high boots during the day because the combo is easily dressed up or down to fit any occasion.”
To morph from casual to cool, a statement accessory does the trick. “I keep DANNIJO stackable cuffs and entangled necklaces in my FEED bag with me at all times because they easily transition my outfit from day to evening and I’m always going out straight from the office.” The jewels are effortless: “They never make you look as if you tried too hard,” Danielle notes.
Danielle slyly stashes an eyelash curler and Burts Bees Beeswax Lip Balm in her purse. “I recently discovered YSL’s Gloss Volupte, which looks glamorous over the balm for a touch of glimmer,” she notes. Danielle also loves YSL Creme de Blush Fard a Joues, which yields a natural, flushed look.
The PR Maven:
As Estee Lauder’s Vice President of Corporate Communications, Bari Seiden helps drive beauty industry titan’s global charitable activies. As such, she often has to rush straight from the snazzy EL offices to a holiday fiesta.
For an impromptu night out, Bari will swap her larger purse for a smaller evening bag. “I also try to glam it up with some fun accessories either a broach, necklace or even a chain belt,” says Bari. “I pick one major accessory so I’m not too overdone.” For black-tie events, Bari will bring in a dress and accessories to the office, since she’s usually working up to the last minute.
“The beauty of working for a prestige cosmetics company is that I have the best products available to me at all times!” Bari will occasionally do her makeup in the office. Her go-to items include Estee Lauder Turbolash mascara to accentuate her long lashes and blue eyes and a slick of heavy gloss to glam it up. When she has the time, Bari confesses to “jumping over to one the three B’s (Bergdorf Goodman, Barney’s and/or Bloomingdale’s) to get the perfect look from one of our Beauty Advisors at one of our counters (Bobbi Brown, Estee Lauder, MAC or Clinique).” By the way, this something any customer can do, and it’s free (though it’s customary to purchase at least one product)! Lastly fragrance is key: “Fragrance can set the tone of the evening for how I want to feel, inside and out,” Bari says.
While she primps in-office makeupwise, when it comes to hair, Bari tries to keep it professional. “If I have time, I’ll get my hair blown out before work and then touch it up right before the event.”
The College Gal:
Pamela is a 22 year-old college student who moonlights as a sales associate in Nordstrom’s accessories department. Retail hours notoriously cut right into cocktail hour (and sometimes extend through it), so Pamela is no stranger to heading straight from work to a night on the town.
Pamela isn’t blessed with the luxury of a desk drawer, so she has to carry her day-to-night stash on her person–much in the manner of a sherpa. She has to curate her selection with careful precision, as she tends to stick to a clutch. “When I know I’ll be heading right from work to cocktails, I forgo my regularly scheduled tote in favor of a small Coach wristlet,” Pamela said.
Pamela’s on-the-go makeup essentials include Neutrogena Shine Control Blotting Sheets for a flawless, mattified texture that doesn’t dry out her skin, and MAC Technakohl Liner in Graphblack, a self-sharpening liner (so there’s no need to tote around a sharpener, which can get messy in a purse). Pamela is also a fan of MAC Mineralize Skin Finish which she uses as bronzer with a travel brush for warming up her complexion. Lastly, Pamela pouts it up with CoverGirl Outlast in Coy Coral topped with a dollop of MAC Lustreglass in Love Nectar. Says Pamela, “The combo lasts forever and looks festive!”
Pamela always makes sure to up the hair ante as well. “Bobby pins and a hair ties always establish residency in my purse,” explains Pamela. Her favorite day-to-evening move? Creating an on-the-spot messy bun or a side pony with sweeping bangs.
Want to get more out of your Thanksgiving meal? Like, say, better skin in addition to turkey-induced fatigue? Our friends at StyleCaster suggest the following five brightly colored foods, many of which are Turkey Day standbys.
They said that beauty is skin deep, but let them stand corrected. It’s not just your facial regime that keeps your skin radiant, it actually has quite a bit to do with the foods you eat. That’s right, ladies; what
you’re eating could be detrimental to our skin! Besides the recommended
eight glasses of water a day, antioxidants, omega 3 fatty acids, and
vitamins A – E will help you achieve radiant, soft and supple skin!
Here are the top five foods to help you get on track to an even more beautiful complexion and put your best face forward:
Beta carotene is an important antioxidant, which is converted into
vitamin A in the body, helping the skin in growth and repair of body
tissue. Just in time for Thanksgiving, indulge in food such as sweet
potatoes, pumpkin, and carrots.
Cranberries, a fall favorite, are rich in antioxidants to battle
free radical oxidants that are hell bent on damaging our skin.
Cranberries can effectively minimize and prevent redness and
inflammation, and are essential for slowing the signs of skin aging.
Any other bright berries, even pomegranate, will lead to healthier and
more beautiful skin!
Nuts for nuts
For skin to really be soft, it needs to retain moisture. Nuts and
seeds provide an excellent source of vitamin E, which will do just
that! Just a Â¼ cup of sunflower seed will have 90 percent of your
vitamin E intake for the day, and if you’re not a fan, try a Â½ cup of
Avocados are in so many facial products, so why not just eat them to
get more benefits? High in omegas 3s and essential fatty acids, you
don’t need to indulge everyday, just every once in a while to keep skin
radiant and smooth. Salmon is another great option to ensure your skin
Did you know your skin has its own age? It can be younger
than you are. After all, age is just a number, right? Fight off those
premature lines and wrinkles by eating foods that are plentiful in
vitamin A which will contribute to the formation of new cells. We
recommend spinach or broccoli; the darker the better.
even though it may be hard, try to minimize sugar intake. Sugar attacks
the elastin in our skin cells, the protein that allows our skin to
bounce back. A decrease in elastin will lead to (and I hate to say it)
saggy and wrinkly skin well before we are due for it.
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How many pairs of jeans do you have in your closet? A lot, right? Truth be told, you should be as diverse in your mascara collection as you are with jeans, boots and black dresses. Here’s why: Knowing how to create different lash effects can turn any ho-hum makeup look into one that’s eye-popping and amazing–even if you barely wear makeup. Here, COVERGIRL celebrity makeup artist Molly R. Stern shares her insider tips on how to maximize your eyes with three key mascara styles.
1. Extra Long & Chic Lashes
The look: Lengthy, beautifully separated lashes are forever chic and ideal for a work or for those days when you want to wear minimal makeup, yet still look fantastically put together.
Best mascara: COVERGIRL LashBlast Length Mascara. “I love the brush because it’s so long and skinny, which helps extend and separate the lashes without clumping,” she says. The formula also contains nylon fibers that can extend the length of your lashes by up to 80%.
Application Tip: Place the tip of the brush on the outer corners of your lashes first, do a few strokes, then work your way in. “Wherever you first place that brush, that’s where you’re going to get the most definition,” says Stern. Since most people tend to focus on the outer edges of your eyes, extending those corner lashes will make your eyes look more open.
Complementary Eye Makeup Technique: To accentuate that mile-long lash look, Stern recommends contouring your crease with a colorful shadow and drawing a thin, angular line with liquid liner along the top lash line. “I tend to do very little shadow or liner with long lashes because it’s such an innocent look–it’s nice to keep it subtle,” she says.
2. Lush & High-Drama Lashes
The look: Thick, high-volume lashes make a powerful statement, perfect for a big night out or whenever you want to create a bold look.
Best mascara: COVERGIRL LashBlast Mascara. The super-sized brush grabs and coats every lash, plumping them up and depositing the perfect amount of color.
Application Tip: Start at the center of your lash line to enhance that full look. “Place the wand at the very base of your lash, then, using a side-to-side motion, wiggle the wand upwards in one long, even stroke. This ensures you completely coat the lash and build up your base, which is what really makes your lashes look full,” says Stern.
Complementary Eye Makeup Technique: Pair this look with a smoky eye for maximum drama. “I love to use COVERGIRL Exact Eyelights Eye-Brightening Eyeliner to line the upper lash line and the inside lower rim,” says Stern.
3. Scintillating & Eye-Catching Lashes
The look: Bold lashes with a hint of shimmer can make your whole look sparkle. A bedazzling lash effect is ideal for a festive evening or whenever you want to make a flirtatious and eye-catching effect.
Best mascara: COVERGIRL LashBlast Luxe Mascara features the same great volumizing formula as the original LashBlast Mascara, but with a unique, shimmery finish. “It has a bit more pizzazz than your average mascara, so it’s great for a party or a club — somewhere where you want to attract attention,” says Stern.
Application Tip: Apply at least two coats to make the shimmer really come out.
Complementary Eye Makeup Technique: Enhance the glam vibe by layering on a little bit more shimmer, says Stern. She recommends a sheer wash of glittery eye shadow and a sparkly liner to help add to the glistening effect.
One of the biggest beauty issues most women face in the winter months is dry, damaged hair. We asked our beauty addicted Twitter followers to share their secrets for keeping hair healthy, soft and strong. Here, their tips in 140 characters or less:
Are you as twitter obsessed as we are? Follow @dailymakeover on Twitter to get the latest beauty bytes.
While winter is a fun, festive part of the year, it can wreak havoc on your skin. Not to worry. We’ve drilled the country’s best dermatologists to find out how to make it to March with a glowing complexion. Prepare for a skin care wintervention!
You need way less cleanser than you think.
Colder temperatures, stronger winds and cranked-up indoor heating all lead to increased water loss and chapped, flaky skin. One trick to reduce flakiness: Use only a dime size of cleanse to avoid over-stripping your skin of vital moisture, suggests Dr. Neal Schultz, host of dermtv.com, suggests treating chapped skin by using less cleanser. Look for a cleanser that controls red, blotchy inflammation and isn’t drying the way soap can be, says Dr. Nicholas Perricone, founder of Perricone MD Skincare. His Dr. Perricone Citrus Facial Wash is a treat. After cleansing, follow with a toner that cleanses, tones and hydrates like Arcona Cranberry Toner.
Treat dry skin from the inside out too. Consuming lots of cold water fish can also help combat dry skin because it is rich in essential fatty acids, which help keep the layers of your skin moisturized and supple, explains Dr. Perricone. Not a fish fan? Take fish oil supplements instead. “Supplements will help minimize the inflammation that contributes to its itchiness,” says Says Dr. Vermen M. Verallo-Rowell, founder of VMV Hypoallergenics. Try Nature Made Fish Oil Softgels. Lastly, abide by the eight glasses of water a day rule. Sound boring? Add some flavor with Dr. Brandt Anti-Oxidant Water Booster in Blueberry.
Timing is everything in life, and in moisturization.“Be sure to moisturize immediately after you get out of the bath or the shower to seal in the hydration your skin absorbs during bath/shower,” says Schultz. First pat-dry, DON’T rub, the apply liberally all over damp skin. Try Lubriderm Intense Skin Repair Body Cream.
Don’t take a winter break from SPF. Sun damage can happen all year round, and exacerbate already fragile skin. Apply sunscreen religiously every morning (SPF 15 or 30 with broad spectrum protection) and follow with a richer winter moisturizer if needed. We recommend NIA 24 Sun Damage Prevention Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30
and Clinique Comfort On Call Allergy Tested Relief Cream.