The smoky eye is one of the holiday season's most coveted eye shadow looks, but applying all that black shadow can get pretty ugly if you don't know what you're doing. For those of us (ahem . . . like me) who aren't so skilled with smoky eye application, Topshop has gifted us its Smoky Eye Kit ($44). The kit contains the brand's uber-luxe kohl liner, a full-sized tube of its 3D Curve Mascara, and a palette with four shadow shades. While I love the liner and the mascara, my favorite has to be palette, mostly because it does the work for you. Along with your typical black shadow, Topshop's Tuxedo palette houses burgundy, purple, and cream shades, making it easy to create a bunch of different looks. This may be the only kit you need to get you through the holiday season. And as if that weren't enough, the entire kit comes tucked inside a fluorescent envelope clutch. Christmas has come early!
Today is Left-Handers' Day, the official celebration for those among us who are sinistra, but not sinister. So in honor of all our lovely lefties, we've put together a few fun beauty facts to help the right-minded get gorgeous.
- Cut it out: Get some lefty nail scissors ($15). You'll be surprised at how much less pain you're in every time you trim your cuticles.
- Avoid eyeliner pens: They seem convenient, but like most pens, they're designed for right-handed people, who pull them from left to right. Since lefties either push left to right or reverse the whole thing and go right to left, you might end up with bumpy, messy liner that doesn't come out evenly.
- Using angled brushes: Remind yourself to work from right to left. Even though it might feel a little funny at first, you'll smudge your makeup a lot less. If you still have trouble, use a straight-tipped brush (they're good for either hand).
- Electric mascara wands: One caveat: they're designed to roll outward when held in your right hand, so if you hold one in your left, it rolls inward and gunks up your lashes. So either switch hands or make sure the wand you buy is reversible.
- Mastering the curling wand: Being left-handed when your curling wand came with a right-handed heat-resistant glove can be frustrating. But fear not. You can wave your hair and keep your fingers protected with the HAI Thermal Styling Glove ($25) that was also made to easily fit your left hand.
Got any more lefty tips? Put them in the comments.
Whether it's from sweat, humidity, tears, or just plain oily lids, eye makeup that runs and smudges throughout the day is far from flattering. But before you get completely frustrated, we have tips to help you before you even apply your makeup to ways to touch up on the go. So bat those lashes with confidence, and try out these helpful tips.
1. Start with clean skin. If your eyelids tend to great greasy as the day goes on, then make sure you're starting with a clean slate. Wash your face in the morning, but make sure to pay attention to your lids so you get any of the excess oils from the night before.
2. Apply an eye primer. After your skin is clean and moisturized (avoid eye cream actually on your lids), apply a primer specifically made for your eyes. Ones like Nars Smudge-Proof Eyeshadow Base ($24) and Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer Potion ($20) are formulated to not only prep your lids, but also help your makeup apply smoothly and stay in place.
3. Use waterproof formulas. If your eye shape or oily lids constantly make standard eye makeup crease and smudge, then your best bet is to stick with waterproof and long-wear options. We love the product offerings in the MAC Cosmetics Pro Longwear range. And CoverGirl LashBlast 24 Hour Mascara ($8) has some serious staying power.
For more helpful tips, just keep reading.
Eyelashes can enhance any eye shape and color — no matter how gorgeous they may already be. But there are some tricks to getting your longest lashes ever. Learn all the steps, including the proper way to hold your wand, in this tip-filled tutorial that anyone can pull off.
On Kirbie: Forever 21 dress, ShopLately.com necklace.
When an oversize wand is involved, mascara application can turn into a big mess. That was until we tried the Revlon Lash Potion Mascara ($8). The Illusionist wand (yes, it has a special name) is made with varying levels of bristles. The smallest ones grab onto roots, and the lengthier sections help add height to your lashes. In essence, you're really getting multiple brushes in one. We wouldn't recommend using this wand on bottom lashes because of the hefty size, but on top lashes, you get that extra length in just a few swipes. The formula isn't too thick, so it's easy to build, and once it dries, lashes are still soft to the touch. Our main complaint: lashes got so long they left black smudges on lids (which is easily solved with a few extra seconds of dry time). But somehow that doesn't seem like a bad problem to have.
We saw bright pink lashes backstage at the Donna Karan Spring 2013 show, and now there are plenty of new colored mascaras hitting Summer makeup counter displays. From yellows and blues to pinks and greens, there's a wand for painting your lashes, too.
The L'Été Papillon de Chanel collection was inspired by the iridescent hues of butterflies' wings, and the limited-edition Inimitable Waterproof Mascara ($30) comes in a range of blues and a yellow shade. YSL's False Lash Effect Shocking Mascara ($30) debuted yet another color in the range, Jade Black, a deep forest green. And if you were hoping to re-create the pop of pink from Donna Karan, Hypercolor Brow & Lash Tint from Anastasia Beverly Hills ($22) should be your go-to tube. It comes in bright shades of pink, purple, and blue. And to really enhance your colored lashes, try rimming your eyes with a matching liner.
Mascara is such an integral part of our beauty routines that we just accept it as a salient thing. But over its more than 6,000 year-long history, mascara has gone through some pretty big changes. For some fun (and surprising!) facts about something you probably use every day, just keep reading.
After being tantalized by the animated teaser back in January, we finally have the full Lancome by Alber Elbaz collection for you to feast your eyes on. And that's just the feature Elbaz wanted to focus on, by dressing up four of the bestselling eye shadow palettes and mascaras from the luxury beauty brand. "The real theme running through the collection is the eyes and roundness forms," Elbaz explains. "The bottles are so fabulously rounded that they were my inspiration. I wanted to create rounded shapes with a hint of humor." The collection hits Lancome counters next month, but you can see everything up close, when you keep clicking!
On a day as important as a wedding, there's going to be more than a few tears. But raccoon eyes are never a good look, whether you're the bride-to-be, a humble bridesmaid, or just a supporting guest. So what's the answer? Waterproof mascara. And we've rounded up 10 of the best tubes that do just about everything you're looking for: lengthening, thickening, and beyond. And they're all guaranteed to stay put — even when the tears come. Just keep clicking!
Considering that mascara has the shortest shelf life of all the beauty products out there, it makes sense to save your makeup dollars for a better beauty investment. When there are so many amazing formulas and wands at the drugstore, you're sure to find a favorite mascara that won't break the bank every time you need to buy a new one. Click through to see our favorite tubes that ring in at $10 or less.