Lash School: Falsies

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I come from a long line of ladies with luscious lashes. My moms lashes are incredible. Her moms are amazing and both my boys have excruciatingly longies. But it seems the gene skipped a generation.
My lashes are like my brows. They are barely-there-sparse-and-blonde.

Not exactly what lash dreams are made of.

For the last few years I’ve been using falsies.
I don’t wear them everyday but when I wanna get fancy, I’m gonna glue on some lash hairs.
I hear a lot of women say they don’t know how or that they are really tough so I thought I’d give some how-to’s and helpful hints on the matter.

#1 Always start with a good coat of mascara. This helps give the strip an easy placement and it also helps protect your lashes from the glue.

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#2 Choose good lashes. Everyone is different but I look for lashes that are: nice and black, longest in the center (that looks most natural to me), thick (I don’t love with they are long and thin – to me that makes them look fake), a little varied in length (real lashes are, so fake ones should be the same.
My two favorites are the Esqido False Lashes in Little black Lash or for a more budget friendly option Ardell Wispies.
Measure the lash to your eye first to make sure it’s the right length. If the lash is too long clip off the excess.

 

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#3 Easy on the glue! I use Duo glue and I only use the smallest amount right across the whole strip. Then I wait about 30 seconds so it gets tacky, like a sticker. That wait is CRUCIAL to getting them to stay put.

 

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#4 Place. Then I place the strip on top of my lashes right near the skin but not touching the skin

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#6 Tap. With my finger tips I tap the lash down to the skin as close as I can get to the lashes. Since the glue is almost dry it will stay right where I put it so I make sure not to do the tapping until I know they are placed correctly.

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#7 Make em last. I always take mine off at night because if I try to sleep on them it might bend or warp the strip. If I take care of them (don’t over do it on glue, place them back in the container after use, avoid getting makeup on them, pull them off gently) they will last a good 25 wears.

#8 Removal. Lashes should NEVER hurt to pull off. You are gluing them to the skin not the lash hair so i should pull of easily with nothing but a little tug at the lid. If it hurts STOP get a Q tip and some makeup remover to use to loosen up the glue where it’s pulling the lash. It should pull away painlessly after that.
Lash hairs are very sensitive and if you pull them out they may never grow back!

Any other false lash questions I didn’t cover?

Happy Thursday!!

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Makeover Monday Teen

I love doing makeup on ladies of all ages, even the little girls in my life come over regularly for a dot of blush on their cheeks and (if they’re lucky) a little bit of illuminator to sparkle up their eye lids.
I remember when my mom first said I was allowed to wear mascara and lip gloss to school. It was 6th grade and I was THRILLED. I got dolled up for the first day, feeling all kinds of grown up. By day number two I skipped the mascara cause it was such a pain to take off at night and by the end of the first week…I was back to bare faced.
Looking glam was fun but sleeping in was funner:)
I hope my daughter (if I do get lucky enough to have one of those someday) looks at makeup the same way I always have. As an extra. The icing on the cake. A way to express herself and show off her pretty features a bit more.
I don’t want her to be afraid of it or intimidated by it, but I also don’t want her to rely on it or think her beauty is contingent on it.

Which is why I’m always excited to get a chance to work with teenagers. I hope to inspire them to see it the way I do and teach them how to get the most out of a few products in a few minutes…and then get back to homework and texting:)

So quick easy and natural looks are key.
Here’s the low key look I did on an extremely beautiful teen named Bella who I recently had the chance to makeupify.

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Photos by Jessica Janae Photography

What I used:
IIID Foundation in Linen (highlight), Walnut (contour), Pink Grapefruit (blush) & Pearl (illuminator)
MAC Brun & an angled brush to fill in the brows
Too Faced Milk Chocolate bronzer on her cheeks and on her eye lids
Sebastian Lip Liner (what are the laws on marrying lip liner? Cause it’s getting SERIOUS between the two of us)
MAC Underage gloss
Dark brown shadow at her lashline top and bottom (can’t remember which one! Ooops but I know it was just a chocolate colored shadow)
Too Faced Better than Sex mascara

Hope your day is a good one!

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Friday Favs

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I love this. One of the most comforting things for me to thing when I screw up is that I can learn from it, and move forward. I’m always gonna make mistakes but I’m learning, I’m getting better. The failures aren’t wasted on me, and that’s the important thing, right?

A couple of years ago one of my readers referred me to a blog that I quickly fell in love with. The Day Book. You follow it, right? She’s witty and funny and super relatable, her photos are beautiful and her writing puts most of the rest of the blogging world to shame:) Anyway, Sydney came to live in my town for a time and last week I got to spend the afternoon with her and her sweet babes.  Don’t you just love it when you meet someone you already admire and they are EXACTLY who you thought they were? Well, that’s what happened here. What a lovely gal. I might even talk her into being my makeover monday soon:) If you haven’t already seen her blog it is a MUST.

This list of words that cannot be translated in English is pretty great. I vote we make words for these things PRONTO. Especially Tartle, cause that’s a situation I’ve been in too many times to count. (I have introduction anxiety. I could forget my brothers name if I was put on the spot to introduce him!) Also, Age-otori. That happens in America too.

Remember when we were talking skimpy swimsuits a few weeks back? Well, as usual your help lead me to just the right one. This GORGEOUS gown style suit is basically stolen from my dreams.

I’m going to be on Good Things Utah this morning if anyone in this fine state would like to watch!

This week has been super skimpy on posts. My house is up to the rafters in bubble mailers and makeup. It should be calming down soon though!

Have a fun weekend! Love you!

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Fantasy Bachelor Brow over

Something happens when you share with the world your brow obsessions. The world shares their brow obsessions back.
I can’t tell you how many people have so kindly taken the time to draw my attention to the beautiful Carly from this seasons installment of The Bachelor (also known as, The Show Where 20 women date and fall in love with one dude and we all pretend it’s TOTALLY Ok and normal -insert side eye-)
Carly is a such gorgeous girl. I couldn’t help but want to reach through the telly and shape those brows of hers, so I decided to fulfill my needs by way of photoshop.

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Isn’t it amazing how much her incredible eyes stand out with a little softening and lengthening to the arches?

We’ve all had shame in our brow game at some point, right?
I spent many a year with pencil thin blondies hovering over my eyes.
As exhibited in this photo of mostly my arm but also my brows (barely there), my sister and our gal pal Shania.
No big deal;)

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Do you guys have any bad brow days you need to confess? #nojudgement

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