How to Apply Fake Eyelashes

Step 1: Pick out the pair of lovely lashes that you want to wear for that day or for a night out. Got them … Good, let’s get Started!

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Step 2: Take the Lashes that you picked out. Carefully detach the lashes from the case. Be careful not to pull too hard because that can rip the lashes.

Step 3: Next you want to measure the fake lash and see if it is a perfect fit. If not you will want to cut the fake lash to fit your lash line. Make sure when cutting the fake lash to cut right in front of the knots that you want gone, NOT behind! Dont worry if you mess up it is a leaning experience 🙂

Step 4: Apply a coat of mascara to both eye lashes once they are dry you can apply the fake lashes.

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Step 5: Now you need to pick out your favorite lash glue. I have two brand that I like to use while I am on set. DUO eyelash adhesive and EVE Pearl eye lash glue! REMEMBER if you are allergic to latex get the nun latex kind, you don’t want to have any bad reactions around the eye area..It is a super sensitive spot!

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Step 6: Pick up one of the fake lashes and your choice of eyelash glue. With the lash glue you want to squeeze a little bubble of glue. Now take the fake lash and drag it through the bubble of glue. Let the glue on the lash get a little tacky. Once its gets to this point you are ready to apply the lash.

Step 7: Applying the fake lash, that has glue, on your lash line. You want to bend the fake lash making sure to tack down the middle of the lash first than move over to the inner corner. Once you get that down move to the outer corner of the eye. If you are having trouble tapping it down, take the end of one of your brushes and push down the lashes.

Step 8: Repeat step 6 and 7 with the second lash.

Step 9: You will want to apply a second coat of mascara once your fake eye lashes. You want to do this in order for the fake lashes to become one with your actual eye lashes. This second coat will help with that.

Step 10: Enjoy and if you have any questions please ask! Good luck 😛

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Eyelashes Gone Wild

I have been thinking all day about what to write for you guys, and I was having some serious writers block, hate when that happens, as I was walking to the gym I thought of the most brilliant topic to address.

I LOVVVVE fake eyelashes. Get ready for some wild, entertaining, but always fun eyelashes from Make-up Forever. I will show you the greatest pair of lashes you will just HAVE to get.

Lets get all dazzled up!

The Victory Lash – When I saw these lashes I totally went into a freak-out moment! They are so super cute. These would be perfect for the baby doll or a sexy farmer’s girl photo shoot, or even just to jazz up on a day where you are feeling a little down! Who wouldn’t want to wear these amazing lash!?!? Think of all the adorable outfits that could go with this…. totally great for a themed party!

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The 115 Erin Lash– Come in a pretty shade of pink and black, which makes them super fun eyelashs to play around with. These are great for a hot date-night or a girls’ night out, let’s face it every girl needs one. These lashes aren’t just for a fashion shoot, I would totally rock these bad boys out to a club or a night out on the town!

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141 Jo – Happen to be some very patriotic feather eyelashes. These lashes are great for the Fourth of July parties and parades. I will be grabbing some pairs for the holidies, as well as for my make-up kit! These are also great for those dance or pom pom teams that dance in the Fourth of July festivalies!!!

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140 Artemis – Are very classy eyelashes. These are perfect for those glamorous scenes on a movie set, or a vitage like photo shoot, but ladies lets get REAL!!! You can wear these beauties anywhere you go! Every lady needs a little bling to sparkleup their life … Why not use these lashes to make your inner diva come out???

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144 Mariam – Need a little flare in their life?? Then these lashes are for you. I would totally Rock these out at the dance club on a Saturday night out! These are amazing lashes to cultivate that Rock n’ Roll feel in your photoshoot !

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145 Janis – These blue and black lashes are one dangerous obsession. These would be totally great for naturally blue eyed girls, it really makes them pop and resonates well ont he camera.

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SAG Awards Top 5 Looks to Die For

Last night marked the epic SAG awards show. I was so happy and excited for Jennifer Lawrence, homeland, Downtown Abby and so much more!!! But everyone knows the best part of any awards show is the make-up and wardrobe!!!

Julia Stiles- Julia Stiles really hit this one out of the park! Her intense eye color and coal shade lips make her a drop dead knockout. I am glad to report that this is one happy make-up artist.

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Amanda Seyfried – And the prize for the natural look for the evening wear, goes the talented Amanda Seyfried. Natural mak-up is really hard to find these days and Amanda pulled it off with no problem. This is the perfect balanced of skin tone, eye, lips, and cheeks. She really encompasses the full package.

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Tina Fey- The song brown-eyed girl describes Tina Fey’s make-up to a tee. I love that her eyes are boldly emphasized and that her lips and cheeks are so soft. The contrast between the two makes her looks beautiful. This was one perfect make-up job.

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Kerry Washington – This is a great look for Kerry Washington she has such a glow to her make-up. Just stunning.

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Kelly Osbourne- I love seeing Kelly Osbourne all dressed up wearing bright red lipstick, the red really compliments her fair skin and dazzling purple hair! Love it!!!

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Choose the Color of your Lips

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Lipglosses jammed in the corner of every purse I carry, drawers full of lipsticks in every shade possible; I think it can be confirmed that I have an obsession… I love me some lip TARS you can never ever have too many colors! NEVER!

I love OCC, which stands for Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics they are 100% vegan, which is awesome. As a make-up artist you need to have supplies for everyone, some clients prefer a certain brand because of its texture, color, feel, or even the fact that is not animal tested. That is why you always have to be prepared. With that said, I am going to show you 5 of my favorite lip tars from this amazing line!!!

Though I am a BIG BELIEVER that anyone can rock any lip color if:
A. They own the color like it’s their job
B. They have immense confidence, which you always should!!!

All of OCC LIP TARS are very vibrant colors enjoy!!!
*Note: apply, blot the lips, apply again, blot, and you’re good to go!

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It’s so difficult sometimes to find an amazing RED color, but let me tell you the OCC has it down! This right here has saved me so many times on set! This color is called STALKER it is a classic red, but vibrant at the same time. Love love love!!! It is prefect for those 50s photos shoots!!

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A lot of make-up brands don’t carry the color black, so when I found out that OCC did I just got super excited. Now I will not have to mix colors on set in order to get that perfect black, let’s face it time is precious. TARRED is great for that vampire look or gothic look! I can’t wait to put my order in to get it !!! Eeeeek, that’s the sound of a super excited make-up queen.

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I have been a pink girl since I was little!!! So it’s no shocker that I have a pink shade to share with you! This lovely pink is called ANIME, so perfect for those sweet, soft, moment looks. This shade looks amazing when it is done with soft neutral brown eyes.

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You’re probably wondering why I have this awesome blue called RX in my list. This is a fun color to play with while in your everyday life or on set.

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Sometimes you have to live a little and have fun, why not with blue… We only live once right? So try it! You won’t be disappointed!

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This color almost like a light neutral pink is called BRIDAL NEUTRAL, how appropriate hahaha. It’s super pretty for that big day!!!!

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FEATHER is such a lifesaver!!! You can add it to any color and it dulls it down! It’s great for those days where you really want to wear that amazing color, but it’s just a little too intense for the occasion. A must have for all make-up artists!

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You can purchase all these lip colors online at http://www.occmakeup.com/ or if you live in New York stop by there store 174 LUDLOW STREET | NEW YORK, NY 10002

BLOOD TUBING!!!!!

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If you can’t already tell, I am super excited to share my secrets of blood tubing with you!!! For those of you who don’t know what blood tubing is, if you ever saw somebody get cut open in a movie, sliced, or jabbed the blood that is gushing from their body is made possible by the effect of blood tubing. It is important to note that this can be done in sooooo many different and creative ways. I wanted to share with you my experience, but feel free to comment on ways that you blood tube!!! Would love to hear from you.

I did a short film called A Girl At The Front Door a couple of weekends ago. These are the simple and easy steps I followed.

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1. The first step to this process was to get the prop (in this case a knife) from the assistant director, because they were using the knife for a couple of scene before the initial stabbing.

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*In order to execute blood tubing to the best of your ability, you have to give yourself enough time to prepare, test out the prop, and also to have room for accidents in case something goes wrong.

2. Next you are going to need to get the long tube (where to get it and what kind, will be specified at the bottom of the article).

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3. After you have the tube you will need to cut it so that it becomes the length of the prop, in this case a knife, so that the audience or viewers won’t see it. What’s the point of stabbing someone without it looking real, right???

4. You’re probably wondering what should I put the blood in .. Right! Well you will need something durable. In my case I used non spermicide condoms. I KNOW who thought condoms would ever be good for something other than sex hahaha. Condoms are great because they are durable, they are stretchy but you want to get one that doesn’t have all the gooey gross lube or spermicide incase the actor has to taste it. OHHH yum lube for lunch.

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5. Now you want to put the tube inside the condom and tape it around the tubing tight.

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6. The next step, you want to place the tubing on the backside of the knife. The condom will be placed in the actors hand. As the actor slices down, he or she will also want to squeeze the condom, and the blood will come out as fast as they want it to.

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SO……..Where can I get the materials?!?!?!

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TUBING: As a make up artist it’s all about the resources. For the tubing I go to Lowes and get a couple of yards so that it will last awhile.
BLOOD: For the blood there are two options for you to choose from –
*ONE is to buy pre-made blood form the makeup stores such as Frends, Nigel’s, Cinema Secrets and Naimie are all located in Hollywood. When you walk into these stores there are so many different brands of fake blood to pick from. But my favorite fake blood is called MY BLOOD. Please note if any of this blood is going into the actors mouth, make sure to get the blood labeled mouth blood . The other one is for the clothing, floor, etc.
*TWO is making the blood yourself. Instead of running to the makeup store you are on your way to the grocery store, that’s right ladies and gentleman the grocery store! On your grocery list put down food coloring, make sure that you have all four of the primary colors and an extra red if possible. the next thing on your list is the Corn syrup and Hershey’s chocolate syrup for the flavor and darkening of the blood. Then you will mix everything in a large bowl. Depending on how light or dark you want the blood, you will need to add less chocolate for a lighter color and more chocolate for a darker color.

Please note that blood can stain your outfit and your skin. Have no fear if this happen make sure that you wash your cloths right away, but if you can’t get to them right away, you can use shaving cream to get the stain off your skin and clothing. I always have some in my makeup kit when I am on set. You never know when you will need it. 🙂

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