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The Real Deal on Eyelash Extensions

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I never really gave much thought to my eyelashes. They’re just long enough, thick enough, and dark enough to be low on the list of body parts that I worry about (high on that list are my wobbly math teacher arms and my nose—Roman if you’re being generous, angular if you’re not). 

Then I met Jordana Rothman—and Jordana Rothman’s eyelashes—which, really, could have their own Twitter following. They’re exceptional. So exceptional that I found myself reaching out to touch them, completely oblivious to my social gaffe. “Are they real?” I had to know. 

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Katie Holmes is making a name for herself in the beauty world: The actress has been confirmed as the new spokeswoman and co-owner of Alterna. [Beauty High]
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The very honest Kelly Ripa discusses how she uses Botox for preventative reasons. [omg!]
-Charisse
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The Origin of Falsies, Lady Gaga’s Inaugural Nod, and More

-Charisse

Meet some NYC Birchbox subscribers and find out their must-have beauty items!

At Last, Say Hello to Teen Vogue’s New Beauty and Health Director

Glamour’s senior beauty editor Elaine Welteroth, who appeared in our July Sneak Peek video, will take over for Teen Vogue’s Eva Chen as Beauty and Health Director starting October 15th. (Photo: fashionista.com)

—Hallie

Want to wear falsies but afraid to take the plunge? Check out our video tutorial on fake lash application and you’ll be wearing them like a pro in no time! 

Halloween Inspiration with FAUX: Holly Golightly

FAUX is hands down our go-to resource for false lashes for any occasion. Their lashes range from first date wearable to costume party-ready…which is perfect since we’ve yet to nail down a Halloween costume. Luckily, the lovely ladies from FAUX — founder Sterling, COO Miranda, and chief of marketing and PR Alexia — have some fabulous costume ideas. We’ve already seen their amazing Black Swan and Cleopatra costumes and today we’re featuring a classic: Holly Golightly, aka Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. There’s only one week left to plan your outfit — don’t put it off any longer!


Read on for all the steps to achieve this look. Photos courtesy of FAUX.

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Halloween Inspiration with FAUX: Cleopatra

FAUX is hands down our go-to resource for false lashes for any occasion. Their lashes range from first date wearable to costume party ready…which is perfect since we’ve yet to nail down a Halloween costume. Luckily, the lovely ladies from FAUX — founder Sterling, COO Miranda, and chief of marketing and PR Alexia — have some fabulous costume ideas. Last week we showed you how to get dark and moody for Black Swan and this week we’ll have you walking like an Egyptian…it’s Cleopatra, inspired by the gorgeous Elizabeth Taylor!

Read on for all the steps to achieve this look. Photos courtesy of FAUX.

Step 1: Flawless Skin

Start by perfecting the skin with a full coverage liquid foundation, and add a bit of bronze sheen to the high planes of the face with a golden highlighter. Set with translucent powder. 

Step 2: Arched Brows

The eyebrows for this look are very defined, use a dark brown or black eyebrow pencil to create the desired shape and then set them with a dark brown or black powder eye shadow using a small angled eyeliner brush. 

Step 3: Dramatic Eyes

Sweep a soft shimmery teal blue eye shadow from lash line to brow bone. Using a black cream liner and your small angled brush, draw a very exaggerated line along the upper lash line extending it out to the temples. Blend the liner along the bottom lash line as well. Take a matte black shadow with your angle brush and draw a line starting from the outer tip of your liner into the crease of your eye, forming a sweeping V shape. With a compact chiseled eye shadow brush fill in the outer corners of the V with the same black shadow, fading it in as you go. 

Step 4: Major Lashes

Curl your natural lashes and apply a thick coat of mascara to top and bottom lashes. Add FAUX’s Dark Slant lashes to enhance the cat eye effect of this look. 

Step 5: Finishing Steps

Apply a peachy bronze blush to the apples of the cheeks, extending the color back along the cheekbones to contour. For the final step apply a bright coral lipstick to the lips and add a dollop of matching lip gloss over the top. Caesar will not be able to resist!

Check back next Friday for the last costume in our series of Halloween inspiration! 

A Foolproof Way to get the False Lashes Effect

While I’m waiting for my lashes to grow (see: RevitaLash grow-off), I’ve been using YSL’s newish mascara, which is designed to make you look like you’re wearing fake lashes (in the ‘wow, they’re so dramatic’ way, not the ‘wow, you look like a transvestite’ way). The brush is kind of ragged and rough so that instead of just sweeping your lashes to make them longer, it grabs and coats each lash with formula to make them fatter, darker, and longer at the same time. The formula is on the drier side, which is great if you curl your eyelashes — it acts as a fixer to help hold the pretty curve. But the best part about this mascara is that it’s rich enough to just use one coat!

Want to give false lashes a shot? Read our guide.

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