I was at a soccer game recently when another mom came up and sat down next to me. She’s always been naturally pretty in that “I don’t wear a stitch of makeup” way and today was no exception, except it actually was. She looked better than ever but I couldn’t quite put my finger on what was different. Her hair looked the same, her face was makeup free and she was dressed as casually as the rest of us. Then I got it…it was her eyes! She told me she’d recently gotten eyelash extensions and couldn’t be happier with the results–they looked like the lashes she should have been born with! Whether you decide to do the same or make the most of what you’ve got, here are some tips on your road to luxe, lush lashes.
HOW TO HAVE HIGH IMPACT EYES
EYELASH CURLER: Recommended by every makeup artist, an eyelash curler will always make your eyes appear more open and your lashes look much longer. To do it right, only curl clean, mascara-free eyelashes. Open the curler, gently clamp lashes near the roots, and hold for about 10 seconds before releasing. If desired, repeat mid-lash and toward the tips. You’ll like Shiseido Eyelash Curler ($19). Its safe and comfortable edge-free design gets the job done easily without pinching or pulling.
CONDITIONER: Promote lash health with a daily conditioner specifically formulated for the eyes. Try RevitaLash Advanced ($98), a proprietary formula that prevents breakage and improves flexibility, moisture, and shine.
MASCARA: When it comes to choosing a mascara it’s a very personal choice. Some women want their lashes to look completely natural while others go for the fluttery doe-eyed look and, still others say the thicker and longer the better. For an au natural look try Maybelline Great Lash ($6.40), a makeup artist’s favorite that’s reached cult-status. For mega-volume you’ll like CoverGirl LashBlast Volume ($8), formulated with wax particles to keep lashes separated and prevent clumping. When long, noticeable lashes are desired reach for Lancôme Définicils High Definition ($27.50). It lengthens and thickens from root to tip and makes it easy to control build-up.
TINTING: Eyelash tinting is basically dyeing your lashes without thickening or lengthening them. It can last up to 6 weeks, looks completely natural, and needs no maintenance, but if you decide on this method only go to a trained professional in a salon or spa with a lot of experience doing this. Expect to pay between $20 – $40 as prices vary depending on where you get it done.
FALSIES: Eyelash strips can be a girl’s best friend and are easy to apply with a little practice. Experts recommend you align the strip with your eye to determine where you want it to begin and end before trimming it to the correct size. Then cut it in half for easier application. Add lash glue to each strip and let it get a bit tacky before applying. Allow it to dry completely. You can hide any glue with a bit of black liquid liner before sealing it all with gentle swipe of mascara.
EYELASH EXTENSIONS: If you’re looking for instant gratification, long-lasting (up to 8 weeks, depending on the growth cycle of your lashes), thick, long lashes that look perfectly natural eyelash extensions are a great choice. Individual synthetic eyelashes are bonded to your own natural lash to enhance your look. The best part about it? You won’t need to wear mascara or any other eyelash product, and you’ll wake up with lashes as gorgeous as they were all day. A full set of extensions take approximately two hours the first time you get it done and can take as little as 30 minutes for touch-ups. The cost: $150+ (depending on where you get it done) and approximately $50 when you need to get the fillers applied.
Just like your hair experiences product buildup — so does your skin. Product buildup can result in dull, rough, congested skin, and blackheads. After a summer spent piling on BB creams, suncare, and self-tanning wonders, it’s time to get your skin in top condition to meet the cold, dry air of winter head on. For dry, thin skin, stick with more gentle exfoliants with even-sized microparticles without sharp edges that won’t cause irritation, and use less frequently. For thick, oily skin that needs extra help, you can bump it up a notch and exfoliate daily to weekly, depending on the product and your lifestyle.
These are our 6 best bets for polishing away dead cells to reveal smoother, softer, and more radiant complexion.
ZO® Medical Vitascrub ($80) -- An Aegean blue fine microbead scrub that contains lactic acid (AHA) and salicylic acid (BHA), polylactic acid, vitamins A, C and E, this beauty chemically exfoliates dead skin cells and fights free radicals to boot. Use daily for oily skin, and 2-3 times per week for normal to dry skin for a spa-like experience.
Dr. Brandt Skincare Microdermabrasion Skin Exfoliant ($78) -- Polish away dirt and pore clogging oil with this creamy high potency scrub containing pharmaceutical-grade crystals, lactic acid, jojoba, aloe vera, and chamomile.
Ole Henriksen Walnut Complexion Scrub ($24) -- This is not for the weak at heart. A thick and robust face scrub, it contains walnut powder along with chamomile, aloe vera, and comfrey to energize the skin and soothe. Definitely not for daily use -- suggest once or twice weekly and best for young, acne prone skin types.
Rituals Wai Wang Mild Exfoliating Cream ($22) -- Part of the Tao Ritual collection, this exfoliator has a rich and creamy texture plus Chinese Bamboo, this mild exfoliating formula gently removes dead skin cells, while boosting circulation.
Korres Wild Rose Daily Brightening Refining Buff Cleanser ($28) -- Lovely wild rose oil is the signature ingredient in this gentle cleansing scrub that is perfect to use in the shower daily.
Natura Bisse C+C Vitamin Scrub ($69) -- This C+C Vitamin Scrub helps to brighten skin and give it a boost of energy with a soul-inspiring light citrus fragrance.
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It is a beauty secret that dates back to the Golden Age of Hollywood — the humble eyebrow. The late Lauren Bacall was a woman with attitude and great eyebrows, while Audrey Hepburn’s thick, luscious pair emphasized her cheekbones. A slight tweak to the arch of your brow can lift years off your face for less time, pain, and money than an appointment for injectables. Whether you want to give a rounded face more definition, or to soften a sharply angled facial structure, beautiful brows brighten your eyes, leave you looking slimmer and more refreshed.
For an instant result and painless facelift, reach for one of these 6 great brow shapers.
Tom Ford Beauty Brow Sculptor ($44) -- Create brows with impact thanks to Tom Ford Beauty's Brow Sculptor. Its unique calligraphy tip puts you in control of the shape. Offered in 4 sculpting shades.
Clinique Instant Lift For Brows ($16.50) -- The easiest way to create beautiful brows on the go: fill in and shape brows with this two-in-one applicator. Then run the universal highlighter under the brows for maximum wow factor.
Benefit Cosmetics Brow Zings ($32) -- This bestseller includes tiny brushes and tweezers for any brow emergency. Apply brow wax to lock down unruly hairs and add shine. Then brush on brow powder to deal with sparse or undefined areas.
Lancome Eyebrow Crayon ($26) -- This pencil glides on easily and gives a natural finish. The trick to making penciled brows complement, not spoil your make-up look, is to blend and position them with the brush on the end.
Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Brow Lift Duo ($26) -- This micro-slim pencil is two times smaller than traditional pencils. Achieve precise and defined brows that stay put from sun up to sundown. Dermatologist- and ophthalmologist-tested.
MAC 'Veluxe' Brow Liner ($20) -- The secret to this liner is rich powdery formulation that offers a matte and velvety smooth finish. Finish off with Pro Longwear Waterproof Brow Set for all-day power brows.