Much like his bulging biceps (OH, HAI), Jeremey Renner’s makeup advice is a gift that keeps on giving.
J. Renn, do you know how many times your “Brows, lashes, lips. Frame the face,” (3:36 in the video!) wisdom has saved my @ss? More times than Tabs has greedily gobbled down his gravy in 30 seconds or less, I’ll tell you that much.
Whenever I’m running late — like, so late that I don’t even have time to check if I’m putting on my underwear inside-out and literally don’t realize it until halfway through the day (#truth) — I always go back to J. Renn’s philosophy on brows, lashes and lips.
It’s particularly useful when I have to look somewhat respectable, and not like I just fell out of a slow-moving recycling truck, also known as “my usual state of disarray.”
In those cases, I grab a few time-tested faves — an angled brush and MAC Brun to fill in my brows, a bright NARS Satin Lip Pencil (like Lodhi, Jardin des Plants or Yu) and a pair of Ardell 120 Demi false lashes.
Whenever I see those Ardells on sale, I try to grab a few pairs. Like earlier this month, I saw they were marked down to $2.99 from $3.99 at Ulta (they still are!). I picked up three pairs and squirreled them away in a drawer for future lateness.
With these, I really like how the lashes are bundled together.
See how they’re all in little bunches along the band?
I don’t know why, but I like the way that design works. With these and other false lashes that look that way, when they’re bundled up in little bunches, they seem to thicken my natural fringe without looking too crazy — still glam, but more on the natural side.
Also, notice how the lashes in the bundles on the outer sides are a little longer than the ones in the center? I think it draws more attention to the outer corners of the eye, giving more of a lifted cat eye effect, which I’m a big fan of. REALLY GREAT if you’re wearing winged liner.
Best of all, I think these are really comfortable. They’re lightweight, and I don’t think I’ve ever ripped them off in frustration halfway through the day. I actually forget I’m wearing them sometimes.
When I remove the 120s, I usually clean them with rubbing alcohol and a Q-tip to remove the glue and mascara, and then store them in the original packaging so they keep their shape.
If I treat them carefully, I can usually get 7-10 uses per pair.
The long-running Unsung Heroes series features some of my favorite permanent collection products from a variety of bodacious beauty brands.
Seriously, next time you have to get dressed for something in a jiffy and don’t have time to, like, blend three different shades of brown in the crease, try a pair of the 120s with a bright lipstick, and then fill in your brows.
You’ll totally look like you tried.
Probably a little TMI…
But I’m going there anyway. Because I need to share my pain!
My booty hurts.
It hurts from canoeing on the Russian River last Sunday. Like, when I sit on my soft couch at home, I feel like sharp pieces of jagged concrete are digging into my butt bones.
The repercussions of outdoor adventures, I guess…
I can’t wait to do it again!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,