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One of the world’s most iconic actresses and charitable philanthropists, Elizabeth Taylor, passed away today at the age of 79. Her career spanned 70 years, during which she appeared in more than fifty films, including the famous “Cleopatra.” Taylor has also long been hailed as one of the most beautiful women in the world; perhaps her most sought after features were her uniquely violet-colored eyes, which were encased in an even more distinctive double row of eyelashes.
Though most of us probably weren’t lucky enough to be born with such a fantastic mutation, there are products we can use to help us get that mesmerizing Elizabeth Taylor gaze. Take a look at some of TIA’s favorite eye-enhancing products:
Skin Biology’s Folligen Cream ($23 in the TIA shop) works on your head AND on your eyelashes; the copper peptides in the cream have the ability to increase follicle cell proliferation and decrease programmed follicle cell death, which results in smaller follicles. The cream has gotten some rave reviews from members of the TIA community, and at such a fantastic price, it’s probably worth a shot.
If you’re looking to lengthen, darken and thicken existing lashes as opposed to growing new ones, consider Hydropeptide Lash ($130), which helped make Marta's eyelashes longer and healthier. Instead of using the dubious glaucoma-treating drug, prostaglandin, which may cause discoloration around the eye and even to the iris itself, Hydropeptide Lash, contains plant stem cells and growth factors. It also contains inositol and biotin, both of which are known to promote hair growth. If you’d like to consider other lash growth products, take a look at TIA’s most recent 5 Best for eyelash and brow growth.
For something a little less permanent, mascara can be a beauty savior. Marta found that Korres Abyssinia Oil Volumnizing/Strengthening Mascara makes her eyelashes look longer without flaking or smudging. The ingredients are good and won’t do you any harm – but don’t expect dramatic Elizabeth Taylor eyelashes from this product.
If you’re looking for a little more drama, check out Copley’s recommendation: Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Lashes! Mascara. This one promises not only to lengthen and add volume, but also to curl and condition. Copley found that it was long lasting and even made her lashes stronger and more pliant. While the ingredients in Tarte’s mascara aren’t all natural (say hello to phenoxyethanol and chlorphenesin), they’re certainly not awful and the product may be worth a try, especially if you’re trying to distance yourself from drug store brand mascaras that tend to be especially toxic.
While I am normally fairly forgiving when it comes to ingredients, I have to be intransigent and uncompromising when it comes to what’s in my mascara, primarily because I wear contacts (which means I must be extra careful about what I put near my eyes), but also because I am slightly phobic about damaging my eyes in any way. A couple of months ago, I started using 100% Pure Ultra Lengthening Fruit Pigmented Mascara in Black Tea, which I can honestly say that I am addicted to. The ingredients are absolutely stellar, consisting of mostly fruit pigments, along with green tea, vitamin E and more. Other natural mascaras I’ve tried tend to flake, smudge or last for only a few hours; 100% Pure blows all of them out of the water. My favorite part about the mascara is the fact that it separates my lashes exceedingly well, and comes off easily at night with my cleanser and maybe a little olive oil.
Another eye enhancing tool that actually hasn’t been mentioned all that frequently on TIA is eyeliner. While mascara often helps to achieve a doe-eyed look, adding a little eyeliner can vamp things up a bit. For a smoky eye look, I highly recommend Alima Pure’s Satin Matte Eyeliner in black (though they have a great range of colors to choose from). Normally, I’m not a fan of mineral makeup because it doesn’t work well with my dry skin and I haven’t come across any products with good staying power. But Alima surprised me; I use a fine liner brush to sweep a line of powder over the edge of each row of eyelashes, then smudge it a bit and tada! Sexy smoky eyes that last for hours and hours. And if I am a little less generous in the application and don’t smudge it, the subtleness of the liner is really very pretty and works as a nice daytime look.
For a harder, more obvious line, both my sister and a good friend of mine recommend Jane Iredale’s Eye Pencil. Both of them wear contacts as well, so quality ingredients that won’t irritate are important, and Jane Iredale fits the bill. However, my sister does claim that while the liner doesn’t bother her eyes, it has the tendency to fade a bit after a few hours, so she does have to carry it around and reapply once during the day. My friend, though, hasn’t experienced this.
No matter how much you long for Elizabeth Taylor’s gorgeous eyes, do yourself a favor and stay away from kohl liners, a popular “natural” makeup used to accentuate the eye area. Often sold under the names ‘kohl,’ ‘kajal,’ or ‘surma,’ the substance is actually banned in the United States because of its high concentration of lead. Of course, there are plenty of brands that sell safe eyeliners labeled with the word “kohl,” but these are generally referring to the shade of the eyeliner (such as “kohl black” or “midnight blue”). Stick to the stuff works and does no harm, and you won’t be disappointed!
100% Pure Mascara Ingredients: Organic Green Tea, Vitamin E (a-tocopherol), Honey Beeswax, Contains All or some of the following Pigments: Blackberry, Blueberry, Black Tea, Grape Skin, Pomegranate, Acai Berry, Boysenberry, Blackcurrant and Raspberry, Oat Protein, Wheat Protein, Provitamin B5, Seaweed Powder, Coconut Stearic acid, Mica (for shimmer in the Blackberry and Blueberry), Cocoa Butter, Pearl Powder, Rice Powder, Cacao Powder and Powdered Coffee Beans, Lavender Honey, Extracts of Oregano, Thyme, Rosemary, Lavender and Golden Seal
Alima Pure Eyeliner Ingredients: Mica (CI 77019). May contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Ultramarines (CI 77007)
Jane Iredale Eye Pencil Ingredients: Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Silica, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Mango Seed Oil, Candelilla Wax, Shea Butter, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Carnauba Wax, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate. May Contain: Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide, Manganese Violet, Mica, Carmine