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Beauty Sleep: How to Get Prettier Overnight

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While sleeping is all about rest and relaxation (obviously), it can also be productive for both mind and body.  After all, we spend a third of our lives in bed! Choice products welcome the opportunity to get to work over the course of an eight-hour span while you’re in the sack.

Keep reading to find out how you can fight wrinkles, firm skin, create a glow, or even zap a zit–all in the span of a single night’s sleep.

Slip For Beauty Sleep Slipsilk Pure Silk Pillowcase ($79) – If you regularly wake up with a dreaded pillow crease across your cheek, or a crown of frizz around your hairline, you need to switch to a silk pillowcase stat. Besides its anti-aging abilities (no skin crease means no wrinkles), they’re also quite awesome for allowing hair to keep its silky-smooth luster.

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Night Cap Overnight Perfector ($28) – This light cream product allows us to fall asleep with unruly, tangled, dull hair, and magically wake up with smooth and vibrant locks.  It deeply nourishes, without a hint of weight or grease.  Color-treated, fine, wavy, frizzy, broken, coarse, heat-damaged–all hair types will benefit from the power of this product.

Bliss Softening Socks ($52) Summer sandals wreak havoc on our soles.  These socks allow us to deeply moisturize without getting peppermint foot cream all over our sheets.

Vita Liberata Fabulous Self-Tanning Gradual Lotion ($30) Wearing self-tanner in bed can be risky business, unless, of course, we’re using this.  It drys quickly without any gross odor, meaning no color or scent transfer onto bed.  Better yet, the glow it imparts is actually believable.

AmorePacific Moisture Bound Sleeping Recovery Mask ($60)  Although the air isn’t as dry as the colder months, skin can really dry out thanks to air conditioning, chlorine, and salt water.  This overnight mask imparts a surge of hydration, yet has never once clogged our precious pores.

Rahua Voluminous Dry Shampoo ($32) For a deep clean sans shampoo, spray dirty locks with dry shampoo before bed so it can get to work all night and soak up all traces of oil.  We especially love this formula since it is aerosol-free.

Peter Thomas Roth Acne-Clear Invisible Dots ($12) These magic dots take a zit from angry and inflamed to subdued and neutral without drying out the entire surrounding area. We like to call them miracle patches, power-packed for your overnight slumber.


-Casey Sharbaugh is the blogger behind


Wash & Go: How to Style Wet Hair

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When it’s hotter than hot, the last thing any of us want to do after showering is turn on a blow dryer. Hair takes enough of a beating during the summer months from salt, swim, and UV rays.  This means a little extra TLC is required to keep our manes happy.  Although we know air-drying is certainly preferable, what’s the best way to do it? And how can we look good while our hair is doing its drying thing?

We reached out to Marissa Martoni, Hair Stylist and Extensions Specialist at Marie Robinson Salon for tips on how to style wet hair.

Beauty Banter: What type of hair type can pull off wet styling?

Marissa Martoni: Wet styling can work for all hair types, but only with certain styles. It all depends on what products you use.

BB: What do you recommend product-wise?

MM: Oribe Creme for Style ($35) works for all hair types.  It provides a bit of control without any stickiness or crunch; Ouai Wave Spray ($26) is great for wavy hair that needs some extra oomph and texture; Sachajuan Ocean Mist ($31) add the same texture and volume that a dip in the sea provides. Even the finest and straightest locks will achieve a perfect tousle; Bumble and Bumble Curl Defining Creme ($31) Curls can turn wild in the heat.  This lotion tames without weighing down. [Editor’s Note: For an easy DIY beach spray that’ll give texture to air-dried hair, click here.]

BB: And what about different styling techniques? 

MM: For fine hair, try a slicked back ponytail.  Thicker or curlier locks with some texture can try a french braid or a high top not.  If you want to keep your hair down, rely on a great styling cream.

BB: Which of these styles will look best once the hair actually dries if we want to let our hair down…say come nighttime? 

MM: Braids or a low twisted bun can lead to a great look later on.  Tightness of the braid or bun will obviously affect texture, but you can always run your fingers through it or brush it out to loosen things up a bit.


-Casey Sharbaugh is the blogger behind


How To Get Better Skin: Lactic Acid

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Having good skin without relying on some form of acid is more challenging than booking an all-star SoulCycle instructor’s Saturday class.  Seriously.  While we rely on a bevy of acids to keep our visages in top shape, lactic acid is one we turn to time and time again.

While certainly powerful, this alpha hydroxyacids (AHA) is suitable for almost all skin types, even dry or dehydrated.  It works wonders at reducing breakouts while also keeping wrinkles and dark spots at bay, a.k.a #flawless.

Here are a few of our favorite lactic acid products to gently but effectively resurface:

Biologique Recherche P50 Balancing Exfoliator ($59): Described as our holy grail product here, our love affair with this acid toner has yet to waiver.  Our skin craves its powerful combination of onion extract, lactic acid, salicylic acid, burdock extract, and plankton, meaning we always keep a spare bottle at the ready.

Aesop Parsley Seed Exfoliator ($60): A basic and generic cleanser is exactly what our skin doesn’t need when covered in sweat, sunscreen, and smog (ew).  While it certainly doesn’t hurt that this looks lovely on our shower shelf, we appreciate this cleanser for deep-cleaning abilities, without stripping.

Dermalogica Body Hydrating Cream ($30): Bumpy thighs from shaving should be the least of your worries during bikini season.  This lotion gently exfoliates while simultaneously hydrating, but the non-greasy formula makes it perfect for steamy temps.

Sunday Riley Good Genes ($105): No matter what genes your mama gave you, this coveted treatment plumps fine lines and brightens and smoothes even the most problematic or damaged skin. We’re obsessed.

First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads ($30): On nights when we’re using a stronger treatment like Good Genes, a milder toner feels more appropriate.  These pads are extremely gentle, but still get the job done.  Small but mighty.

Erno Laszlo Firmarine Lift Serum ($115): Hydrating in summer is tricky business.  While our skin still needs moisture, the thought of adding anything with weight to our face sounds downright awful.  Luckily, this water-like and refreshing serum moisturizes and firms while also gently detoxifying and exfoliating.  Ma-jor.

Do any of your favorite products have lactic acid? Let us know in the comments below!

-Casey Sharbaugh is the blogger behind


The Art Of Layering: How To Layer Your Skincare For Optimal Results

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If you aren’t layering your skincare products yet, let this be a practice that you pick up in the new year. Layering is BIG at the moment – layered hair, layered clothes, and layered skin products.  Like adding on a shirt, sweater, and jacket, layering your retinoids, serums, and moisturizers, allows you to get better results. Think about it in terms of your winter outfit: you put on the sweater and the jacket to keep warm, then throw on a scarf, gloves, maybe even a hat to keep these areas even toastier. Certain areas of your face need certain products and ingredients while other areas don’t, and layering allows you to spot treat where necessary while still offering up essentials like Vitamin C and hydration to the entire face.

“I started by layering natural ingredients from the market, like aloe vera and rosehip oil,” explains Kat Rudu, facialist, founder of the eponymous skincare line, and devout layerer. “I would exfoliate and then apply certain serums for each area of my skin depending on my concerns at the time.” Rudu explains that if she had oily skin one day, she’d add a few drops of tea tree oil into her aloe vera. Another day, if she needed more hydration, she’d add some all-natural rosehip oil. And on days when her skin was combination, she’d spot treat with tea tree oil on the greasy areas and rosehip on the dehydrated parts.

“Serums deliver active ingredients into the skin.” Rudu suggests applying two to three serums post wash and prior to moisturizer, but make sure to let each dry before applying the next one. “Maybe brush your teeth in between,” explains Rudu. I’ve been doing everything from putting on my pajamas to bringing a glass of water to my bedside table. After each task, I apply my next product.

How do you know what products you should apply to your skin? Consider your concerns and then choose accordingly. Rudu suggests peptides or hylauroniuc acid for anti-aging and plumping (TRY: Perricone MD
Hypoallergenic Peptide Complex
($98), Sanitas Hyaluronic Concentrate ($68), Kat Rudu Liquid Lift ($68)); kojic acid and licorice root for brightening (TRY: Skin Ceuticals Phyto+ ($80), First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Serum ($44)); willow bark for oily skin (TRY: Eminence Clear Skin Willow Bark Booster-Serum ($56)); aloe vera for sensitive skin and/ or rosacea (TRY: Philosophy
When Hope Is Not Enough

Rudu explains that you layer in order of the serum/ moisturizer’s consistency, meaning from thinnest to thickest. Directly after washing your face, “you go with antioxidants like vitamin C (TRY: Kat Rudu Hydra Cell Vitamin C Serum ($72) or Mario Badescu Vitamin C Serum ($45)). Second is a peptide or hyaluronic acid. After that, you can turn to the oils, especially for more mature skin that craves additional moisture.” Rudu opts for essential oils like rosehip and jojoba (TRY: Pai Skincare Rosehip Bio Regenerate Fruit & Seed Oil Blend ($35) and Desert Essence 100% Pure Jojoba Oil ($10)). “Then you do a moisturizer to seal everything.” (TRY: Kat Rudu Hydra Cell Bright Citrus Moisturizer ($54)). The last step is your chosen SPF for sun protection.

At night, Rudu explains that it’s essential to add a retinoid into the mix. “You can either do the retinoids first and then add the serums or do the serums first and seal it with a retinoid. I’ve always put the retinoid first, though.” Basically, skip the vitamin C and put the retinoid in its place. The rest of the layering routine is the same as the morning, minus the SPF. For both AM and PM, use an eye cream directly before your moisturizing step.

It’s pretty basic but the results are anything but. “The more you layer, the more potent the ingredients become,” explains Rudu. So, next time you wash your face, follow it with a slew of serums, an oil, and a face cream that focuses on your specific skin concerns. Watch your complexion change literally overnight. New year, new skincare routine!


July 4th Beauty Essentials

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It’s finally here: July 4th. Parties, bbq’s, bonfires, and fireworks! Basically, it’s an entire weekend devoted to debauchery.

So, it’s sweltering hot, you’re two drinks deep and you’ve got another 9 hours of party time to go. The last thing you want to be worrying about is frizzy hair and blotchy skin.

Here are some tips for enjoying the long days (and fun-filled nights) while still maintaining your goddess status. Here are July 4th Beauty Essentials:

1 – Wear Sunscreen. That’s a given. But, like an pestering mother, I needed to remind you. July 4th will come and go, but sun damage and wrinkles will last a life time. Pick one of my natural sunscreen recommendations by clicking here.

2 – Try a braid or loose bun to keep hair in place and off of your face. It’s hot out there, no need to have a long, billowing mane of hair to make you hotter. Plus, braids are super trendy and always spice up a look. Click here to watch the video for a 2 minute chignon tutorial and here for the video of milkmaid braids, two great July 4th summer styles!

3 – Stain those lips and cheeks. I’ve been saying it all spring and summer. Stains are the way to go when outside for hours on end. They don’t melt, stay in place, and give a natural, no-makeup effect. Some favorites: CoverGirl Outlast Lip Stain ($8), Benefit Benetint, Vincent Longo Lip & Cheek Gel Stain ($23). Click here for a video on how to turn your favorite lipstick into a lip stain.

4 – Nails and toes should be manicured and painted with a bright color that doesn’t interfere with your clothing! I always go for red. It works with every outfit. Essie A-List ($9) is my go-to. Trendy colors are fun, but they can clash with your ensemble… take note!

5 – Waterproof mascara is a must. Anything else will flake or smear in the heat.

6 – Your skin is bound to get sweaty. Don’t stress about it. Carry around blotting papers and deal with it! Tatcha ($12)makes beautiful oil control blotters that won’t ruin your makeup, or try Boscia blotting linens ($12).

7 – Primer is key. I know, I’m repeating myself, but better safe than shiny. Use a primer prior to makeup application. It’ll keep the goods on your face longer and help to reduce the shine factor. I’m really loving Jouer Anti-Blemish Matte Primer ($38) with salicylic acid, perfect for acne-prone skin. You can also use a BB cream for coverage plus hydration and oil production control. Try the oldie-but-goodie, and my personal favorite, Dr. Jart BB Cream ($34).

8 – Highlighter – Accentuate the cheekbones, brow bones, decollete, and cupid’s bow with a cream or liquid illuminizer to increase your golden skin tone and that inner glow. Try RMS Living Luminizer ($38) or Jouer Highlighter in Champagne ($22), for a slight rose gold shimmer that pairs perfectly with a sun-kissed bronzed hue.

Have a very happy and safe Fourth of July…

Sweat-Proofing Your Beauty Routine

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Whether you’re venturing into the desert for Coachella or simply thinking ahead to the dog days of summer, you’ll need to change up your beauty routine to avoid any sweaty mishaps. Toss aside your rich creams and thick products for lighter counterparts to avoid looking like a literal hot mess. Living through treacherously steamy days is brutal enough, so don’t make it worse with gooey and drippy formulas. East Coasters, this post is purely aspirational. West Coasters, we continue to envy you.

Hair: Even the thickest locks can look limp and flat when combined with sweat and oil. Unless you’re going for a grungy Jared Leto (pre-bleach) look, rinse your strands with Fekkai Apple Cider Clarifying Shampoo ($20) to remove any grease and product buildup. Before styling, apply a generous coating of Living Proof Prime Style Extender ($20) which actually repels dirt and sweat to extend the life of any style. Magic! If your hair needs some perking up and you don’t have time to wash it, look to Davines Hair Refresher ($28) to fake it until you make it.

Face: Makeup running down your face is not a cute look… ever. Winter’s heavier formulas will wreak absolute havoc on your skin in warm weather by clogging your pores. Let’s all agree that this is absolutely something to avoid, right?

Prepping and priming your skin for humidity is a total non-negotiable. First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Oil-Free Mattifying Gel ($30) has a slew of natural oil-fighters to keep the grease at bay, and absorbs quickly without over drying the skin. Warm weather is not the time for moisturizing CC Creams or dewy foundations; instead, look to Becca Ever-Matte Shine Proof Foundation ($42). This medium coverage formula blends easily and leaves the skin with a matte finish. Under eye circles don’t choose their victims based on temperature, but most concealers easily crease and flake. Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer ($28) stays put all day without a crease in sight. For some extra security against the grease Gods, dust your face with Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder ($34). Don’t forget to throw a refreshing mist, such as L’Occitane Immortelle Precious Mist ($16), into your bag to revitalize and refresh on-the-go. Those people giving you funny looks for misting in public? They’re just jealous.

Rising temps means more color everywhere, from your clothing to your cocktails (rosé season, anyone?). Hopefully you’re taking sun protection seriously and shielding your skin. There is truly no reason not to since you can easily fake it with Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Bronzer ($30). This formula can withstand some major moisture, and is even safe to wear with a white shirt. In the heat, most powder blushes will slide right off your skin as soon as you leave the house, so stick to a gel or stain such as Becca Beach Tint ($25). Finally, let’s not even get into the sticky hazards of lip gloss. Swap your favorites for Sonia Kashuk Velvety Matte Lip Crayon ($8) and be done with it.

Eyes: Eye makeup in warm weather can be beyond messy and irritating. Anyone who has had a mascara mishap (hello raccoon eyes!) knows that the struggle is real. Waterproof mascara and liner are absolute non-negotiables, and Eyeko Sport Mascara ($24) paired with Topshop Waterproof Liner ($10) didn’t even run or flake while being tested in a Barry’s Bootcamp class. For an easy swipe of color on your lids, try Nudestix Magnetic Eye Color Pencil ($24). It’s designed for “uber oily lids” and is waterproof, sweat-proof, and tear proof. Put it to the test… we dare you.

Body: When it’s warm outside, thick lotions and creams generally feel like they’re simply sitting on top of your skin instead of being absorbed. Swap your rich winter formulas for Sunday Riley Juno Body Serum ($105), which your skin will soak up faster than a sponge. In addition to moisturizing, this concoction promotes elasticity and tone, even if you sleep through Pilates class… again. You also want to make sure your bod is seriously clean after getting hot and sweaty (get your head out of the gutter! not THAT way!). Malin+Goetz Eucalyptus Shower Gel ($20) is anti-microbial to help keep you fresh all day long… use it and bask in the cooling effects coupled with the earthy scent.

Go ahead, get your sweat on. Your products can handle it.


-Casey Sharbaugh is the blogger behind


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Zit Zapper: Natural Acne Remedies To Try Today

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Struggling with acne at any age is zero fun.  Add breakouts into the dreaded aging mix, and it feels downright cruel.  Over the years, we’ve pretty much tried it all – cleansers that bleach our towels, creams that make our skin peel, and even oral antibiotics to fight from the inside out.  When breakouts continue despite these efforts, one can’t help but wonder if perhaps a more gentle – and friendlier – approach is the key.  Question is, what exactly is the right way to do this?

We turned to Karen Ballou, CEO of the only immune-centric natural skincare line on the market, Immunocologie, and Renée Rouleau, celebrity esthetician and founder of Renée Rouleau Skin Care Collection, for professional insight on how to treat our skin woes without downright attacking it.

Beauty Banter: What natural ingredients are best to fight acne?

Karen Ballou: Tea tree oil is not only antibacterial, but also anti-fungal. Salicylic Acid helps to dissolve the oil in the follicle, which can cause inflammation, blockage and prevent clear skin. It’s a BHA (beta hydroxy acid) that is exfoliating, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory.

TRY: belif Tea Tree Oil  ($26)  & Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Serum ($29)

BB: But what should be used for various types of acne? 

Renée Rouleau:

Cystic Acne – Look for a spot treatment with lactic acid. Lactic acid helps dissolve cells blocking the pore as well as purifying within the pore.

TRY: Renée Rouleau Anti-Cyst Treatment ($42)

Blackheads –  Although there is no way to permanently get rid of blackheads, your best bet is regular monthly deep pore cleansing facials followed by home use of products with Salicylic Acid and Glycolic Acid to keep the pores clean.

TRY: Josh Rosebrook Active Enzyme Enzyme Exfoliator ($60)

Whiteheads – Since these have no infection (meaning, they are not generally sore), using harsh acne products will only make them worse by causing dry skin cell build up trapping the oil in the skin longer. Exfoliate!

TRY: One Love Organics Brand New Day Microderma Scrub & Masque ($39)

BB: Can chemicals in many acne-fighting treatments actually aggravate the problem? What ingredients should we actively avoid? 

KB: People think rubbing alcohol will help control their acne and oil, but it causes the skin’s acid mantle to be disrupted – the skin then produces more oil to ensure it’s protected like mentioned before. We need to remind ourselves that the skin is the first line of defense against the environment as well as our largest organ. Benzoyl Peroxide, meanwhile, is used specifically to dry out the skin and make it peel, meaning your skin will over-produce the natural oils it uses to keep it healthy.

RR: Sodium or Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate are commonly found in cleansing gels and are extremely dehydrating to the skin. Meanwhile, mineral oil and petrolatum can have pore-clogging effects on the skin.  Finally, apricot kernels are often found in facial scrubs, but only scratch and irritate the skin and spread bacteria.

BB: Acne-fighting ingredients can oftentimes cause dryness. What is the best way to treat this? 

KB: Transepidermal water loss (the amount of water that passes from your skin to the atmosphere) is a naturally occurring phenomenon that we have no physiological control over and which can be exacerbated by acne treatment. In this case, you want to make sure you’re looking for a product with hyaluronic acid, typically found on ingredient lists as sodium hyaluronate.

TRY: Immunocologie Hyaluronic Serum ($195)

We fully intend to take this advice to heart, and something tells me a crystal ball would predict clear skin in our future…

-Casey Sharbaugh is the blogger behind


When, Why, and How To Color Correct

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Although makeup artists have been color correcting for years, this technique has become a major trend as of late.  Just as contouring and strobing took Youtubers and Instagramers by storm, we couldn’t help but wonder what all the color correcting buzz was about.  To figure out if we could actually do this ourselves (or if we should leave it in the hands of the makeup artists), we reached out to Kerry Cole, BECCA Style Director.  Turns out, even the most perfect complexions can benefit from some correction.  Here’s what she had to say:

Beauty Banter: What are the basic rules of color correcting?

Kerry Cole:  It is all about color theory and finding the opposite color to neutralize the problem. Remember color correctors are meant to correct or neutralize, and concealer and foundation are meant to cover.

Green: Neutralizes redness for fair to medium skin tones with red undertones.
Violet: Neutralizes dullness for light to tan/olive skin tones with yellow undertones.
Red/Papaya: Neutralizes deep blues and greens for tan to deep bronze skin tones with blue undertones.
Peach: Neutralizes dark circles and hyperpigmentation for beige to deep bronze skin tones.

BB:  Is color correcting an additional makeup step, or will it replace other steps?

KC: If you find that your concealer or foundation isn’t covering your discoloration, I would recommend adding color correcting to your routine. Yes, it’s an additional step, but you’ll find that you use less product to cover, and in turn you’ll spend less time trying to cover up stubborn areas.

BB: What are common mistakes you see? Any application tips?


1. Always stick to the less is more concept.
2. Apply a tiny amount using your fingertips, the heat from fingers melts the product into the skin.
3. Follow application by blending your corrector into the skin with a concealer brush or sponge (this is the most important part of color correcting, blend blend blend!).
4. If you’re on the oily side, top it off with a setting powder.

BB: For people who don’t have any serious skin discolorations, is color correcting still useful?

KC: Sure, just stick to shades like light peach or violet. Use them under your foundation to brighten areas of the skin. Apply to the center of the face, around the eyes and even down the center of the chin, much like you would your highlighter.

After chatting with Kerry, I gave BECCA’s Backlight Targeted Colour Correctors ($30) a whirl. Peach instantly brightened up my tired eyes, and in turn allowed me to use less concealer for coverage. A few dabs of green around my nose helped with redness from pesky seasonal allergies. Safe to say that I am sold!

Do you use color correctors in your makeup routine? If so, let us know how in the comments below!


-Casey Sharbaugh is the blogger behind


How To: Match Your Eyeliner to Your Eye Color (It’s Easier Than You Think)

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Eyeliner is obviously a crucial item in our makeup arsenal. Further, it’s something we consider an imperative part of our daily look for its ability to instantly open and define our eyes. Black or brown are without a doubt the most expected options when lining peepers, but we’ve recently found ourselves wondering what color (or colors, plural) would be best for specific eye colors.  To get to the bottom of this predicament, we reached out to Wende Zomnir, Founding Partner of Urban Decay.  Here’s what she had to say.

Beauty Banter:  What rules should we follow when picking an eyeliner color to best compliment our personal eye color?

Wende Zomnir:  I’m a believer in the theory of complementary colors (blue/orange, green/red) to bring out eye color. That doesn’t mean that someone with blue eyes should wear orange eyeliner. But what it does mean is that a blue-eyed girl should look for shades that have an orange or bronzy undertone to them, such as 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil ($20) in Scorch or Smog.

My eyes are a green-brown hazel, and to get the green to pop, I look for eye color that has a red base to it—usually found in red violets, pinks, and rosy browns, like 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil ($20) in  Rockstar or Vice.

Brown eyes can wear it all—you can tailor your makeup to help define your look. I’m not suggesting makeup that’s matchy-matchy with your outfit, although sometimes that works, but instead using what you put on your face to make a statement.

BB: What more out-of-the-box colors work for various eye colors when you’re going for a more playful look?

WZ: Purple! There are so many different variations of purple. Try experimenting with different shades, textures, finishes, and liners to achieve the perfect purple for your personal eye color.

TRY: Bobbi Brown Long Wear Eye Pencil ($26) in Black Plum or Laura Mercier Cream Eyeliner ($25) in Violet.

BB: How can we shake up our eyeliner routine? 

WZ: Many women get stuck in a rut with eyeliner, wearing it the same way every day. Eyeliner should be FUN. Swap your basic black liner with a blue one. I love blacker-than-black liner too, but I also like to experiment with color. For another twist, draw your liner on thicker or thinner than usual.

Thicker lines enable you to play with more shapes, while thinner lines open up the eye area more.  Or, try layering eyeshadow on top of liner to create a dimensional effect. I especially love this on the lower lash line, smudged out.

TRY: Guerlain Kohl Long-Lasting Eye Pencil ($31) in Katy Navy with Guerlain Ecrin Couleur Eyeshadow ($34) in Blues Brothers Navy.

BB: Should your mascara match your eyeliner?

WZ: Makeup is a means of self-expression. If you want to match your eyeliner to your mascara, go for it! A monochromatic look is certainly a statement, but definitely not the rule.

-Casey Sharbaugh is the blogger behind


6 Mascara Tips For Statement-Making Lashes

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Mascara is a female rite of passage. We all want long, thick, volumized lashes and mascara is our go-to for achieving this. But with so many formulas on the market promising everything from amplified thickness to double lash growth in days, it’s difficult to weed through the muck. Here I’m offering up 6 of my favorite makeup artist and celebrity tips for statement-making lashes.

1. For long, thick, volumized lashes, add a lash primer AFTER the first coat of mascara, then add another coat of mascara over the primer. So it goes something like this: Primer, mascara, primer = va-va-volume.
TRY: e.l.f. Mascara Primer ($3), Lashfood Conditioning Lash Primer ($20)

2. Apply mascara by holding the wand vertically to the eye, and move from left to right. Yes, it will get clump, but not too worry: Now hold the wand horizontally to the eye and apply on top of lashes (this separates said clumps). Finish with a coat of mascara applied underneath top lash hairs.
TRY: Face Stockholm Extreme Lash Mascara ($32)

3. Use regular mascara and layer with waterproof mascara for long lashes that stay put all day (in other words, you won’t end up with raccoon eyes by 6pm). Plus, by mixing formulas, it makes removal way easier (anyone who’s tried to remove waterproof mascara knows what I’m talking about).
TRY: CoverGirl The Super Sizer Mascara ($7), Dior Diorshow Waterproof Mascara ($28)

4. Use a bottom lash mascara (or your favorite mascara in travel size because it’ll have a smaller applicator). Bottom lashes are an entirely different beast from top lashes. The hairs are finer, smaller, and closer to the skin. Application must be precise. It’s all in the wand, ladies. Choose wisely.
TRY: Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara ($11), Tarte To Go Deluxe Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara ($10)

5. Growth serums DO work, and if you’re serious about your lashes, invest in a proper serum. Apply morning and evening – religiously – and double lash thickness and length within months. You can also use the serum on sparse areas of eyebrows!
TRY: Revitalash Advanced Eyelash Conditioner ($76)

6. Want the thickest lashes E-V-E-R? Paint them on. Using a jet black liquid eyeliner, draw tiny dots directly onto your lash line – upper and lower – before applying mascara. This creates the illusion of hairs growing from the root. Trust me, this trick works wonders!
TRY: CoverGirl Bombshell Intensity Eye Liner ($7), Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner ($22)


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