Michelle Shih, 41
Director of Digital Editions and Lifestyle
You might never guess that Michelle is one of the most low-maintenance women we know. Before this shoot, she had the same below-the-shoulders, air-dried hairstyle for ten years; her makeup routine consisted of concealer. Hairstylist Ken Paves, who oversaw all these sensational new looks, chopped her hair a couple of inches above her shoulders, angling it shorter in the back and longer along her jawline. While her hair was still damp, he scrunched a mousse through it, and voilà: soft, sophisticated waves. To enhance Michelle's short, straight lashes, we sent her to get extensions from lash specialist Soul Lee at Kiehl's Spa 1851 in New York City. (Michelle gave up on mascara in her 20s because it always smudged.) With long, fluttery fringe in place (the lashes last for about three weeks), all it took was navy liquid liner and mauve lipstick for Michelle's makeup to look chic.
"Finally! A modern—but easy—hairstyle. And these gorgeous lashes have inspired me to give mascara another try."
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