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Seven Winter Tips For Soft Lips

       
Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Seven Winter Tips For Soft Lips
The cold days of winter can be the perfect inspiration for pulling out those gorgeous sweaters, chic boots and attractive scarves. You might even reinvent your makeup strategy and skincare regimen to look and feel your best during the most frigid of days. In the middle of all the frenzy, we often tend to ignore our precious pouts. Achieving soft, kissable lips, all through the year, does not have to be a mountain of a task. With a few simple tips, you will be well on your way to flaunting those absolutely attractive lips, no matter what the season.

Don’t Overdo The Lip Balm
Believe it or not, too much lip balm or gloss can actually dry your lips out. Our lips are conditioned to produce natural oils for protection and nourishment. By constantly applying a lip balm, you are reducing your body’s need to generate its own essential moisture. Choose a deliciously flavored lip balm for instant revitalization, and always remember that less is more.

Remove Those Dead Cells
Smiling with chapped and dry lips can be painful and embarrassing. Keep them smooth and supple by exfoliating with a quality lip scrub, once or twice a week. Empower your lips to sport that perfect shade of lipstick, all day and night, with a gentle scrub and intense moisturizing treatment.

Lip Masks Are In
A rejuvenating lip mask can be the perfect way to get rid of dead cells and heal your lips inside out. Make your own by combining a tablespoon of sour cream with a few drops of lemon juice and half a teaspoon of olive oil. Apply on lips and wash off after 20 minutes to reveal beautiful baby soft lips underneath. Follow with a lip renewal treatment in your favorite shade and flavor, such as Le Couvent des Minimes – Smile Lip Balm Honey.

Don’t Just Settle For Any Lipstick
Not all lipsticks are made the same. Choose yours wisely. Many lipsticks are infused with moisturizers that can boost the appearance and health of your lips. For a high-gloss look that is packed with all-day hydration and flavor, try Philosophy Fresh Cream High Gloss, High-Flavor Lip Shine.

Tap Into The Benefits Of Vitamin E
Your lip care routine does not have to be elaborate or time consuming. For an instant boost, dab a few drops of vitamin E oil on your lips to restore a youthful texture and negate the signs of aging. Vitamin E is loaded with antioxidants that fight free radicals and protect against sun damage. Choose lip care products that contain vitamin E for added benefits, such as Yu-Be- Lip Therapy or Dermalogica- Age Smart Multivitamin Power Firm for Eye and Lip Area.

Resist The Urge To Lick Your Lips
Licking dry and sore lips can worsen the situation by depleting the thin layer of natural oils on the surface. Never rub, lick or pick on your irritated and chapped lips.

Find Lip Balms With SPF
Your lips are exposed to the sun as much as your skin. Lips do not contain the protective pigment called melanin, found in your skin, and are equally prone to damage from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. A lip balm with SPF can be an ideal choice for protective coverage all day long. Try Kamins Chemist- Lip Balm SPF 20 for an intensive moisturizing lip treatment.

Beauty Must Haves for 2014

       
Saturday, January 18th, 2014

Beauty Must Haves for 2014
It’s time to put on your freshest face and update your beauty case for the new year. With so many products and looks, finding your favorite makeups, lotions, and cleansing products can be quite the chore. To help you pick the best items we’ve come up with a list of beauty essentials for 2014. Without further ado, here are a few of our favorite things:

Beautyblender: The Duo Kit
If you’re looking for an easy flawless application tool, the Beautyblender is what you need. Its unique elliptical shape allows you to apply foundation, blush, or other liquids without fear of lines. With this sponge, your makeup is undetectable thanks to the absence of harsh edges. The fully rounded applicator makes perfect and undetectable application fool-proof. Aside from its effectiveness, these sponges are reusable and able to be laundered. We all feel good about saving the environment – even if it is just one makeup sponge at a time.

Buzzing Beauty Buffer by POP Beauty
If you prefer something more tech-savvy than Beautyblender: The Duo Kit, The Buzzing Beauty Buffer works with every makeup medium to create your most flawless face. Using gentle vibration, this buffer stimulates circulation while blending liquid, cream, mousse, or powder seamlessly. It’s a simple, ingenious product designed to take your makeup application to the next level. The vibrating function not only improves the look of makeup, it improves the natural glow of your skin, too. Simply dip the buffer into your choice of medium and apply in a circular motion. Voila! Beautiful, glowing skin is yours to behold.

Easy Pack from Baby Foot
While winter keeps your toes covered, summer is right around the corner. Don’t wait until it’s too late to fix your feet. The Baby Foot Easy Pack is one of our 2014 favorite beauty products because it delivers amazing results with minimal effort. Just apply, soak, and wash away. Your dead skin will peel away within a week leaving skin that’s baby smooth and sandal ready. You’ll be pedicure perfect in no time.

Dermablend’s Loose Setting Powder
For those days when oil control is a must, Dermablend’s Loose Setting Powder is the icing to your face. It sets foundation without altering tone and provides a natural glow. This powder is smudge resistant, fragrance-free, and strong enough to last the entire day long. There’s no need to reapply or worry about break through shine. Basically, this powder is a life saving makeup setter. It controls shine, is lightweight and easy to apply, and blends beautifully with other products.

Snow Angel Duo from Philosophy
The holidays are over but that doesn’t mean the holiday spirit has to end. Combat the dull, dreary January days by incorporating a festive shampoo and shower gel/bubble bath into your routine. With the smell of soft snow and moisturizing power of shea butter, you’ll be on your way to blissful relaxation. Who doesn’t love soaking in a hydrating bubble bath to soothe dry winter skin? It’s a wintery escape in your own home, and you’ll love the shea butter skin benefits.

Le Couvent des Minimes – Everyday Deodorant with Alum Stone Eau des Minimes
Instead of simply masking scents, purify your body and soul with the essential oils found in this daily deodorizer. Blood orange, lemon, and mandarin oils work in harmony to purge and prevent unpleasant smells. The sprig of rosemary adds an extra dimension of warmth and comfort. Everyday Deodorant with Alum Stone Eau des Minimes is simple enough for casual events, yet inviting and interesting enough for those special romantic evenings. No matter the occasion, this scent is sure to make – and leave – a lasting impression.

Our 2014 beauty must haves will put a smile on your face all year long. Although we emphasized the benefits during the cold winter months every beauty junkie knows the importance of oil-free skin, flawless makeup application, and soft, smooth skin at any time of year. We love using the Snow Angel Duo during especially hot summer days; it reminds us to keep a cheerful spirit and enjoy the summer sun. If you’ve forgotten about your feet, the Easy Pack from Baby Foot only takes a week so you can clean up those calluses at the last minute. When the heat opens your pores keep your face looking flawless with setting powder, Beautyblenders, and buffers, because beauty does’t have a season: beauty is eternal.

10 Benefits of Using a Makeup Primer

       
Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

10 Benefits of Using a Makeup Primer
Proper makeup application is an art. It takes special skills, the right tools and a suitable selection of cosmetics to enhance your best features while downplaying flaws and blemishes. In the quest for perfection, makeup primer has emerged as one of the most useful products in preparing the skin for makeup application.

What is Makeup Primer?

Makeup primer is applied to prepare your skin’s surface to accept various layers and different types of makeup. Applying makeup primer is like preparing a blank canvass for the artwork. Primers are made with waxes, silicones and polymers enriched with various combinations of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and emollients. It is applied after the moisturizer but before the foundation.

Benefits of Using Makeup Primer

The condition of your skin varies depending on the climate, your skincare regimen and your overall health. Fortunately, your skin’s condition can be transformed with the magic of skincare products and cosmetics. In this regard, applying makeup primer can have many benefits.

1. Skin Softener
Makeup primers that contain vitamin-enriched emollients have a moisturizing effect on skin, improving texture and providing a smoother surface for makeup application. Philosophy’s The Present Clear Makeup is a multitasking makeup primer that creates a velvety surface so that cosmetics glide on much better.

2. Pore Minimizer
Moisturizers are formulated for optimum skin absorption. When foundation is applied directly after the moisturizer, your pores may show through the foundation. An application of makeup primer such as the Too Faced Primed & Poreless Pure Oil-Free Skin Smoothing Face Primer will resolve this problem.

3. Non-comedogenic Pore Sealing
Effective makeup primers create a silken surface on your face because they seal the pores. However, stick with non-comedogenic formulations that will not clog pores and cause skin irritation such as Age Smart Skin Perfect Primer made by Dermalogica.

4. Anti-aging Effect
Some face primers may contain antioxidants and other anti-aging ingredients. However, the youthful glow that comes from including makeup primer in your regular routine comes from the skin polishing effect of primers. Although the effect is temporary, primer application will minimize fine lines upon application. However, products like Dermablend’s Skin Perfector Anti-Wrinkle and Firming Primer may help make the skin look and feel younger if used regularly.

5. Reduce Redness and the Evidence of Acne
Primers intended for sensitive skin contain soothing ingredients. While primers are not formulated for acne treatment, using some of this product under your foundation will cover up unsightly acne. Radiant skin is possible with the blend of cucumber, cactus extracts and antioxidants in Skin Calming Face Primer SPF 20 by Colorscience.

6. Mattifying and Anti-flaking
While some primers can moisturize the skin, others are formulated to reduce oiliness that can lead to streaks in your makeup. Primers will also prevent absorption of talc from makeup products.

7. More Polished Makeup
Staring your makeup routine with a velvety canvas means makeup is applied more easily, creating a professional finish on your face.

8. Makeup Stays on Longer
Sweating is minimized on your face as the primer acts as a temporary pore sealant. This keeps your makeup in place much longer than if you bypassed primer application. Primers such as Borghese’s Prima Viso Face Primer create a uniform surface for your foundation, preventing the dreaded makeup melt off.

9. Easy Application
If you dislike heavy makeup, makeup primers were created for you. Makeup primers are lightweight gel or cream formulations, colorless or lightly tinted, that dry easily after application, keeping your preparation time to a minimum.

10. A Primer for Everyone
Regardless of your skin type, tone and condition, there is a makeup primer formulated for your skin. With a diverse selection of makeup primers available, feel free to experiment until you find the right match.

Beauty trends to toss and try in 2014

       
Thursday, December 26th, 2013

Beauty trends to toss and try in 2014

As the year draws to a close and 2014 rapidly approaches, we’re all looking forward to new makeup and hair looks to try out. However, there are some trends that simply aren’t worth embracing – or have had their time in the spotlight and no longer look as eye-catching. Just because something becomes a fad for a brief period doesn’t mean you should stick with it. In fact, some of the most popular crazes in the beauty realm aren’t universally flattering.

Aiming to update your appearance for the new year? Here’s a guide to which tired trends you should avoid, and which new looks you should adopt:

Hair
One thing’s for sure – you saw a lot of ombre in 2013, from hair to manicures and even on lips. While there’s definitely a convenience factor when it comes to this trend as it allows you to grow out those highlights without worrying about your roots, there’s a slightly different twist that’s emerging for 2014. Glamour magazine called this new technique “Ecaille,” or “Tortoiseshell coloring.” The method was developed by the London-based colorist Jo Hansford, and has been seen on both Jessica Alba and Scarlett Johansson. It’s a slightly softer look than the high contrast two-tone ombre. The finished effect is multi-tonal, meaning darker shades fade more naturally into lighter hues on the ends.

Those with wavy or curly hair will rejoice in the fact that it’s time to put down the straightening iron – the pin-straight look is getting a rest this year. 2014 will be all about volume as opposed to flat ‘dos, which can tend to look a bit boring. Embrace your naturally tousled texture with the right hair products and you’ll look effortlessly beautiful.

As far as hair colors go, you can say goodbye to rainbow hues. Kyle White, the lead colorist at the Oscar Blandi Salon, told StyleList that he is seeing fewer clients ask for pinks, blues and other bright hair colors – which is probably a good thing as these pigments tend to fade after just a few washes and look less than stunning. Instead, he noted that more women will be opting for platinum hair. As Miley Cyrus, Elle Fanning and even the traditionally brunette Kim Kardashian are going for a cooler blonde, White expects more women to try this trend.

Makeup
Not all pink lipsticks are created equal. While bubblegum may have had a major moment in 2013, a new shade will be taking its place this year: fuchsia. As The Huffington Post pointed out, bubblegum is not flattering on many skin tones, but fuchsia can complement any complexion.

While dark lips were everywhere this year, Glamour noted that in 2014, more women will be reaching for rich berry shades in a sheer tinted formula. The advantage of these products is that they provide slightly less pigment so the final look isn’t quite as intense. Still, you can layer them if you want more drama. This is a subtler approach to the trend that is far more wearable than the grungy effect we saw in 2013.

Also, 2014 will be the year to lay off the bronzer a bit. This doesn’t mean you’ll be ditching your glow, it’s just that everyone is stepping away from the overly tanned look. For a natural radiance, try a light-reflecting tinted moisturizer and only use a bronzer that’s one to two shades deeper than your skin tone.

Although nail art isn’t completely out this year, it will be going through a major transformation. Instead of over-the-top graphics, try out some simpler designs like stripes, color blocking and a half-moon take on the French manicure in neutral lacquer hues.

Shine at all of your holiday parties

       
Friday, December 20th, 2013

Shine at all of your holiday parties

Your social calendar is looking stuffed – and while you couldn’t be more excited about all the upcoming soirées, you’re also already strategizing your look. After all, with the twinkling holiday lights, festive decor and glitzy party dresses, it’s not easy to stand out. However, with a touch of the right makeup, you’re bound to light up the room.

Every bash has a different mood, so they require varied makeup products, tricks and tactics. Here’s how to create a flawless look for all your upcoming affairs:

The family party
As you gather around the fireplace with loved ones, singing carols and exchanging memories from years past, you’ll surely be all aglow, and your makeup should reflect the same warmth. For a bright-eyed look, dab some highlighter with light-reflecting particles just at the inner corners of your eyes. Your look wouldn’t be complete without that just-in-from-the-cold fresh-faced flush, so sweep a light layer of rosy pigment onto the apples of your cheeks. Go for a sheer lip color that simply enhances the natural color of your pout.

The office party
The key at the company party is to look sophisticated and polished but still approachable, meaning a bold red lip and elegant golden eyes. If you have cool undertones in your skin, reach for a blue-based red like a rich berry. Warmer complexions can rock a brick red or a shade that errs on the orangey side. Next, rub a gold cream eyeshadow onto your lids and use a blending brush to distribute the pigment until your eyes are glimmering just the right gilded hue. You can also apply a warm medium brown shadow in the crease for some added allure.

The girlfriends party
Girls just want to have fun, so why not embrace some seasonally festive shimmer for a shindig at your BFF’s? Whether or not it’s snowing outside, sparkling silver eyeshadow promises a winter wonderland appeal. Dust a pale slate gray loose powder onto your lids and then to further illuminate your eyes, apply highlighter along the brow-bone. Lining your upper lash line with a charcoal pencil will give you subtle definition, while a layer of sleek black liquid liner will make your eyes pop more dramatically. To finish the look, sweep two layers of volumizing mascara onto your upper lashes and apply a neutral lip gloss, which will give your pout a glossy sheen but won’t compete with your glittery eyes.

All about brows: Your guide to bold styles

       
Friday, December 20th, 2013

All about brows: Your guide to bold styles

2013 could very well go down as the year of the eyebrow. Of course, not just any style of eyebrows was making a splash – it was the bold look that seemed to be everywhere. With starlets, singers and other celebrities sporting this trend and fashion models strutting down the runway with it as well, one thing became clear: Over-plucking is out. In fact, women began to pay more attention to their eyebrows in their beauty routine, reaching for pencils and stencils to achieve the right shape. Meanwhile “brow bars” opened up across the country, helping fashion-forward patrons to groom theirs to perfection.

While fuller brows may look easier to achieve and maintain than slender ones, there is still some work that goes into this look.

Follow these three simple steps and you’ll be rocking a striking shape in no time:

Step 1: Trim and tidy
Whether you have brazen brows that tend to look overgrown quickly or only have to deal with eliminating a few strays, you need to tidy up the shape before you go bold.

Start by sweeping a brow brush upward through the hairs. Look for any hairs that poke out above the arch, and then carefully trim the very ends. Then repeat the same process but brush the hairs downward this time. Don’t get scissor happy, either. Remember that you can always go back and trim more off – but if you overdo it, it’ll be hard to get the full look you’re going for.

Don’t put the brow brush down just yet. Comb it through your hairs upward and across once again to create some lift at the arch. This will help you to see the natural shape, which you’ll enhance in the next step.

Step 2: Fill in the gaps
You may see some sparse areas in your brows, or perhaps the hairs are so light that they almost seem to blend in with your skin. Either way, there are plenty of ways to boost your brows so that they stand out.

First, you need to prep them for the pigment. Founder of The Beauty Bar and brow expert to the stars Kristie Streicher revealed her signature feathered technique for tinting and shaping to Refinery 29. She recommended swiping a tinted brow mousse or gel through the hairs in an upward motion. Then, she suggested applying a second coat going in the opposite direction. The key is to press the tip of the applicator to each individual hair to make sure they all get coated. Afterward, it’s important to brush the hairs back to smooth them out.

Step 3: Color contrast
Now it’s time to reach for an eyebrow pencil that matches your natural hair color. Make light, short strikes in an upward motion to ensure that the look mimics the direction of your hair growth and the pigment doesn’t go on too heavy. One of the biggest mistakes that women make is applying the pencil to the skin, when actually you want to focus on the hairs themselves. It’s best to concentrate on the outer two thirds of your brows. Your brow brush comes in handy once again to blend and soften the color.

If the look you get with a pencil is too dramatic, you might opt for a brow powder, which creates a softer, feathered effect. If you can’t find the perfect color to match your hair, you can always blend several shades. Brush it along your hairs from the arch outward, avoiding the inner third of your brows. Then go back and gently blend the pigment toward the inner corners.

A step-by-step guide to pink ombré lips

       
Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

A step by step guide to pink ombré lips

The ombré effect made a big splash over the past few years, as many celebrities traded their perfect highlights and dye jobs for a grown-out, faded look. We all rejoiced because truth be told, it meant that we could wait a little longer in between salon trips and still look polished. Now, ombré is going beyond hair and becoming a major lip trend. While matte lipstick is no doubt still having a moment, an allover lip shade with consistent intensity can sometimes get boring. The best part about ombré lips is that with varying richness of pigment, you can dramatically boost the fullness of your pout.

Ready to draw attention to your lips? Here’s how to get this stunning two-tone look:

  1. You’ll need two shades of pink, one lighter and one that’s two to three shades deeper, for the ombré effect. The possibilities are endless, so feel free to play around with dusty rose, bubblegum pink and even electric fuchsia. However, it’s important that they are the same hue, so if you’re using an icy cool pale pink, make sure that your darker shade is in the same color family and also has cool undertones. Conversely, a golden or coral pink lipstick should be used in conjunction with a warmer dark color.
  2. Start by dabbing the deeper shade on the center of your lower lip. Press your lips together so that it smudges to the middle of your top lip as well.
  3. Now it’s time to apply the darker shade along the outer lined of your lips. Makeup artist Benjamin Puckey told InStyle magazine that he likes to use a firm flat lip brush, as this helps to ensure a precise line. This step is key because it provides definition to your pout.
  4. Next, it’s time to reach for the lighter color. Dab it into the middle of your top and bottom lips and blot them together one time. The paler tone will illuminate your pout, which gives you a plumping effect.
  5. Now that your ombré lips are complete, how do you finish the look? You want to make sure that your pout stays in the spotlight, so this isn’t the time for dramatic eyes or cheeks. Consider adding a light layer of pink blush to the apples of your cheeks for a fresh-faced flush. Then, create a subtle and sleek cat-eye with some liquid liner and you’re good to go.

Dazzle That New Year’s Party with These Beauty Products

       
Monday, December 16th, 2013

Do's and don't's for dramatic lashesArrive at end-of-the-year celebrations with New Year’s-worthy looks and super-glam style. Makeup, hair, clothes and accessories are key, but prepping with indulgent beauty treatments will make you feel luxurious and beautiful. What better way to walk in oozing confidence and glamour?

Early in the Day

Allow plenty of time to relax. There’s nothing less radiance-inducing than rushing around and stressing yourself out, so clear your schedule in advance. Set the stage for a fun-filled evening with a pre-party soak.

The Bod Squad by Bliss contains all the essentials. Soften and relax with citrus- and sage-scented Soapy Suds and Body Butter. Feel slinky in your holiday outfit by applying skin-firming Fatgirlslim. Get your digits ready for hugs and hand-holding with High Intensity Hand Cream.

Party Prep Basics

Today is not the time to try new products or intense treatments. Skin sensitivities could cause all eyes to be on you for the wrong reason. Test new products well in advance to prevent bad reactions. If your skin is prone to redness, scaliness and rashes, stick with hypoallergenic products made for sensitive skin. MD MOMS Baby Silk is a fragrance-free head-to-toe cleanser that gently cleans adult skin too.

Sloughing Off

Exfoliating gives you radiant, baby-soft skin. Glamglow Youthmud gently resurfaces skin and triggers collagen synthesis for a younger look. Apply this or another exfoliating product early in the day for best results. Moisturize within two minutes of exfoliating to provide a smooth, glowing canvas for your makeup palette. Follow with a rich, intense eye moisturizer like Babor’s HSR Lifting Extra Firming Eye Cream.

Making Up is Easy to Do

Keep under-eye circles and other imperfections at bay with concealer. New Year’s parties demand a flawless look. If you weren’t born with perfect skin, consider a full-coverage option like Dermablend Cover Creme. Even if you usually go au naturel — makeup-wise, that is — tonight calls for a foundation made for your skin type. Heavy powder ages almost anyone, but a little bit looks polished and pretty. Apply a light dusting of translucent powder, avoiding the under-eye area.

Tonight is the night to break out that smoky eye or vamp-y red lipstick. Just be sure to perfect the look well in advance by practicing and watching online video tutorials. Put on your holiday best, spritz on a chic fragrance, stash some oil-blotting tissues, and you’re ready to ring in the new year in style!

Must know tips before using makeup remover

       
Monday, December 16th, 2013

Must know tips before using makeup remover

Makeup remover is a key element in every girl’s nighttime beauty regimen. After all, you need to get off all the products you’ve used at the end of the day to let your skin breathe and prevent clogged pores, or worse – a breakout. However, there’s more to this product than meets the eye. It’s crucial to be mindful about what’s in the solution you’re using, as well as how you’re apply it to ensure it’s effective. Additionally, you could do some damage to your skin if you aren’t careful about which makeup remover you use.

So before you go to clear off your cosmetics, keep these tips in mind:

Read the label
Just as you look at the ingredients on your food to make sure it’s good for you, it’s imperative to do the same with your makeup remover. Certain agents can be particularly harsh, and therefore, should be avoided, especially if you have sensitive skin. Stay away from solutions that contain fragrances, preservatives or alcohol. None of these ingredients will make the remover work better, so they’re unnecessary. Plus, they can irritate the skin, particularly around the eye area.

Consider your skin type
You take your skin type into account when buying a cleanser and moisturizer, so keep this mind when you’re purchasing a makeup remover as well. Dr. David Bank, director and founder of The Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic & Laser Surgery, told The Huffington Post that it can be helpful to consult with your dermatologist if you’re unsure about your type or what product is ideal for your skin. As a general rule, though, he advised using a hypoallergenic fragrance-free makeup remover if you have rosacea or eczema. Sensitive skin types should reach for cream or liquid cleansers, which are less drying. For example, G.M. COLLIN’s hydrating Sensiderm Cleansing Milk, which has soothing properties, is made for sensitive skin.

Be gentle
The method that you use to remove your makeup is just as important as the product. Especially when you’re removing stubborn waterproof mascara or eyeliner, it can be tempting to rub vigorously to get it all off. This tactic is detrimental, though, as the eye area is particularly delicate. An optimal eye makeup remover will be strong enough to slough off any product, so let it do the work for you.

The best way to get rid of makeup without irritating your skin is to press a cotton ball or pad soaked with remover over your lids. The product will dissolve, and then you can simply wipe it away. Always avoid rubbing the under-eye area and follow up by washing your face to eliminate any residue from the remover.

Do’s and don’t's for dramatic lashes

       
Friday, December 13th, 2013

Do's and don't's for dramatic lashes

Long, lush lashes are the ultimate beauty achievement, but this is no easy feat. While some were blessed with naturally voluminous lashes from birth, others spend a considerable amount of time trying to amp them up. There's so much to consider in your efforts, too. Which mascara will really maximize your lashes? How and when should you curl them?

If you're trying to up the intensity on your lash factor, keep these do's and don'ts in mind:

Do
Pay attention the brush, as it's a good indicator of what effect you'll get with the product. One with spiky straight bristles will separate your lashes, thus preventing any clumping. A big, bushy brush on the other hand will make your lashes look extra full. Want to give your lashes some curl? Then seek out a brush that has the curvature you need.

Start by applying your mascara on one eye, then switch to the other – but most importantly, let that layer dry completely before passing over with a second swipe.

Use an eyelash curler before you reach for mascara when you want a wide-eyed look. To get the best results, press the curler down at the roots for about five seconds and then continue to clamp down on the lashes for one second several times. 

Don't
Don't try to do it all when it comes to your mascara. It may not be possible to find a product that lengthens, thickens, curls and adds volume, so decide what your top priority is and then select a product that promises that specific benefit. Keep in mind that if you want some lift, you'll need to look for a curling mascara that has the right waxes and resins to bend straight lashes into shape. Or, if you're trying to extend the length of your lashes, you'll want to look for a formula that has nylon fibers in it.

Do not be afraid to wiggle. Carefully press the brush right up against the base of your lashes and then pull it upward, shimmying as you go. This motion separates your lashes while simultaneously ensuring that each and every lash gets an even coat of pigment. 

Avoid using a waterproof mascara all the time. Most of these formulas are rather difficult to remove, which can take a toll on your lashes and potentially promote breakage. For everyday use, aim for a traditional formula, and then bust out the water-resistant formulas for those special occasions.

Don't forget your lower lashes, either. You can focus on your upper fringe for your natural daytime look, but lightly brushing the wand along your lower lashes can add some drama and definition to a smoky eye.