I’ve suffered from depression for much of my life. It’s generally well-controlled, thanks to a carefully calibrated hybrid of therapy (which I’ve admittedly been slacking on) and psychiatric drugs, but when I’m feeling down about something or other, I find that my usually-rational brain takes it upon itself to think terrible, terrible thoughts. Honestly, I mentally berate myself to an extent that I wouldn’t subject my worst enemy to. I have plenty of pretty unhealthy habits, but this is probably the worst one because it has zero benefits — nothing can ever come from it but more negativity. Lately I’ve been making a conscious effort to stop and re-channel my energy into something positive, so today while I was looking into the mirror and putting on my makeup, I decided to think something nice about myself instead of my usual, God, you could really use a nose job. And I thought, I am really, really good at cat eye liner. I do it every day, and it only takes me a few minutes, and I only fuck it up, like, once a week.
Of course, feeling good about my ability to execute flawless cat eyes only goes so far. How do I intend on maintaining the positive energy? By sharing it with you, of course. Behold, my top tips and products for the perfect cat eye, every time… Keep reading »
Hi Rachel! As you know, I recently returned from a trip to Paris. On my way back to the US, I got stranded in Iceland for 24 hours — not complaining! — and had the opportunity to visit the famous Blue Lagoon hot springs! Life dream status across the board … except for what the salty, mineral-y water did to my hair. It dried it out something fierce. Help me get my moisture back!!!! — Amelia
Yup, hot water and salt do have a way of zapping the moisture out of perfectly healthy hair. That hot spring does wonders for your skin — and, duh, your mental state — but it’s a guaranteed recipe for dehydration and tangles. But don’t freak out, and definitely don’t chop it off. There are a few steps you can take in the interest of restoring your hair to its former glory, and they don’t have to cost a fortune or come in the form of an expensive salon treatment. In fact, I know of a pretty good weapon against frazzled hair that you can find at just about any grocery store… Keep reading »
What is this “contouring” that makeup artists and celebrities speak of? I see it all the time — that subtle shadow right under their cheekbones, lifting their faces, enhancing their features, and overall making them look more beautiful than they already are. How in the world do you do it, and what products do you use? — Clueless About Contouring
Contouring done properly is one of the most important makeup lessons to be learned out of the entire lexicon. Every celebrity makeup artist does it on every celebrity. We never see our favorite stars hit the red carpet without it. You may recognize it from this classic image, forever imprinted in our hearts and minds… Keep reading »
“I’m in love with Kate Mara’s look from the ‘House of Cards’ premiere. How can a mere mortal like me score her otherworldly glowy skin and gorgeous eyes?” – Jennifer
Oh, a Mara looking freakishly flawless; what else is new? No matter how far I zoom in on this photo, I cannot find a single blemish. It must be in the DNA… or not. Dun dun dun. Let’s be honest — the key to looking this high-quality picture-perfect is tons and tons of makeup… and a little bit more for good measure. Because you’re not going to be photographed by hi-def cameras with flashbulbs under already-bright lights on a red carpet (I assume), you’ll be able to get a similar perfect finish without layers and layers of product. Good news, right? Keep reading »