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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How To Apply Cat Eyeliner

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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.

6 Eye Makeup Tips to Make Small Eyes Appear Larger and More Open

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Chances are if you’re like most other women, you’ve always  wanted larger eyes. While we can’t change our genetic make up, the good news is  we can create the illusion of larger eyes with eye makeup tricks and tips. In  fact, if you’ve ever noticed a celebrity photographed without makeup you most  likely have noticed how much smaller their eyes look than their photos where  they are all dressed up and made over for most red carpet events.

Make Eyes Appear Larger With These Simple Makeup Tips

  1. Curl Your Lashes– One of the easiest secrets to utilizing eye makeup routine to correctly make your eyes look larger is to curl your eyelashes. It’s important you curl your lashes BEFORE you apply the mascara! If you forget to do it before applying your dark mascara, be sure to wait until the mascara has dried completely and then go ahead and curl them.
  2. If you find throughout the day your lashes aren’t as curled as they were in the morning when you first applied your makeup, you can always re-curl them later in the day since your mascara will be very dry by then.
  3. Apply Mascara on Your Bottom Lashes– Many women think they don’t need mascara on their bottom eye lashes. However, most makeup experts believe adding mascara to the lower lashes can help to enlarge their appearance. The trick is to know how much to use on those bottom lashes! Start by applying the mascara to the top lashes. Then, with whatever is left on your brush (without redipping it into the mascara formula), apply it to the lower lashes. Hold your brush vertically and  sweep it back and forth over the lower lashes to get the right look.
  4. False Lashes for Evening– If you want to go for a dramatic dark night time effect, you may want to try your hand at false lashes. Most celebrities do use false lashes for big events. If you know how to do the lash application properly, they can be beautiful and natural. Many larger department stores can help you learn how to apply lashes at one of their cosmetics and beauty products counters but they are also available at drugstores. Be sure to practice before your big event. You can also remember to use scissors to trim them (before applying them)if they are too long.
  5. Use White Eye Liner in the Right Places– Another technique to use involves the creamy white eye liner pencil. This can help you get a doe-eyed style that will brighten and widen your eye appearance. To get this look, simply line the lower inside of your lids with the creamy white eye       pencil.  Make sure to use a soft pencil to lessen the irritaion on your lid. You can find great liners from Sephora, Loreal or Estee Lauder. To further brighten your eye area, use this soft color also on the inside corner of both the upper and lower lids.
  6. Apply Highlight Eye Shadow– If you don’t like the idea of the white shade of liner, you can also use a platinum highlighter to open up the eye area. Simply apply your shadow as usual and then use the highlighter on small dots along your browbone just below your eyebrow. Blend it in with the shadow in that area, apply it to the inner corners of the eyes and enjoy your new look.
  7. Keep Eye Brows Plucked & Well Shaped – For larger appearing eyes, you must also pay attention to your brows. Be sure you manicure them well. It’s a great idea to visit a professional to get your brows waxed, tweezed or threaded. A pro can help you shape them properly. In between pro visits you can maintain them by tweezing. If you have a slight arch to your brows, you will find your eyes look larger.

How To Apply False Eyelashes

The mere mention of false eyelashes can strike fear into the hearts of otherwise makeup-savvy women. Applying false lashes is an art that many of us have yet to master. A bad application can literally leave you in tears, ruining your makeup in the process.

But once you learn how to apply false lashes, they can make your eyes look wider and add a dramatic flair to your eye makeup that mascara alone can’t provide. And let’s not forget that the Kardashians have evenhandedly made fake lashes an everyday accessory. Now, we’re not saying you have to break out your falsies for work, but for special occasions? They can really make your eyes pop. (But if you do want to wear them during the day a la Kim, we aren’t going to stop you.)

STEP 1: APPLY MASCARA

“Curl natural lashes and comb on a coat of mascara, creating a shelf to support the weight of your falsies.” And maybe try to look a little less dead in the eyes than I do?

STEP 2: CUT TO FIT

“Cut the lash band right down the center to create a large individual lash. It’s easier to place than a full lash strip, which can become wonky and weird and asymmetrical.”

STEP 3: ADD ADHESIVE

Trace each lash band, one by one, with a laser-thin line of Duo and wait a few moments for the adhesive to dry a bit.

STEP 4: PUT ‘EM ON

Using your fingers, not tweezers, “place your extension on the outer corner first, hugging that lash line tight.” For an eye-lifting effect, Mikkelsen places the outer extension slightly above the natural lashline.

“When you’re placing the inner lash extension, avoid going close to the tear duct to give a little bit more width to the eye. If it’s too close, it makes your eyes feel like they’re narrower and even cross-eyed.”

How Long Should You Keep Your Make Up?

How many months or years you should hold on to your eye shadows, blushes, lipsticks, and other cosmetics depends on several factors. Among important considerations when deciding time to toss and replace beauty products: type of make up, how it’s been stored, and whether you’ve had an eye infection. Some make up shouldn’t be kept longer than 3 months, but you can hang on to other paints and varnishes for a couple years.

The United States doesn’t have any laws that require cosmetic manufacturers to include expiration dates on their packaging. Guidelines for when to discard make up are usually doled out by people who work within the cosmetics industry. The Food and Drug Administration keeps an eye on cosmetics manufacturers, and they provide some general advice for consumers.

To get maximum longevity from your make up, buy only cosmetics that haven’t been opened. When you get your goodies home, store them in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight. Always close the lids tightly after use.

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Here are some common cosmetics and the recommended shelf life for each after it has been opened for the first time.

  • Mascara: Toss your mascara after 3 months. Mascara has the shortest life span of all make up because the risk of transferring bacteria back and forth from your eye into the mascara tube is so great. If your mascara starts to dry out before its 90 days is up, throw it away. Don’t add water or saliva to your mascara to rewet it. Doing so will only increase your chances of getting an eye infection.

  • Eye pencils: Eye pencils can be kept up to 2 years. To make sure you’re using a clean tip, sharpen before each application.

  • Eye shadows: Keep your applicators clean and your liquid shadows should last 12 months. Powder shadows will keep 2 years.

    If you’ve had an eye infection, you’ll need to throw out all the eye make up and applicators you used from the time you developed symptoms. The virus or bacteria that caused the infection has probably taken up residence in your make up, so using those cosmetics again could cause you to develop another infection.

  • Lipsticks: You can stow your tube lipsticks and your lip pencils for 2 years. As with eye pencils, sharpen your lip pencils before each use.

  • Blushes and powders: Discard your cream blushes after a year, powder blushes and powders after 2 years.

    Think of your make up a bit like you do your food. If it smells weird, develops a film, or has a mold-green tint to it, it’s gone bad and needs to be tossed out.

  • Foundations and concealers: Moisturizing foundations and stick concealers can hang around for 18 months. A 12-month shelf life applies to both oil-free foundations, which can dry out quickly, and liquid concealers.

    Using clean brushes and sponges will help lengthen the life of your cosmetics. Be sure and wash or replace your applicators frequently.

When you open a cosmetic for the first time, write the date on the product. It will help you keep track of how long you’ve had the make up so you’ll know when it’s time to throw it away.