Right now, I’m going to teach you something. I had to think long and hard about what I could teach in this post and it came down to this: I’ve learned a lot of tricks of the trade over the years in the health and beauty arena. This is because I’m not naturally gifted with makeup application or hair styling. One of my best friends in high school was amazing at doing hair—she of course ended up opening her own salon for a while. That good. I was the girl who didn’t use eyeliner in high school because I was afraid I would look like I’d taken a marker to both my (already small) eyes. It could have been very “goth.”
In the world of TV news, you have to learn about makeup. The right makeup will make you look amazing under the lights, I don’t care who you are and what you look like without a speck of it. The wrong makeup will make people talk about you. Sad but true. I can’t tell you how many calls I had over the years about the wrong shade of lipstick or the flip on the side of my hair that couldn’t control itself.
There are certain levels of achievement in the TV news makeup world—and I made it through almost all of them. MAC Studio Fix before the heralding in of HDTV was the absolute must for foundational purposes. Makeup Forever HD is now a sign of expert application in this new(er) HD world. And make sure you don’t use any eyeshadow that has frosting in it. Blech! (Or so will say viewers.)
The one level I didn’t attain, the one I constantly failed to conquer: Fake Eyelashes. And for a girl like me, having some sort of extension has been a necessity. My lashes are short with little volume. Shu Uemura lash curler, the Holy Grail so to speak of lash curlers. Check. DiorShow mascara, been there and done that. Younique’s products, pretty good for what they are with their miniscule layering fibers, but still not enough. I am awful at applying fake lashes and I don’t have enough patience to go to a lash bar and have lashes applied one by one for two hours. I tried it once and they looked amazing, but they too easily fell off within a month.
Then recently, ironically with no TV news need, I think I found one of my best and least expensive solutions. Here’s how you make your lashes longer for not a lot of money.
- Buy a Surratt eyelash curler. You will not be disappointed. This is the new holy grail. It has a wider mouth, to take in more of your lashes than any other curler out there.
- Put on a mascara base, I like Maybelline’s Great Lash. Does what a solid product should do when you buy it from the drugstore.
- Take an eyebrow comb that doubles on the back with a small brush, and brush that small brush quickly forward on a cotton ball. This collects a small amount of cotton fibers. Take that brush with the fibers and brush it on your lashes, with the same kind of stroke you would use if you were applying mascara.
- Apply another layer of mascara, I use a Too-Faced product, to darken the fibers and keep them in place. Volume is building.
- Repeat steps 3 & 4 again.
- Voila! Longer and voluminous lashes. You can curl again if you like, but before you do warm up that eyelash curler under hot water and then dry it on a hand towel. That little bit of heat will give some extra length.
And there you go, your lesson for today! (Sorry if any guys reading this didn’t take much away. 😉 )