Posts Tagged ‘spider’


post + photos by amy nadine, graphic design by eunice chun

You see spider lashes on the runways every season and probably think to yourself “that’s so fashion-y but not something I’d want to do every day”. Agreed! But (you totally saw this one coming)… if the outfit is right, the time is night and the mood is sassy, why not let your lashes have a little downtown chic moment once in a blue moon? It’s fun and different; and let’s not forget makeup is a form of expression! Here’s how:



  1. Apply a generous coat of mascara on your top + bottom lashes.
  2. Dip your eyeshadow brush into loose powder and carefully powder your lashes. You can close your eyes if you’re worried about it getting inside but I usually give the brush a tap against the counter to get rid of any extra powder.
  3. Paint over each lash with the lacquer. If you don’t have one, you can use a second coat of mascara but will give up a little of the dramatic payoff that a lacquer will give. Try this technique if you’re using mascara for this step.
  4. To really exaggerate it, use tweezers to squeeze a few lashes together into star points.


photo: je ne sais pais! post designed by lauren conrad

C’est tres joli!  I grew up loving French style, starting as a young girl staring at the illustrations when my mother read Madeline to me… her deep side-parted hair, hat and their school-girl uniforms and pea coats… then it progressed to French ballerinas, Gigi and French cinema, and as I got older (of course)  French Vogue changed my life.  Now I especially love Isabel Marant’s vision of the carefree and modern French lifestyle.  And this chic look translates easily to makeup.  Because anything that is chic is at its core, simple and effortless.  Here, one of my favorite models, Bambi Northwood Blyth, demonstrates how you can strip away excessive makeup down to three components: 1. a big, filled-in brow, 2. spidery (yet not clumpy) lashes and 3. a stained lip.

Even if your brows aren’t as blessedly thick as Bambi’s, you can still recreate the same bold effect by filling them in with a pencil or powder that is a shade or two darker than your actual color.  Spidery lashes can be accomplished by powdering them with loose powder in between the first and second coat of mascara.  For a refresher course, revisit our Big Bold Brow and Spider Lashes posts.  Lastly, there are many ways to achieve stained lips.  The obvious choice is using one of the many great stains out there.  Or you can fill in your entire lip with a berry or rose-colored lip pencil and follow with lip balm.  A third option would be apply lipstick, blot with a tissue, apply again and blot one more time.  The key is to not look “made-up,” so make sure the lips have a hint of color and no more.  Add a croissant, close your eyes and voila!  You’re at a little Parisian street cafe about to stroll the River Seine.

XO Amy Nadine


photo: angela+ithyle/

When we think of spider lashes, we think Tammy Faye Baker. Wait… do you kids even know who Tammy Faye Baker is?? This past season at Chloe, Lanvin, Valentino and Mui Mui’s Fall 2011 shows, the Sixties-influenced clumpy lashes stunned perfectly.

Here’s the trick:

  1. One coat at a time, really load up with a volumizing mascara.
  2. Dip an eyeshadow brush into your favorite face powder and powder your lashes between each coat of mascara.
  3. After your third coat, grab your tweezers and clump together a few lashes at a time in star-shaped points.

XO Amy Nadine