Multitasking Makeup

April 12, 2010

Robin says this product can do double duty.

We’ve all been in this situation before: you go out with your friends one night, intending to go home, but wind up staying out later than expected. You crash at someone else’s place, and when it comes time to leave the next morning, you realize that you only have whatever makeup you packed in your purse the night before. You want to go on with your day, but how do you look fresh if the only product you have in your purse is lipstick? When this happens, you definitely have to get a little creative. I have a few products that I keep at hand at all times for just this scenario, as well as some tips that will transform your look from walk of shame to runway-fab.

Lips and Cheeks:

Products for your lips and cheeks can often be used interchangeably. I love to use Tarte‘s Green Siren all-natural cheek stain in all different places. It gives my cheeks a rosy glow, but I can also put it on my lips for some long-lasting color, or on my eyes for a shimmery, avant-garde look. On the flip side, I often use my home made lipsticks on my cheeks. The creamy texture of the lipstick is easier to blend and more natural looking than a powder blush, and it’s so easy to do in a pinch!

Brows and Lashes:

Your mascara can do double duty, too. Now that you know which mascaras I recommend, go ahead and use them to clean up your brows as well! If you lightly brush mascara on your eyebrows, you can keep them neat and give them some dramatic color that will help define your eyes.

A lipstick or cheek stain and some mascara are really all you need to look fresh-faced when you’re makeup resources are running low, so keep these products in your purse at all times! Do you have a favorite, multitasking product? Let me know in the comments!


Look At Me Lashes – How to Choose the Best Mascara

March 24, 2010

Credit: Lauren Gaba

As many of you already know, I’m all about lash extensions. They are individual tube extensions that create beautiful, long, voluptuous lashes for 4 weeks. However, not everyone has the time to spend maintaining this look. So, for all of you out there with natural lashes, here is how to get that soft, glamorous lash look without extensions.

When it comes to mascara, the formula doesn’t really matter – it’s all about the wand. It’s what shapes your eyelashes and really makes the look. People seem to think that really fat, big brushes work best for lashes, but the opposite is true – they don’t work at all. When it comes to mascara wands, find brushes that are sparser and the more comb-like the brush is, the more evenly your mascara will coat with less clumping.

Of all of the mascaras on the market today, these are the ones I have tried and approve:

Overall, I have just found that L’oreal’s mascaras are the best, so first is L’oreal’s Telescopic Mascara which comes in both Original and Carbon Black. It makes lashes ultra-long with an odd tip at the end of the mascara wand. I especially recommend the Carbon Black because its brush is smaller, but if you get the Original, go with the Blackest Black color. If you want really long and really voluminous lashes, layer Telescopic over L’Oreal’s Voluminous.

I’ve also been trying out L’Oreal’s Telescopic Explosion and that works great too. It has a ball on the tip of the wand that helps make your lashes extra long.

Maybeline’s Lash Stylist has been discontinued, but it is still available online. The comb brush is perfect for creating long lashes without clumping. I recommend buying a tube online, and once you run out, clean off the wand and reuse it in another tube of your favorite mascara. That way you can use the formula you like with the wand that works.

If you want something a bit edgier than your drug store’s selection, Bourjois’ Volume Clubbing Mascara is great for creating those sexy, voluminous lashes you’ve always wanted with a hip look. It’s a bigger sized brush for that added volume with fewer bristles. I haven’t been able to find this product in stores, but it is available online.

Before you go out and buy yourself some new mascara based on my recommendations, here are some of my tips to making sure you get the best lashes possible:

  • No matter what your hair color is, always go with the blackest black mascara you can find! It will accentuate your eyes the most. Don’t buy brown mascara.
  • Don’t bother with lash curlers; they can pull out your lashes. Instead, what I recommend is placing your finger underneath your eyelashes right after mascara application for a few seconds while lifting up to create a nice curl.
  • Layer your mascara while it’s still wet. That way there is no clumping and you get those perfect lashes you’ve always been looking for.
  • Those new vibrating mascaras on the market are just gimmicks. Don’t bother to spend your time or money on them.

I hope my mascara recommendations, tips and tricks were helpful. Any rave reviews on the mascara you’re using right now?