“Stevie will kill me, but Mama’s got a good sense of humour. Stevie usually shows up to sound check in curlers, and more often than not she actually shows up to the gig in curlers. Sometimes it’s just one or two up front in the bangs, but other times it’s a whole head of big coke can curlers. We had a very creative crew member who liked giving Stevie a hard time about it, so at the last show we bought a truckload of velcro curlers and distributed them to the whole crew and staff, boys and girls alike. When Stevie showed up to gig, she got out of the car (with a full set of curlers, thank god) and saw every single member of the crew with a curler in their hair. She died. So then to top it all off, John decided he wanted to play too, so we put some double stick tape on a curler and put it next to him so that he could stick it to his hat before she turned and looked at him during Gold Dust Woman. Again, she died. We like practical jokes around here…it keeps everything fun.” - Cory Buckingham
My eyelashes don’t like to stay up after I curl and apply mascara.. any ideas?
Curled and fluttery lashes are some of my favourite, they look pretty, soft and delicate but sometimes a little more work than just applying a coat or two of mascara is needed for the best results.
A good eyelash curler is essential, this doesn’t mean an expensive lash curler from a cult brand like Shu Uemura, but it means that a $1 one usually won’t cut it. To use an eyelash curler start with clean lashes, hold it at the base of your lashes and squeeze for a few seconds, then walk it out to the middle of your lashes squeeze and then to the very tips of the lashes and squeeze again, you can also repeat the step but only use your lash curler before mascara, using it after can damage your lashes. Using heat will also make the curl last longer, you can either opt for a heated eyelash curler (which can be used before and after mascara) or heat your eyelash curler under a medium heat (just make sure you test it on the back of your hand first to ensure it is not too hot) for a more effective, long-lasting curl. (Full tutorial on how to curl your lashes)
This is one of the most important steps and an important key when you want to hold a curl on your lashes: use a waterproof mascara. Waterproof mascaras generally hold curl better as it isn’t as easily disrupted by any water from your eyes as a normal mascara. I love Benefit They’re Real Mascara (it’s super long-wearing and has waterproof properties) If you find waterproof mascara irritates your eyes try applying a regular coat of mascara first and then a waterproof coat, this way the waterproof version will grab to your regular mascara and not your lashes. For a more affordable version I love the *Maybelline Lash Sensational
Waterproof Mascara, which also has a curved brush helping you pick up every lash.
Make sure you wiggle the mascara wand at the base of your lashes to give them the most lift and curl possible, you can also “hold” the wand at the tips of your lashes whilst the mascara is setting to give them some extra curl.
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A/N: This was requested a while back to make a part 2, to Animated eyes and here it is. There will have to be a part 3. Sorry for all grammar/punctuation/spelling errors in this. I really wanted to get something up. And sorry I didn’t make a collage for this!
Y/N wraps a robe around her frame and hurries down stairs shouting for Noah to get to the door before her. The knocks come again as she jumps off of the last step, they transition into loud bangs. “Noah!” The voice shouts. “Noah let me in I’m about to drop this ugly dress you made me buy! And I need to figure out what to do with my hair.” Y/N rips the door open and Audrey drops all of her things to the ground. Noah’s sister’s eyes pop open wide and she tries to hold in a laugh. The short hair girl freezes up and looks Noah’s sister up and down, only in a robe that stopped above her knees. Her hair was set in rollers and she already had a full face of makeup on except for lipstick. Everything about her made Audrey blush. Audrey places a section of hair behind her ears and looks away biting down on her bottom lip. The only thing that had been on Audrey’s mind the past few weeks was the interaction between the two in the bathroom. “Are you going to pick up your things?” Y/N says looking at the dress bag on the the ground along with a backpack. Audrey doesn’t respond the heat in her cheeks was getting intense. “Audrey! Earth to Audrey!” “Yeah,” Audrey jolts, bends down and snatches her things up. “Sorry for the aggressive knocking, clearly interrupting…this…I don’t know.” “Audrey don’t worry about it,” Y/N says, her anger slowly dissipating and her mood getting better. She starts to laugh. “Uh Audrey I’m not trying to be rude here, but…”
“But what?” Audrey tilts her head feeling confused hugging her things tightly so they wouldn’t fall again. Her brows start to furrow. “You don’t look like yourself,” Y/N says. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen you in so much makeup and eyeliner. I mean if that’s the look you’re going for…I mean it looks great.” “I didn’t know what I was doing, I tried my best to do something different from my usual look for this dance,” Audrey says bluntly coming off a little frustrated, her speech was rushed. “It took me a lot of time to attempt this eyeliner wing and I had to keep applying more to get it too look even and neat. I didn’t even want to go to this dance, but Noah is dragging me there.”
Requested by Anon:
Hi! Can i please have a noah hanifin one where you’re sad because all these girls that are having a crush on him are making you insecure and stuff. Angst and fluff please? Thank you !
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“Give me the phone.”
You looked up from stalking people on Instagram and saw Noah
sit beside you on the couch.
He held his hand out to you, “I know that look, babe. Give
me the phone.”
I have a question what's the difference between a $1 eyelash curler and a $20 one ?
Eyelash curlers can seem like a waste of time (and money) for multiple people and it is all to easy to either skip the step completely or go for the cheapest one on the market, but spending a little extra can give you some great results.
Hello! I love your cosplays and I've wanted to ask this for awhile, but how did you style your oikawa wig? (like the products and such) I'm really new to all this... the base wig i got is ebay(.)com/itm/151324426450 it's very full, but i have no idea how to layer or style it :/ I'm sorry for the sudden question
I can’t give you a step-by-step, mainly because I can’t remember it. Plus, my base wig looked hugely different from yours (here). But! If you’re new to wig styling and you feel overwhelmed where to start and such, doing something like this is (IMO) a good way to get going:
And then make yourself aware of what the main structures in the hairstyle are and what’s different to your base wig. Sort of like this:
(yeah, it looks funny… sorry, Oikawa). Because now you can prioritize! The wig doesn’t have to be 100% correct, because getting the overall “look” right will already get you far. The parting (in red) is already pretty accurate, which is great. You can see that the base wig is too look overall, but especially the yellow part. Trimming that down is a good place to start (pinning the rest up/away). Trimming the smaller part of the green portion (over his right eye) will also help. As for how to do it… I find that is super hard to explain without video and everyone does it differently. Rule of thumb is: layer by layer, starting at the lowest. There are probably a number of video tutorials out there.
For the styling - I drew in a couple of arrows. Getting the spikes to point up (or, in his case, curl up) instead of down, you can use hairspray, gel, curlers, whatever works best for you (here’s my method of doing it). For my Oikawa wig, I just used hairspray & a blow dryer I think… but it’s been a long time.
So there you go!
One limitation, I guess, is that you won’t be able to get the yellow part to point upwards. Wefts are sewn in downwards, so, as opposed to hair, they don’t deal well when they’re short and need to go up. It shouldn’t really make a difference once you trimmed it. If you wanted to achieve that look, you’d have to take out all wefts, sew them back in upside down + probably add a number of them. Sometimes it’s worth the trouble (I did it for Nishinoya) but I personally didn’t do it for Oikawa.
Well, good luck! ;)
(don’t judge, I have to use these gifs somewhere B,))
This is what comes to my mind when I hear the words “back to school makeup.” It takes less than five minutes to apply (perfect for when you’re rushing to get out the door after hitting the snooze button too many times), and to the untrained eye it might even look like you aren’t wearing any makeup at all. My younger sister recently started experimenting with makeup and asked me how much she should wear to school. Here are the products and routine I recommended to her. As always, all photos are unedited so you can see how it looks in person.
1. You’ll need to start with a clean face. (You can find my routine for sensitive, acne-prone skin here.) I would recommend putting your hair up or tying it back so it will be out of your way.
2. Start off with a BB cream. I’m using Maybelline’s Dream Fresh formula, but you can honestly use any BB cream or light foundation as long as it’s oil-free and won’t clog your pores. Squeeze a penny sized amount onto your fingertips and dot it all over your face and neck before gently blending it out with your fingers or a sponge.
3. Take a concealer slightly lighter than your natural skin tone (I’m using Maybelline’s cover stick) and dot a tiny bit in the area under your eyes, and a bit more on your eyelids, all the way up to your brow bones; see picture below. Gently blend it out with the tips of your ring ringers. This seems like a stupid step but I promise that it makes you look way more awake and alert.
4. Set your makeup with powder. I’m using Maybelline’s Fit Me powder, but it really doesn’t matter what brand you use. Use a fluffy brush to lightly dust the powder all over your face and neck, focusing on your forehead, nose, and chin. You can skip this step if your skin tends to be dry or if you aren’t going to be doing anything that might make you sweat today.
5. This next part is a little tricky to explain, but it’s not that hard to do. You’re going to tightline your eyes. “Tightlining” is just applying eyeliner to your waterline (the thin, flesh colored strip under your lashes; see far left picture below). You just take a dark brown eyeliner pencil (It has to be pencil! This does not work with other eyeliner formulas!) and fill in your top waterline (see far right picture below). Don’t fill in the bottom – it does not look as natural and it tends to make your eyes look small and tired. It doesn’t hurt, I promise, and if your eyes water a bit that’s totally normal. I used an Almay eye pencil, but I’m not going to bother to link you to the product because it doesn’t show up very well and isn’t as dark as I’d like. Maybelline and CoverGirl both have good eyeliners.
6. Finish the eyes with mascara. Try to find one that has a more natural finish. I’m using CoverGirl’s Professional Super Thick Lash mascara. Apply a single coat to your top lashes, then blink to coat your bottom lashes. You can use an eyelash curler beforehand, but I honestly prefer to just curl them with my fingers while the mascara is drying. Add another light coat, and you’re ready to go.
7. Give your lips some love. Since the whole point of this makeup is to look natural, I would suggest going with a tinted lip balm. All the girls in my freshman year were obsessed with Baby Lips – each of us had at least one tucked into her purse or backpack. Or you could go with a clear or nude lipgloss (I like Maybelline’s Shinesational gloss and L’Oreal’s Color Riche). Swipe a little bit over your lips, let your hair down (or don’t, it’s up to you) and you’re done!
BEAUTY DECODED: THE ART OF AN EYELASH CURLER Everything you ever wanted to know about this beauty essential.
Everyone wants long, luscious, curly lashes. It seems like we’re on a never-ending quest to find that one perfect mascara to make our dreams come true. But maybe—just maybe—it’s about more than just a magic formula or wand. We sat down with Tiila Abbitt, Director of Product Development for SEPHORA COLLECTION Accessories, to have her walk us through the ins and outs of eyelash curlers. KATE HELFRICH
We hear you worked on a new curler that comes in different shapes. Can you tell us more about this? What are the benefits to each shape?
Yes! We just launched two new eyelash curlers this month. SEPHORA COLLECTION Show Curl and SEPHORA COLLECTION Show Curl XL. Show Curl is our new gold standard eyelash curler, which is the most versatile for all eye shapes. We’ve widened the lash cage opening to help fit more eye shapes and catch all lashes. Show Curl XL has a much more dramatically curved lash cage and a slightly bouncier lash pad. This helps to create a dramatic upward curve. However, because of the extreme shape, it is better suited for round eye shapes.
What exact features make these better?
Apart from the upgraded lash cages, we’ve also improved the tension in the handles to give a faster outstanding curl—that lasts. When trying different eyelash curlers, you can immediately feel one that is inexpensive simply by squeezing the handle. The tension you feel directly corresponds with the squeeze you’ll get on your lashes. We also improved the shape of the curve of the eyelash curler to be more in line with the natural curve of your lashes. This helps to give a better fit to your eye and a stronger curl. Our silicone lash pads are the best in the market. The texture of the silicone pad helps to ensure a pinch-free design. These eyelash curlers will not crease, tug, or pull lashes! Show Curl XL even has a uniquely longer handle for ease of use and getting closer to the lash line.
Can you tell us a little bit about the anatomy of an eyelash curler?
There are six essential pieces to a curler that are taken into consideration for the overall design. They are:
-Lash cage: the head of the eyelash curler, where you insert your lashes. This part is where you can tell if the eyelash curler will fit your eye shape. Not all eyelash curlers will fit all eye shapes.
-Curve of the cage: this is the actual curve from left to right of the lash cage. Ours is geometrically studied to enhance the strength of the curl.
-Handles: the handles help to give the correct amount of tension on the curl. Our manufacturers have a strict quality control process and each eyelash curler is individually tested.
-Silicone pads: ours are in-house designed and carefully tested to ensure the best quality for the best long-lasting curl. The pad can make or break the curler—literally.
-Handle pads: most curlers do not come with pads on the handle. We add ours because it is a true enhancement to the curler by ensuring a firm and tight grip.
-Metal: our curlers are made with stainless steel, imported from Japan, the highest grade in the market.
What does development of an eyelash curler look like?
It takes 60 working days to develop an eyelash curler. The first critical stage is to create prototypes with temporary molds, designed to be a first layout of the curler. This can go back and forth several times until we get the exact shape that we are looking for. Once the prototype is approved, we have to transpose the temporary molds to industrial production. This means taking the approved mold and recreating it to be a mold used for mass production; which can be difficult considering the mold has to be used over and over and still get the same results as you would with the first run of production. Our manufacturers use high-end, raw materials and have technical blueprints and the highest standards in quality control. After each piece is assembled from the molds and polished by hand, each curler is individually tested against rigorous standards before it’s approved to be packaged and shipped out to you.
Who is the target user of a lash curler? What are the benefits of using one?
Eyelash curlers are great to enhance your lashes and overall appearance of your eyes. It makes your eyes look brighter, lifted, and more open. If your lashes naturally have a lift, you may not need one. Someone who has straight lashes that point down and also someone with unruly lashes that grow in all directions will benefit the most.
What’s the correct way to use a curler?
When looking directly into the mirror, tilt your chin up so you can see the base of your lashes. Line the top of the curler at the base of your lashes, then clamp down for a few seconds. Move the curler halfway into the lashes and clamp again. Lastly clamp the tip of the lashes. The reason for the three-part clamp is so that the lashes will have a natural curve up, versus an L shape.
Can curlers cause damage your lashes?
An eyelash curler is an intimate item—it touches the very sensitive eye area. Ours curlers are safe to use because of all the rigorous testing and design that we do. There are, however, some very poor quality curlers on the market that I would never put near my eye! It is best to use a curler before mascara because sometimes the mascara can make your lashes a little stiff and can get stuck on the curler, which can increase the chances of pulling them out. If you have trouble clamping your lashes looking forward, a great tip is to tilt your head slightly to the right when curling the right eye and vice versa for the left. This allows you to see the angle at which to clamp and how close you are to the lashes.
How can I get beach waves when my hair is perfectly straight?
You can use hair curlers/wavers of course but one method I like to do involves no heat at all:
1. Split your hair into 4 sections (down the middle, then half each side). 2. Spray each section with sea salt spray. 3. Twist your hair until you can’t twist it any more. 4. Wrap the twist into a circle and secure with a hair tie, repeat for each section. 5. Spray each circle/twist with more sea salt spray. 6. Leave to dry for 5-10 minutes (you can use a hairdryer to be quicker) 7. Take out the hair ties and you should have some lovely waves!
Popular: Vintage Wisdom
for a Modern Geek by Maya Van Wagenen
Stuck at the bottom of the social ladder at
pretty much the lowest level of people at school who aren’t paid to be there,
Maya Van Wagenen decided to begin a unique social experiment: spend the school
year following a 1950s popularity guide, written by former teen model Betty
Cornell. Can curlers, girdles, Vaseline, and a strand of pearls help Maya on
her quest to be popular?
The real-life results are painful, funny, and
include a wonderful and unexpected surprise—meeting and befriending Betty
Cornell herself. Told with humor and grace, Maya’s journey offers readers of
all ages a thoroughly contemporary example of kindness and self-confidence.
first heard of this books, it did not strike me as something I would enjoy.
First of all, it’s non-fiction, which I rarely read. Second of all, the topic
of popularity is not something I like to spend much time thinking about. I
always considered it some out-of-reach concept of worship that would never even
enter my world. But as I read more about it, I got curious. This is the true
story (it is in fact a memoir) of a girl in middle school, who decides to use tips
from the 50’s in her everyday life, and as a big fan of anything vintage and
anything that might make a good story, I decided to pick it up. And I am
overjoyed that I did.
found was an incredibly relatable story, to me and to anyone who has ever felt
as if they are a bit of an outcast or has ever struggled socially at school.
The fact that it is a memoir makes it feel extremely real and honest. In a
sweet and uplifting fashion, Maya tells the story of how she navigated 8th
grade with (mostly) unwavering bravery and precise observations and commentary.
The story is beautifully written and to top it off, Maya was only fifteen when
she wrote it! It is truly inspiring to see how she grows in wisdom, confidence,
and courage as the story progresses. It is a unique book and I doubt I will
ever read something like it every again.
of Maya’s last year in middle school was not at all shallow or superficial, as
I had first feared. Even though Maya
starts out craving popularity, she soon realizes that what she is searching for
is much more complex than she first thought. For what is popularity, really? Is
it being liked by everybody? Is it being considered “cool” and wearing the
right clothes? Or is it less about how others see you and more about how you
make them feel? After a yearlong social experiment, Maya certainly has an
answer to that question. But I won’t tell you what it is. Pick this book up and
find it out for yourself.