WASH YOUR HAIR PROPERLY
- Make sure your hair is thoroughly wet before you add your shampoo. “Hot water will open the cuticle, which is good for removing any dirt or product trapped in the hair,” says an expert. Another bonus: “When your hair is rinsed in warm water, it loosens the oils through the scalp and opens the cuticle so it is able to absorb the oil” in your conditioner.
- If you have long hair, condition first.
If you have hair beneath the shoulders, protect fragile ends from drying out and further damage by running a small amount of conditioner through them and lightly rinsing, before any shampooing. This will not only keep ends healthy, it will fill any holes in the cuticle with moisture, making it smoother and boosting shine.
- Lather up — but only at the scalp.
You only need to shampoo the hair at the scalp, particularly at the nape.
The best way to lather up is from roots to ends. The hair closest to the scalp is the youngest and will inevitably be the oiliest, while the end of the hair is the oldest and usually driest, most fragile part of the hair.
- Finish with a cold water rinse.
Cold water will shut the cuticle tight, sealing the shingle-like outer layer, which will cause it to reflect the most light and give off the most shine.
- If you have a hard time using soft eyeliner pencils, draw a thick line onto your hand, use a stiff eye brush to pick up the pigment and then apply to your eye.
- Need eye drops but don’t want to ruin your makeup? Breathe air in through your nose as you drop them into your eyes. Your tear ducts will suck in the drops before they have a chance to fall down your face.
- Use a flesh colored liner on the water rim of your lower lash line to make eyes look bigger and brighter.
- Apply a shimmery champagne color in the inner corner of your eyes to brighten your whole face.
- Apply highlighter onto your brow bone.
- Eyelash curlers are essential.
Be sure to choose one that creates a beautiful upward curl, and with a delicate pumping motion, move from the lash base upward for maximum results. And always curl before applying mascara, not after.
- Prevent “spider lashes” with a lash comb.
Avoid spidery clumps by combing lashes after applying mascara. A metal-toothed lash comb is key; apply a coat, wait a few seconds, brush through eyelashes, and then apply the next coat.
- Don’t layer different mascaras.
“I wouldn’t recommend this, as some formulas will not mix well and end up clumping,” said an expert.