After Pitbull and Sofia Vergara hit the stage at the 2016 Grammys, stars like Missy Elliott and Pharrell Williams dashed to the late-into-the-night stream of after-parties that winners and nominees alike attended. At Warner Music Group’s soiree at Milk Studios in L.A., Elliott not only hit the stage for a raucous performance, but also did so with a little extra gloss.
“I was only supposed to play 15 minutes,” Elliott told the crowd onstage. Between her swaying blue and burgundy hair, fluttering eyelash extensions, and rapping hits like "Get Ur Freak On," “Hot Boyz,” "Work It," and "WTF (Where They From)" through glittering lips that matched her microphone, she exclaimed, “I’m here to have fun,” which was evident in her very glam look.
Killer performances aside, beauty was on the tip of everyone's tongue. “I never wear eyelashes, I’m so against eyelashes,” Eugena Washington told InStyle. The model and self-proclaimed beauty guru has been practicing her natural eyelash game since the 10th grade, which means plenty of time to develop tips and tricks. “These are all of my lashes,” she said without batting an eye. “You have to build your eyelashes. It’s all about building. I do one eye. I let it sit. Then I do the base of the other eye, and I just keep building towards the tips. Oh, and before I do mascara, I put vitamin E oil on my lashes. It makes them grow and keeps them conditioned. It also adds an extra thick coat before you put on your mascara. It makes your lashes thicker.”
While actress Holland Roden isn’t exactly anti-fake lashes, she also swore by mascara, specifically L'Oreal Telescopic and conditioning. “I actually condition them with regular conditioner,” she said. “I put one of those makeup pads on the lower part of my eye. Close my eyes, just put a little bit of conditioner, and keep it on for 30 seconds. Then I wipe it off with another pad, so the conditioner doesn’t actually get in my eye.”
For those that like to have an opulent upgrade for nights out, singers JoJo and Sevyn Streeter were there to represent. “I don’t wear half of this stuff every day, but I do wear a good lash for events,” said Streeter. “I will give a secret to everybody. You don’t have to spend a grip of money on lashes. Go to CVS or Rite Aid and get a pair of their lashes, they’re just as good.
“I like the drama,” JoJo told InStyle. “I really dig Ardell Wispies; those happen to be my favorite. I love Lilly Lashes too. You can use them a lot.”