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Beauty 101: Special Occasion Preparation

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Up until now, our Beauty 101 series has focused on everyday makeup routines. But what about those times when you want to kick things up a notch?


Most of the time, my makeup routine stays the same: a little tinted moisturizer, lip gloss, and mascara, and I'm good to go. But at my sister's recent wedding, haunted by pictures of my other sister's wedding, where I had a severe case of sweaty dance face in all of the reception pics, complete with runny eye makeup, a forehead that, as Miss Hannigan would say, shined like the top of the Chrysler building, I decided to splurge on special occasion makeup specifically designed to stay in place and photograph well. I still had sweaty dance face, mind you, but thanks to some solid foundation, powder, and waterproof liner, it didn't show up in the pictures.

Whether you're trying to avoid sweaty dance face or not, there are certain occasions that lend themselves to "special" makeup routines, whether you're trying to look good in major-event photographs (or just in the dreaded party pics people post on Facebook) or experimenting with different styles/eras (pinup girls, old Hollywood glam, the mod look, flapper style, etc.) With that in mind, consider answering the following questions for your fellow readers:

1. What's the best way to reduce redness/shininess in photographs? Are there any cosmetic ingredients that don't photograph well that I should be aware of?


2. How do I apply/remove fake lashes?

3. How can I get my makeup to last throughout a date/party/prom/wedding/etc.? How often should I touch it up?

4. Which YouTube makeup gurus should I check out? Any particular tutorials you'd recommend? Any books? Classes?

Think you can help? Feel free to leave your answer in the comments below. A roundup of tips and tricks will be posted at some point tomorrow.


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1. What's the best way to reduce redness/shininess in photographs? Are there any cosmetic ingredients that don't photograph well that I should be aware of?

As for shininess, avoid makeup that has TOO much SPF in it. Since SPF is supposed to block out UV rays, it's going to make your face look whiter and shinier when flash photography is taken.

2. How do I apply/remove fake lashes?


You should practice beforehand, but get a pair of lashes that you like. That's the most important thing. Also, make sure to have lash glue (like Duo) handy. You can buy ones that dry clear or dry black (so that they blend in with your liner/lashline). It's your choice.

When you want to apply your lashes, squeeze a bit of glue on the back of your hand. Run the eyelash track along the dollop so that the track is coated in enough glue, but not too much. Make sure you concentrate most of the glue on the ends.

Wait 10 - 20 seconds for the glue to get tacky. Then, adjust your eye to your liking (close it, leave it open, close it halfway, etc.—whatever is easiest for you) and using your fingers or tweezers, place the middle of the lash along the middle of your lashline and quickly press the ends into place. You kind of have to be fast at this so that the glue doesn't dry. Press in place and wait a few seconds so the glue dries and the lashes stick.

If it's in a good place, you can curl the false lashes into your own and if you want, apply mascara. Also, you may want to go over small gaps with eyeliner.

Hope that helped!


You don't have to remove them in a special manner. Just peel them off (it may tug at your skin). Then, you can toss them if you really want, but you can reuse them. You can soak them in warm water and then peel the glue off. You may want to use makeup remover to take any residue of makeup/glue off. Curl the lashes around your finger a bit to give them their original shape back. Then, if you still have their original tray, put them back in place to hold their shape.