My new yoga instructor is operating on a higher level.
Not only can this woman twist herself into a yogic pretzel, she does it with a pair of false eyelashes that look natural, yet amplified. Did I mention she's not a makeup artist?
My latest mission is to learn how (forget the pretzel; I mean the lashes). I dialed Gina Brooke, Shu Uemura's Artistic Director and Madonna's makeup artist. Here's what she told me:
Apply mascara first. "Curl your lashes and apply mascara before, not after, putting on the fake ones," she says. "This gives you a thick, long base to work with."
Use lash clusters, not the fake-looking drag queen ones that come in a strip. "For each eye, I use anywhere between five and 15 on the top lash line, she says. A good set to try: Shu Uemura Flare Eyelashes, $16.
Focus on the center. Place the longest lashes in the center, directly above your pupil. "That's where they're naturally the longest," says Brooke. "The shorter pieces should be nearer to the inner and outer corners of the eye."
Step outside. "Always check your work by a window or outside," says Brooke. "If your lashes look weird in natural light, it's a dead giveaway you're wearing falsies."
Follow Brooke's commandments, and you'll be batting your lashes all the way to your next yoga class.
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