How to Sparkle this Holiday Season Like Eva Mendes

‘Tis the season of sparkle, shine and glam! Pantene’s covergirl, Eva Mendes has the right idea when achieving a sexy and glam holiday look…it shouldn’t be something over-thought because after all, you want to look flawlessly fabulous without having to sacrifice any of your holiday party time.

These tips will get you out the door looking merrily sexy!

My favorite tip: A perfect non-black dress…stand out from the crowd. Try a beautiful satin red dress, va-va-voom!

*Photo and tips courtesy of Pantene North America

Must-Have Mascaras

Mascara. The one product most women say they can’t walk out the door without and I’m one of them. There is something about well groomed eyebrows and defined lashes that just makes a woman look fresh and awake even if its just a trip to the grocery store. These are the lucky five that made it into my makeup stash and I can’t live without. But before you continue to read on consider purchasing an eyelash curler, it truly makes a difference in the final look of your lashes.

Everyday mascaras:

Maybelline The Colossal Volume Express-Glam Brown and Classic Brown

This is like lip plumper for your lashes minus the tingly feeling. I love that one coat injects the lashes with loads of fullness and a bit of length. The formula is ‘collagen-enriched’ which is what gives that plumping effect. I definitely recommend this if you have sort of thin and spares lashes but still have length, this isn’t great if you have tiny lashes because it’ll just clump up. The brush is great too! I don’t feel like I have to work too hard to work the product in my lashes, I just do some light zig-zag motions and it practically goes on by itself. The only complaint I had in the beginning was the smell, something about it is sort of acid-y and made my eyes water. I loved the product so much though, I got used to it.
Glam Brown and Classic Brown don’t have much difference to them. Glam  Brown has a bit more gray in it but overall you can’t see much difference between the two when applied.

Maybelline The Colossal Volume Express Waterproof-Glam Brown

I told you I loved this one! So much, it works perfect for beach days or whatever water based events you have going on. The hydrophobic (just means it’s water resistant) ingredients hold on to the lashes really well and help me stay looking made-up during the hottest of days.

CoverGirl Lash Blast fusion-Very Black

I received this one at the Vanidade Magia de la Moda 2011 fashion show along with a few other goodies. I’ve always shunned away any rubber bristles but hey, I got this as a gift so it’d be rude not to try it. I was surprised at how it applied, seems like the rubber material gives more move-ability in creating a shape. The end result was a set of lengthy flirty lashes that I just adored. Lashes don’t always have to be full of volume, you know. Only little frustration was that I couldn’t really reach the hairs in the outer corners because the brush is so fat and the tip is not pointed so a lot of excess product can sit as a blob on there. A little angle work with the brush though, and no big deal. I wear this one mostly for school which is when I wear my ‘flirty’ look of glossy lips, pinched-rosy cheeks and curly hair.

Going-for-the-drama-effect mascaras:

Revlon Grow Luscious by Fabulash-Blackest Black

I got this one at a great deal at CVS, it came packaged with a lipgloss and I only paid the cost of the mascara + I had coupons so, wohoo! I didn’t believe it made your lashes grow but yes, I did notice an extra bit of thickness in mine. Catch is, you have to continuously use it if not the new lashes fall out so, blah. This is one of my go-to mascaras for that false lash/ drama effect on a night out. I can’t help but feel like a sex kitten when I batter my lashes. The brush is standard but adds thickness and a good amount of length. I love that although it’s a standard brush, the point of it still lets me add precision in the inner and outer corners. I also love using this particular mascara on the bottom lashes for definition.

Maybelline Lash Stiletto Voluptuous-Very Black

My #1 all-time favorite lash-licious mascara mostly because of the fantastic wand! Honestly, the wand makes this product a hit. It is perfectly curved to be able to attend to each lash to separate and add more volume. I’m big on the outer corners because that’s where you truly pick up and extend your eyes and this wand does it. It is a buildable product so you can apply 2-3 coats for real drama without the clumps.

  • Replace your mascara every 3 months. Why? While you may have product left, it dries out gradually from pumping air into it during use and won’t give the same effect. Also, you’ll avoid bacteria build-up.
  • For best application start from the outer corner at the root (closest to the lash line) and bring the brush up to the tips in a ‘zig-zag’ motion or ‘wiggle’.
  • Don’t forget to define the last few hairs in the outer corner and inner corner. This will really help define and lift the eye.
  • Use dark grays or browns during the day for a natural look and leave the harsh black for night-time events.
  • Use your mascara to line your lower lashes by pressing lightly near the lash line and then sweep down through the lashes.
  • When using waterproof mascaras make sure your lashes are completely dry of any product before applying. This will ensure a true water resistant result.
  • Use an eyelash curler before applying mascara to open up the eyes and add to the length.