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Storing False Lashes For Travel & Reuse

14 Jun

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I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect container to store false lashes I wanted to reuse, as well as something that could hold a lot of lashes for travel, since I’m always flying out of the country. . .

I FOUND IT! I Found it!

The perfect plastic container that can easily fit in a large makeup bag, or even in your purse, and can hold 10 or more pairs of lashes PLUS it even has a compartment for holding lash glue! And I managed to squeeze a second Clear lash Glue bottle in there for individuals. The compartments are even 4 slots wide enough to hold the longer strips of lashes, and then there are a 6 smaller slots to store regulars and halfsies.

I found these re-useable plastic containers in the Nail section at Rite Aid (Walgreens, Walmart, Target, CVS, and other pharmacy/beauty supplies will probably have them too!) This one pictured is by KISS NAILS, and it originally comes stocked with glue on nails and nail glue.


I took all the nails and nail glue out and I am now just using the perfect little container to store my lash strips. There was one by Nailene Nails there as well, but it didn’t have the big slot at the top to store the lash glue tube. . . but it can hold more lashes if that’s what you prefer. So I got the container with nails and glue included for only about $6.00 total. I actually used the nails that came with it too, so they didn’t go to waste, but if you don’t need them, and just need the container, it’s so cheap it’s worth it.


I fit about 15 pairs of lashes inside. I had 5 pairs of Whispies style lashes, that I stacked together.  (So the really thick looking ones you see in the container are actually 5 pairs of the right side, and 5 pairs of the left side stacked on top of each other gently).

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You can use a label maker if you are really organized to even label your lashes if you wanted to.

Hope this little Beauty Organizing Tip by Sunset Blonde helps you out! It is a great idea also for Pro-Makeup Artists on the go!

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Sunset Blonde


The Most Natural Faux Lashes!

13 Jul


Since big full luxuriously long lashes have been a big trend in beauty over the past few years, for many women in my industry faux lashes are a must. Most models that I know, including myself, expect faux lashes to be applied by the makeup artist for the photo shoot. Even I love the look that the fuller faux lash gives my eye. I even know a lot of girls that use Latisse to grow their own lashes even longer, and they still wear false lashes in addition. Faux lashes have almost become the norm for special occasion, and even everyday wear.
Yes, I know that I live in LA LA Land, where a lot of women are “fake” and overdone. But being a model and a makeup artist, I know how a little lash can change your whole face.

So many women that I talk to have trouble applying lashes, and when they do wear them, you can always tell they are wearing them. Strip lashes are the most widely available lashes, and are usually the go-to lash. But I think we are all over looking one tiny detail. . .They look so fake. Not only do the crazy lash styles look incredible fake, but the lash line looks fake. There are a few that have invisible bands, what tend to be a little better, but once you put eyeliner or mascara over it, you are making it more visible.

These look like the normal FLARE Lashes at first, but they are a little different. It’s subtle, but at the base, where the lashes meet, there is NO round “knot.” I’m sure a lot of you have never even heard of “knot free lashes” but let me tell you girl, if you like to wear faux lashes to give your already gorgeous peepers a voluminous boost, these are something new to consider! At first they can be very intimidating and a little difficult to figure out how to apply if you have never applied individual lashes before. But with a little practice and the right technique, it’s totally doable. And, if anything, just for those special occasions, have a friend apply them for you, if you truly struggle with it.



What are knot free lashes and how are they different from regular flare lashes?

Knot free lashes are a lash flare with no “knot” at the very tip where the individual lashes connect at the base. Because there is no knot, it looks more natural at the base of your lash line when you are wearing this type of lash flare. Knot free lashes are more delicate.  Be very gentle when removing them from their packaging on their original tray because there is only a little bit of glue that holds the flares together. They are easily to accidentally pull apart, and it might take a little practice just removing them from the tray. (Always remove them with tweezers. I suggest to flip up the end of the flare with the tweezer and try to grab closer to the base, and delicately pull on all of the lashes to remove. You will need to reposition your grip on the flare in order to dip it in the glue and apply it.)  You need to have wide enough tweezers to gentle grab the whole lash at the base so that you don’t mess up the flare.

Why do I like them over strip lashes?

I prefer them to strip lashes because they look more natural, I can also customize them in any way that I want, full, natural, longer, fuller outer corners for a cat-eye effect, etc.

Why do I like them better than the regular flares?

The same reason why I prefer them over strip lashes, they look more natural. It’s harder to tell that you are wearing them since there is no knot, and because they blend better with your natural lashes.

Are they hard to apply?

It’s not that they are harder to apply than any other lash, but you need the right tools, a good pair of tweezers, a mirror you can get really close to, lash glue, and the right technique! With everything in makeup, since I consider it an art form, it takes a steady hand and some practice, but most importantly the right tools!

What kinds are available?

There are many different types of “knot free” lashes. Ardell makes the best ones (Naturals), Revlon also makes some. They come in black and in brown. They also come in different lengths so that you can customize them in many diffferent ways. Short, medium and long, they even make an “under” lash to go on your bottom lash line. The “under” ones are x-small and can also be used on the top lashes. They even make a multi-pack with 3 different lengths.

Where can I buy them?

That’s sort of the hard part. I know they are not easily available everywhere, and so not many women know about them. If you are shopping online for them, make sure to buy the Ardell brand “Naturals” knot-free lashes. Those are the best ones. I buy mine at Naimies. I just looked for you and they sell them on their website under MAKEUP>EYES>LASHES>ARDELL-DURALASH-NATURALS-FLARE….

They are called “Naturals” by the ARDELL instead of Knot Free.

You can order them here, they sell all 3 lengths as well as a combo pack:

My favorites are the “short” length because they add fullness to my lashes without looking extremely longer than my real lashes. They blend the best, and don’t need to be cut. I can also apply 1 or many without it looking fake.

Ardell Duralash Naturals Flare Short:

Here is where you can buy the COMBO Pack if you want to try different lengths:

Ardell Duralash Naturals Flare Combo Black:

What kind of glue should I use?

There are 3 basic types of glue from Duo White which dried clear, Black, and a semi-permanent glue for individual lashes.

For these lashes I prefer the clear glue because it looks the most natural, and is easily removed with just water. If you use the semi-permanent glue it tends to pull out your own lashes and you need a special remover to get them off. I would only recommend that one if you want to go swimming with them on, and if you wont be tempted to try and pull them off.

How do I remove them?

With the regular lash glues, just a bit of water will allow you to pull them or gently rub them off. I also recommend using baby shampoo. With the Individual lash glue you will need the special remover.

Can I wear them with no mascara?

Yes, just make sure you buy the right color that is closest to your natural lash color. You can even curl them along with your natural lashes with a lash curler. Just be gentle not to pull them off.
These are the ONLY lashes that I like wearing these days. They are by far the the most natural lashes that you can wear. They are also less likely to come off half way through the night like strip lashes can. Because they blend in so well with your natural lashes, they won’t irritate your eyes like strip lashes can. If your eyes water easily, I also recommend these lashes for you.

Are there any tricks for applying these lashes?

1. You can apply clusters BEFORE or AFTER makeup, unlike strip lashes. Applying them after makeup will allow you to reuse them more often, but the lash clusters will usually not look as natural if applied after eye makeup.

2. With a pair of tweezers, pick up the lash clusters by the tips and then apply them one by one from the center of your eye outwards.

3. Here’s another cool tip: Dot glue onto the TOPS of the base, where the hairs are connected together. GO UNDER YOUR LASHES, AND APPLY THEM ON THE TIDE-LINE, right where your lash roots meet your skin. Then use your tweezers to push them firmly upwards so they curve and meld into your natural lashes. Letting the glue dry for a minute will allow them to stick right away, and not fall off.

(Most people apply them from the top down, but your own lashes will tend to get in the way and that is what makes it so hard. Plus, applying  them to the tide line makes them more invisible. When you close your eyes, nobody will see any clumps of glue because the clusters are hidden below your natural lash line.)


Sunset Blonde

Day 2 On Location: Hawaiian Beach Bikini Photo Shoot

11 Jun

Day 2 On Location: Hawaiian Beach Bikini Photo Shoot

Below is a photo of all of the crew setting up the shot. You can see me with my set bag perfecting the model’s hair before she starts shooting.

The weather starting out this morning didn’t go as well as hoped on day 2. Up at 4am to start hair and makeup on the new model, only to get to our location at 6am, and wait around for an hour to see if the sky would clear up  to get some nice sunlight to shoot.

I took a photo of the sky around 6:30am, the sun is just barely visible through the oncoming clouds. The ground below is dark, and there isn’t enough natural light to properly shoot the model with.

Our model of the day was Julia Docherty. She was a great sport running back and forth in and out of the pop up changing tent to stay dry from the rain. Below in a photo of the pop up changing tent. It’s convenient but rare to have a tent like this on location. But it is great for model’s to change inside of when on a public beach for some privacy and rapid outfit changes. Just wanted to show you this because it’s kind of a neat invention that makes on location shoots more comfortable for a model.

Soon after we changed locations to shoot at the Aqua Nui House. This is the photographer’s house that we are staying at. This is a shot of the back of the house, the ocean & beach are the backyard, which makes it a perfect shoot location!

This is the gorgeous model for Day 2, Julia Docherty, a D cup swimsuit model that fills out the Sunsets Inc. swimsuits nicely. She was stunning, and had amazing eyes. In the photo below you can see how I styled her hair and did her makeup for the shoot. I played up her eyes, contoured her cheeks and gave her a nude/natural lip. Her hair was styled with soft beachy curls and sexy side swept bangs. This hairstyle was hard to keep looking fresh and perfect on her because of her fine hair type. 4 touch-ups where required to re-curl her hair throughout the day, and lots of hairspray was used!

Her eyeshadow was a Metallic Eye shadow in a green shade from Bobbie Brown called Sage which I blended into her creases and under the outer corners of her eyes. I used Bone also By Bobbie Brown and blended it onto her lids and brow bone.

In Julia’s hair I added some clip-in hair extensions to keep her hair looking fuller and curled, since hair extensions hold curl really well.

I used a combination of all 3 of these hairsprays throughout the day for controlling frizz and flyways, as well as for hold during re-curling.

Below is a photo of me touching up her hair in between shots, standing behind as shade panel that is known as a scrim. Photographers use a scrim to shade the model from direct sunlight, it’s basically a lighting tool.

She is wearing faux lashes, and Loreal Voluminous Mascara in carbon black, and Kevyn Aucoin The Eye Pencil Primatif in Black on top lashline only and blended.

I applied Makeup Forever HD Foundation in color #123, with a custom powder to set it that I made with yellow undertones to match her tan.

I used MAC Bronzer in GOLDEN under her cheekbones and jawline for contouring with the FANCY CHEEKY BRUSH from SUNSET BLONDE, and Kevyn Aucoin blush in Dolline on her upper cheeks.

Kevyn Aucoin The Pure Powder Glow – Dolline which I find to be the perfect matte apricot shade:

Julia needed a long lasting lip color for her lips so I made a custom color for her from Loreal Infallible Lipsticks in #812 Opulent Organza & #423 Perpetual Peach. These have nice staying power and go on creamy. Both of these colors are great to use by themselves and look great if you want a natural color for many skin tones. #812 is more of a matte berry color, and #423 is a shimmery peachy pink. I think that a combination of the 2 makes a perfect shade.

An on-set trick from Sunset Blonde:  It might look weird, but works great! I like to take a small amount of lipstick with me to go in a Disposable container when on location, instead taking the entire lipstick with me and risking a meltdown in my “on-set” bag in the blazing sun.  I’ve come up with a great idea for those plastic containers that false lashes come in, I smear a small amount of lipstick straight from the tube onto the plastic & Go! This not only keeps my lipsticks sanitary, and from melting, but it allows me to keep a separate tray of lipstick for each model that is portable. Great idea to reuse an item you might normally trash.

At photo shoots there are usually racks of bikinis, stacks of accessories and it can get pretty messy. This company is great in that they neatly hang up the bikinis with matching cover-ups, and attached to the hangers in plastic bags are the accessories nicely matched up for each outfit change that have been selected prior to the shoot day. This organization strategy speeds up the changing time in between shots, and makes it easy for the stylists and models to know what the complete next outfit is. I love it when designers are super organized and time efficient!

As I described in Day 1, I love my on-set bag, so I thought I would take some photos of my actual bag so that you can see me wearing it, and what I am able to fit in it! I like to wear it across my body so that I don’t have to worry about it falling off my shoulder. As you can see, I have a lot of useful items for touch ups, brushes, hairspray, compacts, bug spray, even a favorite of mine… coconut water for hydration.  This bag also makes a great travel toiletry bag for the travel lovers reading this!

By late morning the sun was shining high in the sky and we pushed through a lot of shooting. I had to blur out the model on the far left, so that you can’t see her bikini, because they will not be released until July, so I have to keep them a secret 😉

I will be modeling on day 3 & 4…so stay tuned for more photos and info!



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