GoodJanes has THE mirror and mirror stand that helps you get those lashes on with ease!
We’re excited to share our recent feature in Kelly’s Thoughts on Things blog. In it, Kelly shares her first impressions of the Kiss My Lash™ Mirror and Stand.
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Applying mascara seems like one of the simplest parts of our makeup routine. You just swipe it on and go without much thought! But we want to let you in on some secrets to applying your mascara like a pro.
First things first, run a clean, bare through your lashes a few times to smooth out any clumps and to get everything in tip-top shape before you apply your mascara. Combing out any clumped together or stray lashes with your mascara wand can easily turn into an even clumpier mess.
Next, refrain from pumping the wand. We know, we know, we know, this is almost a primal instinct and you most likely picked up the behavior from watching a mother, grandmother, sister, cousin … basically any female ever. But the pumping action can actually cause air to enter the tube, and too much air + mascara = a dried out tube and flakey application.
Extend the life of your mascara and save yourself from having to dust mascara flakes out from under your eyes by simply swirling the brush around a few times in the tube. Use the same motion you would if you were stirring your coffee.
Everyone has ended up with a dot (or three) of mascara on their face due to uncomfortably contorting our arms and hands to get every single lash. Make it so much easier on yourself, and save yourself the added time of removing rogue mascara marks, but bending the brush as you’re sweeping it out of the tube.
The bent angle will make it much easier to control and access even the smallest, trickiest lashes.
Get your curl on! The whole point of mascara is to bring some openness to the eye. Applying mascara without curling your lashes first is like only doing something halfway. Perk up those lashes by curling beforehand to make your eyes really pop by rotating the curler horizontally after you’ve clamped down.
Now it’s finally time to apply your mascara! There’s many ways to apply mascara, but the best way we’ve found is using a zig-zag motion and wiggling the wand through your lashes. This way coats all of your lashes and helps maintain the curl you created with the eyelash curler. As for the bottom lashline, we’ve found that the very tip of the wand is best to get these finer, shorter lashes.
Also, don’t be afraid to mix formulas! Love the way one mascara offers great volume but love the length you get from another? Layer the two to get the best of both worlds!
And that’s it! Some of these tips may seem like mascara application 101, but it’s always great to get a nice little refresher course, and we hope there were some tips you’ve never heard of before!
Maybe you hit snooze three times too many. Maybe you slept through your alarm or it never even went off. Or maybe your plans have changed and you need to throw on a full face of makeup in under ten minutes. We’ve all been there before. It seems impossible, doesn’t it?
Well, we’re about to make the impossible possible with these quick tips to get full coverage without a full-time commitment.
1. BB Ready at The Drop of a Dime
BB creams, or tinted moisturizers, have skyrocketed to fame due to the fact that they provide a one-two punch of moisture and makeup all in one product. Start by applying it in the center of your face (chin, nose, and forehead) and smoothing it out to cover the rest of your face. Build up product in areas you want to cover.
*pro tip: don’t have a BB cream stashed away in your makeup arsenal? Make your own on the fly by combining your moisturizer with a liquid foundation. A dime-sized dot of each mixed together is a good base to start with, but play with the right ratio for your needs.
2. Conceal the Evidence
No need to break out any tools for this one, just use your ring finger to pat your concealer underneath your eyes. Got blemishes you need to cover? Switch to a dabbing motion to conceal them.
*Pro tip: Did you know your ring finger is the weakest finger? Although it may feel funny, it’s gentler to apply makeup to delicate areas like underneath the eyes with your ring finger than any other finger.
3. Shine Bright Like a Diamond
When you don’t get enough sleep, your skill can look dull. Brighten it up with a powder highlighter, but since you’re still on a time-crunch, only focus of these three places: underneath the brow bone, the inner corner of the eye, and the top of the cheekbone.
*Pro tip: if your skin is fair, use a frosty-white shade. If your skin has a warmer, golden tone to it, use a rosé or pink champagne shade. If your skin is dark, reach for a pale or rose gold shade.
4. Line Up
Brighten up your eyes with a quick swipe of your favorite eyeliner.
*Pro tip: even if you’re a liquid liner wizard, a pencil eyeliner does apply faster, and you can smudge it up a bit so it doesn’t look so perfectly applied.
5. Lengthen Your Lashes
When you’re strapped for time, all you really need to focus on is accentuating the upper lashline.
6. Warm Up
A quick swirl of blush is all you need to add some warmth to your face when you’re racing against the clock. Start at the apples of your cheeks and quickly blend your brush out toward your temples to get a natural look.
7. Lip Service
If you absolutely need to leave the house with some color on your lips, by all means, finish off your look with your favorite neutral tone, but a quick swipe of chapstick (tinted or regular) can be a real time saver!
And there you have it! A quick ten-minute face that will definitely disguise the fact that you caught a few extra Z’s this morning! Now if we could only get out of that drive-thru line at Starbucks in under ten minutes, that would be great!
If you’ve walked down the eyelash extension aisle at your favorite beauty store lately, you know how overwhelming it can be. The difference in styles, fullness, and price ranges can be enough to push you over the edge, but throw in terms like “mink”, “synthetic” and “silk” and things can really get confusing. Let’s break down what the different types of eyelash extensions are and how they differ from each other.
Mink lashes offer the most natural look due to the fact that they are created with real mink fur, mimicking the texture of your natural lashes. Some animal welfare organizations warn against the use of real mink lashes, but our mink lashes are ethically produced by fur that is naturally shed from the animal, so there is no cruelty involved.
Mink fur is very fine, so our lashes are light and airy despite the level of fullness. Combined with naturally taped ends, mink lashes offer a feathery, soft look versus a more rigid look that many synthetic lashes offer. They also do not have a plastic-like sheen to them like synthetics, so once they are applied, they are virtually indistinguishable from your natural lashes.
Although mink lashes tend to have a higher price tag than synthetic lashes, they also typically last longer. With proper care, our lashes can last up to 25 wears!
Many companies produce synthetic lashes, and due to their typically low price, they are the most common lashes used today. Synthetic lashes aim to mimic mink lashes, you may also see them labeled as “Faux-Mink.”
Synthetics are generally made of plastic or poly-fiber, so they tend to be thicker and heavier than mink lashes, which can feel cumbersome on the lashline. Likewise, man-made fibers usually lack tapered ends, so the look is a lot harsher. They also have a more rigid lash strip, which can be difficult to apply, even for a seasoned professional.
Although synthetics have a lower price, the quality of the materials are also generally lower, and are therefore designed to only be used once.
So, Are Mink Lashes Worth It?
At GoodJanes, we LOVE our mink lashes. Their natural look mixed with ease of use and the fact that they can be reused multiple times are the very reasons why we chose them for our customers, but we also understand not every occasion or customer requires splurging on mink lashes.
If you’re new to the false lash world, synthetics can be a cost-effective way to get used to applying them and deciding what fullness, length and style looks and works best for you, but keep in mind that mink lashes will feel lighter and look more natural. Synthetics also tend to be more challenging to apply, which can be frustrating for a first-time lash wearer.
If you’re a beauty enthusiast, have a special occasion or you want more bang for your buck, mink lashes are definitely the way to go. Mink lashes are great for weddings or special occasions because they provide a glamorous yet natural look, and they also provide the utmost comfort, because nothing is worse than being uncomfortable during an important occasion.
So, you picked out the perfect pair of false lashes, but now the panic starts to set in as you wonder how exactly you’re going to get these fabulous lashes on. Will you need help? Did you put too much adhesive or not enough? Are they going to embarrassingly dangle off your lid in about three hours?
All valid questions and fears, and at GoodJanes we’ve definitely had our fair share of eyelash mishaps. Even pros have to start somewhere! That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the biggest mistakes we’ve made and that we’ve heard from our friends and customers to help you apply your lashes flawlessly!
1. Not curling your real lashes before application
Many false lashes come pre-curled, so placing them on top of stick-straight natural lashes can keep them from blending in seamlessly.
Curling your lashes before application not only allows them to blend with your false lashes but also provides a stable “shelf” for your falsies.
2. Not cutting the lash to your individual eye size
False lashes are not a one-size-fits-all product. Just because they come in the package as one length doesn’t mean that’s what you have to stick with.
If you’ve ever experienced the corners of your lash coming up, it’s most likely because the strip is too large for your eye size. Wearing a lash that’s too big for your eye can also cause the corners of the strip or even the lashes to poke your skin, causing discomfort.
Take your time cutting your lash strip. You spent your hard-earned money on these gorgeous lashes after all, so you don’t want to cut off too much and end up having to purchase a new set!
Carefully lift the lashes out of their packaging and place them on your eye. There will usually still be a little bit of adhesive left behind on the lashes from the packaging, so this can help anchor them temporarily to your lid as you are measuring.
The strip should start where the bulk of your natural lashes begin, but remember, if you start too close to the inner corner of your eye, the extra length of the lashes can irritate that delicate skin. To mark where your lash strip should end, go to where your natural lashes end and then count about two to four lashes inward. To make it easier to remember where to cut (and to avoid having scissors anywhere near your eyes – YIKES!) you can take a light-colored eyeliner or lip pencil and gently mark where to cut.
*Pro tip: always trim from the outer edge of the lash strip and remember to just snip right at the base of the lash strip. Doing so will preserve any lashes you don’t want to get snipped from accidentally getting caught in the crossfire!
3. Get the right adhesive and use just enough!
Please, please, please step away from the colored adhesives, and if you have any tubes of adhesive that came packaged with a pair of lashes, toss them! You invested in a great pair of lashes, so why would you skimp on the one thing that keeps them adhered?
Invest in a quality eyelash glue that is white or transparent. White adhesive glues will dry to a transparent finish, so don’t worry about it showing through. Colored adhesives are less forgiving if you accidentally place the strip too far up on the lid the first go around, and if you’re forgoing eyeliner, the dark adhesive will be even more apparent.
How much adhesive you apply can be a game changer. Don’t apply enough and your lashes will pop off, but apply too much and the glue will glob and ooze and make application a nightmare. Resist the urge to apply the glue straight to the lash from the tube. Instead, squirt a dot of adhesive onto the back of your non-dominant hand or onto the lash tray, take a pointed Q-tip and pick up a minimal amount of glue, then apply a thin line along the lash strip. Don’t forget those corners!
*Pro tip: wait about thirty seconds after you apply the glue to make sure it has time to set up and get tacky. Wet glue won’t hold as soon as you place your strip, causing them to shift or even pop up from the lid.
4. Not using the right mirror
A great mirror can make or break your lash application. Ideally, you need a mirror that allows you to see the tops of your lashes, just like our Kiss My Lash™ mirror! If you can see your lashline, it’s much easier to place the strip correctly and as close to your natural lashes as possible.
*Pro tip: free up your hands by using our Kiss My Lash™ Stand.
5. Placing the lash too far up
Pros and beginners suffer from this faux pas every now and then, and it can definitely alter how comfortable you feel while wearing your lashes, besides the fact that it will make your false lashes more noticeable.
To get your falsies the closest to your lashline as possible, rest them on top of your natural lashes then use your applicator or finger to press the strip right at the base of your lashline.
*Pro tip: if you tend to fumble while placing your lashes, applying the adhesive to your lid can help nip adhesive messes in the bud. Just pick up a dot of adhesive with an eyeliner brush and apply it just like you were lining your lids.
6. Not merging your lashes with mascara
Even though GoodJanes lashes are as close to your natural lashes as you can get, not merging your natural lashes with the falsies can make the falsies stand out more. Seal the deal with a quick swipe of mascara and you’re all set!
Armed with this arsenal of tips, you can now take your next lash application head on!