How to Wash Your Face the Right Way

Believe it or not, there is a right way and a wrong way to wash your face. Well, maybe not a wrong way, but definitely a better way to do it. Wanna perfect your face washing skills? Read on!

 

If your current routine consists of sudsing up a bar of whatever soap is in your shower or on your sink, mindlessly rubbing your hands over your face a few times and then rinsing it off with hot water, you’re not alone. If your current routine consists of a 15-step regimen with as many products, you’re also not alone. Whichever approach you take, there’s always a way to up the game a bit with one of the following (or all!) tips on the ideal face washing scenario.

Use the right amount of cleanser.

Consider your face Goldilocks: you don’t want too much product or too little product, but just the right amount, especially when we’re talking about cleanser. A tiny dot? That’s not going to do anything to actually clean your face, especially if you haven’t already removed the top layer of dirt, grime and makeup with the first step of a double cleanse. Half a bottle of cleanser in one go? It’s a waste; you’re washing the bulk of the nutrients straight down the drain.

If you’re using a cream or gel cleanser, a dime-sized amount of the stuff is perfect. Gently massage the product into your skin — all over, seriously — don’t miss a millimeter — for about a minute. It may seem like a long time, but if you wash it off too quickly, your skin won’t get the chance to soak up the good stuff. Same goes for bar soap, except you’ll want to work up a decent lather before the massaging starts.

Pay attention to water temperature.

Still think scalding hot water is the only way to get your face really clean? You’re not a scullery maid in 1850s England trying to get a red wine stain out of an apron — this is your skin we’re talking about and it needs a happy medium when it comes to water temperature. Too hot? Your skin will dry out very, very quickly (and you also run the risk of burning it.) Too cold? A lot of cleanser don’t play nice with ice cold liquid.

The ideal water temperature for washing your face? Good ol’ fashioned warm. Most faucets are finicky, so play around with how open each tap is to find the right blend until you find the one that feels like a cozy blanket. Splash some on your face to prime the canvas before massaging cleanser into skin, wash it all away with that warm water (and really make sure you’re getting rid of all of it — leftover cleanser that lingers can dry out skin) and then finish it off with a splash of cold water to close pores and smooth everything out.

Choose your exfoliator wisely.

Your skin is a delicate flower. Don’t subject it to harsh, intense scrubs. No matter how dull you think your face looks or how dry and flakey things get, stay away from the hard stuff. Rather than vigorously rub seeds or pits or, you know, shards of glass over your face, opt for something gentle yet effective like gommage, an enzyme-packed mask, an AHA peel or scrub towel.

 

Taking Care of Your Teeth, Naturally

Switch up your dental hygiene routine with some natural, tooth-friendly recommendations…

 

You might think this is a hyperbolic statement, but there is truly nothing I hate more than the feeling of dirty teeth. Every single morning, the first thing I do after waking up (yes, even before peeing) is brush my teeth. Then I brush again after lunch or something particularly sugary. And then again at night along with a healthy dose of floss and mouthwash.

Blame it on a particularly traumatic five-cavities-at-once visit to the dentist a few years ago but oral hygiene has earned a spot in my list of most-important self-care practices.

But here’s the thing: when you do something two-to-three times a day, every single day, it can get a little boring. No, brushing and flossing isn’t supposed to be fun—if it was, everyone would do it regularly and there would be a lot of out-of-work dentists—but there’s no reason it can’t at least be interesting. And the easiest way to make something interesting? Switch it up!

If you’re looking for a little dental hygiene shake up, read on for some tooth-friendly recommendations. Your gums can thank me later.

THE ‘GEAR’

If you’re an electric toothbrush devotee, it’s always a bit sad when you’re packing for a trip and know you can’t bring the whole setup along. Enter Pop Dental and their perfect-for-travel, battery-operated Sonic Toothbrush. Aside from the super-cute patterned cases, the vibrating bristles are contoured to ensure a seriously deep clean on the go (or at home, your choice).

Looking for something a bit more analogue? The Binchotan Charcoal Toothbrush from Morihata may look simple but its strength lies in its ability to clean not just your teeth, but your whole mouth. Thanks to the activated charcoal-infused bristles the toothbrush deodorizes the mouth and prevents bad breath (remember, activated charcoal sucks up all the bad stuff around it!) while removing plaque. Oh, and it’s also antibacterial.

THE ‘CLEANSER’

Yes, toothpaste is a pretty natural addition to any oral care routine, but if like many people, you’re sensitive to SLS (a chemical foaming agent found in many conventional toothpastes that can cause perioral dermatitis), a tooth powder may be a better choice. It may feel a little old-timey but once you get the hang of it,  while aloe supports healthy oral microflora (the good bacteria!), licorice root works to eliminate the bad bacteria, and neem keeps your gums healthy and breath fresh.

THE ‘WASH’

We know mouthwash is something we should do post-brushing, but thank to the incredibly harsh flavor of most conventional products, it’s easier said than done. Which is why Fig + Yarrow’s Oral Hygiene Rinse is such a revelation. A blend of pure, natural ingredients like aloe, menthol, birch xylitol, witch hazel extract, green tea extract, and peppermint, basil and cinnamon essential oils makes this downright drinkable (but don’t drink it!).

If you think you’re ready for a totally new experience, consider oil pulling. It won’t take the place of brushing and flossing, but it will help brighten teeth and promote healthy gums. (Oil pulling primer: You swish coconut oil around in your mouth for 10 minutes and it cuts through plaque to remove toxins without hurting teeth or gums.) The Pulling Oil from keeko and Peppermint Oil Pull from Skinny & Co. are both great options, particularly because they are flavored which makes the act of moving warm, melted oil around your mouth for a prolonged period of time a bit easier to get used to. 

THE ‘ACCESSORIES’

 I don’t actually consider floss an accessory—it’s a pretty integral part to a complete oral care routine—but natural flosses have gotten so dang cute it’s hard to think of them as the annoying final step you’re supposed to take after brushing, rinsing and pulling.

Case in point: Cocolab’s Cocofloss. The cleansing, soft, coconut oil-infused dental floss comes in four truly delicious flavors (Pure Strawberries, Fresh Coconut, Cara Cara Orange, Delicious Mint) that actually make you want to shove a string between your teeth repeatedly. The soft filaments scrub plaque and grime from your pearly whites, leaving your gums clean and relaxed thanks to the soothing properties of coconut oil. It’s also free of parabens, sulfates and phthalates, and is vegan, cruelty-free, and formulated without gluten…as if you needed another reason to use it

Hear your hair out in Winter, imbibe these remedies

Winter weather is always welcome but not for the hair. The cold weather can damage your hair and usually in this season, many people have dry, dull and brittle hair. Working women, who do not get much time to take care of their hair, are the worst affected.

Many festivals like Christmas, New Year, Valentine's Day fall in winter and every one would want to look their best on these occasions. But, for the right and good texture of hair, a little extra care is needed in this season.

These tips from experts will help you to flaunt your hair and walk confidently.

Himani Mukhopadhyay, who runs a beauty salon says, "Those who have curly and thick hair have to keep conditioning their hair at regular intervals. The conditioner has to have rich moisturising power and preferably have a combination of soy protein and panthenol. Thick and curly haired women may apply this mixture twice a week below two inches of their scalp to keep their hair healthy and smooth during winter."

You should not brush hair when it is wet if needed, you may pull down your hair with fingers. Try avoiding plastic combs, instead use wooden combs. Those who have silky hair should not condition their hair much as doing so might make the scalp oily.

"Any vegetable oil like olive oil, jojoba oil and sunflower oil will work well in this season. Those with rough and dry hair can apply lukewarm oil and allow it to stay overnight, shampooing it later," says Himani. 

Some home remedies also work well to save time and money for working women. Blend half a spoon of banana, two tablespoonfuls of olive oil and two tablespoonfuls of yoghurt. Apply it to your hair and let it stay for half an hour. Finally, shampoo it.

Alternatively, take two eggs, three tablespoonfuls of mayonnaise and an avocado, blend them and apply on hair thoroughly. Wrap with a hot towel for some time and shampoo the hair. "These two remedies work wonders, says Himani.

 

Rashmi Desai, a hardware engineer says, "My hair is long and thick, since I work tight schedules its difficult to maintain it. Once in a while I visit the salon for hair treatment or else I use home remedies. Like in winter when there are chances of getting dandruff I start applying curd mixed with methi powder and leave it for 30 minutes before washing with mild shampoo. After this treatment in the weekend, I feel good when I walk to office flaunting my beautiful hair."

 

"I used to cover my hair with a stole or scarf whenever I used to go out. But now with little extra care, I do not really have to worry about carrying a scarf with me all the time. The right therapy in the right season helps us keep our health (in general) well," says Anamika Patel, a college student.

Makeup Tips for Sensitive Skin



According to a number of studies, over 50% of adults categorize their skin as sensitive.but the term “sensitive skin” means different things for everyone. In an article from the Expert Review of Dermatology, sensitive or reactive skin is defined as: “the occurrence of abnormal stinging, burning, pain, [itching] and tingling sensations in response to multiple factors, which may be physical, chemical, psychological or hormonal.”²

Skin sensitivity can be an isolated occurrence or an ongoing issue caused by conditions such as rosacea or eczema. Regardless of the root cause, we all have sensitive skin at one point or another; many of us may even find winter weather to be the main case of this issue. Whether you suffer from chronic skin sensitivity or experience infrequent or seasonal irritation, there are a number of things you can do to minimize the likelihood of an abnormal skin reaction.

Sun Protection

Almost every dermatologist will tell you the best thing you can do for your skin is to apply sunscreen. This is even more true for those with sensitive skin, which may react more to external triggers like sun and heat. Additionally, Titanium Dioxide, used in physical sunscreens, helps calm swelling and is listed in the FDA monograph as one of the purest and most effective active ingredients for sun protection.

Shop Wisely

When shopping for new skin care and cosmetics, the back of the box is your best friend. You want to avoid ingredients that will make your skin react like artificial perfumes, dyes, harsh chemicals and parabens.

Cleanse with Care

Regardless of your skin type, over-exfoliating and over-cleansing can cause skin irritation. You want to treat your skin with kindness as you would the rest of your body, so here are some cleansing tips to remember:

  • Wash your face and body with lukewarm water, as opposed to steaming hot, which can dry out your skin and create redness that is difficult to calm.
  • Use gentle exfoliators and cleansers. Your face wash  should be effective enough to remove makeup and dirt, without stripping the oils from your skin or forcing you to scrub hard.
  • Exfoliate, at most, three days per week.
  • When you’re done washing your face, blot the skin dry (don’t rub) and immediately apply moisturizer for maximum absorption.

Test It Out

When considering new skin care products, always do a patch test before diving in head first. This precautionary test should be done at least 24 hours prior to full application. If your skin is very reactive, you may want to patch test it for as long as a week. To do so, apply a small amount of product to an area around the size of a dime. The location of the test depends on what you are testing for; do it behind the ear to test for an allergic reaction or on your most sensitive area to test for irritation.

Feed Your Skin

They say “you are what you eat” for a reason. Skin sensitivity is not only about what goes on your skin; it’s also about what you put in your body. Depending on your sensitivity triggers, there are certain foods your doctor may recommend you avoid. But, overall, you should treat your food like you would your skin care. Try to stay away from overly processed foods with a lot of artificial ingredients. You can also help you skin stay hydrated by drinking water; if you feel thirsty, your skin feels the same way.

5 Botanical Ingredients with Skin Benefits

When you live in New England, there are years when it seems like winter lasts forever. It’s officially Spring, but our flower beds have yet to bloom. Soon enough, we’ll have bright petals and sweet scents, but until then, we’ll have to indulge our passion for plants in other ways. This April, we’re celebrating National Garden Month by highlighting our botanical ingredients.

                    botanical ingredients

Commonly, flowers appear in two ingredient forms: an extract or an essential oil. The skin care benefits are similar in both versions, but the oils are more concentrated.

If you scroll through our Ingredient Glossary, you’ll find a bouquet of botanicals from Aloe to Zingiber Officinale Root (also know as Ginger Root). Choosing our favorite is near impossible, so we decided to focus on flowers. Read on to learn about skin benefits for our favorite florals.

5 Flowers with Skin Care Benefits

 

Roses

First, let’s talk about the ever-beautiful rose. It comes in almost as many ingredient formulations as it has petals. In our products, you will see rose waters and extracts from a variety of different species. Here are some quick facts:

  • We derive these ingredients from the petals and flowers of the plant.
  • Rose has antioxidant, anti-irritant, skin-conditioning and aromatic properties.
  • The ingredient is in: BeautyPrep Face Toner, BeautyPrep Face Moisturizer, HandDrink Hand Cream, Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stains and Smell the Roses Hydration Spray.

Smell the Roses is back by popular demand!

It’s back- the nourishing and uplifting Smell the Roses Hydration Spray from YourbeautyWhisperer

This limited edition spray does wonders for your skin and also supports an incredible education and support organization, Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC). We are now in our eighth year of partnership with LBBC, whose mission is to connect people with trusted breast cancer information and a community of support.

Every year we have introduced a special product with 100% of profits from your purchase going to Living Beyond Breast Cancer. The Rise Above with Love campaign was created to honor the support network around women living with, and through, breast cancer.

Kevin Gianotto, associate director of marketing and partnerships at LBBC, explains how our donations impact LBBC and the women who rely on their services: “As a nonprofit organization, it would be impossible for us to provide people diagnosed with breast cancer access to free resources at the national level without the support of our corporate partner. That’s what makes our partnership with jane iredale so exciting.  You provide a funding source necessary for us to develop and initiate programs and services and a platform to introduce the services, as well. It really is full-circle.”

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The donations from your purchase of our Breast Cancer Awareness products have helped over 10,000 individuals through community meetings, webinars, online content delivery and national conferences. It has allowed those affected to have resources such as a toll-free helpline, receive a distributed guide to Understanding Breast Cancer and online services at lbbc.org.

Smell the Roses Hydration Spray is refreshing and uplifting. Like all of our Hydration Sprays, Smell the Roses has been awarded ECOCERT’s Natural and Organic certification. The organic Rose Damascena Flower Water is an excellent skin tonic and cleanses the skin without disturbing its natural protective shield while the Rose Damascena Flower Oil and Extracts penetrate into deep layers of the skin. They nourish, tighten, cleanse, detoxify, increase blood circulation, calm and support the skin’s functions. Smell the Roses is recommended for any skin type, especially dry and sensitive skin. It calms inflammation and reduces redness. The scent helps you de-stress and provides you with an overall feeling of well-being.

Both pampering and charitable, you will feel good purchasing this for yourself or a loved one.

Sweat-proof Your Makeup Routine

Some situations call for long-lasting, melt-proof makeup, and summer is one of those times. We love spending time outside, but enduring the heat and protecting against sweat and shine is essential. Whether exploring nature on hikes, enjoying time with friends at barbecues or and even taking our fitness routine outdoors, we have a few tricks for giving our makeup staying power. With these sweat-proof makeup tips, your makeup routine will be ready for the season.

                     sweat-proof makeup essentials

Keep it Simple

When it comes to exercise, there are two types of people. Those who go makeup-free and those who don’t. Sure, there are perks to working out with a clean face, but if you’re like us, and want a little extra oomph when getting fit, the key is to keep your makeup simple. Our favorite sweat-proof makeup look starts with a great moisturizer (like BeautyPrep Moisturizer) only uses three products.

  • Retractable Brow Pencil: The easiest way to look finished in seconds is you define your brows. Our brow pencils come in three, water resistant colors and the fine pencil tip allows you to create a naturally full brow look.
  • Eye Shere Liquid Eye Shadow: We love using Eye Shere on a daily basis because they have serious staying power, and that’s why it’s the perfect water resistant formula to wear if you know you’re going to sweat. Try the shade Champagne Silk for the perfect no-makeup makeup look.
  • PureGloss Lip Gloss: Our favorite way to glam up our melt-proof makeup look is to add a hint of shine with PureGloss Lip Gloss. It’s moisturizing and gives the perfect sheer color for a simple yet stunning finish.

Use a Primer for Oily Skin

When out and about on a hot day, sometimes our face starts to look a little shiny. To make sure we stay selfie-ready throughout all our summer activities, we like to apply an oil-reducing primer like Absence or Smooth Affair for Oily Skin. Global Makeup Educator Edgar Dominguez also recommends using “Dream Tint Tinted Moisturizer, topped with Beyond Matte for the ultimate sweat-proof resistance.” Dream Tint also provides SPF 15 broad spectrum sun protection.

Stay Clear of Creamy Eyeliners

We’ve all had the experience of eyeliner melting into your eyes, so to avoid this, Global Makeup Educator Hannah Hatcher says steer clear of creamy products: “Anything with a creamy base will want to move as your body heats up.  So, stick with liners that have a powder finish (like Mystikol) and liquid liners.”

Set Your Makeup

As always, set your makeup with Hydration Spray to lock the minerals in place. Our favorite two Hydration Sprays for the summer months are Balance Hydration Spray, which helps balance oil in your skin, and POMMISST Hydration Spray because it contains Pomegranate Extract, a powerful antioxidant that helps fight free radical production caused by sun exposure.

Pat Don’t Rub

When you want to touch-up your makeup after you work out, or even after you go swimming, Product Trainer and Pro Artist Coordinator Christine Orcutt Savolis says, “Blot any sweat gently with a towel (DO NOT RUB).” Then, spritz Hydration Spray to refresh your skin, let it dry and retouch as needed.

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How to Get Glowing Skin During Pregnancy

Any women in the world who are exactly in the stage of being pregnant still wish to have glowing and very radiant skin. But unfortunately, this could be pretty much difficult to achieve and quite impossible especially during pregnancy. Why?, because of the unavoidable hormonal changes that occur normally in times of pregnancy.

As a matter of fact, within the very first three months of pregnancy, skin break out is anticipated which means some skin problems or acne formation are expected to occur during the term. On the other hand, at the end of pregnancy period or a month after giving birth, the skin will normally return to its natural beauty and glow.

In order to achieve healthy and glowing skin while in pregnancy period, certainly there are some skin care routines that a pregnant women need to learn and follow.

Particular skin care routine is needed to be applied and continuously followed during the pregnancy. There are many tips and suggestions to get that fairer skin even if you are pregnant. So, take a moment now and relax! Enjoy skin care tips and hints good for pregnant women.

Skin Care Tips on Getting Healthy & Glowing Skin for Pregnant Women

Make Use of Total Body Moisturizing Washes

Throughout a woman’s pregnancy state, there is really a need to acquire an extra special skin care not just for the face but on the entire body.

The body of a real pregnant woman becomes larger, stretching the abdomen skin, which becomes dry and itchy; furthermore, it has been proven by studies and research, that these skin problems might give a pregnant women stress, anxiety and trauma.

In order to make your skin supple, glowing and soft; pregnant women should certainly start using and get benefits from natural oils and get rid of chemically strong or synthetic bar soaps that might remove the natural moisture of your skin. Just make sure that your body washes contain moisturizing agents to help maintain skin’s nourishment and keep it revitalized.

Replace Your Current Skin Care Products

Considering that the face of a pregnant woman goes through so many hormonal changes, which is absolutely normal. Her body predominantly, her skin seems to have essential needs and proper care. These hormonal changes can make your skin very oily and greasy or perhaps so dry.
As mentioned by some skin doctors and professionals, pregnant women have much more sensitive skin so choosing the most suitable skin care products for them is really a must. To assure that you will only get appropriate and right kind of skin care product, you should do a research or simply just confer with your doctor about it.

Skin Care Treatment for the Abdomen

The pregnancy is one particular moment in a woman’s life where in she ordeals constant stretching of her tummy or abdomen. This undoubtedly brings undesirable and ugly stretch marks on abdomen. And more scary is the fact that stretch marks have a large potential to never leave your body. But do not worry now!

In today’s time there are safe and natural ways to avoid the appearance of the stretch marks even if you are pregnant. Out in the market, there are sorts of a natural beauty products which are safe and sound to use. There are moisturizing gels or lotion cream exclusively for pregnant women. You can spread some of it directly on your abdomen massaging it softly in.

Skin Care Products for Pregnant Women

Like was mentioned a while ago, pregnancy involves sensitivity of the skin. This situation means that the particular skin becomes more prone to skin damages and problems than usual most specifically when the skin of pregnant women is directly or exposed too much under the heat of the sun. As one of the essential daily skin care routine, most women would opt to use skin care products enriched with Skin Protection Formula or better known as SPF. SPF indeed prevents you to suffer from skin discoloration, dryness, rushes and other types of skin irritations.

However; pregnant women have to be cautious in putting and using tropical skin products particularly in the very first three months of pregnancy. Still, medical advice from your doctor is extremely recommended.

Reduce the Use of Makeup

A pregnant woman must know that cosmetics and other beauty products should be used less. Once you find it hard to keep away yourself using make-up and other beauty cosmetics just make sure that you are using high quality and 100% hypo-allergenic make-up. The make-up that you are using should be non-comodegenic.

Pay Attention to the Breast

Always remember that it isn’t just your tummy gets bigger and bigger, so does the breasts too! Breast’s skin becomes more sensitive and delicate and so are the nipples. Put an ample amount of moisturizing cream on to your nipples and around your breasts in order to prevent any kind of irritation. The maternity bras that shall be use must be 100% made in pure cotton to avoid itching. Pregnancy is actually the particular stage in any woman’s life where in many skin changes and discomfort occurs.

Only follow these simple and easy tips together with proper maternity body exercises and a healthy balanced diet.

Pertaining to health concerns and with safety precautions, go to your doctor for recommendations.

Bridal How-to: Old Hollywood Makeup Tutorial

One of the tips we regularly give to brides-to-be when they ask how to prep for their bridal makeup trial is: choose a look that is classic, but true to who you are. We say this because we want you to love your makeup on your wedding day and every day after. This “vintage glamour” look is one that withstands the test of time. It’s just as fitting for a modern bride as it was during the Golden Age of Hollywood.

The best part about a glamorous, Old Hollywood look is it’s easily achieved with and without the help of a professional makeup artist. Watch this video for a step-by-step tutorial on how to get the look.

Old Hollywood Wedding Makeup Tutorial

Create a Flawless Complexion

  • Begin by priming your skin for all-day wear using our Smooth Affair Facial Primer & Brightener.
  • Use Enlighten Concealer to create a flawless complexion.
  • With the Flocked Sponge, apply your PurePressed shade in a pressing and rolling motion.
  • Spritz your face with D2O Hydration Spray to keep your look locked into place.
  • For a light and natural contour use the matte side of So-Bronze 3 under your cheekbones and jawline.
  • For a beautiful flush apply Mocha PurePressed Blush to your cheeks.

Get Sultry-looking Eyes

  • Fill in your brows with the Retractable Brow Pencil.
  • Prime your eye lids with Gold Smooth Affair for Eyes.
  • Sweep Cappuccino PurePressed Eye Shadow into the crease of your eye.
  • To give your crease more dimension, apply Double Espresso PurePressed Eye Shadow in the crease.
  • Apply Bone PurePressed Eye Shadow to your eye lid using an Eye Shader brush.
  • To make your eyes look wide awake, apply White Eye Pencil into the water line.
  • Line the bottom lash line with Double Espresso and Cappuccino for a more pulled together eye look.
  • Bump up the glam using Onyx Mystikol Powdered Eyeliner to create winged liner.
  • For a dramatic lash look apply false lashes to the top lash line. Tie the look together with Black Onyx PureLash Mascara on the lower lash line.
  • If you’d like a more intense eye liner look use Black Liquid Liner to intensify your wing.

Finish with Kissable Lips

  • For that classic red lip apply the stain from Passion Lip Fixation and top with  Cindy PureMoist Lipstick.
  • To define your Cupid’s bow use Crimson Lip Pencil.
  • Finish the look with another spritz of D2O Hydration Spray and you’re ready to get married!

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Eyelash Curler: What It Is & How to Use It

“The eyes are the windows to the soul” wrote many scholars and poets from the days of Matthew to this day.

And we, the mortals, try to make this portal to our soul as attractive as possible. A well known way to make the eyes appear bigger and more pronounced is by manipulating the eyelashes.

The eyelashes provide an important biological function: they are sensitive to the touch and protect the eyes from airborne debris, in the same way that whiskers tell a cat that something is near by.

Our eyelashes develop in vitro during the 22nd to 26th weeks of gestation. In adults, the lashes take about 8 weeks to grow. The color of the lashes tend to be darker than the head hair.
Lashes appear in other mammals as well. The camel’s lashes are known to be especially long and thick to protect it’s eyes from sand storms. Horses, dogs, cats, cows and even ostriches have eyelashes as well.

Long eyelashes have been considered throughout the ages as a sign of femininity. Women try to enhance the appearance of the eyelashes through coloring them with mascara or wearing artificial eyelashes that are glued to the base of the eye lid where normal eyelashes usually grow. The latest fashion calls for eyelash extensions that are glued individually between your own eyelashes and last for a few weeks. Permanent tinting of the eyelash also exists.

In recent years the drug companies have turned their attention to the eyelashes as well. We started hearing a lot about Latisse, a medication approved by the FDA in 2009, for the purpose of enhancing the growth of eyelashes. Another medication, called Lumigan, is normally prescribed to treat glaucoma. One of the side effects of this medication, it was discovered, is to grow long and new eyelashes.

But if you don’t want to resort to medications that have some side effects (the Lumigan for example will darken your eye color turning hazel eyes to brown), there are other methods: eyeliner, eyeshadow, mascara and eyelash curlers.

Eyelash curlers are in existence since the beginning of the 1930s, invented by William McDonnell of Rochester, New York. They were made of metal and later had rubber pads. The best ones today are still made of very light metal with silicon pads. Some editions are made of 24k gold.

This crimping tool with a scissor-like handles is designed to make your eyes appear wider and brighter by curling the upper lashes, slanting them back towards the brow. This way, it is believed, they open the eyes and provide a frame.

How to Use Eyelash Curler?

For the process to be clean and fast, do it before applying mascara.

  1. Open the curlers and trap the upper lashes in between the pads as close as you can to the base of the lashes.
  2. Close the curler and hold for a few seconds. Release and move up the lashes until they are facing the direction you desire.
  3. To accelerate the process you can heat up the curlers with a hair dryer. Warm them up, do not make them too hot to touch.
  4. Apply a good coat of mascara.

Do not pull the lashes to the side with sudden movements or slide the curler instead of opening it up. With some practice this process lasts a mere few seconds.

You can always “touch up” the curve of the lashes after you’ve applied mascara, but remember to clean the silicone pads with eye makeup remover. You don’t want the old mascara crimp the lashes in the wrong direction. Manufacturers recommend to change the pads every two months or so.