How to brave even the most fearsome fashion challenges

Forget zombies and goblins. There's far more to be frightened of this time of year … like false lashes, nail art and dark lipstick. No need to scream; this week I've rounded up quick and easy tricks to make even the most challenging beauty trends attainable.

Bat a lash

Applying fake lashes is intimidating to most women. After all, you have a thin strip of faux hair, a tube of glue and sharp tweezers … all aimed at your eyes. But, there are a few simple tricks that make applying falsies go from scary to satisfying.

For starters, if you purchase a lash and glue kit at the store, toss the white glue included in the kit. Use glue that is black once dry, such as Duo Striplash Adhesive in "dark," $5.99 at Walgreens. Remove the lashes with clean hands and bend them into a circle so that the lashes are less straight and look more natural. Apply the glue directly to the lash strip, and be sure to hold the lashes above the glue, squeezing the glue underneath so that gravity is working against the glue, helping control the flow. Apply an extra dot of glue at the outer and inner corner of the lash strip as well as a thin line along the base of the lash strip and then allow it to dry for 45 seconds before applying

The easiest way to apply fake lashes well is to sit down and place a magnifying mirror flat on a table. Put your elbows on the table to ensure a steady hand and look down into the mirror. Be sure to apply fake lashes to the base of your own lashes and not to the eyelid itself.

Blood-stained lips

Sporting red lipstick is child's play compared to the challenge of wearing this season's deepest, darkest hues — think oxblood, deep plum and even chocolate brown. The goal of this vampy lip is not to look goth, so complement dark lips with blush in a similar shade, or try applying a touch of lipstick to the cheeks as an impromptu blush. For lips, skip gloss (too messy) and matte (too severe), and opt instead for a crème lipstick like Revlon Super Lustrous Crème Lipstick in Raisin Rage or Lancôme Rouge in Love in Fiery Attitude.

Couture claws

I consider myself quite creative, but even I can admit nail art frightens me.

Thankfully, nail decals make nail art accessible to all, with no fear of looking like a failure. And while nail decals certainly aren't new, Revlon's latest collaboration with couture house Marchessa brings intricate nail appliqués to the hands of even the most artistically challenged. The Marchessa collection, which launched just weeks ago, features eight textured designs sold at Walgreens and CVS for about $10 a pack.

Best of all there's no nail polish to smudge, no gems to maneuver. The only danger is the inescapable fact that these limited-edition decals will soon disappear for good.

How to brave even the most fearsome fashion challenges 10/30/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 11:06pm]

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