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Holiday How To: Apply False Lashes Like a Pro in 4 Easy Steps

Unleash your red lips, gilded eyes, and sparkly nails. The holidays are the prime time to experiment with show-stopping beauty looks that, in any other season, may be a bit over-the-top. Lashes are one of the easiest ways to glam up your look, and add serious drama to your peepers, but don’t let the glue scare you offit’s surprisingly easy to master the look. Just follow this insider advice from Executive Editor Amy Synnott.

Why We Love Them …

1. They’re like a shot of 5-Hour Energy for your lids. A few well-placed lashes on the outer corners of your eyes give the illusion of lift, making you look more wide-eyed and alert.

2. They can take years off your face. Did you know that thinning lashes-along with droopy lids and hot flashesis a sign of menopause? No need to lose your flutter: Think of falsies as hormone-replacement therapy for your lash line.

3. They’re festive. Like a crystal-encrusted minaudiere or giant sparkly danglers, faux lashes boost the glam factor of even the simplest LBD.

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Think Small

What, you’re not hosting a live New Year’s Eve webcast from the heart of Times Square? Then put down the Jumbotron strips and grab a few small clusters. After all, you want people to notice you, not your obvious strip fringe. Follow these four steps for look-at-me lashes that are believable too:

1. Curl. It’s best to curl lashes before you apply mascara and fakes; otherwise, you risk ripping the falsies out. We are obsessed with this new tool from makeup artist Troy Surratt ($ 25; barneys.com): It’s slightly less curved than the typical curler, so it never pinches the skin on your upper lid.

2. Coat. To keep the drag queen effect in check, choose a lengthening formula (avoid waterproof versions, which tend to clump). Apply two thin coats (MAC Cosmetics Mineralize Multi-Effect Lash Mascara in Charged Black, $ 22; maccosmetics.com), then separate lashes with a teensy comb.

3. Apply. Put a drop of tinted lash glue (Duo Eyelash Adhesive in Dark, $ 6; ulta.com) onto tin foil and pick up a cluster with tweezers or a lash tool (Sephora Bulls Eye Applicator, $ 12; sephora.com). Wait 45 seconds for glue to get tacky, then dip the root into it (Eylure Pro-Lash lashes, $ 6; ulta.com). Nestle strip into the base of lashes (it shouldn’t touch skin).

4. Line. Apply three or four clusters moving from the middle of the eye outward. Mix it up: short ones closer to the nose, longer ones at the outer edges. Don’t clamp the lash. Let it dry naturally, then outline with a thin swipe of black liquid liner (Lancome Artliner Precision Felt-Tip Liquid Liner, $ 31; lancome.com) to fill in gaps and hide the glue.

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Tech, Yeah! 4 Incredibly Useful Apps for Stress-Free Holiday Travel

With the insufferable crowds, never-ending lines, and imminent flight delays, holiday travel can be so unpleasant that you often wish you had never even made the trip in the first place. But before you’re forced to endure a hellish series of events on your way to a much-needed vacation, download these four apps. Without the worry of your flight costs, hotel room, house, and pet, the upcoming days may just have a chance of being merry and bright after all.

To nab a flight upgrade: TPG To Go

Those who favor cheap flight deals may already be familiar with Brian Kelly, a.k.a. The Points Guy. A self-proclaimed “frequent flyer mile and credit card point ninja,” Kelly specializes in maximizing your hard-earned loyalty points and airline miles to ensure you get the most bang for your buck in terms of your flight and accommodations with his tip-heavy site, ThePointsGuy.com. Now, his team has joined forces with credit card rewards company Wallaby to roll out TPG To Go, a new app that advises you to use the optimal credit card for rewards and track and manage your points to ensure you’re on track to earn more. Say hello to first class.

Download TPG To Go for free on the iTunes app store or follow Kelly on Twitter at @ThePointsGuy for more travel tips. 

To book a room: Roomlia

If your travel accommodations somehow fell through (or even if they didn’t), it’s worth perusing Roomlia for last-minute hotel deals before you take off. The mobile app features rooms that you can reserve seven days from your check-in date, for up to five nights, in 35 cities (including New York, Las Vegas, and Miami). All you need to do is select your destination from the drop-down menu, specify the duration of your stay, and swipe to the left on your hotel of choice. If you’re pleased with the total cost, you can finalize your payment with the hotel directly through the app. Don’t worry, you can always cancel that overpriced resort you booked months in advance.

Download Roomlia for free on the iTunes app store or on Google Play.

To control your home: Honeywell Lyric

Forgot to turn off the heat before you rushed out of the house? Don’t sweat it. Honeywell’s new Lyric app lets you rejigger the temps from your smartphone by pairing with the Lyric thermostat, an extremely high-tech device that displays the current weather so you can select the appropriate degrees Fahrenheit for comfort. Using the app, you can create shortcuts for certain temperatures at just one tap (for example, if you like to work out at 72°F and not a smidge less). Lyric even senses when you’re approaching home by detecting your smartphone location, so it can pump up the heat (or cool it down) upon your arrival.

Download Honeywell Lyric for free on the iTunes app store or on Google Play.

To take care of your pet: DogVacay

Consider DogVacay your own virtual kennel. The networking app boasts a canine-loving community of thousands of dog sitters across the U.S. who can take care of your pup in your absence and give you up-to-date info on his or her whereabouts with daily photo updates. To get going, you can browse hosts in your area (complete with starred reviews), schedule a meet-and-greet or contact them via the app, and book them by paying for their service through your phone. Not a dog owner? Fear not: cats and other animals are allowed, too.

Download DogVacay for free on the iTunes app store. 

Last-Minute Holiday Gifts They’ll Never Suspect Were Last-Minute

’Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring—except for the frantic procrastinator trying to figure out where to get gifts for their friends and family with mere hours to spare. Sound familiar? Trust us, we can relate!

The hunt for a last-minute gift during the holidays is almost as inevitable as the one for an outfit to wear to an ugly sweater party, and the thought processes for both are often the same. Though we’ve had months to prepare for this, we’re always scrambling to pull something together the eve before.

Nothing says “I had no time to find a present” like a wrapped bottle of Chateau Diana, so to spare you the trouble of carting a bottle of drugstore wine into your next holiday party, we put together a list of great last-minute beauty gifts you can pick up, whether you’re shopping at a department store, the mall, or the drugstore around the corner. The best part? The recipient will never be able to tell the gift was picked up only minutes before being unwrapped. Just remember to remove the price tag.

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If you’re at a department store:

Though it feels like a scramble, you’re in a good place if you opt to shop for a last-minute gift at a department store. Swing by the fragrance counter to pick up a set like Marc Jacobs’ rollerball trio ($ 44; dillards.com), or look for makeup mini sets like Tom Ford’s Lips & Boys Set ($ 96; nordstrom.com)—the mini-tubes fit in even the tiniest clutches, perfect for any party touch-ups.

Not sure of the fragrances or makeup your friend likes? Opt for a gift set that does the body good. You can never go wrong with a Kiehl’s Creme de Corps bundle ($ 59; nordstrom.com), or the Moroccanoil Luminous Body set ($ 90; nordstrom.com) for that matter. Each box is so pretty, you won’t even have to wrap it! For an extra-festive gift that won’t hurt your wallet, seek out Molton Brown’s Pink Pepperpod Cracker ($ 25; saksfifthavenue.com), which combines a fun tradition with a price tag even Scrooge would love.

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If you’re at the mall:

You may have to elbow a few shoppers in your way, but luxurious beauty gifts from the mall is a totally possible feat, just be sure to hit up the usual suspects, and don’t get distracted by any too-good-to-be-true deals. Sephora never disappoints in terms of options, and we certainly wouldn’t mind being gifted Soap & Glory’s Three for All bodycare set ($ 25; sephora.com) or Buxom’s massive Lip Gloss Roulette kit ($ 59; Sephora stores). The latter makes a statement on its own, but is equipped with such a wide rainbow of shades, you can break up the set and split the glosses among three or even four of your friends.

The Body Shop’s Wild Argan Premium Selection ($ 27; thebodyshop-usa.com) is another one of those gorgeous gifts that doesn’t need to be wrapped, and same goes for the Victoria’s Secret Fearless Fragrance Ring ($ 45; victoriassecret.com), which combines a trendy accessory with a sexy solid perfume. When in doubt, bring a candle—the Bath and Body Works 3-Wick version in the Peach Bellini scent ($ 23; bathandbodyworks.com) is decked out in a gold motif that adds a touch of luxury to any surrounding, even after the holiday season has passed.

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If you’re at the drugstore:

Avoid succumbing to those “the struggle is real” types of thoughts—finding a gift at the drugstore is possible if you believe in yourself and seek out the right products. If you happen to find yourself at a Target, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find that the retailer carries CHI’s full lineup, so after picking up a pretty patterned version ($ 100; target.com) for your BFF, head over to the home section to get a Caldrea candle ($ 16; target.com) for that colleague who unexpectedly got you a gift, and you need to pick up something in return.

Fragrance gift sets like Elizabeth Arden’s ($ 22; walmart.com) can be found behind a glass cabinet at most drugstores, but if you don’t have time to get an associate to unlock the case, make a beeline to the makeup aisle and find Iman’s Deja Vu Lip Kit ($ 5; imancosmetics.com). Makeup tools and bags always prove to be useful gifts, so grab a few of Drew Barrymore’s Flower Beauty brushes ($ 7 to $ 12; walmart.com) and stuff them into the brand’s Foldover Makeup Bag ($ 10; Wal-Mart locations nationwide), which can double as a clutch depending on the outfit.

PHOTOS: Holiday Gifts at $ 25 and Under