Easy Mascara Hacks

Presenting… a video by the M Crowd — the wildly talented group of makeup influencers who create exclusive content just for Makeup.com. Here, Heidi shares mascara hacks for the best lashes of your life.

Mascara is truly the workhorse of any makeup bag — it’s the one thing you can always rely on, and finding the perfect formula is similar to stumbling across a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow or catching a train moments before the doors close. But even the best mascara can be better — or hacked so you get the biggest bang for your buck. Check out the 14 hacks ahead, designed to help your lashes reach their fullest potential.

Hack 1: Bring it Back to Life

Mascara typically has a shelf life of two to three months once opened, but there are those times when you need it to stretch just a little bit longer. Contact solution works in a pinch, breaking up a gunky formula and thinning it out so it will last you a little bit longer. For best results, add a few drops at a time to achieve your preferred consistency.

Hack 2: Fake it Til You Make it

Use a fine tipped liquid liner to draw dashes on dots on your lash line. This will create the appearance of thicker lashes without the help of falsies or fiber mascara.

Hack 3: Turn Up the Heat!

Heat up your lash curler using a blow dryer before curling your lashes. This will give your lashes a better curl and help you achieve maximum volume. When doing this, be sure to check the temperature of the lash curler before using it on your face.

Hack 4: Curl, Baby, Curl

Rather than clamping your lash curler a few times and applying mascara, try this three-step method instead. Start with your lash curler at a 30 degree angle and clamp at the roots for 15 seconds. Repeat this at the middle of your lashes and finally at the end. Do this once or twice until you achieve your desired look.

Hack 5: Prime Your Lashes!

Lash primer is an essential step to getting the longest, fullest lashes possible. Not only will it help your lashes hold their curl, your mascara will apply a lot smoother and last a little longer.

Try: L’Oréal Paris False Lash Superstar Mascara

Hack 6: Ignore the Pricetag!

Rule number one of mascara: you can’t judge a mascara by its price tag. Some of the best mascara formulas can be found at your local drugstore, including the cult fave L’Oréal Paris Lash Paradise Mascara — a formula that is constantly compared to higher end mascara and comes out on top.

Hack 7: Stop Pumping That Wand

It can be tempting to vigorously pump your mascara wand into its tube — let’s be honest, we’re all guilty of it. This actually shortens the lifespan of your mascara by forcing air into the tube and drying it out.

Hack 8: Wipe it Off

Removing the excess product is the best thing you can do for your lashes. This simple step reduces clumping and helps to distribute products evenly on your lashes.

Hack 9: Layering is Key

Start by applying very thin layers of mascara and focus mostly on the ends. Continue to build layers until you achieve desired thickness and length.

Hack 10:

Use your blowdryer on the cold setting and gently dry your lashes in between coats to speed up drying time.

Hack 11: Wiggle!

When applying thin coats of mascara, wiggle your mascara brush as you apply for maximum volume.

Hack 12: Waterproof It

For your bottom lashes, use waterproof mascara with a very thin wand, and apply vertically.

Try:L’Oréal Paris Telescopic Mascara

 Hack 13: Clean it Up

Use a clean spoolie to brush through your lashes once everything is dry. This will eliminate clumps and ensure your lashes are separated.

Hack 14: Q-Tips Fix Everything

Dip your Q-Tip in makeup remover to remove any excess product from your eyelid or underneath your eye. Bonus points if you use a pointed Q-Tip to really get precise.

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A Comprehensive Guide: Here’s How Much You Should Tip for 17 Different Beauty Services

Who doesn’t love going to the hair salon or getting their nails done? It’s little luxuries like that that can make you feel like a million bucks. Speaking of money, how many times have you found yourself staring at a beauty treatment receipt and wondered, “How much am I supposed to tip, again?” If your answer is approximately a zillion times, know that, one, you’re not alone, and two, the answer isn’t black and white. Sure, there’s the 15-20% rule for most services, but what about the ones that cost hundreds of dollars and require multiple sessions?

From waxing to eyebrow threading, gel manicures, facials, blowouts and even laser hair removal, we spoke with eight beauty experts to get the full rundown on exactly how much you should tip.

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How Much Should You Tip Your Hairstylist at the Hair Salon?

Answer: 15-20%

Hair salons offer an abundance of services but tipping 15-20% remains the standard. According to Jessica Barsamian, CEO of the Beldgrade Group, which owns James Joseph Salons, Mizu Salon and more, “It doesn’t necessarily matter what the service is — haircut, blowout, coloring, washing — it is always 15-20% of the total cost of the service itself.” Carolyn Aronson, CEO and Founder of It’s a 10 Haircare, however, acknowledges that sometimes dye jobs can get a little pricey, and in those cases, an exception can be made. “Depending on how many processes you receive during a color treatment they can all add up and it can become very expensive,” she says. “If your bill is $300 or $500, of course, to me the 20% rule can slide down a little bit — maybe a 12 or 15% tip,” says Aronson.

For those tricky scenarios when you have a different hairstylist cut your hair from the one who dyes it, Barsamian has a solution: “If there are multiple stylists you should tip on the price of each service individually. So, if the cut is $100, tip the cutter $20. If color is $200, to the colorist $40,” she says. “It does not depend on stylist’s level of experience. The price of the service increases as the level goes up.”

When it comes to showing some appreciation for your hairstylist’s assistant or washers, Aronson confirms you should tip them, as well. “If your hairdresser has an assistant you absolutely should tip them. It does not have to be 20%, but a $5 or $10 tip depending on how long they help work on you is a very nice gesture.”

How Much Should You Tip at a Medspa?

Answer: 0%

Because medspas are medical professionals, the tipping policy does not match that of other beauty services. In fact, it’s actually illegal to tip at all at a medspa. “Tribeca MedSpa believes medical professionals should never accept gratuity because it may influence the standard of care or weaken the fiduciary relationship,” says Victoria Lewis, Medical Aesthetician at Tribeca MedSpa. “Some medical esthetician’s are allowed tips in other practices, however, it is our policy that no one accepts tips.” So, save your cash!

How Much Should You Tip Your Manicurist at the Nail Salon?

Answer: 15-25%

In short, it can vary but it’s always appreciated. “I like to compare it to at a restaurant where you tip between 15%-25% on the total of your bill,” says celebrity manicurist and Essie nail artist Michelle Saunders. “For example, if a manicure is $20, tipping at 20% is common, which is $4.” Although tipping more when the price is lower is always appreciated, Saunders says the same tipping etiquette applies for higher-priced nail services. “Say got ‘the works’ at a high-end spa — gel mani and pedi — and the total is $120,” she continues. “Then 20% of that is $24. A good rule of thumb is more work, more tip.”

How Much Should You Tip Your Waxing Expert?

Answer: 20%

“Like any other service environment, gratuity is at the discretion of our guests, but 20% is standard and a good starting point,” says Helene Marie, waxing expert at European Wax Center. It doesn’t matter what area of the body you get waxed, as the overall waxing price is adjusted accordingly. “Similar to when one is at a restaurant and feel they have received excellent service or overall experience, tipping more is often customary.”

How Much Should You Tip for Laser Hair Removal?

Answer: $10-$20 or 20%

Christian Karavolas, the owner of New York-based laser salon Romeo & Juliette, says tipping differs slightly when it comes to laser spas versus other beauty services, mainly due to the overall price. “If a client is extremely happy, they’ll usually they’ll leave $10 for small areas and $20 or more for large areas,” says Karavolas. “Tips are always appreciated but voluntary. A client will get the same service whether they tip or not.” Because laser hair removal takes multiple sessions, Karavolas advises that tipping is typically done after each visit. If you book your laser hair removal session online with a third-party website be mindful that tipping may already be included or required. “Groupon and Living Social have a 20% tipping policy. Some facilities do charge that to a client.” Bottom line? Read the fine print.

How Much Should You Tip Your Esthetician for a Facial at a Spa?

Answer: 18-20%

According to Saime Demirovic, co-founder of GLO Spa NY, 18-20% is customary when seeing an esthetician for a facial. “The industry standard is pretty much the same as tipping at a restaurant,” she says. “It also depends on how much you enjoyed your treatment. The amount someone leaves as a tip can really send a message of how they felt about their facial.” Aside from showing a little extra gratitude to your esthetician for a job well-done, tipping generously is a nice way of saying you’re sorry if you arrive late to your session. “If you’re really late to your appointment and the spa is nice enough to treat you, it probably means your esthetician is forfeiting her lunch break for you. This would be a nice time to show how much you appreciate that,” says Demirovic.

How Much Should You Tip When Getting Your Eyebrows Done?

Answer: 20%

According to celebrity brow stylist Joey Healy, tipping 20% for eyebrow services — be it waxing, threading or plucking — is the way to go. There are instances where he recommends tipping more than 20%. Such as, “If someone took care of you before or after hours, worked through their lunch, came in on a day off,” explains Healy.

How Much Should You Tip Your Lash Stylist for Eyelash Services?

Answer: 20%

“I definitely recommend that services be tipped at 20%, per beauty service industry standards, including eyelash extensions, lash lifts and lash tints,” says Heather Elrod, CEO of Amazing Lash Studio. “Lash stylists undergo a great deal of training to perfect their craft. Stylists at Amazing Lash Studio, for example, go through an extensive two-week training and are licensed estheticians and cosmetologists, so lash services are truly a form of artistry for which they take pride.” If your lash stylist gives you the eyelashes of your dreams, Elrod asks that clients consider leaving a more generous tip of 25%.

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How to Use Highlighter Spray for a Lit-From-Within Glow

At this point, all beauty junkies worth their weight in mascara know their way around highlighter and can differentiate between a powder formula that packs a punch and a cream formula that adds just a little something. Every once in a while, however, a new product enters the category that causes even the most devoted and experienced to pause and investigate. Cue highlighter sprays, a new take on the (now) classic beauty product. It offers shimmer rather than glitter, and differs from pigment-infused sprays meant to be spritzed all over. Spray highlighters are meant to be applied to a concentrated area, which can be difficult to achieve at first spritz. That’s why we tapped celebrity makeup artist and brand founder Patrick Ta to share his best tips and tricks for mastering the look.

It’s All About Focus

The key to getting a lit-from-within glow is concentrating the highlighter on specific parts of the face. Ta’s Major Glow Highlighting Mist works well for this thanks to its super-fine mist, which offers sheen rather than sparkle. When applying, “make sure you target certain areas of the face,” says Ta, whose go-to spots are the tops of the cheekbone and “C” around the temple.

Distance Is Key

To ensure you don’t look like you dipped your cheek in glitter, it’s important to get the distance right. Ta recommends six inches from the face, which will ensure you’re getting the benefit of the product without overdoing it. If you do go a little overboard, however, just use a clean beauty sponge to dab away excess product.

Use Your Resources

If you need help targeting specific areas, use a sheet of paper to block off the area you want to highlight — similarly to creating a wing using a business card. This will help to keep the highlighter in one place and concentrated in the areas you want to glow. If you want to be a little fancy (and have some extra coin to spend), pick up the Patrick Ta Beauty Major Glow Setting Fan, which can be used to help place the highlighter and set the mist.

It’s Not Just For the Face

According to Ta, the best way to finish off any look is to bring the highlighter down to your neck and décollatege, which helps everything to look cohesive and blended. You can spray the highlighter directly for an extra pop of glow, or buff it in using a brush for a diffused, sunkissed look.

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https://www.makeup.com/how-to-use-spray-highlighter

 

 

Are You Wearing The Right False Eyelashes For Your Eye Shape?

Because not all falsies were created equal.

Wearing false lashes can you give you the longer, fuller eyelashes you’ve always dreamed of, but did you know that certain lashes will look better on you than others? Just like choosing a hairstyle to match your face shape, different false eyelash styles can enhance your natural eyes, or even change the shape of your eyes completely.

Understanding your eye shape will help you work out the best make-up to suit your face, but how do we determine the shape of our eyes? Get a mirror to look at the overall eye and assess its profile.

1.Can you see the whole iris (the coloured bit around the pupil) or is part of it obscured by the lid?

2. Consider if your eyes slant upwards at the sides and how much space rests between them in the middle.

3. Finally, look at the crease of your eyelid and observe if it’s visible with the eyelids open.

Knowing your eye shape is just the first step, now you need to choose your false lashes. With a growing range of falsies available (Eylure alone have over 100 products to choose from), picking the best lashes can be confusing. Should I choose volume over length? Will fake lashes look natural?

These are the questions people.

Avoid a false lash fail by following these rules and you’ll be fluttering a fuller looking lash in no time.

If You’ve Got… Almond Eyes
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Celeb: Beyoncé

Queen Bey has almond eyes – slightly pointed at the ends, with a wider centre where the curve of the iris is hidden by the upper and lower lids. Almond eyes are the eye equivalent of an oval face shape, so most lash styles look great. Show off the shape of your eyes by adding volume with full lashes that are evenly distributed.

The Right False Eyelashes For You…

Premium Lashes – Hot Stuff

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If You’ve Got… Round Eyes
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Celebs: Katy Perry, Zooey Deschanel, Nicole Richie

If you can see most of your iris, then you have round eyes. This shape should use curly lashes to lift and enhance the curve of your top lid. Avoid heavy, voluminous lashes that make your eye look smaller and flatter.

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If You’ve Got… Mono-Lidded Eyes
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Celebs: Eva Chen, Liu Wen

Most commonly found among Asian eyes, mono lids (or epicanthic folds as they’re technically termed) are where the skin covers the upper eyelid and no crease is visible. Mono lids can wear top heavy styles and especially fluttery, multi-layered lashes to open the eye.

The Right False Eyelashes For You…

Boo 3D Eyelashes

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If You’ve Got… Close Set Eyes
Best False Eyelashes For Your Eye Shape
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Celebs: Kristen Stewart, Michelle Obama, SJP

If the distance between your eyes is shorter than the width of one eye, then your eyes are close set. With this eye shape, leave the inner corners free and concentrate on the outer corners to lengthen and lift eyes outwards.

The Right False Eyelashes For You…

Eylure Enchanted Oops-A-Daisy Lashes

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If You’ve Got… Hooded Eyes
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Celebs: Blake Lively, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicole Kidman

Hooded eyes have a crease with a prominent brow bone so the eyelid is not clearly visible when the eye is open. The wrong lashes can pull hooded eyes down and make them look small. Try a fluttery mix with long lashes directly above the pupil to really open the eye at the centre.

The Right False Eyelashes For You…

Eylure Lengthening 115 Lashes

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If You’ve Got… Upturned Eyes
Best False Eyelashes For Your Eye Shape
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Celeb: Zoe Kravitz, Taylor Swift

Ladies with upturned eyes, where the outer corners point higher than the inner corners, are the perfect candidate for a cat eye. No wonder this is one of T-Swift’s fave eye looks. For an easy feline flick in seconds, try a flared half lash in the outer corner.

The Right False Eyelashes For You…

PÜR Pro Eyelashes – Socialite

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If You’ve Got… Protruding Eyes
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Celeb: Olivia Palermo

When she’s not giving us serious outfit goals, we’re always looking at what Olivia does with her make-up. With beautifully protruding eyes which recede deeply into the face, eyes like Olivia’s should always be the main event. Enhance their dreamy, romantic nature with a dramatic, feathery false lash like the Mac 35.

The Right False Eyelashes For You…

Lash – 35

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If You’ve Got… Deep Set Eyes
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Celeb: Natalie Portman

Ladies with elegant deep set eyes that sit under the brown bone should accentuate their large eyes. Look for extra length lashes that curl up and away from the eye – this avoids unsightly mascara smudges on the brown bone too.

The Right False Eyelashes For You…

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It Shouldn’t Be This Hard for a Woman in a Wheelchair to Get a Pedicure

Federal laws prohibit businesses from discriminating against disabilities, and yet stories are still going viral about differently abled women being denied service at nail salons. How is this happening? Writer Madison Lawson investigates.

Early last week a screenshot of a Yelp review for a nail salon started surfacing on Facebook. In the post, a woman from St. Peters, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis, wrote about the shock and frustration she felt when a salon manager turned her daughter Beth away from getting a pedicure. The reason, Mintner claimed: because Beth was in a wheelchair.

Like Beth, I live in suburban Missouri, I use a wheelchair, and I enjoy getting my nails done. I also understand that the fairly uneventful experience is uniquely different when you have a disability. It doesn’t change the way kicking back in a massage chair makes you feel—that’s still heaven—but when you’re unsure about how willing a salon will be to accommodate you, something as relaxing as a spa day can be the source of stress and anxiety.

As Dorothy Mintner, Beth’s mother, wrote in her now viral post, “I brought my daughter, who is disabled and in a wheelchair, to get a pedicure and manicure, and we were turned away. We were told they don’t do people like her.” She went on to explain that, despite the fact that both she and Beth’s friend offered to help Beth into a pedicure chair, the manager still refused service.

“I said, ‘I’m sorry—what?'” Mintner tells Glamour of the situation. “She said, ‘We don’t take people like her,’ to which I asked, ‘What do you mean?'” According to Mintner, there was a language barrier between her and the manager, who said they didn’t know what was “wrong” with Beth and kept repeating that they could not accommodate her. “At that point, I just really needed to leave,” says Mintner. “I was too upset. And you could tell Beth was very upset.”

Mintner says the ordeal was particularly painful because it was her first time taking Beth to get a pedicure in seven years, when Beth was in an accident that left her with a traumatic brain injury. Now Beth is nonverbal.

The salon manager (who is also part owner) of Q Nails spoke to local news station KSDK and admitted she denied Beth service due to fear of hurting her. Glamour reached out to the salon manager who, at press time, had not responded to a request for comment for this story.

The issue could also be a violation of Title III of the Americans With Disabilities Act, which prohibits discrimination from “activities” or “places of public accommodations” on the basis of disability. Mintner says she is now taking her case to the Missouri Commission on Human Rights, which can issue penalties against the salon, if they decide to take and rule on the case. According to KSDK, the penalties usually aren’t financial; rather, they could require the salon to retrain its staff or create new business policies.

The first time I went to Cierra, she asked me how I sit most comfortably. I told her the situation with my arms, and she brought her entire kit up to me so she could do my acrylics on the tray table of my wheelchair. I felt like everybody else in the salon. We spent our time gossiping about the Kardashians and our favorite trends. Now when I go in for an appointment, I don’t even think about the fact that I’m in a wheelchair because it’s not relevant. I’m just another paying customer.

You might be reading this as an able-bodied person thinking, How can I do anything to help? Recognize that people with disabilities make up the single minority that anybody could potentially become a part of at any point in their life. Seven years ago, before her accident, Beth walked into any salon she chose. She should be able to roll into any salon she wants to now.

Madison Lawson is a writer based in Columbia, Missouri. Follow her @wheelchairbarbie.

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https://www.glamour.com/story/wheelchair-nail-salon-discrimination

 

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Finding an ADA accessible salon is no easy task!  I’ve read so many heartbreaking articles on disabled individuals getting shunned at a salon or traveling to a salon that they were told would accomodate them and the salon turns them away.

Honestly, this is straight up wrong!  We have over 27 million Americans that need beauty care just like everyone else.  Together we can provide a resource for them to go to.

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I hope you will be apart of my cause to provide a free online directory to take the struggle of finding beauty care away from the ADA community.

 

 

5 Ways to Take the BEST Care of your Lash Extensions

We can never stress enough the importance of taking care of your lash extensions.  Our goal is to provide information on how to best care for them so that your lashes always look flawless and most all, that you love them.  Today we are sharing 5 Best Practices for Taking the BEST Care of your Lash Extensions . . . take note!

The first thing you need to do to take the best care of your lash extensions is . . .

Keep Your Lashes Clean

The best way to keep your lash extensions clean is by using a lash extension safe cleanser. At The Lash Lounge, we offer cleansers that are specially formulated for cleaning your extensions: Oil Free Liquid Remover and Oil Free Gel Remover. Our gentle, oil-free and alcohol free eye makeup removers have the same pH balance as natural tears and come in a liquid or gel formula. For cleaning your eye area to remove makeup and eyeshadow, we recommend applying the cleanser to a cotton pad. Be sure to saturate the cotton pad because the dry cotton could catch onto your lashes. Very gently rub your eyelid and avoid rubbing your lashes. When you need to clean your lashes, use your lash wand and gently brush through your lashes.

Omit Oil Based Products

Any skin care products, creams or cosmetics that are oil based are a ‘no-no’ when it comes to lash extensions.  Be sure to select products that are labeled oil free to ensure the longevity of your lashes. And when in doubt – always read the label of ingredients to make sure what you are using is truly oil free.

Wear No Mascara (or very little)

The beauty of lash extensions is that you have lovely, long, full lashes without having to wear mascara. We know that some ladies may still want to wear mascara on occasion, and that’s okay as long as it’s a mascara made for lash extensions. However, wearing no mascara at all is better when it comes to extending the life of your lashes. If you simply must wear mascara, be sure to ONLY wear a water based mascara, which is not the same as a water – proof mascara. Lastly, when applying your lash extension safe mascara, only use one coat and only apply to the tips of your lashes.

Avoid Over Exposure to Moisture

Too much moisture on a constant basis is not good for your lashes. But daily washing of the face and activities like swimming are lash extension safe.

Maintain Lash Refills Regularly

All of the tips we have mentioned are so very important, but this one is probably the most important! Sticking with your refill appointments every 2 weeks will keep your lashes looking their absolute best. The longer you wait for a fill, the harder it is for your lash stylist to keep your lashes looking full and fabulous.  If you go too long without getting a lash refill, a full new set may be required.  So maintaining your refills is a good idea in more ways than one!

 

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