Lengthening & Thickening With the Right Mascara

Are you in need of mascara and eyelash enhancement tips but are not quite ready to apply the fake eyelashes? Don’t worry, you are not alone! Day and day out, women who have in the past been curling their lashes, looking for the ideal lengthening products, and were not adverse to trying the supposedly organic and hypoallergenic mascara products dictated by cosmetic lore, are finally at a point where they are ready to leave behind the products that did little more than cake onto their eyelashes and –since being waterproof – took a long time to safely remove.

Intensifying their search for the best mascara in an effort to maximize the beauty of their eyelashes, these women have found a number of surprising beauty tips that will help you, too, to plump up your eyelashes using mascara with ingredients that will ensure thickening and sculpting without the clumpy mess.

A Little Extra Glam

Try something new for that special night out—false  eyelashes.  False eyelashes were once  only reserved for the most glamorous women, like movie stars and super models,  now you can easily apply some false eyelashes for a fancy night out on the  town, or any time that you’d like a more glamorous, sexy look.  This is no longer a secret for makeup  artists, today’s false eyelashes are easily applied with a thin strip of adhesive,  and the simple, safe removal process leaves your natural lashes unharmed.  While you’re wearing them, you’ll have the  flirtiest eyelashes that are fun to bat all might.  You’ll be ready for the red carpet!  Forget about trying to use traditional clumpy  mascaras that can smudge and smear after a long night, false eyelashes look as  fresh at the end of the night as they did when you first applied them.

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Ideal Mascara Products Won’t Cake or Clump

Begin your eyelash routine by using natural tools for conditioning them. Vaseline and even olive oil applied in moderate amounts are known to increase the health of individual eyelashes and thus prime the canvas for the application of mascaras like Max Factor, Kiss Me, La Femme, Maybelline and of course L’Oreal. Using bargain basement or no-name mascara is discouraged since it often contains fillers that are all but guaranteed to clump on your lashes at the first opportunity.

Damaged Lashes Need a Little Extra Care

If your eyelashes have suffered and you might have some bald patches on your lids, dispense with the use of mascara – even double wear products – and instead add an eyelash growth product to your beauty routine. After about six to eight weeks of consistent application, you will be rewarded with natural, longer lashes.

Lashes Should Be Curled Before Mascara Application

To avoid that ugly cake or clump of mascara, be sure to curl your eyelashes prior to applying the cosmetic. In addition to the foregoing, place a very light dusting of powder on your eyelashes for the mascara to properly adhere to and not slide off, forming odd clumps on the tips of your lashes. Putting on mascara – even the brushless variety – is a bit of an art and you may have to experiment with different techniques to find one that works best for getting that thick, healthy and voluptuous look you are aiming for.

Best Way to Apply Mascara to Eyelashes

The current wisdom suggests applying mascara by holding the brush still, but blinking your eye lashes over it.  Allowing the lashes to pick up their own coating. You should apply a second coat of mascara only to the top lashes for a long lasting, voluminous look. Have a mineral oil based eye makeup remover on standby to correct any mistakes without having to take off all the mascara. As a final thought, whenever possible, please purchase cruelty free products that will allow you to use products without the stain of unnecessary animal testing attached.

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Urban Decay Eye Primer

For most of my makeup wearing years I was frustrated with the fact that I couldn’t keep my shadow from fading…or creasing on my eyelid mixing with oil. How many of us have purchased the wrong eye primer at the makeup counter. Or what about the embarrassing moment when you out on a date and you tell him…I’m going to the ladies room and once you get in front of the mirror to find that your eye shadow has creased so bad that you look like you intentionally left a strip in the middle of your eyelid. Well ladies I can confidently say with my experience that the eye primer will in fact ease your eye shadow crease. So what is eye-shadow primer and how does it work? Magic of course. Ok maybe not magic but it does come close. Primer goes on as a smooth cream and quickly dries to create a base, or a canvas if you like, for your eye shadow. The primer bonds with the shadow and voila! No more creasing. No more fading.

How To Apply Cat Eyeliner

Winged Eyeliner Eye Makeup

While Angelina Jolie is well known for her famous for her style, fashion sense and bold cat eye makeup, you can have the same look using inexpensive cosmetics from drugstore brands like Cover Girl and Loreal. The cat eye makeup look has been around for hundreds of years, with Angelina Jolie obviously not being the first to rock this look. In fact, Cleopatra was well known for her cat eye makeup and was likely the first documented female who sported this fun and sexy eye makeup trend.

Beauty and Makeup Tools You Will Need for the Cat Eye Look

  • Liquid (harder to do) or Pencil (easier to do) Eyeliner
  • Magnifying Mirror
  • Eye Primer
  • Eye lash Curler
  • Mascara
  • False Eyelashes (optional)
  • A Steady Hand!

How to Apply Liner & Mascara for the Cat Eye Vintage Look

  1. Decide the type of eyeliner you want to use.Cat eye makeup starts with a major choice. You must decide if you want to take on this task of trying to apply cat eye makeup liner with a liquid liner or a pencil liner. If you’re new to applying liner, pencil liner is much more forgiving. But, liquid can give you bolder results. To figure out which works best for you, it’s a great idea to try out both. You can also find liquid pen liner which is kind of the best of both worlds offering easy application and bold color! When choosing the liquid pen, be sure you find the shortest pen tip available because it will give you the most control possible. You can choose any dark color but black is obviously the most common choice for this task.
  2. Prime Your Eyelid for Makeup Application.Before you start with the liner however, you must prime your eyelid area. Most people choose not to use bold shadow when they are doing cat eye makeup. So, go for a neutral highlighting shadow and sweep it over your entire eyelid before you start with the eyeliner. A shimmery shadow can help you get the sexy look you’re looking for.
  3. Use a magnifing mirror to make eyeliner application easier.After you gather your eyeliner, simply set up a hands-free mirror. If you have a magnified mirror, you’ll have better vision throughout the process. After all, when you apply liner you’ll want to be able to clearly see what you’re doing!
  4. Start drawing a line with eyeliner as close to your lash line as possible.Starting with the inner corner of the eye, touch the pen lightly to the lashline and drag it toward the outer corner of the eye. The main point here is to draw the line as close to the lash line as you possibly can. A thin line to start is fine. You can always go back and fatten it up to get better results and shape.
  5. As you get to the end of your lash line, you can slightly turn the line upward toward your temple.The length of the shade line is up to you but you can always shorten it if you overdo it by dipping a Q-tip in makeup remover and erasing the edge of the line. The placement of the winged tip is more crucial to the beauty results than the length.
  6. Curl lashes or apply false lashes, then follow up with mascara.After you have the eyeliner perfectly applied, it’s time to work on your lashes. For the most dramatic look, false eyelashes are a great option. However, you can learn to do use your own lashes for this as well. If you don’t want to try false lashes, simply start by using an eyelash curler on your lashes. Hold it in place for ten seconds and then immediately apply bold black mascara to the lashes. Allow them to dry and do the same for the other eye. Then add another coat of bold black mascara to finish them off.

Blush Tips…

shunmua1Cream blushes are more pigmented and are great layered underneath a powder blush to add more intensity. As with the other types of makeup, choosing a powder or cream blush comes down to the finish you want and your skin type. If you are acne prone, layering on too many creamy products could overwhelm your skin. If you’re trying out the statement blush trend, a cream formula gives a nice glow. If you want to increase the intensity, layer a powder blush and blend.

Do You Want Glowing Skin?

Nothing makes you feel as confident as having glowing, radiant skin. Great skin makes you look younger and feel healthier no matter what your age or physical condition. Plus, many ways of taking care of your skin give you the opportunity for some serious pampering. So go ahead–make your skin glow. You deserve to look and feel fabulous.

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Part 1 of 4: Daily Facial Care Routine

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Exfoliate your face gently. Exfoliation removes dead skin cells, impurities and excess oil while preparing your skin for cleansing and toning.

  • After scrubbing, use a cleanser on your skin. Gently massage your skin in circular motions for a few minutes to promote blood circulation, to remove makeup and to eliminate excess oil, or sebum.
  • Many cleansers contain exfoliating beads or other ingredients that allow you to accomplish both tasks at once. Just avoid cleansers that have drying ingredients like deodorants, colors or fragrances. Also, skip cleansers that have “antibacterial” on the label.
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    Pour some toner onto some cotton batting. Rub the toner over your face until no excess dirt remains.

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    Apply a good moisturizer with natural oils such as rosemary or almond.Massage the cream into your skin for hydration and a dewy look.

    • Use a moisturizer with at least SPF 15 to prevent premature aging from sun exposure.
    • Look for moisturizer containing humectants like glycerin, propylene glycol or urea. Humectants attract water when you apply them to your skin and improve its hydration.
    • Choose moisturizers with alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs). AHAs improve dead skin cell turnover, which results in decreased dryness, acne, wrinkles and age spots.
    • Switch moisturizers according to the season. In the summer, use a lighter product. In the winter, choose something thicker and heavier.
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      Use the same family of products. If you use 1 brand of cleanser, choose your toning and moisturizing products from the same brand. Taking a unified approach is often better for your skin, because mixed brands don’t always interact well with one another.

    • Part 2 of 4: Caring For the Skin On the Rest Of Your Body
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      Avoid taking long, hot showers. Sure, they feel great, but they also strip your skin of essential moisture. Especially in the winter, limit your showers to 10 minutes and keep the water lukewarm.

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      Use facial cleansing creams on your neck and chest. These areas are just as vulnerable to wrinkles, dryness and signs of aging as your face is. After cleansing these areas with a facial cream, rub in a facial moisturizer. You can also use a facial mask on these areas once per month.

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      Skip soaps with heavy deodorants. Instead, go with a soap that contains added fat, like Dove, Neutrogena or Oilatum. The added fat leaves a moisturizing layer on your skin after your shower is over.

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      Smear a thick moisturizing cream or balm over your hands and feet at night.Then, cover your hands with thin cloth gloves, and put some socks on your feet to allow the moisture to hydrate your hands and feet.

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      Always use a loofah when you wash your body. Loofahs get rid of dead skin cells and also prevent bumps from ingrown hairs. To make your skin even more smooth, you can sprinkle your loofah with some drops of a cleanser containing AHAs.

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      Spread powder on the areas of your body where skin meets skin. Under your breasts, under your arms and on your inner thighs are good places. The powder prevents chafing, bacterial growth and itching

    • Part 3 of 4: Dietary Changes and Supplements
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      Pour soy milk on your cereal or take soy isoflavones. If you choose the supplement, go for 160 milligrams per day. Soy proteins are essential to building collagen and protecting collagen from free radical damage.

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      Take rose hips. These supplements are rich in Vitamin C and will keep your skin looking youthful.

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      Have a good multivitamin daily. Look for vitamins containing 100 percent of your recommended daily allowance for Vitamin A, Vitamin C and the B vitamins. Also, choose foods that are rich in these vitamins:

      • Vitamin A: Carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach and fortified cereals
      • Vitamin C: Red and green peppers, oranges, broccoli, strawberries, kiwi
      • B vitamins: Lean meat, fish, enriched soy and whole grains
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        Eat garlic. Garlic has a number of potential benefits for your skin. Your skin cells last longer and look more youthful. Garlic may also prevent the growth of cancerous skin cells.

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        Add omega-3 fatty acids to your diet. Fatty fish like salmon and mackerel are great sources of omega-3s. You can also get omega-3s from walnuts and olive oil.

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        Drink tea. Tea is full of antioxidants that fight free radical damage to your skin. People who drink tea, according to studies, are also less likely to develop squamous cell skin cancer.

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        Have 8 8-ounce (235 ml) glasses of water each day. Water keeps your skin hydrated and flushes toxins out of your body.

      • Part 4 of 4: Unverified Home Remedies
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        Smear olive oil over dry skin patches including your face, the backs of your arms, your elbows and your knees.

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        Prepare your own homemade toner.

        • Use witch hazel, peppermint and sage as a toner for your face. In a small bottle or a jar, mix 4 ounces (120 ml) of witch hazel with 1 teaspoon each of chopped peppermint and sage leaves. Steep the mixture for 3 days and then apply it to your face after you use cleanser.
        • Boil 1 cup of water and add 1 tablespoon of peppermint, hyssop, yarrow or sage leaves. Steep the mixture for a half hour before straining out the leaves and applying it to your face.
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          Take a nourishing bath. Try some of these add-ins to help itchy, dry skin:

          • 1 cup powdered milk mixed with 1 tablespoon of grapeseed oil
          • Equal parts sesame oil, wheat germ and apple cider vinegar
          • 1 cup of uncooked oatmeal tied into a pair of nylons or a muslin bag
          • Some bags of your favorite tea
          • 2 cups of Epsom salts (soak in the salts and also rub them over rough areas of your skin)
          • 1 pound (455 g) baking soda and 1/2 pound (225 g) sea salt
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            Wrap ice in a towel and apply it to dry, itchy skin patches. The ice will draw blood to the area to improve circulation and deliver moisture. Just make sure that your skin doesn’t get cold or numb.

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            Use aloe vera on extra-dry skin. You can either purchase bottled aloe vera gel or cut the leaf off of an aloe vera plant and rub the gel on your skin.

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            Use grapefruit on rough elbows. Exfoliate your skin in the shower. Then, cut a grapefruit in half. Sink your elbows into each half and soak the area for 15 minutes. The acids will help to smooth your skin.

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            Make your own oatmeal scrub.

            • Grind rolled oats in your food processor or coffee grinder until you have enough ground oats to fill 1/2 cup.
            • Add 1/3 cup ground sunflower seeds, 1/2 teaspoon peppermint leaves and 4 tablespoons of almond meal. Mix everything thoroughly.
            • Combine 2 teaspoons of the oatmeal mixture with a small amount of heavy cream until the mixture has the consistency of a facial scrub. Scrub your face, neck and chest with the oatmeal scrub and rinse thoroughly.
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              Add 1 teaspoon of grapeseed oil to your bottle of toner.Grapeseed oil counteracts aging by helping your skin cells to repair themselves.

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              Spritz your skin with water and essential oils. In a small spray bottle, mix a few drops of bergamot, rose or sandalwood oil with some water. Close your eyes and spray the mixture onto your face whenever your skin feels dry.

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              Make your own face mask from ingredients that you may have in your kitchen. Try any of the following ideas:

              • Whisk 1 tablespoon of plain yogurt with a few drops of sesame oil. Apply the mixture to your face, throat and upper chest and leave it on for 15 minutes.
              • Mash a banana and mix in a little bit of honey. Apply the mixture to your skin for 15 minutes.
              • Combine 2 tablespoons mashed avocado, 1/4 cup whipping cream, 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil and 1 teaspoon of calendula petals. Leave the mixture on your face for 15 minutes before rinsing it off.
              • Peel a mango and mash the flesh. Apply the pulp to your face and leave it on for a few minutes to clean and tighten your pores. Then, rinse it off.
              • Bring water to a simmer in a saucepan. Drop an apple into the water and simmer it until it turns soft. Take the apple out, mash it and add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and 1 teaspoon of peppermint leaves. Smear the mixture on your face and rinse it off after 5 minutes.
              • Scramble an egg. Don’t use your spatula to break the egg into pieces; leave it in 1 large piece. Place the egg on your face and keep it there until the egg starts to harden. If you have oily skin, use an egg white instead of the whole egg.
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                Use baby lotion every night. Put it on arms, legs and stomach. Put it on after every shower.

    Tips

    • Drink plenty of water. It helps hair grow healthy and gets rid of spots and produces glowing natural skin.
    • Get plenty of sleep. If you need to, then hang some darkening shades to block light from coming in through your windows. Your body restores your skin during sleep, so don’t neglect getting your Z’s.
    • Work up a sweat. Sweating during exercise will cleanse your skin of toxins, and the added circulation will give your skin a healthy glow. Use sunscreen if you’re exercising outdoors.
    • You should also try to drink lots of water by drinking water think that the water is taking all the excess oil instead of the oil going onto your skin and making your forehead shiny.
    • To check for dryness, use your fingernail to gently scratch your arm or leg. If the nail leaves a white scratch mark, then your skin is too dry.
    • Use Baby Lotion every night after you shower. Put it on your arms, legs, and stomach.
    • Use castor oil, it has a thicker molecular consistency so will make your skin glow and look more vibrant.
    • Leave a humidifier (not a vaporizer) running in your bedroom during the winter. You’ll be surprised how much a humidifier will do to keep your skin from getting extremely dry.
    • Use a facial twice a week.

Waterproof Makeup Give you a Lasting Flawless Look

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Whether you’re sunning yourself on the beach or sweating it out on the commute, make-up never seems to stand the test of time when the heat is up. Mascara clumps and streaks, foundation melts and lipstick washes itself away.

But there are products out there that won’t melt at the first glimpse of sunshine!

We’ve compiled a few of the best products, from waterproof foundation to eyeliner, so you can splash about in the ocean or relax in the garden without having to worry about streaky marks or smudged panda eyes.