3) Sonia Kashuk Lash Comb $4.99With my impending birthday, I find myself more concerned about what makeup I'll put on my face than the clothes I'll put on my back. For me, nothing says birthday makeup quite like enormous, doll-like lashes so I tried a new brand of mascara just for the occasion. Fairy Drops Scandal Queen mascara caught my eye simply because I thought the packaging was hilarious. The Vegas themed box looks as though a middle school girl decorated it, with the only thing missing being the doodled name of her crush. Since I always go to Sephora with clean lashes, I quickly picked up some tester wands and tried it out. I was immediately impressed with how much volume I got from a single coat and how quickly the mascara dried. Fairy Drops has a fiber rich formula that doesn't flake or smudge no matter how oily your lids or humid the conditions, but will easily remove with cream cleanser. It also holds a curl like a waterproof formula without making my lashes stiff and brittle.
For everyday wear one coat is plenty, but for my birthday out, a little more effort is required. First, I'll curl my lashes with my Japonesque mini heated eyelash curler ($18) and then apply my first coat of mascara. While my lashes are still wet, I'll comb them with a metal lash comb. The second coat comes with a trick: lay a business card or plastic spoon over the eyelid to isolate the upper and then lower lashes, this way I can apply loads of mascara without making a mess. Comb, curl and repeat until I have three coats of mascara. Sure, just using fake lashes would be easier, but I live for someone to ask me if my lashes are real and with all honesty I get to say "why, yes, they are".
Layne is a licensed esthetician and makeup artist working at Urban Sanctuary in Athens, GA. She writes the bi-weekly column, Down and Out Beauty.