#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

How to Grow Out Bangs and Skip the Awkward In-Between Stage

There’s no way to sugarcoat it — growing out bangs is pretty high up there on the list of most annoying beauty woes. It can feel like the time between appropriate bang-length and the moment your hair finally evens out is ages long. Besides cursing yourself for getting them in the first place, there are a few tips and tricks for concealing bangs during that awkward growing-out stage. We tapped New York City-based hairstylist Drew Schaefering to find out exactly how.

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The Best Way to Grow Out Bangs

It all depends on the overall shape and length of your haircut, but the easiest way to hide bangs involves layers and creating a natural movement of the hair. When your bangs have softer edges, they’ll start pushing to the sides more easily, so they’re less noticeable. Ironically, this involves getting a hair trim. “Every three to four weeks or so, they will need to be reshaped around the face again to soften them,” says Schaefering. “Working them into soft, face-framing layers helps give the visual of them elongating.”

Haircuts That Hide Bangs During the Growing Stage

While it may seem counterproductive to get a haircut when you’re trying to grow out your bangs, it’s actually very necessary to make your bangs blend with the rest of your hairstyle. “Adding softening layers around your face helps break up the horizontal lines that bangs can produce,” says Schaefering. “Another option is to bring the length of the rest of your hair up to create another horizontal line that distracts from the weight line in the bangs.”

Tips for Making Bangs Look Good — Even When They’re Getting Too Long

Like all great hair discoveries, the trick to growing out your bangs starts with experimentation. If you don’t like the way your bangs look while they’re growing out, Schaefering recommends trying to style them differently than you normally would. The main key: volume. “Try a smaller round brush and add some bounce and wave to them so the hair doesn’t lay on top of itself.” His favorite volumizing products include the L’Oréal Professionnel Tecni Art Soft Curls Aqua Mousse or Tecni Art Volume Envy Extra Strong Hold Volume Mousse. We also like the Garnier Fructis Root Amp Root Lifting Spray Mousse. For a heatless option, try setting clips. “Use setting clips while the hair is drying to secure the shape with less effort,” recommends Schaefering. “Sometimes adding a different type of movement to your hair through the use of product or a small change can give you a totally new feel to your current look.”

Source:  https://www.makeup.com/how-to-grow-out-bangs

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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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Morphe

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.

Harmony Lashes #17
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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

Sweed Lashes
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
Monica Schipper

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…

Terryfic 3D Eyelashes

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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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Hairmingo.com brings a beauty care resource to the ADA community!

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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.

If you are an ADA accessible salon or will travel to a client’s home for a beauty service need please join Hairmingo.com and list your name/location for free.

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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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Get a Real Job: How to Silence Haters

Putting haters in their place when it comes to “average salary” estimations.

Ever had anyone tell you to quit the salon and “get a real job?” Read this, right before you tell them to shove it.

The BLS (or Bureau of Labor Statistics) maintains a database of statistics where you can find information on the working conditions, training and education requirements, wage data, and expected job prospects for a broad variety of professions–including ours.

Currently, the BLS median pay estimates are as follows:
Barbers, Hairdressers, and Cosmetologists: $23,710 per year.
Manicurists and Pedicurists: $20,820 per year.
Skincare Specialists: $30,090 per year.

For other industries, I’m sure the BLS figures come very close to reality, but not for ours. The averages you’re seeing shouldn’t discourage you from joining this profession and anyone who quotes them to you as accurate is embarrassingly misinformed. I’m going to tell you why.

How the BLS Data is Collected

The Bureau of Labor Statistics will send a “Field Economist” to a selected establishment. These Field Economists contact the business owner and make arrangements to collect information on the following:

Job listing with wage data: This listing includes job titles, paid wages, full- vs. part-time status, union vs nonunion distinctions, dates of hire, and job codes. The listing will include a full breakdown of this information for each individual worker.
Specific job characteristics and work schedules: Field Economists use a “point factor leveling” process that incorporates four occupational factors to determine work level. These factors are knowledge (job requirements), job controls and complexity (how variable are the job tasks and how much flexibility is afforded to workers in how they accomplish those tasks), contacts (who workers have contact with and the nature of that contact), and physical environment (does the job require physical strength, present a hazard, or require specific safety precautions).
Benefit details: Field Economists collect data on benefits like paid leave, insurance, retirement, supplemental pay, etc.

Next, the Field Economist will ask questions for clarification. Once that’s done, they update the data.

The Problems with BLS Data Collection

The BLS only collects data from a sample of firms. There’s no way to know how many “salon firms” report, or how accurate their reporting is. On the BLS’s Survey Methodology page, as it pertains to the National Compensation Survey, “The larger an establishment’s employment, the greater its chance of selection.”

Who are the largest establishments in the professional salon services industry? Regis Corp. and similar corporate chains and franchises.

Why is that a big deal? Regis Corp. and similar corporate chains and franchises don’t represent this backwards industry.

Why don’t Regis or other corporate salons represent the industry? Put simply: they’re managed better.

  • Because corporate salons have teams of lawyers advising them, they don’t do things illegally. They provide benefits and ensure their employees are classified and compensated appropriately.
  • When employees consistently underperform, they’re let go.
  • When client flow slows down, hours are cut back.
  • When an employee is close to hitting overtime, schedule adjustments are made to ensure they don’t so costs won’t rise above acceptable levels and so employees won’t be overworked.
  • New hires aren’t approved unless the metrics justify it.
  • Corporate salons have premium, high-traffic locations and are marketed extensively.

When you compare a corporate salon to a private salon, the differences are vast and their P&Ls reflect that.

The primary area where these differences are glaring is the labor expense. Corporate salons know how to keep those costs beyond manageable. Private salons…well…let’s talk about private salons, shall we?

A Brief Sidenote to Placate Rabid Keyboard Warriors

Before I continue with this post, let me soothe the sensitive souls of the tender flowers out there who falsely believe I’m speaking about all private salon owners. I’m not. I’m aware exceptions exist. If you’re one of them, good for you! Give yourself a pat on the back. Congrats on being a law-abiding, responsible business owner. Instead of attacking me in the comments, revel in your superiority in comparison to the bullet points below.
You good? Great. Let’s continue.

(Delicate Flowers, I hear your cries. “I’m not like that!” you’re shouting at your computer. “My existence refutes the legitimacy of her statements!” you’re yelling. Let me say this one more time: you’re a unicorn, not the norm. The existence of good salon owners doesn’t disprove the existence of staggering numbers of bad salon owners. Need proof of their existence? Read the comments on literally every article on this site. Continuing on…)

Field Economists only collect data from a small subset of employees–not the entire salon–so that further skews the numbers.

With over half of professionals opting for microsalon ownership, accurate performance estimations are impossible.

The odds of independent salon owners (booth/studio renters, home salon operators, etc.) being selected and included in the BLS samples are zero. This is significant, as independent salons now outnumber corporate salons and private salons.

According to the PBA’s Economic Snapshot, in 2012, only 92,157 salon establishments had payroll employees. 1,045,288 salons were non-employer establishments. This is an 83% increase in the non-employer sector over the previous decade. To be sure, with the explosion of the suite rental model, this number has likely increased significantly over the last four years. (Maybe it had a little something to do with all those bad management practices?)

All data is reported by salon owners and salon professionals, rendering it virtually useless.

Even if microsalon owners were included, the data likely couldn’t be relied upon. Like a lot of private salon owners, microsalon owners may not know their numbers or keep great records, and may intentionally underreport their income. False numbers can be given due to lack of knowledge (incorrect records), estimating (lack of records), or outright lying (intentional misrepresentation of income for the purposes of tax evasion).

The best way to gauge performance is to base estimations on verified reported income.

So, if the BLS wanted to do it right (which I’m sure they don’t because it would be insanely time-consuming), they’d obtain the correct data from the IRS and average it across a broad spectrum, evaluating and reporting figures for employee-based salons and microsalons independently.

Additional Factors

If the BLS were to evaluate based on my methodology, they’d still run into two additional factors that would have to be stabilized.

Part-time Participation: Many salon professionals are part-time, so their annual performance would have to be adjusted to compensate for their lack of participation.

Management Variables: The salons and microsalons evaluated would have to demonstrate similar management competency. The performance of a well-managed establishment far exceeds that of one that is mismanaged or not managed whatsoever. When you base salary estimations on averages that include a wide variety of poorly managed establishments with a handful of tightly managed ones, lower averages are inevitable.

The truth is that your salary can vary widely, depending on the salon’s management, your individual professionalism, the compensation system the salon utilizes, and any number of factors.

The numbers the BLS reports are medians, so it’s important to understand what a “median” is, and whose figures are being counted.

To calculate a median number, a range of numbers are added together and the result is divided by the total numbers counted.

Number 1 + Number 2 + Number 3 = Total
Total ÷ 3 (amount of numbers added to create total) = Median

If the first stylist makes $110,000 a year, the second makes $40,000, and the third makes $15,000, the median earnings would be $55,000. If a corporate salon that keeps labor overhead below 35% through strategic scheduling is being compared with other major salon chains who do the same, the figures will reflect that–not the actual earnings across the spectrum of the profession.

Don’t put too much stock into those BLS numbers, or into the opinions of uninformed haters. If you want to start a career in this industry and you’re ready for the insanity that comes along with it, then go for it, but don’t do it for the money.

Do it because it’s what you love doing.

Plan to do it right. Be professional, present yourself well, refuse to accept offers from exploitative salon owners, know your rights, know your worth, and find a mentor. Go out and find yourself a unicorn salon owner or give rental a shot.

This is as real a career as any, so long as you’re treating it like one. If you’re dedicated, you can be successful in this business and make exceptional money. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

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Get a Real Job: How to Silence Haters