Is Mom’s Beauty Advice Right?
Your Mother Says…
“You have to suffer for beauty.”
Carmindy, New York City–based makeup artist on the Learning Channel show What Not to Wear: Only in high heels! I think if an element of your beauty routine is too terribly painful, you shouldn’t be doing it.
Laura Geller, owner of the Laura Geller Makeup Studio, in New York City: If you’re talking about cosmetics, it should be fun, not painful. If you’re going to have surgery for beauty, like getting your eyes done or a face-lift, you do have to put up with a certain amount of suffering as you heal. But you don’t need any of these to be beautiful.
Fuhrmann: I believe we do suffer for beauty, because of all the time we spend on it―salon appointments, shaving or waxing, making ourselves look good, and taking care of our skin. It’s an effort that’s worth it for your psyche. That said, you shouldn’t have to put up with any real pain in the name of beauty.
“Line the inside rims of your eyes to make them look bigger.”
Carmindy: Lining the inside rims with a dark color can actually make the eyes look smaller.
Geller: Using beige or white on the inside rims will make your eyes look bigger. Lining the insides of the eyes with black or brown makes them look more dramatic, but not larger.
Fuhrmann: Yes, as long as you’re using a light color, like a pale blue, white, or yellow, because these shades bring out the whites of your eyes.
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