Eyelash Perming: Do’s And Don’ts

I was curious about this trendy new treatment, so I watched an eyelash perming and have to say that the biggest don’t I can report is: Don’t try this at home! I’m sure many have successfully permed their own lashes, but seeing the care that goes into a professional service and the possibility of something going wrong – from half curled, half not lashes to perm solution put straight into your eye, I’m sticking with this being a professional treatment only.

Eyelash perming may seem like a very trivial treatment to some, but to those who have very straight lashes it’s a quick and fairly inexpensive way to conquer yet another beauty dislike. The treatment I saw took less than 10 minutes from start to finish and cost about $50. A small price to pay said the client who had spent more than he (that’s right, HE) wanted to recall on lush lashes. Because eyelash perming is permanent in the same way hair color is permanent and it doesn’t require a lash curler (embarrassing at the gym if you’re a guy) or cosmetics, it is quickly becoming an attractive option for men and women who want fuller lashes that look great from morning to night and during exercising or samba lessons. No amount of physical activity, sweating or swimming changes the curl of permed lashes.

Here’s a brief overview of how the treatment works. First a specialist cleans and dries your lashes and the skin around your eyes. Then an adhesive strip of cotton is placed right along the lower lash line so that when you close your eye, your upper lashes lay across the cotton. Then a glue is placed along the top lid behind the lashes. The perming rod is held in place there and the lashes are carefully brushed and curled against the rod which is also covered in adhesive.

Here’s where you can miss some lashes, clump them or pull them too tight and cause possible breakage. Again I say, pay for the service! Once the lashes are spread evenly against the rod, a diluted perm solution (yes, this is just like a hair perm!) is worked into the lashes.  A round, cotton pad is then placed over the entire eye to hold the solution against the lashes. You then wait the desired time and viola! You’ve got permed lashes. The results were much as you’d expect. His lashes were curled and stayed that way. You can also opt for a permanent tint to darken and thicken your lashes while you’re there.

The treatment was quick and painless according to the client who reminds his fellow men that girls will always comment when a guy has thick lashes. “They love that!” The ladies in the shop said that having curled lashes meant they didn’t have to do anything but wash their face on a Saturday morning or after a workout and they still looked like they had a little makeup on – enough to go to Starbucks at least.


Eyelash Curlers

Everyone oohs and ahhs about eyelashes and the consensus seems to be that men come out better on that score. So what’s a woman to do if nature short-changed her in the eyelash department?

Of course there is mascara to darken the color and thicken the lashes. However, many women use eyelash curlers to enhance nature’s framework.  Do eyelash curlers really work? Which kind is best? How do you use them? And, bottom line, what do they cost? Over the years eyelash curlers have made some vast improvements. While the traditional curler has maintained somewhat the same style, the materials used today are lighter weight.

Products now are made from plastic or steel and the hinge mechanisms move smoothly thus making the curlers easier to use. They are also more durable. The pads – some being silicon treated – are softer and more gentle on the lashes. But keep in mind, that the pads should be changed approximately every two months depending on how often you use the lash curler. A worn pad can damage the eyelashes. If the classic curler is difficult for you to use, you might consider using the wand style. Lightweight, compact and easily portable, these battery operated curling wands can be tossed into a purse or cosmetic bag for that instant refresher.

These handy little curlers will increase the curl without overheating and burning this delicate hair. While most of the curlers today boast being “pinch proof”, developing the technique of curling your lashes takes some practice. Don’t wait until you’re ready to go out to try it out. Experiment when you have some time, to really get a feel for using it. With the classic or traditional curler, it is recommended to apply the mascara last. With the heated lash curler, some brands recommend applying the mascara first. Read the directions that come with the curler before you practice.

To get that wide-eyed glamorous look simply place the curler at the base of your lashes. Remember to start with clean lashes! Gently grasp a section of lashes between the pads. Apply gentle pressure. Now open the curler and release the lashes. Remove the curler and move to the next section. Then apply mascara, if necessary. The cost? Lash curlers no longer pinch your lashes or your wallet. Good eyelash curlers range in price from ten to thirty-five dollars. Not bad for getting great-looking lashes.

Lights, Make-Up, Action?

Unless you’re a movie star or runway model, the headline reads just right. When was the last time you even gave a thought to your bathroom lighting? Most of us think of lighting as an afterthought.That’s the last thing you choose when you redo a room. And for those of us who are not renovating.


Eyebrow 101

Would you put a priceless work of art in a discount store frame? Of course not. It wouldn’t complement the masterpiece. When it comes to your appearance, your eyebrows frame your face. Whereas some women obsess to an unhealthy degree (the results can be frightening), others don’t even give them a glance. There’s a happy medium in between. It’s important to spend adequate, but not excessive, time on shaping and grooming these most confusing of facial features.

When it comes to shaping your eyebrows, subtlety is the key. Remember, you can always take more away, but it takes a long time for mistakes to grow back in and, unless you’ve got some vacation time coming up, you’re going to have to face the people you know and love throughout the entire process.


The first step in shaping your eyebrows is to assess the situation. Is there adequate separation between them? Are they too full?  To wide? In general, your eyebrows are already roughly proportionate to what they should be. That is not to say that there is not room for improvement, only to point out that seldom will shortening them drastically or waxing them down to a pencil-thin line produce the result you are hoping for. Take a look at Janet Jackson, Nicole Kidman, or Joey Lawrence to see cautionary evidence of the visual hazards of unnatural shaping.


When it comes to separation, a good rule of thumb is to draw an imaginary vertical line upward from the widest part of your nose – that should tell you roughly where your eyebrow should stop. Don’t go any further out toward the edge of your face unless you own a great collection of wide-brimmed hats. Although it is painstaking and slow, if you’re a first timer, we recommend shaping your eyebrows with tweezers. Once you get the hang of it and arrive at a shape you are comfortable with, waxing may be a better option. But in the beginning, use the tweezers and go slowly.


After you have arrived at the right separation for your face, the next step is to work on the overall shape you want to achieve. Look at the shape of your face and always keep the big picture in focus – even when you’re concentrating on grabbing that rogue hair by the root and giving it a gentle tug. Remember, subtlety is best. The best strategy is to start at the bottom and work your way up. Removing unwanted hairs from the bottom of the eyebrow can help open up the look of your eyes and really give your eye makeup the pop it deserves. But be careful not to go up too far (remember Nicole Kidman) otherwise you can end up looking either permanently surprised or constantly plotting for world domination.

Another good strategy to keep in mind is to stay balanced. What you do to one eyebrow, do to the other. If you get one eyebrow perfect before even starting on the other, we can guarantee you that they won’t match in the end and you will find yourself in a war of attrition with the remaining hairs, trying desperately for symmetry. Instead, try bouncing back and forth every 4-5 hairs or so. This will keep you symmetrical and focused on the big picture.


If a hair is simply too long, trim it to the proper length with a pair of small facial scissors rather than plucking it out completely.


How to Stay Gorgeous While Traveling

Going from airport to airport and hotel to hotel can take a toll on your beauty routine. But you no longer have to sacrifice your beauty in order to make your next appointment or handle business. Believe it or not, there is a way to look fabulous without the signs of travel hindering you. With a little know-how and practice, you’ll be able to jet-set like a celebrity and take care of business without breaking a sweat.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a powerhouse attorney or a saleswoman, traveling can be very demanding and traveling to and from destination to destination can express itself negatively on your beauty routine. Of course you’ll look and be on your top of your game during your meeting, presentation or important meeting but what about the time in between? You shouldn’t let your busy schedule cause you to look less than stellar during the downtime. Don’t feel like bothering with doing extra work to look good while traveling? Then you’ll be glad to know that maintaining your beauty routine while traveling actually doesn’t involve a lot of work.

Because airplanes tend to be cooler inside, wear a comfortable yet stylish sweater to keep you warm and looking great at the same time. From a sexy turtleneck to a form-fitting, ribbed sweater, you’ll be cozy for the rest of your trip as your sweater softly hugs your curves. Additionally, it helps to have a pair of comfortable and loose-fitting jeans on while you travel from point A to point B. You don’t have to don baggy pants, however. There are designs out there that allow for both comfort and style. As fun as wearing skinnies and low-rise jeans are, you may not feel the same way as you sit in close quarters on an airplane during a long flight – comment Birthorderplus website.

To avoid looking like you just woke up, wear fabrics that don’t wrinkle easily. This will allow you to emerge from any airport looking fresh and rested, not frustrated and frumpy. Because you’ll be on your feet before, during and after your business matters, you’ll want a pair of shoes that scream comfort for your tootsies. Avoid wearing your special business heels and fancy boots when you’re not on the job. The last thing you want is for your feet to be in pain the remainder of your trip. Instead, switch your footwear to a pair of stylish sneakers, loafers or moccasins to give your feet a break.

Because you may not have the time needed to get your hair under control, keep your hairstyles while traveling simple. Go for a stylish ponytail or fashionable bun while in route from the airport to your hotel or out to eat. Save the fancy hairdos for your business affairs when you have the time and energy to primp. One of the most important skincare products you should make a habit of using while traveling is moisturizer. Bring along a travel-size plastic bottle of your favorite moisturizer and keep it handy on the airplane for when your skin starts to feel dry and tight. To minimize the amount of luggage you’ll have to carry, invest in a handy tote or fashionable duffel bag to carry your must-have items in addition to your purse. By lessening your load, you’ll have less to keep track of.