Instead of brow gel, try microblading.
If you want the look of fuller brows without makeup, microblading is the way to go. During a microblading procedure, an aesthetician tattoos small ink strokes on your brow area, creating the look of fuller eyebrows.
"It's not a traditional shaded tattoo," says Lauren Prats, owner and founder of Hi Brow Beauty Bar (126 Sierra Court, Metairie, 504-325-2222; www.hibrownola.com). "It's going to have a softer appearance and it really does look like hair. When I show clients their eyebrows, they're like, 'What's the hair? What's the tattoo?'"
The procedure takes about an hour and a half and costs $250 to $350 at Hi Brow. A touch-up appointment is scheduled four to six weeks after the first appointment. Results are semi-permanent, lasting 12 to 18 months.
Microblading can be painful if the area is not properly numbed and it requires recovery. The total recovery time, including time after the touch-up, is about eight weeks.
"I give all my clients a list of do's and don'ts," Prats says. "No soaking in a tub, no sun, no steam, no working out for five days."
Instead of waterproof mascara, try eyelash extensions.
An eyelash expert places individual lashes along your lash line for a natural, full look. A minimum of 100 extensions are attached one by one. The appointment takes about two hours and costs $249 at Earthsavers.
"We use high-quality synthetic individual lashes secured to your lashes with medical-grade adhesive," says Karen Adjmi, co-owner of Earthsavers.
Whether you're going for a natural or glam look, be sure to tell your technician what you want.
"We really like to do natural lashes," Adjmi says. "That doesn't mean not full, but [they] fit the person's face."
Eyelash extensions are waterproof and last four to six weeks, but if you're planning on swimming a lot, they will suffer more wear and tear.
"You want to minimize [being in the pool]," Adjmi says. "It's safe, but some of the chemicals in the pool will break down the adhesive a little bit. With just water, there's no precaution."
Instead of bronzer or foundation, try an airbrush tan.
An expert airbrushes Fantasy Tan, an organic, sugar-based solution, onto skin. The tan lasts seven to 10 days and gives your face natural coverage. An airbrush tan costs $55 at Fini Beauty Boutique.
"When sprayed on the face, you can go without makeup because [an airbrush tan] gives you that natural color and is forgiving and covers your blemishes," says Monique Bonnaffons, owner of Fini Beauty Boutique. "It doesn't give you an orange tint. It's very natural looking."
If you're planning on spending a lot of time poolside or at the beach, the tan might not last 10 days. "It might fade a bit faster if you go in the water, but it's not going to fade immediately," Bonnaffons says.