7-How to Use an Eyelash Curler

How to use an eyelash curler. Curling eyelashes make your eyes look wider & brighter. Metal eyelash curlers are better than plastic. You'll want to replace the pads on the curler every 2 months. For best results, you'll want to gentrly heat the curler with a blowdryer for no more than 5 seconds.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required:
3 minutes

Here's How:

1- Eyelash curlers work best on clean eyelashes. Make sure eyelashes are free of mascara. 
If necessary, use eye makeup remover to remove old mascara.

2- With your blowdryer on low heat, blow air on the curler for no more than 5 seconds.
 Touch the metal. If it's hot, let it cool for a few seconds. You don't want to burn your eyelid.

3- Open the curler, clamp lashes near the roots. Hold for 10-30 seconds. 
Never curl lashes after you apply mascara -- as the mascara dries, lashes can stick to the curler & be torn from the roots. Don't bother curling bottom lashes.
4- Repeat on the other eye.

What You Need:

  • Metal eyelash curler
  • Blowdryer

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6- Applying Blush

Many women avoid blush , about 47% of American women today wear blush compared to 1948, when 66% wore it) but it can be your beauty secret weapon. 
For healthy, natural color, nothing beats blush. 
However, blush tends to overused as well.
 To avoid looking like a clown, try these steps to choosing blush & applying it.

Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 2 minutes (once you get past the first couple steps below)

Here's How:

1- First choose the color using nature as your guide. According to InStyle, the trick is to find a color that matches your cheeks when they're flushed after exercise or being out in the cold. For a quick test, 'spank' your cheeks & use the resulting color as a guide. (We suggest doing this in the comfrot of your home away from other people, wink). 


Another trick is to match your lip color. Fair skin looks great in rose, olive in peach & dark skin in apricot or even red.

2- Now that you have the color, choose the right formula for your skin type.

 Powder is typically best for oily & combo skin. 
Cream is great for dry skin. Liquid and gel are great for oily skin. For even better results, combine cream & powder together. "It helps my blush stay on longer & looks more luminous," said makeup artist Laura Mercier in O Magazine . Keep in mind stains -- great for well-moisturized skin, not dry skin -- tend to dry very fast so blend well & fast.
3- Apply foundation, eye color & lipstick. 
While blush is usually your 2nd-to-last makeup step (before powder), you should experiment with what works best for you. Some makeup artists like to apply blush BEFORE foundation for a more 'natural' look.
4- Throw out the freebie 'Barbie-size' blush brush that comes with the blush. Use a professional full brush instead , but don't use the same brush you use for your powder.


5- Put the blush on your brush, tapping off any excess or put a dab of gel on your fingers.
6- Look into the mirror and smile. This helps you figure out where the 'apple' of your cheek is.


7- Since you want a healthy flush, it's best to apply blush only to apples of your cheeks. 
Keep color light & blended. If you're using gel or cream, NYC makeup artist Carlo Geraci (in O Magazine) suggests dabbing it on with your middle finger, then blend with your ring & middle finger. The clean finger will pick up any excess blush.
8- If you've gone a bit too heavy on the powder blush, a bit of translucent powder over it will calm it down. For cream blush, blot the color off with a tissue. Since gel & liquid blush 'stain' the cheeks, the only way to lighten them is it wash your face, moisturize and reapply your makeup, this time more sparingly.
9- Finish your look with a sweep of translucent powder.

10- Extra tip: For a sun-kissed sheen dab bronzer powder on your forehead, chin & nose BEFORE you apply the blush. To make sure it doesn't look like a stripe, use "a big brush & a light hand," suggests makeup artist Bobbi Brown in Lucky Magazine. Those with darker skin tones should try a caramel-color bronzer (not orange) paired with a yellow-based blush, suggests makeup artist Jeanine Lobell in Elle Magazine.


11- Expert tip: Feel free to experiment with different ways of shading. Makeup artist Shane Paish suggests in the May, 2006, issue of InStyle, to try a C-shape shading. To do this, apply a sheer highlighting powder in a c-shape from your temples to your cheekbones. It should go from the center of your brow bone to the center of your cheek, Paish said, "like the shape of a parenthesis."


  1. Clean your brushes with baby wipes. If you don't keep your brushes clean, they'll gather bacteria and transfer it to your skin.
  2. For a sexy look, dab a little shimmery blush on the highest point of your cheekbone nearest your eye.
  3. Using powder blush? Always sweep it in one direction. Going over & over or around and around causes streaks & can hurt your brush.
  4. Cream blush is great for mature skin. It blends easily & therefore looks very natural. For gel or cream blush, dab a dot on the apple of the cheek and two smaller dots up the cheekbone. Blend the dots together up to the hairline.
  5. Dusky pink blush will warm up any tired-looking skin.

What You Need:

  • blush
  • professional blush brush
  • mirror
  • translucent powder
  • bronzer blusher

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5-Top 5 Beauty Tips for Prom Makeup

The weeks before prom can be crazy. There's nothing better than planning your dress, shoes, prom makeup and hair. To make things easier, we've compiled the five prom makeup musts for this year's event. If you live by these prom makeup tips, we guarantee you won't look weird, boring or too much like your regular, everyday self for this year's prom. Have fun!

Prom Makeup Tip #1: Pick your eyes OR your mouth

The biggest mistake people make when putting on makeup is that they highlight both the eye and the mouth. You need to pick one or the other and downplay what you rejected.
How to pick? Simple. What do people compliment you on? Do you have Angelina Jolie's lips or Kate Bosworth's eyes? If you choose to focus on your lips, you'll want to go bright. Red is hot for prom, as are dark pinks. Just stay away from brown (leave it for your grandmother) and make sure you keep your eye makeup soft and simple.



If you want to play up your eyes, go all out with liner, shadow, mascara and even false eyelashes (the ones that AREN'T obnoxious and outlandish). Just make sure you stick with light lips capped with a light gloss.

Smokey eyes are a great look for prom. Here are step-by-step instructions .

Prom Makeup Tip #2: Perfect your skin tone.

Perfecting your skin tone can be more important than eye makeup. But the secret is to make it look like you're wearing hardly any makeup.
While we're firm believers that few women under age 25 need foundation, if you have acne or an uneven skin tone, you'll want to cover it up with concealer and foundation.
To avoid the pancake batter look, only apply foundation on the areas of skin that are discolored or have blemishes (usually the forehead, cheeks and chin). Make sure to choose a foundation that perfectly matches your skin and blend in well along the jawline.


Prom Makeup Tip #3: If in doubt, mimic a celebrity

A good trick for those of us overwhelmed with hair and makeup choices is to mimic a celebrity look. Whomever you're into, whether it be Mischa Barton , Carrie Underwood, Kristin Callaveri or Ashlee Simpson, you can adapt their look for your prom.
Chances are a professional makeup artist did the celebrity's makeup. If you're having your makeup done at a department store counter before prom, you can bring along the picture for your makeup artist to perfect.
It can also be easy to do it yourself since many magazines name the products used on the celebrity. This way you can apply the exact makeup the celeb used. 


Prom Makeup Tip #4: Three things to remember when taking pictures

You'll have those prom pictures for years, so don't forget these three things:
1. Apply liner and lipstick WITH A MIRROR before you pose.
2. Powder your oily areas (forehead, chin and nose) immediately before the picture. Or better yet, keep blotting papers in your purse.
3. Find out how to stand so you look ten pounds thinner.

Prom Makeup Tip #5: What to bring in your purse

Every purse needs blotting papers (better than applying powder all night, which can leave you looking like a mime), lipstick or gloss, powder (just in case), breath mints and a small bottle of hairspray.


One last thing: Remember, a happy, fun attitude is your biggest beauty weapon. Who doesn't look beautiful when they're happy and smiling?

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4- The Right Way To Apply Foundation

The right foundation will even out your skin tone & give you the appearance of flawless skin. But you have to do it right, otherwise you risk looking like a ... clown. Follow these steps for a flawless complexion.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 2 minutes

Here's How:

1- Begin with clean hands and a clean face

2- Apply a moisturizing sunscreen that's perfect for your skin type. All foundations will go on more smoothly if the skin is well-hydrated.


3- Let the moisturizer set for a few minutes.
4- Wipe off any excess moisturizer with a tissue. Greasy skin will make the foundation slip and slide.
5- Camouflouge your dark, under-eye circleswith a concealer.

6- Using a makeup sponge or the tips of your fingers, apply dots of foundation on your cheeks, chin, forehead and tip of the nose.


7- Using the sponge or your fingertips, blend the dots together. Pay special attention to your hairline and jawline to ensure there's no obvious line where the foundation abruptly stops.

8- Set the foundation with loose powder immediately after application.


  1. You don't have to put foundation all over your face. Try spot-fixes for those areas that need coverage (likely around your eyes & nose & on your chin).
  2. Don't want to go all out with a foundation? Tinted moisturizers may be all you need if your complexion is dewy, but you want a light, sheer wash to even out blotchiness.
  3. The tips of your fingers work well, but I like to use a sponge. Make sure & wash out the sponge well so it doesn't start harboring all sorts of nasty bacteria.

What You Need:

  • 1 makeup sponge
  • foundation for your skin type
  • concealer
  • moisturizing sunscreen

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3-Make Up Your Eyes in 8 Steps

When evening calls for a glamourous look, you want to focus on making your eyes amazing. Here are eight simple steps to making up your eyes for evening.


Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 10 minutes

Here's How:

1- Prep your eyes with concealer
                                                      Concealer can be used to cover up undereye circles or just the bluish discoloration just under your inner eye. To cover dark undereye circles, apply three dots of concealer under each eye. Start at the inner corner where skin tends to be darkest, then under the pupil and the third on the outer edge. Pat, never rub with your ring finger (this finger tends to have the softest pad) until it disappears.
2- Apply eye base to your lid  
                                                  Eye base is the secret to keeping your shadow in place for hours. Without properly priming your lid first, your eyeshadow will likely end up a greasy line in your crease.
3- Apply shadow.  
                                  It's great to use a three-toned shadow and build from lids to brow. Allowing them to blend into each other like a rainbow is gorgeous, according to celebrity makeup artist Mally Roncal. Start with a light color that almost matches your lid. Sweep the color across the lid and up to your browbone. Follow with a medium color across your lid only. Build on this with a darker color in the crease. Blend the colors well.
4- Follow with eyeliner 
                                 Dark eyeshadows work great as eyeliners. Wet a slanted brush, then dip in a dark eyeshadow. Line eyes as close to the upper lashes as possible from the inner corner to the outer corner. Follow with liner on bottom eyes, but only line from the middle of the eye out. Smudge the bottom line with a Q-tip or your finger. You don't want a prominent line. For a smokey eye, use a brush to pat in a dark eyeshadow along the upper lid and below the lid. You don't want a stark line, instead you want to blend it so it's 'smudge-y.'
5-   Brighten your eyes with a highlighter  
                                                     This step involves only the inside part of the eye. With a gold or pink highlighter (white is too bright), draw a v-shaped shape that follows the inner corner of your eye from top to bottom. Blend with your fingers. This will help make eyes 'pop.'
6- Highlight your brow 
                                         Take the same highlighter and dab it on your browbone, concentrating on your mid-brow outward. Blend with your finger.
7- Curl lashes 
                           An eyelash curler will make even long lashes look more gorgeous. For added effect, you can heat the curler under a blowdryer for a couple seconds. Test curler before applying to lashes because you could burn yourself.
8- Apply mascara 
                                 Place the wand of your mascara brush at the bottom of lashes and wiggle back and forth. Follow with another few sweeps of the wand. Apply to bottom lashes as well.

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2- Apply Makeup in Five Minutes

You have exactly five minutes before rushing out the door. Here are the steps you can follow to apply your makeup in as little as five minutes. 


Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 5 minutes

Here's How:

1. Dot on moisturizer.
                                   In most cases, it is recommended that you wait for ten minutes before applying foundation, but there will be times when we simply haven't the time.
2. Apply foundation and blend.
                                                   I was always a big sponge user and while I have no problem with them, I have found something even better. A foundation brush gives great coverage without sponge marks. In fact, no one will ever guess that you even have foundation on.


3. Apply blush and blend.
                         Powder blushes are the easiest to apply.

4. Apply your favorite eye shadow. 
                                      A light coverage is all you will need.

5. Apply eyeliner according to eye shape. 
                                                   As we are working on limited time, concentrate on the outer corners. Less chance of a messy application.

makeup -Apply-eyeliner

6. Apply mascara to lashes.

7. Using a fat brown pencil, 
                                     apply color to brow bone and blend.

8. If your brows need color
                           apply it now with small strokes of a pencil.
9. Color your lips
                   A lipbrush gives a better application and takes no more time than lipstick straight from a tube.


10. Powder your nose and t-zone with loose powder.
11. Check your blush and add a tiny bit more if necessary.


  1. Before you begin your makeup application, set out everything you need.
  2. For individual How To's on any of the above, see the How To index.
  3. Your five-minute makeup is perfect to take along on holidays. It's fast and easy and won't take up a lot of room.

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1- six Beauty Secrets for Beautiful Woman

1. number one secret beauty tip

My favorite beauty tip is one I use every day (actually every night): Vaseline.


 I use it to remove my eye makeup. It's cheaper than over-the-market products, doesn't bother my eyes and I read it can actually help protect the delicate skin around your eyes. Then in winter Vaseline provides the perfect cure for chapped lips: Simply slather it on, then massage lips for a few minutes with an old toothbrush. Continue twice a day until lips are silky and smooth.


2. the easiest way to make up your eyes, without spending a fortune or hours in front of a mirror

Here's a quick (and inexpensive) 4-step routine to use if you don't have much time:

Step 1: Dot concealer on lids. This hides unsightly veins.

Step 2: Sweep a neutral shade like taupe (which I find compliments every skin tone) over eyelids. Add a bit of shimmer if it's nighttime.

Step 3: Skip the cheap pencil liners and use an eyeliner brush and a dark eyeshadow for eyeliner. Wet the brush first for a more dramatic line. Apply line along the top and bottom lashes, making sure to get color in between lashes (you want the line to look as natural as possible). Don't line inside rim of eyes -- it makes eyes appear smaller. Smudge bottom lash so line isn't obvious.

Step 4: Mascara can make anyone's eyes look bigger and brighter. If you have short or straight eyelashes, curl them first before applying mascara.


3. hair tips that you should know for bad hair days

Absolutely! My favorite trick for medium-to-long hair is the messy bun. Not only do buns look sophisticated and hip, they hide bad ends and awkwark cowlicks. Plus, the messier, the sexier! I also love the bandana look, which is totally in right now. As long as you have makeup on, you won't look as if you're meant to be working on a farm. Plus, the bandana look is cute on hair of all lengths.

4. the one skin care or makeup product that every woman should have in her purse

Lipstick or gloss. Provided a woman has great skin, all she really needs is mascara (which you only have to apply once in the morning, so no need to carry it your purse) and lipstick or gloss to look put together.


5. the best way to deal with the occasional blemish
Camouflage it with concealer. But make sure to dot the concealer on with the pad of your middle finger. You never want to rub concealer in like you would sunscreen or foundation.

6. the most surprising beauty secret

There are two. The first is that the less makeup a woman wears, the younger she looks. The second is how a good skincare routine can take years off your face. By skincare, I mean wearing sunscreen daily then using antioxidants, peels and scrubs to buy back lost time and fix damaged skin. I thought all those skincare products were a bunch of mumbo jumbo until I tried them. Now my routine is 50 percent skincare, 50% makeup application.

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