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Kim Grundy is a mom, writer, expert laundry folder and sandwich maker, not necessarily in that order. Raised in Oklahoma, she is now a West Coast gal and lives in California with her husband and two sons, along with one dog, two fish (oo...

Expert beauty advice

Are you ready to get gorgeous? We have rounded up the top beauty experts to answer your most pressing questions, including ways to fake a plump pout, anti-aging tips, secrets to smooth and shiny hair and the 411 on eyelash growth products.

Beauty Question #1:

What's the difference between the prescription eyelash growth product Latisse and the over-the-counter brands? Are there more natural alternatives to making my eyelashes grow?

LashesAnswer:

Priced around $120, Latisse is the only FDA-approved product for eyelash growth, unlike the other over-the-counter eyelash growth products.

"Latisse does work well to grow the eyelashes in roughly 70 percent of study patients," says Shevanti Jegasoth, a Miami-based cosmetic dermatologist. "In photographic analysis, the eyelash enhancement was uniform length and thickness, not extreme length, as has been observed in some of the over-the-counter/online brands, such as MDLash and Revitalash. This is the only lash-growth product for which you need a prescription. It originated as a glaucoma medication -- with a stunning side effect!"

For a more natural way to grow eyelashes, the green queens at Better Organic Choice (BOC) offer the following suggestions:  "A more natural choice would be a non-prostaglandin, peptide-based formula like Tarte MultiplEye Natural Lash Enhancer. But we would recommend going without a lash enhancer altogether. Go for a primer that nourishes lashes, like Jane Iredale PureLash Extender and Conditioner, with panthenol (vitamin B5) and Omega-9 fatty acid to encourage lash growth while building up your lashes before you apply mascara."

Beauty Question #2:

I'm constantly fighting my frizzy hair! How can I get the smooth and shiny look that celebrities always seem to have?

Frizzy hairAnswer:

"The BEST solution in learning how to control frizz is to learn how to give yourself a thorough and proper blow-dry," says Christopher Padula, owner of The Beauty Parlour. "Hair becomes frizzy when it's not completely dry at the start. That said ... if your hair is looking dry and frizzy because of the weather (or all that static coming from your favorite cashmere sweater), there are good products to help smooth it down. For a quick fix, use a weightless styling crème, like L'Oreal Texture Expert 'Smooth Essence.' This should be every girl's best friend. While I like this product, any clean and light product that does not disrupt your style or weigh it down should be sufficient to control fly-aways and static."

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