During my 18 years as a hair and makeup artist I’ve accumulated many secrets on how to apply makeup and easy hair tricks that would make anyone envious!
Everyone always asks me about mascara and when to throw it away and replace it. The problem is it dries out and then starts to form unattractive lumps. To help prevent this, don’t pump your mascara trying to get more on your wand; you’re basically pumping air into the tube causing it to dry out even faster.
Although mascara should be replaced every 3 to 4 months, I used to replace mine much sooner just because it dries out so fast and creates undesirable results. But, there’s an easy fix for that! Add a drop or two of Visine (or any brand of eye drops) into the tube, and then rub the wand around inside. The Visine softens the mascara liquid, making it apply as if it were a brand new tube!
As important as your color choices are, the placement of your shadows and liners is just as critical– you can create just about any illusion that you want! With careful placement, you can make your eyes appear wider, closer set, more prominent, deeper set, etc. Determine what shape of eyes you have, and then accentuate them accordingly.
If you don’t already own a nude pencil, invest in one now just for this simple trick! Instead of lining your waterline with dark eyeliner, use a nude pencil to create the illusion of a bigger eye. If you squint your eyes a little at this picture comparison, you’ll see what a difference it really makes. A white liner also works well if you are really fair-skinned.
One of my favourite ways of doing my eyes without it looking too heavy in the day is one I learned from Laura Mercier herself! Tightlining is a way of applying your liner right in between your lashes. This is a great way to appear as though you’re not wearing any makeup at all, yet adding a little bit of color and definition to your eyes, and making the base of your lashes appear thicker.
This is the one thing that no matter how well it’s applied, if it’s the wrong color, it will look terrible! We all dread that our foundation will give us a ghost face or even worse, that dreaded orange jawline. Because your neck isn’t exposed to the sun as much as your face, it is much better for matching your true color.
Now some super cool hair tips!
Do your bobby pins tend to slide out? Mine do! In fact, I never use my bobby pins without a quick spray of hairspray or dry shampoo first. It gives them a little extra grip so you don’t have to worry about your hair style falling out. Place your bobby pins on a paper towel or tissue, give them a light spray, and then allow them to dry for a minute or two before inserting them into your hair. This is especially helpful on fine, straight and thin hair.
Giving yourself a scalp massage in the shower every morning may seem like a waste of time, but it really does stimulate your hair growth and enhance the strength of your roots. So, if you’re growing your hair out, try to do this every day! Why not? It feels great! Did you know that the increased blood flow to your scalp from a massage can also put you in a better mood, reduce stress, and relieve pain by improving circulation? Sounds like it’s worth every minute.
Most of us have never even considered the idea of brushing our hair before we jump in the shower, but it makes sense. We lose a lot of hair during the washing process, and guess where all of that hair goes? Down the drain! To reduce clogs, brush before you wash, especially if you are prone to tangles.
In the summer I work on many photo shoots and get asked a lot to do beachy style waves. This a great way to do it!
All you have to do is blow dry (or air dry) your hair like usual until it’s about 80% dry, and then twist small sections of your hair from root to tip, and blow dry the twisted sections one at a time until they’re mostly dry. The heat helps tame frizz and fly-aways, as well as lock in the natural wave created from the twist.
To save time, I usually prefer to scrunch my hair while it’s wet and let it air dry for about an hour (if I’m home and have the time), and then only apply this twisting technique to the top of my hair where I have the most frizz. If some of the sections of your hair become too dry, simply mist them lightly with a spray bottle before twisting and drying.
I hope you try some of my tips and please let me know if they worked for you!
T.T.F.N! ( TA TA FOR NOW!)