Rinse the eye area gently with lukewarm water when you're done. To help you make a huge sartorial success, we recently brought you 50 of the best fashion tips of all time.
To make color melt into your skin, dab it on with a dampened synthetic makeup sponge, says San Francisco makeup artist Emily Warren. Next, dispense foundation onto the back of your hand, press the sponge into it, and apply wherever you want coverage.
Sweep liquid liner along the upper lash line and as far past the corner of the eye as you like, using the top of the card as a guide. If you have trouble getting bobby pins and barrettes to stay in your hair, this technique from Mark Townsend, a Los Angeles—based celebrity stylist with Dove Haircare, should help: Spray the fasteners with dry shampoo right before slipping them in. For even more holding power, anchor bobby pins by crisscrossing them over each other.
Most people glop hair products at the front of their heads and work backward. But according to Stefanie Henriquez, a stylist at the Frederic Fekkai salon at the Mark in New York City, this method causes too much product to pile up at the hairline, weighing down the roots.
Instead, gather your hair at the nape of your neck and begin the application at the ends, working toward the crown.
From Rebecca Friedman, a co-owner of the Goodform Salon, in Los Angeles, comes this easy, romantic spin on date-night hair: Use a vintage brooch or pin as an embellishment. Side-part your hair, mist with spray, then curl the ends under with an iron. Tuck one side behind your ear and place the brooch above it.
If your hair is thin, you may need to anchor it with a bobby pin or two. Works for most lengths. Make your home manicure last longer with this pointer from Kristina Saindon, a Denver-based manicurist for the nail-care company CND. Follow as usual with two coats of color. The extra step reinforces the tips, where peeling starts.
Do you ever stand an inch from the magnifying makeup mirror and despair that needles and lasers are the only answer? Step away from the glass—you may be experiencing proportion distortion, says Loretta Ciraldo, a dermatologist in Miami. Then they can assess what they may really need. For salon-level style on those mornings when you barely have time to shower, try this trick from Bonnie Thorpes, a blow-dry stylist at Blow NY: If your hair is shoulder length or longer, set it in hot rollers, then spritz the roots with a dry shampoo.
This gives hair some body and also absorbs excess oil. First blow all the hair from one side of your head toward the other. Then do the same on the reverse side. Keep flipping sides until your hair is completely dry. Basically, your noggin acts like a big Velcro roller, smoothing your strands into glorious submission. In a perfect world, you would be able to apply liquid eyeliner in such a straight line that it would blend seamlessly into the base of your lashes. Unfortunately, morning caffeine jitters can make that a tough feat.
To prevent a makeup pencil from reaching the breaking point when you sharpen it, put it in the freezer 30 minutes beforehand, says Jemma Kidd, a makeup artist in London. This makes the tip less apt to crumble and produces a neater line. Before using the liner, soften it a bit by drawing a quick stroke on the back of your hand. To avoid a news-anchor blowout—that is, round and puffy—start drying on the top of your head, says Patrick Melville, a salon owner and a celebrity stylist in New York City.
For a sleek finish, pull small sections of hair taut with a flat-backed brush, beginning at your forehead and working back, and aim the air from the part to the ends. Real Simple may receive compensation when you click through and purchase from links contained on this website. Close View all gallery.
Straight from the experts who know best: Eye-Opening Tip Depending on how you apply your makeup, your deep-set eyes can go from sunken looking to sultry in a blink, says Tina Turnbow, a celebrity makeup artist based in New York City. Make the Cut You can do a bang-up bang trim at home, says celebrity hairstylist Mark Townsend.
Make Lipstick Last The key to long-wearing, transferproof lipstick is layering, says Dick Page, the artistic director of Shiseido Cosmetics.
Help for Ticklish Tootsies If you wriggle instead of relaxing during a pedicure because your feet are ticklish, try this distracting trick from Marcela Correa, a medical pedicurist at the Julien Farel salon in New York City: Eye Makeup Made Easier In makeup, as in life, timing is everything. Get a Hold on Hair If you have trouble getting bobby pins and barrettes to stay in your hair, this technique from Mark Townsend, a Los Angeles—based celebrity stylist with Dove Haircare, should help: Prep Your Eyelids "For a smoky eye, moisturize the area first, so when you line the lid with a pencil it will smudge naturally.
Fix Smudges Easily "Apply loose powder on top of the foundation under your eyes, so if a little shadow spills, it's easier to wipe off. Blow Dry Your Lashes "To make lashes curl better, take a hair dryer to your eyelash curler for one or two seconds before using it. Get Dewy Lids "If you use petroleum jelly on your lids, it gives you a dewy, angelic look. Blend Your Own Shades "I love to layer tons of different shades to create new colors.
I start with matte lipstick that's really dry then I put a more creamy, moist lipstick on my top. And my trick for not getting it on my teeth? Wipe Off Your Lipstick "To make lips look naturally pink, I put on red lipstick, wipe it off, and then apply clear gloss.
Skip Nail Polish "I love the look of buffed nails. They look neat and chic without actually having to paint your nails-and it takes no time! Spritz Your Outfit "I love walking into a closet and smelling lingering perfume, so I always spray my clothes. And at the end of the bottle, when the atomizer no longer reaches the tiny little dribble that is left, I unscrew the top and pour the remainder onto a t-shirt or dress.
Master the Art of Smiling "An actress friend of mine shared a great trick. She told me to stick my tongue behind my teeth when I smile to keep from over-smiling. If you smile without doing it, sometimes your gums show a little too much. It's an actor's trick! Tone Down Your Concealer "Use concealer that's two shades lighter than your actual skin tone and dot it under your eyes. It draws attention to your eyes and makes you look refreshed-which is great when you're extra tired or have traveled a lot.
Consider a Cat Eye "I don't use a real eye shadow brush-I just use the spongy brush that comes in the package. It fits nicely underneath my eye and creates a nice, everyday cat eye. I blend, add a little black eyeliner on the inside and I'm done. Use a Light Hand "My best beauty secret is simple: Have the right palette and the right colors and remember, you need so much less makeup than you think.
Be Yourself "I'm a really smiley person, so I've just learned when I'm doing my own makeup, I have to make sure it's smile ready and not too heavy.
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