How to Apply Makeup in the Correct Order (Because There Is a Right Way!)

Is there a right order to apply your makeup? This may be one of the oldest questions in the beauty book. The topic is much debated, even among professional makeup artists. And while there’s no hard-and-fast rule when it comes to your beauty routine — different things work for different people — there are some general guidelines. So, to help you with the sequence of events, we’ve come up with an easy-to-follow checklist for how to apply makeup correctly.

PREP

Primer

First things first. Before anything else, start with primer. This includes primer for your eyes and lips. This step is key because it creates a clean, smooth working space for the rest of your makeup and will help product stay put longer. We recommend Urban Decay Optical Illusion Complexion Primer for all of your base needs, a lightweight formula that gives skin a soft-focus effect.

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EYES
Brows
After primer, you want to focus on your eye area. Shape and fill in your eyebrows first — it will help serve as a guide when you’re applying eye shadow. If you’re an absolute beginner, try an easy-to-use pencil like NYX Micro Brow Pencil and create hair-like strokes in the sparse areas of your brows.

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Eyeshadow
Eyeshadow should be done before the rest of your face in case any spills occur and you need to do a little clean up. The last thing you want to do is mess up your perfectly contoured face, right? The eyeshadow breakdown goes like this: lid shade first, followed by crease color, then swipe a little highlighter along your brow bone. For a palette that’ll meet your eyeshadow needs, try a versatile option like Urban Decay Born To Run Eyeshadow Palette, which offers reds, blues and every color in between.
Eyeliner
Eyeliner is much easier to apply when your lashes are bare, so do your liner after your shadow but before mascara. If you want to go for a full, bold wing, try an easy-to-use eyeliner like IT Cosmetics Superhero Liner which offers full control and a bold, matte finish.

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Mascara
The last step in doing your eyes is mascara. After you apply, wait a few moments until you move on to the rest of your routine so the mascara can dry completely. While the mascara you choose largely depends on the desired final look, a classic option like L’Oréal Lash Paradise Mascara will never let you down.

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FACE
Foundation
Foundation should always come first because it literally creates a foundation on which the rest of your makeup will live. If full-on foundation is a bit heavy for your day-to-day routine, opt for a BB or CC cream. We love the cult-favorite IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream, which offers coverage and a host of skin benefits, too (hello vitamins and antioxidants!).

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Concealer
Next, apply concealer under your eyes and over any blemishes. Foundation does a good job of covering up, but concealer will get in there and make the any stubborn imperfections non-existent. For a full-coverage option try Urban Decay Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer, a buildable formula that comes in 14 versatile shades.

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Contour/Bronzing Powder
Whether you’re doing a full-on contour or just warming up the skin, it’s important to create that definition. To do this, contour the areas of your face where you want to create shadows. Common areas include the cheeks and jaw, the nose and the forehead, but don’t feel pressured to do them all. We recommend a versatile palette like Urban Decay Shapeshifter Palette for contouring/bronzing — a dual-sided product that offers both cream and powder products.

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Blush
Your blush should sit atop your bronzer. Otherwise, you risk getting a muddy, splotchy look as opposed to a natural flush. There are lots of ways to apply blush but one thing is key — blending is your best friend, and you need to use the right blush. Once you’ve gotten that down you can move on to choosing a shade. If you can’t make up your mind, try a product with lots of shade options like Juvia’s Place The Saharan Vol. II Palette, a blush palette you can mix and match to your heart’s content.

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Highlighter
Highlighter is the final step to your face makeup. Apply it to your cheekbones and the bridge of your nose — and anywhere else natural light would touch and reflect. The kind of highlighters you reach for is really up to you. Try a colorless, wet-looking option for a dewy, natural finish (we love NYX Professional Makeup Dose of Dew), or something with lots of glow for a bold finish.

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LIPS

Lipstick
Lipstick or gloss should be one of the very last steps, as you don’t want it to smudge while trying to do the rest of your makeup. To make sure it locks in place all day, try a matching lip liner or picking a formula with all-day staying power (cue: Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink).

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FINISHING TOUCHES

Setting Spray
Finally, the last step! Spritz on a setting spray like Urban Decay Setting Spray all over your face to help your makeup last all day.
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Source:https://www.makeup.com/how-to-apply-makeup

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#BeautyHacks for Girls Who Hate to Paint Their Nails

As if a strict skincare routine, 10-step makeup application process, hair styling, and general primping don’t keep us busy enough, we’ve also got manicures to keep in mind. Seriously, the to-do list never ends. And, whether it means taking a regular trip to the nail salon or attempting a weekly DIY sesh, all that nail business can take hours. So, it’s no wonder that many of us (yes, even the beauty addicts) aren’t big fans of the process. In an effort to save some time and a headache or two, we came up with a few solves for the ladies who dread getting their nails did.

Nail Polish Hacks

Use a Tinted Top Coat Instead

Not ready to commit to color? Hate the chipping process? Or maybe “coloring within the lines” is a lot harder than it sounds. We’ve been there. Try using a tinted top coat instead — like a lip stain, it gives off just a hint of color, is quick and easy to apply, and lasts a lifetime (er, a week or two).  We love the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Nailcolor custom-tinted top coat on their new double-ended polish!

Make Vaseline Your BFF

If your hand-eye coordination is a bit rocky, use a cotton swap to dab Vaseline around your nail beds before nail polish application. This way, you can simply wipe away any fudge ups without making a mess and starting over!

RELATED: Weird Nail Hacks That Are Actually Genius

DIY a Gel Mani

Since leaving your nails completely bare is not an option, what if you could just resort to doing them less often? Give yourself an at-home gel mani by using essie Gel Setter over any nail polish shade to turn it into rock-hard gel or use the L’Oréal Paris Extraordinaire Gel-Lacque 1-2-3 nail system, so you can go weeks without having to worry!

Try Nail Stickers

The mani gods must have heard our cries for help because they came back with the perfect solution for those of us who are less skilled in the nail polish department. Enter nail stickers. Forget the spills, the mess and shaky hands because it doesn’t get any easier than literally sticking on nail polish. You can choose from one solid color, full on nail art or something a little more bedazzled like these essie Stickers & Stone.

Go for Glitter

No joke, glitter nail polish can seriously survive the apocalypse. You can dab it on quick without worrying about it being neat, and no matter what situations you find yourself in throughout the day, this stuff won’t budge.

If All Else Fails, Bribe Your Friends

Still hate doing your nails? Bribe your beauty-obsessed gal pal to do it for you and just “pay” her with a home-cooked meal, wine and gossip, or brunch — BFFs love brunch.

Source:https://www.makeup.com/nail-polish-application-tips

6 Lip Liners You Need In Your Makeup Stash

If you open your makeup bag, you’ve probably got tons of tubes of lip gloss and lipstick. But what about your lip liner pencil? It’s often forgotten in the race to get ready in the morning, but it’s no less important than your mascara or under eye concealer. After all, it holds the power not only to reshape your lips, but to make your lipstick or gloss last longer—which means a little more time spent in the a.m. and can result in less time touching up later. To unlock the powers of all lip liner pencil can do, we turned to LA-based makeup artist Emily Kate Warren. She gave us a crash course in everything from when to choose what formula to the best way to plump your pout without injections. Read on and revel in her expertise!

How to Use a Lip Liner to:

Maintain Your Lip’s Shape with Lip Liner

You may be good with the current state of your lip shape and just want to emphasize what you have. If so, this is what you do:

Step 1. Moisturize Your Mouth

Apply a light coat of lip balm, such as Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1, allover your mouth.

Step 2. Outline with Pencil

Trace the entire outline of your mouth with a nude lip liner pencil that matches the natural color of your lips. Waterproof Lancôme Le Lipstique Lip Colouring Stick with Brush is available in 25 shades, so you’re sure to find one that works for you. According to Warren, the balm will prevent a sharp edge from forming around the edge of your lips, so you’ll have a more natural effect while still emphasizing the shape of your mouth.

Step 3. Apply Color

Follow with your regular lipstick of choice, like one of the 46 hues of L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lipcolour.

Make Your Lips Look Fuller with Lip Liner

We can’t all be Kylie—or maybe we can. Here’s how to plump up your pout by just using makeup.

Step 1. Smudge on An Outline

Hold a lip liner pencil that’s approximately the same shade as your lips (try one of the YSL Beauté Dessin Des Levres Lip Liners) upright. “And almost like the leaf rubbings you did as a child, use the side edge of the pencil tip to rub the line on,” Warren says. “It will pass over the natural roll of your lip edge and make your mouth appear fuller.”

Step 2. Shade Your Lips

Use the same lip liner pencil to fill in the rest of your mouth with color.

Step 3. Add Gloss

Top with your favorite lip gloss. Super creamy Maybelline New York Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Gloss is made with vitamin E to keep lips extra hydrated.

 Correct Uneven Shapes with Lip Liner

The key here is being subtle. A massive over-line on either top or bottom is going to look massively fake. Also, keep in mind that most people’s lower lip is slightly larger than their upper one. Still, you can easily get lips on more equal footing in just a few steps:

Step 1. Choose a Skin-Matching Shade

Select a lip liner pencil as close as possible to your God-given lip shade. (Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencils offer a range of options. Like, 50.) Use it to trace slightly outside the lip line in the areas you want to reshape.

Step 2. Coat Lips in Color

Color in your entire mouth with the same lip liner pencil.

Step 3. Make Sure They’re Even

Check your work. “For this, you may want to take a picture in a mirror because you are used to seeing the shape of your face a certain way,” Warren says. “So use your phone to take a selfie, and it will likely flip the image in such a way that you’ll be able to see whether you’ve made your lips even.”

When Do I Need A…

So many lip liners, so many options. So, when – and why – exactly would you use one over another. We’ll explain.

Nude lip liner?

Obviously a neutral lip liner pencil, such as NYX Slide On Lip Pencil in Nude Suede Shoes or Giorgio Armani Beauty Smooth Silk Lip Pencil Precise Lip Contour in 1, makes a good base for a nude lipstick. But it’s also the general go-to for doing any lip fixes, as evidenced above, because it’s meant to match your skin tone and thus disappear into your lips, so your corrections aren’t obvious looking.

Clear lip liner?

Warren suggests using this type of lip liner when you’re wearing a bright lipstick or gloss that might seep into fine lines around the mouth. Simply trace the outline of your mouth with a clear pencil like Maybelline New York Color Sensational Shaping Lip Liner in Clear or YSL Beauté Universal Lip Definer to create an invisible “fence” that will keep color from straying.

Lip liner that matches the color of your lipstick?

If you want a super dramatic effect that puts lips front and center or you’re just really into emphasizing the color of your lipstick, this is the choice to make. Among the 36 hues of NYX Suede Matte Lip Liner, you’ll find blues and oranges, along with the traditional taupes, berries, and reds, making finding the lip liner pencil to compliment your grape gloss a cinch.

Lip liner and nothing else?

According to Warren, if you pick a chubby version of lip liner pencil, like L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche La Lacque Lip Pen, that’s all you need because it functions as both your liner and your lipstick all-in-one. The tip is such that you can still trace an outline, but it’s also thick enough, and contains enough pigment, to easily shade in lips with color.

 Matte lip liner versus a cream lip liner?

“This just depends on a person’s preference,” Warren says. “But I like matte because whatever you put on top will stick better.” Creams are great for lips that are dry, or for those that may want to easily smudge the liner over lips for a stained effect.

Source:https://www.makeup.com/6-best-lip-liners

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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.

Source:https://www.makeup.com/mascara-hacks-video

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10 Signs You Are Addicted to Nail Polish

They say the first step to overcoming addiction is admitting you have a problem. But at MDC, we can’t always admit that our obsession with beauty products goes beyond researching for the job (we NEED to try every colored eyeliner on the market to keep our journalistic integrity, duh). So while we have recognized that maybe there are far too many mascaras in our makeup bags, and we’ve looked to our friends to take some lipsticks off of our hands, we haven’t been able to own up to the fact that we actually have an addiction to a certain beauty product that adorns our fingers every Manicure Monday – nail polish. However, in an attempt to turn over a new leaf and be role models for our readers, we’re going to take a stand. We’ll be the voice for all of you ladies who have dropped hundreds of dollars on your nail polish collection. We’ll be the first to say, “Hello, our name is Makeup.com and we’re nail polish addicts.” And guess what? You might be one too. Read on for the 10 signs your nail polish addition has gone too far.

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1. You refer to fabrics and other colors in daily life by the name of a nail polish instead of the actual color. Bikini so Teeny is the name of an Essie polish and should never be the name of your sofa’s upholstery color. Just sayin.

2. Your ideal job would be naming nail polish colors full time.
You have this concept that everything would be right in the world if you could just put your wit to good use eight hours a day and pour out pun-intended lacquer names like poetry.

3. The bottom shelf of your refrigerator is dominated by nail polish instead of food.
Yes, you’ve properly stored your nail polish for long-lasting wear, but you’ve also packed one bathroom cabinet, two shelves in your closet, and anywhere else you could possibly display a nail polish bottle. Left overs are going in the trash instead of in the fridge, because your holographic lacquers trump meat loaf any day of the week.

4. You freak out every time a new nail polish hue or texture is released even though it is the exact same color from another brand you already own.
We know you’re thinking right now, “it’s a different red, I swear!” But is it? Is it really more shimmery or a slightly better red for your skin tone? No, we didn’t think so.

5. At least two nail polish bottles are in your purse at all times.
There may also be a few bottles lurking around our car, although the consistency of the product is beyond questionable.

6. You make friends with people on message boards and websites and take your relationships in the digital realm a bit too far by defriending women because you’ve seen the way they polish their nails, and well, it isn’t pretty.
If only they knew how to revive a manicure, then you two would still be enjoying online scrabble sessions.

7. You spend hours color coding your collection only to realize that you’ve put the pinks next to the greens and need to start again. On round two, you notice that you own three bottles of the exact same color by the same brand. We’re hoping there was a sale or these colors were each gifted to you.

8. Drake’s song Fancy was your anthem for at least the last two years because the lyrics “Nails done, hair done, everything did” might as well have been written about you.
It’s ok honey, blast that song on your stereo – there is no shame in owning that track and maybe even compiling a playlist of songs focused on our pretty little tips.

9. The number of dotting tools and striping brushes you own rivals the amount of shoes and handbags in your closet.


10. After washing your hands you immediately apply top coat, because a girl has to maintain her shine!
And why not make sure chipped nails aren’t in your near future – chipped polish on a Friday night is comparable to watching your favorite TV character get killed off. Everyone better stay out of your way because there will be tears or there will be drama.

Are you a nail polish addict?
Tell us which sign speaks most to you in the comments below. Don’t worry, we won’t judge.

Source:https://www.makeup.com/nail-polish-addiction

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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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7 Makeup Mistakes That Make Your Eyes Look Smaller

There are makeup hacks for everything — hacks to make a perfect Cupid’s bow, hacks to shape your eyebrows differently and even hacks to make your eyes look bigger and brighter. That last makeup trick, however, is a bit harder to master than others. Maybe it’s because you go a little crazy with the eyeliner, or maybe you applied too much dark, smoldering shadow. Ahead, we rounded up seven makeup mistakes that are making your eyes look smaller — and how to fix them.

Eye Makeup Mistake #1: Lining Your Waterline With Black Eyeliner

Eyeliner can make your eyes look bigger or smaller, depending on how you wear it. Rimming your eyes in inky black liner makes them look tiny. Instead, make your eyes look wide-awake with a white or nude-colored liner like the IT Cosmetics No-Tug Waterproof Anti-Aging Gel Eyeliner. A light color opens your eyes up, making them look rounder and larger. If you do want to use black, don’t line the inner rims of your eyes. Draw a light line right above the lashes, working the product into the lash line.

Eye Makeup Mistake #2: Wearing Too Many False Lashes

This almost seems impossible, right? Unfortunately, it’s not. If you’re a faux lash queen, going overboard with the extensions or stacking strips can make your lids appear heavy. Every once in a while, opt for a natural, wispy set for a bright-eyed look. You can even use single eyelashes for a customized effect.

Eye Makeup Mistake #3: Skipping Mascara If Your Eyelashes Are Sparse

Sadly, we weren’t all blessed with naturally lush lashes. If yours are a little on the short or sparse side (or both!), your makeup mistake may be not coating them in a lengthening mascara. We like IT Cosmetics Lash Blowout Mascara. A couple coats of this magical stuff and your eyes will instantly look more open.

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Eye Makeup Mistake #4: Not Curling Your Eyelashes

You may never be one to forget to apply mascara, but did you curl your lashes first? If not, you’re missing out. You need to prep your eyelashes with a good curl before every mascara application. This really opens up the eyes.

Eye Makeup Mistake #5: Applying the Wrong Smoky Eye for Your Eye Shape 

Landing the perfect smoky eye takes skill, practice and an endless amount of patience. For some eye shapes (like hooded or deep set), applying dark shadow all over can actually accentuate your top lid and make it look sunken or heavy. The right smoky eye should make your eyes look big, bold and dramatic. Here’s how to master the perfect smoky eye look for your eye shape.

Eye Makeup Mistake #6: Applying the Wrong Eyeliner for Your Eye Shape

On that note, the way you apply your eyeliner is just as important for your eye shape as a smoky eye. If it’s too thick, has too big of a wing or goes all around your eye, it can make them look smaller, as well. You want your eyeliner to lift and open up the eyes. Get it right with this eyeliner tutorial for your eye shape.

Eye Makeup Mistake #7: Not Wearing Concealer When You Have Dark Circles 

Darkness around your eyes from lack of sleep, stress or genetics can detract from the size of your eyes. Luckily, the solution is a simple one: Reach for concealer. A concealer like Maybelline New York Super Stay Full Coverage Under-Eye Concealer will instantly brighten up your eye area and hide dark circles.

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