Celebrity beauty tricks are a dime a dozen, but the ones that actually work are rare. Like, let’s be real: Most celebrities look great because they have a team of dedicated professionals paid to help them look that way. Power to them, but it means I take all celebrity advice, and routines, with a grain of salt. You never know—maybe a model does drink eight glasses of water a day, but she also dips in for a Clear + Brilliant laser treatment every six months. There’s only one celebrity beauty trick that I swear by, and it came from Dakota Johnson’s grandmother, Tippi Hedren.
That’s right. When Glamour interviewed Johnson last year, she dropped one tidbit of knowledge that I’ve been following religiously ever since. Apparently, Dakota was applying mascara one day when Tippi stepped in and set her straight. “She [actress Tippi Hedren] was watching me put my mascara on once, and told me that if you hold the mirror down low and put the mascara on while looking downward, you will get the most coverage from the base of the lashes to the tips. And, of course, she’s right! She’s a fucking movie star; she’s a legend!”
It wasn’t until a friend recently commented that I rarely get dark smudges on the top of my lids anymore (which is regular life when you have deep-set eyes) that it even occurred to me to share how much of a game-changer this trick is. Now, instead of applying mascara straight-on, brushing my lashes up and inevitably walking away with dark black marks, I use the Tippi technique. I take a hand mirror and hold it beneath my chin, then brush mascara onto my lashes while looking down into the mirror. It might sound a little basic, but it’s revolutionary.
The position makes it 10 times easier to comb the mascara wand through your lashes, since you’re looking down, and your visibility doesn’t change as you brush the mascara on (like it does when you’re looking straight into the mirror and the wand’s right in front of your eye). It even lets me wiggle the wand into the base of my lashes, as I’ve heard makeup artists instruct for so many years. If I’d tried to “wiggle the wand into the base of my lashes” from my old, straight-on position, it’d be a smudgy disaster. Now it’s a quick and easy maneuver that gives me huge lashes.
Prepare to never go back to your old ways after you try it. I sure haven’t.