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How to Apply False Eyelashes

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Lashes are an amazing way to frame and make your eyes pop in person or in photos.  However, many of us are not blessed with long and lush lashes.   While a great mascara can help in your goal, sometimes nothing works better than false eyelashes.  Makeup artists use them for photo shoots, weddings, and event makeup, and they seem easy to apply when makeup artists use them. I promise that with a few great tricks and a practice run, you can do it just like us.

Picking Your Lashes: Decide what your overall look is, whether you want drama or just want to add to your lashes but not make them too big.  Ardell Lashes are a good choice and give you options such as individual or strips.  If you get a strip, an alternative use is to cut it in half and add lashes on the end for a winged look made easy. For a more natural look try Babies or #109.  For a more dramatic look, I love MAC Cosmetics #8, or their half lash #20.

Measuring – Testing:  Once you have picked your lash, take the lash out of the package and hold it up to your eye.  Based on your eye size you may need to trim it to fit your lid.  It is much easier to do this before you glue them on.

Prep:  To protect your own lashes apply a thin layer of mascara.  Squeeze a small amount of lash glue in a fine line.  Gently run the seam of the lashes in the glue. You do not need it to be covered in glue.  I recommend Duo Eyelash Adhesive in Black.  The glue will dry clear but while its drying it will blend in with your lashes and eyeliner.

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Apply:  Wait twenty seconds so that the glue gets a little tacky before you apply.  Position the false eyelashes as close to your lash line as possible.  It is easiest with a strip to start at the corner of your eye and move toward the center.  If you need to re-position, no problem.  You do not need to press on them, as the glue will do the job.  Wait a minute for glue to dry.

Once they are on:  Once you have got them both on, use an eyeliner to go over the seams.  This will give you a lined look, as well as conceal the seams of the strip.   Lastly, apply mascara to the lashes to blend them all together.

Removal:  An eye makeup remover will take them right off.  Just lightly apply some remover with your finger.  Focus on the outer corner to start and they will easily come off.

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Kim Kardashian’s Makeup Artist Shares her Wedding Day Look

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Kim Kardashian‘s wedding to Kanye West has been a huge story and following this past weekend.  Finally the wedding photos have been released and all have seen the bride in her gown and her gorgeous bridal look.  Her longtime makeup artist and friend Mario Dedivanovic is spilling his tips on creating her look for the wedding in Florence.

Mario saw the dress and took inspiration about her look from it. “I didn’t want to make too much of a statement with her makeup. We decided to go with something natural and timeless. I wanted to go with something clean and classic and I wanted her to look almost angelic.”

Talking to Australia’s Channel Nine breakfast show Mornings, Mario confirmed that Kim wanted her signature contoured makeup for the wedding, before explaining how he defined her cheekbones. “Contouring frames the face and chisels the cheeks. So basically it’s putting a little bit of bronzer on the hairline and jawline and on the hollows of the cheeks and the bridge of the nose. It thins out the face and gives warmth to the face. Sometimes it takes 20 minutes, sometimes an hour. The most important [tip] is to blend, blend, blend.”

On her skin he went with a radiant, dewy look. For her eyes he went with warm tones and a liquid eyeliner on the lids. Of course he enhanced her lashes with individual false lashes by Kardashian Beauty and Urban Decay Perversion mascara and made them pop as they always seem to do in photos of the star. For the ceremony her lips was a peachy pink and then at the reception they switched it for a classic nude lip using L’Oreal Colour Riche Extraordinaire in Nude Ballet.

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Bridal Makeup Trends for 2014 Spring

Carolina Herrera Bridal Spring Fashion Show 2014 (Photo Credit: Brides.com)
Carolina Herrera Bridal Spring Fashion Show 2014 (Photo Credit: Brides.com)

Bridal Makeup Trends always come from a number of factors,  Fashion Week, Celebrities, Red Carpet and the “it” colors.  Based off of these categories there are some certain trends that you will see on the bridal magazine covers and in photos trending.

Bridal Fashion Week had three of the most notable trends.

Cat Eye:  While this is not a new trend it is one that is here to stay.   A vintage retro look that works with many styles of brides looks and the cat eye can be subtle or dramatic based on the preference.

Pink Lips:  Carolina Herrera Bridal Show showcased the pink lip and rosy cheeks.  A romantic and fresh look that are flattering, easy to wear, and reapplying is super easy when it comes to touch ups.

Luminous Skin:  Diane Von Furstenburg‘s runway show had the best example of flawless luminous skin.  Gorgeous skin is always on trend and it looks like perfection in photos.  While everyone is not blessed with amazing skin, there are ways to achieve luminous skin using products.

Jessica Alba People Choice Awards 2014 (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Jessica Alba People Choice Awards 2014 (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Celebrities can create a trend with just one photo.  Think Jennifer Lopez and her amazing sun kissed Glow.

Jessica Alba set a trend when she walked the red carpet of the People Choice Awards this year.  A silver and grey smokey eye with a pink lip.

Taylor Swift is one gal that really does show a great face.  Her typical style is a red lip, matte foundation and a lighter eye so as not to compete with that lip.  A classic Hollywood glamour look that is gorgeous.

The ‘it” color of the year is chosen and for 2014 it is Radiant Orchid.  The color of the year will be used in bridesmaids gowns, color and decor themes and covers of the magazines.  The way you can translate it into bridal makeup is by purple hues of eye shadows.  It is a great color shadow for many, which makes this years “it” color a great makeup option.

While it is all about your style and what you feel comfortable wearing.  We all want gorgeous photos and you may need to wear a little more makeup than you are used to it is a balance.  A great makeup artist can help you find that balance and achieve a stunning look for your big day.

Brides Against Breast Cancer Tour of Gowns in Baltimore

brides against breast cancerBrides Against Breast Cancer Charity Wedding Gown Sale & Bridal Show will be in Baltimore this weekend Saturday, February 8th and Sunday, February 9th.  The event will be held at The Westin Baltimore Washington Airport.  If you are a bride looking for a designer gown at a discounted price this is one event that is worth checking out.  There will be hundreds of gowns both new and gently worn designer and couture gowns ranging from $99 to $3,900 in sizes 4-18.Brides Against Breast Cancer contributes to programs for

(Photo Credit: Brides Against Breast Cancer)
(Photo Credit: Brides Against Breast Cancer)

cancer patients.  Designers, manufacturers, bridal shops and individuals donate gowns to make the Nationwide Tour of gown sales possible.  More than half of the gowns presented at each event are new.  The proceeds from the sales and ticket sales make it possible for BABC to deliver information and services to cancer patients, caregivers, and family members,  Brides Against Breast Cancer will contribute $2 million dollars to help people this year.

Another option for those that want to get involved but do not need a gown is to volunteer at the event.  BABC are always looking for volunteers at each event, and you will get to help a bride find her “dream gown”.  On a personal note, I have volunteered at the DC events and it was fun and was like being Randy Fenoli from Say Yes to the Dress.

When: Saturday February 8 – Sunday February 9,2014

Where: The Westin Baltimore

Washington Airport

1110 Old Elkridge Landing Rd

Linthicum Heights, MD 21090

Tickets:  VIP: $35 – $60

General Admission: $12