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Thicker, Fuller Lashes With 3 Products


I get so many questions about my lashes and the products I use, it made sense to do a quick how to on them. Since I wear glasses on a daily basis, I don’t do much in terms of eyeshadow, but I do like to play up my lashes with mascara and some liquid liner (more on my favorites later). The above photo is the before, so as you can see, I am blessed with quite long, dark lashes. The problem is, they’re thin and straight. I have to curl them everyday or else they’d get stuck on the lenses of my glasses.


I have only found one mascara that does everything I want it to do on it’s own, Too Faced’s Better Than Sex mascara which recently came out. But, for the sake of showing you that you can do two different formulas from two different brands, I’m using my other favorite mascaras, Edward Bess and Dolce & Gabbana. I’ll also be using a Laura Mercier eyeliner and brush to show you a special trick for making your lashes look thicker.

Eyelash Curler

First thing is first. I start with a clean metal lash curler as close to the base of my lashes as I can get. Squeeze gently and then ‘pump’ the curler to really secure the hold. You can do that by gently releasing and then pressing again slightly a few times. I use either the Kevyn Aucoin Eyelash curler or the Shu Uemura onee. Both have a large bed so they fit my eyes with you try.


Using the Edward Bess Bess-Lash Designer Volumizing Mascara, I apply one coat, starting from the base of my lashes and pulling out. Although this mascara is a technically a volumizing one, I find that it lengthens better than anything else I’ve tried.


Because the brush on this mascara is small and compact, I can get my bottom lashes without making a mess. I only do one coat of mascara on the bottom lashes for the day and two coats or more if it’s a special occasion. Too much mascara on the bottom can enhance shadows, so I tend to just lengthen them. To me, not wearing mascara on the bottom is unbalanced since my are naturally long and dark.

At this point, I curl my lashes again, using the same technique as above. It’s really important to wipe your curler off between each use so that there is no stuck on mascara. Anything left on can stick to your lashes and tear them out if you aren’t careful. Having a coat of mascara and curling them again will help to keep the hold. I do this a couple of time, until the lashes hold.


Because my lashes aren’t thick, I apply eyeliner to the base of the top lashes underneath. This helps the lashes look thicker by darkening the base of them so that there is no space showing. I do this with the Laura Mercier Tightline Cake eyeliner and brush. By activating the liner with water, you get a gel-like formula to work with. I recommend using black if you have dark eyes and navy blue or grey if you have light eyes. The brush is crucial to getting a good liner. It’s cut flat across the top and tapered to it won’t fray and make a mess. I create a paste-like texture in the pot and then stamp it onto my lashes after I’ve gently lifted my lid.


Applying the eyeliner with your eyes open is the easiest way to get it how you want it. You can do this by looking in your mirror and then tilting your head back. By pulling your lid up from the top of your head, you leave enough space to apply the liner.


I apply the liner by stamping it under the lashes across wise. You don’t have to swipe or get it even as the brush will do most of the work for you. After the liner has fully dried I curl my lashes again.


The last step is to apply two coats of the Dolce & Gabbana Intenseyes Black Intensity Mascara. Most women apply mascara to the underside of their lashes because it’s more natural to swipe up. I do this, but I also make sure to apply a coat to the top of the lashes just to make sure I’ve got them covered.


I love this Dolce & Gabbana mascara. It’s so incredibly volumizing and gives the most dramatic lash look without clumping or flaking. The brush is thick and dense, but not gigantic like most mascaras so you won’t make a mess when applying it. Once I’ve got the desired amount of mascara on I curl my lashes one more time, making sure to clean it before doing so.


The result is natural but not too dramatic. I do this everyday and then apply either a thin line of liquid liner on the top, or apply the Laura Mercier liner on the top as well.


Photographed by Ryan Hines in June, 2013 at The Mondrian Soho Hotel in New York City. 

Look More Awake With 3 Key Products


The key to looking like you faked a full nights sleep (and then some) is to start with glowing, clean skin. But, getting a natural glow to your skin everyday (especially in the dead of winter) can be harder than it seems. Piling too much makeup on dry skin can only make it look duller, and finding the right combination of products to achieve your desired affect can sometimes be more work than it’s worth.

I’ve perfected a combo of natural, easy to use products that blend together seamlessly and layer to perfection. By wearing less makeup and focusing on shimmering and illuminating products, you’ll look brighter, more awake, and glowy.


I start with an illuminating day moisturizer. I love the Eucerin Even Brighter Day Cream because it’s thick, soaks into the skin quickly and gives a natural, non-greasy glow. Next, I apply foundation and concealer where I need it. My favorites for the winter are Le Metier de Beaute Classic Foundation and Cle de Peau Beaute Concealer. I apply both with a dense brush (that I’ll reuse in a second) and then press my fingers into my skin once I’m done. The warmth from your hands will help the foundation melt into your skin.


I then apply a water-based liquid illuminator to the apples of my cheeks, up to the top of my cheekbones. Look for pale shades if you’re fair skinned, and darker if your skin is darker. Make sure to apply this to the high planes of your cheekbones and face (that is, the areas on your face that the sun would hit first if it was directly above you. I start with the tops of my cheekbones, down the bridge of my nose, just above my temples (right where your forehead curves), and right above my cupids bow.

I used So Susan Water-Based Pure Luminizer.


Next I apply a cream blush to the outer apples of my cheeks. I love the Stila Convertible Color in Gerbera because it’s natural while still being fresh. I apply it with a dense synthetic brush (Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush) instead of my fingers because the brush will blend it more naturally.


Next I apply a translucent setting powder to lock everything in and prep my skin for bronzer. It’s really important to have a powder layer for any pigmented powder you apply to your skin such as blush, powder foundation, or bronzer. If you apply these directly to moist skin right after you’ve applied your foundation and concealer, it will cause the product to stick and not blend naturally. I favor the Becca Blotting Powder Perfector with a kabuki brush (Hourglass makes a great one).


After you’ve applied setting powder, dip your fluffy brush into a bronzer. I like a matte bronzer (like M.A.C’s Matte Bronze) as it will give your skin the desired affect without making you look greasy. I start on the apples of my cheeks and apply the bronzer up and around my eye/eyebrow in a ‘C’ shape. I then drag the brush down my the bridge of my nose and along my jaw bone from my chin outwards.


Once bronzer is done, I reapply blush, this time using a powdered blush over where the cream blush is. Adding multiple layers will give dimension to your skin, just adding to the glow factor.

I used Bodyography Oxyplex Sheer Cheek Colour in Mystique with a Mally Blush Brush.


Lastly, I like to layer a sheer, bright lip pencil underneath a bright, creamy lipgloss. Layer will ensure that it lasts longer and will again create dimension, this time on your lips. If you have thinner lips, apply a nude lipliner slightly over your natural lip line first.

I used Jelly Pong Pong Lip Blush layered underneath Lorac Haute Lipgloss.


Even with barely any eye makeup on (I’ve just curled my lashes and applied mascara), the finished look is awake, glowing, and fresh for any time of the year. The skin looks moist, smooth, and even.

Photographed by Taylor Barringer on January 3, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. 

Try This: An Embellished Top Knot

[This story originally ran on Photos by Elizabeth Griffin for]

One of the perils of having long hair is that taking the time to actually do it can be a challenge. Not only that, but coming up with more than just ponytails and top knots can be a real pain in the ass. Last fall, I enlisted the help of hair stylist Noelle Chen to help me come up with a fun new take on a boring bun. What she came up with literally blew my mind—and was a huge hit at fashion week that season. All you need is the usual supplies—hair ties, bobby pins, and hairspray, along with…a belt.

Topknot Updo For Long Hair


Start by securing your hair into a high ponytail. The higher the better.


Section your hair into two equal pony tails.


Choose a belt that you want to embellish your bun with. We decided on a woven leather one to add a little edginess to my look.


Take one of the sections of your hair and begin wrapping the belt all the way around it to the end.


Evenly space out the belt all the way down the section.


Use a bobby pin to secure the end of the belt to the end of the section.


Take both sections of your hair and twist them around each other as you would normally.


Secure the ends of each section into the bun.


The end result is a fun, edgy, and totally wearable take on a classic top knot. Good Luck!

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