Counter Confidential: Mascara MacGyver

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Counter Confidential

"Mascara MacGyver" by Undercover Beauty Agent

My New York City makeup counter is visited by hundreds of people daily. Tourists and locals stop by looking for quick fixes, replenishment, and the trendiest new items. And lately, it seems that everyone wants colored mascara!

Lacquering your lashes in colorful shades is a great way to enhance your eyes. If you’re uncomfortable with wearing vivid shadows, tweaking your lash hue is daring, yet subtle. While common mascara options such as navy blues and dark plums are a great alternative for those who want a subtle shift, many of my clients crave electric blues, bright yellows, and vibrant teals!

When a customer visiting from Europe requested mascara in outrageously funky colors—we're talking orange and lime green—rather than turning her away, I  suggested she try gel liner as mascara instead. Here’s a quick tip, Beauties. Gel liner is more versatile than you think, and you can use it as eye shadow base, lip color, and—you guessed it—mascara!

She seemed a little confused as I handed her a mascara wand and teal gel liner, but when I demonstrated the technique, she was ecstatic! Beauties, don’t forget that makeup is an art, and cosmetics are your medium. Experiment with products and don’t be afraid if things don’t go as planned. Play with your craft and keep refining your skills—who knows what tricks of the trade you’ll uncover!

Undercover Beauty Agent is just an average makeup artist at your local beauty counter who's reporting true stories exclusively for Beautylish: "I love what I do because I get to make people feel beautiful on a daily basis. I'm a beauty advisor in New York City by day and a secret beauty agent by night, totally ready to share all my insider secrets and gossip."