For a defining face that stands out and radiates, decorating the eyes is the key. If you choose to only accentuate one facial feature with cosmetics, go with the eyes. The second? Line and color your luscious lips.
When it comes to the eyes, no matter the color or shape, your color choice of cosmetics can make a big difference. The two main eye cosmetics for eyes that shine bright are mascara and eyeliner. If you wish to doll up your eyes with eye shadow, go for the overall look. But if you are toning down, colored mascara and colored eyeliner will do the trick!
Since eyes are the organs of the visual system, use your ornamental eyes to see the world!

Mascara Fun Fact: Mascara is a cosmetic commonly used to enhance the eyelashes. It may darken, thicken, lengthen and/or define the eyelashes and the eyes. Black and colored mascara comes in three forms – liquid, cake or cream – and modern mascara has various formulas.  Most all mascaras contain basic components of pigments, oils, waxes and preservatives.
The Collins English Dictionary defines mascara as, “a cosmetic substance for darkening, lengthening, curling, coloring and thickening the eyelashes, applied with a brush or a rod.”  Mascara can also be used to define the eyebrows, as well.

Eyeliner Fun Fact: Eyeliner is a cosmetic used to define the eyes. It is applied around the contours of the eyes to create a variety of aesthetic effects. Eyeliner is often worn directly above the top eyelashes and directly below the eyes.  Eyeliner was first used in Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia as a dark black line around the eyes. As early as 10,000 BC, Egyptians and Mo wore various cosmetics including eyeliner not only for aesthetics, but to protect the skin from the desert sun.
The characteristics of having heavily lined eyes has been frequently depicted in ancient Egyptian art. The Egyptians produced eyeliner with a variety of materials, including copper ore and antimony.
No matter the color or shape of your eyes, when wearing colored mascara and eyeliner, your mesmerizing eyes will be super sized!


Nancy Mangano’s Makeup Tip: Although I adore heavily made up eyes using black mascara and black eyeliner (a very dramatic effect), colored mascara and colored eyeliner is a beautiful, alluring, fun way to add variety and spice to your face that is oh so nice!
Aesthetic adornment is a cultural universal art and mascara and eyeliner are documented in Ancient Egypt beginning around 4000 BC. At this time, kohl was used to darken eyelashes, eyes and eyebrows. Through Egypt’s influence, kohl usage persisted in Babylonian, Greek and Roman Empires.
Colored mascara and colored eyeliner adds oomph, pizzazz and a pleasing effect to help your face shine brighter!

Eyeliner Fun Fact: Eyeliner is commonly used in a daily makeup routine to define the eyes or to create the look of a wider or smaller eye. Eyeliner can be placed in various parts of the eyes to create different looks with a winged eyeliner or tight lined at the waterline.
Eyeliner can be drawn above upper lashes or below lower lashes or both, even on the waterlines of your eyes. Eyeliner helps your lashes to look lush and full, while also drawing attention to the eyes, or enhancing or changing the eyes’ shape.
Gorgeous colors of colored eyeliner range from black, brown, gray, neon colors, primary colors, pastels, glittered colors and frosty golds and silvers! Is there a color you love? Use your favorite color of eyeliner to highlight your eyelashes both below and above!
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If you truly want to bring out the magic and allure of your eyes, match your colored eyeliner and mascara to the color of your eyes. If you’re more bold and daring, mix and match to whatever color choices your prefer. Giver your eyes a special whirl!
Tight Lining Fun Fact: Tight lining is the use of eyeliner tight against the waterline under the eyelashes of the upper lid, and above the eyelashes of the lower lid. Due to the proximity of the membranes, and the surface of the eye itself, waterproof eyeliner is preferred. Tight lining is a technique that makes the eyelashes appear to start further back on the eyelid, making the lashes look longer. Gel eyeliner and a small angled brush may be used to create this look.
All eyes on you: the eye makeup guru!

Eyeliner can be softly smudged or clearly defined. I prefer clearly defined for an edgy, dramatic, eye catching eye!
Five Main Types of Eyeliner:

  1. Liquid Eyeliner
  2. Powder Based Eye Pencil
  3. Wax Based Eye Pencil
  4. Kohl
  5. Gel Eyeliner

Traditional wax based eyeliners are made from about 20 components. About 50% by weight are waxes (Japan wax, fats, or related soft materials that easily glide onto the skin). Typical pigments include black iron oxides, as well as smaller amounts of titanium dioxide and Prussian blue.

Mascara Fun Fact: An increased demand for mascara has led to the development of the many formulas seen in the current market. Despite the many variations, all mascara formulas contain the same basic elements: pigmentation; oils and waxes. Water resistant mascaras have their basis in substances that rebuff water, like dodecane. Non water resistant mascaras have base ingredients that are water soluble.
Mascaras designed to lengthen or curl the eyelashes often contain nylon or rayon microfibers. Additionally, ceresin, gum tragacanth and methyl cellulose are regular ingredients added to act as stiffeners.
Stiffen those luscious, lavish eyelashes with colored mascara that adds length and allure to all lashes!
Mascara and Eyeliner Psychology Fun Fact: The use of mascara and eyeliner to mimic a youthful, childlike appearance exists in various cultures. The typical characteristics include soft cheeks, a round face, soft skin, upturned nose and short chin – often seen as ideal facial characteristics for women. Mascara pulls away the eyelashes from the rim of the eye, creating a doe-like illusion of larger, more open eyes.
No matter your face shape and facial features, you fashion divas, are lovely creatures!
When it comes to stand out features and windows to the soul make no mistake about it: the eyes truly have it!
“I love your yellow eyeliner and your bold orange eyelashes. Mesmerizing!”
“The warm colors highlight my brown eyes and add some super sizing!”
“Your large, colorful eyes are the first feature I see when I look at your face.”
“And my orange blush and nude lipstick add glamour with my exquisite makeup taste.”
“I’ll buy me some colored eyeliner and colored mascara for a much needed change.”
“Buy a variety of colors allowing for a fun, festive, off the charts makeup range!”
Colored Mascara and Colored Eyeliner: Buy colors that match every garment you own for signature eyes that are only your own!
Nancy’s next book in her award winning murder mystery series, Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel, available now in online and retail bookstores.
Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying, Murder Can Be Messy and Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel. Visit Nancy on her author website http://www.nancymangano.com, Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846

Beach season equals bikini season. Love it or loathe it, warm summer days in the surf and sun are enjoyable and fun for everyone!
Swimwear is clothing designed to be worn by people engaging in water-based activity or water sports, such as swimming, diving, surfing or sun bathing. Although many types of bathing suits exist, a bikini (or two piece bathing suit) is one of the most popular.
A bikini is usually a women’s abbreviated two piece swimsuit with a bra type top for the chest and underwear cut below the naval. The basic design is simple: two triangles of fabric on top cover the women’s breasts and two triangles of fabric on the bottom cover the groin in front and the buttocks in back (unless you prefer to wear a thong bikini. Then all buns are out)! In a bikini or two piece bathing suit, the size of the bottom can range from full pelvic coverage to a revealing thong or G-string design.


Bathing Suit Fun Fact: Rayon was used in the 1920s in the manufacture of tight-fitting swimsuits, but its durability, especially when wet, proved problematic, with jersey and silk also being used. In the 1930s, new materials were being developed and used in swimwear, particularly latex and nylon, and swimsuits gradually began hugging the body.
The modern two piece bathing suit design first attracted public notice in Paris on July 5, 1946. French mechanical engineer Louis Reard introduced a design he named the ‘bikini’, taking the name from the Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean. Four days earlier, the United States had initiated its first peace-time nuclear weapons test at Bikini Atoll as part of Operations Crossroads. Reard hoped his swimsuit’s revealing style would create an “explosive commercial and cultural reaction”, similar to the explosion at Bikini Atoll.  His hunch paid off, it did, big time!
Beach baby…beach baby…there on the sand from July to the end of September…Surfing was fun, we’d be out in the sun everyday! (The Beach Boys)


Bathing Suit Fun Fact: Bathing suits are often lined with another layer of fabric incase the outer material becomes see through when wet. Most swimsuits in modern culture leave at least the head, shoulders, arms and legs exposed.
Bathing Suit Not So Fun Fact: Germs, bacteria and mold can grow very quickly on wet bathing suits. Medical professionals warn against sharing bathing suits with others.
When donned in a darling bathing suit of your own, you’ll stand out like no other! Beach bomb!
Bikini beach bonanza – two pieces of material never looked so good!
Bikini Fun Fact: Common glamour shots of popular actresses and models played a large part in bringing the bikini into mainstream fashion. During the 1950s, Hollywood stars such as Ava Gardner, Rita Hayworth, Lana Turner, Elizabeth Taylor, Esther Williams, Tina Louise, Betty Grable and Marilyn Monroe took advantage of the risqué publicity associated with the bikini by posing for photographs wearing the two piece bathing beauties. In Europe, 17-year-old Brigitte Bardot wore scanty bikinis in French films.

Bikini Fun Fact: By the 1960s the bikini caught on to mainstream fashion popularity, and by 1963, the movie Beach Party, starring Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon led a wave of films that made the bikini a pop-culture symbol. In 1965, it was reported in Time magazine that “65% of the young set had crossed over to wearing bikinis in public.”
Raquel Welch’s fur bikini in One Million Years B.C. (1966) gave the world the most iconic bikini shot of all time and the poster image became an iconic moment in cinema history.
Louis Reard’s company folded in 1988, four years after his death. By the end of the century, the bikini had become the most popular beachwear around the world. This global credit is given to the power of women more than the power of fashion.
Bikini Fun Fact: By the early 2000s, bikinis had become an $811 million business annually, according to the NPD Group, a consumer and retail information company, and had boosted spin-off services like bikini waxing and the sun tanning industries.
Bikini Fun Fact: Bikini variations include string bikinis, monokinis, tankinis, skirtini, granny bikini, hikinis, tie-sides, teardrops and thongs.
“I can’t take my eyes off of you with that shapely, stunning bikini you have on.”
“This is my favorite bathing suit for taking a swim or simply soaking up the sun.”
“You must exercise day and night to keep that swimsuit fitting just right.”
“All body shapes and sizes can wear a bikini…fitted loose or fitted tight.”
“Your bikini is so lovely I imagine you don’t want to change out of the bathing suit.”
“Yes. Sometimes I wear it in the winter months…braving the cold is quite a hoot!”
Bikini/Two Piece Bathing Suits: Good for soaking up the sun or taking an early winter morning run! Pure fashion fun!
Nancy Mangano photoshoot
Nancy’s next book in her award winning murder mystery series, Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel, available now in online and retail bookstores.
Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying, Murder Can Be Messy and Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel. Visit Nancy on her author website http://www.nancymangano.com, Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846