Beauty secrets of a wannabe hot girl – Guest Post by Leanne Banks

October 19, 2011

Leanne Banks is an author you'll want to invite over for coffee and some quality girl talk.

I am thrilled to bring you this guest post from USA Today bestselling author, Leanne Banks. Leanne writes fun, entertaining romance novels that will lift your spirits and take you away from the worries of everyday life. Since she’s won many awards for her writing, you might expect her to be one of those snooty, intellectual sorts. On the contrary, she’s a funny, down-to-earth southern gal who loves music, family, chocolate and a certain fashion design reality show that we’ve both found addictive. I hope you enjoy Leanne’s hilarious post as much as I did. Make sure to leave a comment for a chance to win one of Leanne’s books! For more on Leanne, visit her web site. To check out her latest release, “A Maverick for Christmas,” go here.

I met Unhip Chick on Twitter and I found her so witty and wonderful that I jumped at the chance to visit her blog.  (I’ve also learned that whole unhip title is a total misnomer!)

I write romance novels. How did I get started you ask? First, I chose an extremely unmarketable major in college.  Psychology. If I didn’t get creative, I would end up in a career where I regularly ask, “Do you want fries with that?”J

My current release “A Maverick For Christmas” features a good, hot guy and a young woman trying to get his attention. Her mission is complicated by the fact that he once dated her beauty queen older sister and he regards her (Abby) as everyone’s favorite little sister. During the book, she takes some advice from people she probably shouldn’t and tries to pull off the hot girl look. Turns out she goes a bit overboard. Think Snookie hair and eyes that look like she ran into doorknobs.

Abby didn’t ask you or me for advice on this matter. A mistake in my opinion. Sniff. But that’s no reason you and I can’t help out the next girl trying to rock the hot girl look. Not that I’m a hot girl. I just read a lot of beauty magazines and keep hoping I can become a hot girl. That said, let’s start with eyeliner. I’m a firm believer in waterproof eyeliner. If one wants the smoky eye, I was told by the Sephora make-up artist that you should use liquid waterproof black eyeliner on top and waterproof pencil on the bottom. I cannot comment on liquid eyeliner because I haven’t developed my small motor skills enough to draw a jagged-free line with the liquid stuff. I can, however, recommend three waterproof pencil eyeliners that work! Make Up Forever Eyeliner, Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil, and a very inexpensive choice that still works is Sephora Retractable Waterproof Eyeliner ($12.00).

Sephora Retractable Waterproof Eyeliner

Now, regarding hairspray for the Snookie hair, my hairstylist is very firm on this subject. Shaper. Of course, you have to do the backcombing first, but spray with Shaper. Why, you ask? I know you’re asking. Apparently Shaper will allow you to brush it out after you’ve had your hot girl night. Other hairsprays may hold through a hurricane, but when you attempt to brush your hair, you yank it out. (I unfortunately speak from experience.)

This hair is a crowning achievement in backcombing and shaper spray.

So, do you have any tips for our wayward heroine Abby on being a hot girl (if only for one night)? Or warnings?  Abby (and I) are eager to hear your dos and don’ts! Or stories of your or your friends’ attempts. One responder will win a copy of one of my previous releases!

Hurry! Post your comments by noon (Eastern time) on Saturday, October 22, 2011 for your chance to win.

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{ 33 comments… read them below or add one }

Leanne October 19, 2011 at 1:25 pm

Thanks for letting me visit the chick house!:) xo, Leanne

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CateS October 19, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Lip stain – not lip stick… stays on & doesn’t kiss off!

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Leanne October 19, 2011 at 2:42 pm

CateS, excellent point. I’m still looking for the right color, though. Sob!:) Thanks for commenting!:)

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Pam Asberry October 19, 2011 at 1:50 pm

I have never been a hot girl, so I’m afraid I don’t have much to offer Abby. But I do enjoy playing with make-up. Benefit brand is my favorite. I love “That Gal” brightening face primer. The book sounds great. Congrats and continued success!
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Leanne October 19, 2011 at 2:43 pm

Pam, I LOVE PRIMER! My make-up stays on so much longer. Must tell Abby this too! Thanks! 🙂

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Unhip Chick October 19, 2011 at 2:46 pm

I love Monistat Chafing Relief Powder as a makeup primer. It really works!
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Leanne October 19, 2011 at 3:22 pm

Wow! Must try! I’ve been using Palladio from Sally’s Beauty Supply. Cool!

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Joyce October 19, 2011 at 2:40 pm

I am still working on the whole “hot girl” thing myself. I struggle with make up constantly! I teach high school and I am always amazed at how professional the make up of my students look. I find myself trying to figure out their eye shadowing technique as I answer their questions about homework. (Good thing I am a proficient multi-tasker!) Unfortunately, I haven’t learned much in that regard. However, I do learn a great deal about fashion from them…some of which I would rather not know, but some lessons are useful in helping me remain somewhat in fashion…like scarves. I have to get some scarves.

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Leanne October 19, 2011 at 2:45 pm

Joyce, I’d like to make the point that I think high school girls have much more TIME to spend on make-up than most of us working girls. Love your ability to multi-task.:) Regarding scarves, I have several and hardly ever use them. Maybe I’m not picking the right scarves. VERY possible!!!:)

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Leanna Morris October 19, 2011 at 2:59 pm

A hot girl? Definitely not a description of me…but I do try to look my best. Seldom ever do I leave home without eye makeup..now not a full blown smoky eye but some neutral eye shadow, occasionally liner, and always mascara..and I always use an eyelash curler! Lipstick and I can go!

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Leanne October 19, 2011 at 3:39 pm

Leanna, love your name. Must make the distinction — this is all wannabe on the hot girl thing.;) Only time I did a full blown smokey eye was when the Sephora expert did it. DH did not like it. Black eye shadow actually kinda frightens me. I really should use an eyelash curler… always afraid I’ll yank out my eyelashes.:) Thanks!

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Kristine October 19, 2011 at 3:24 pm

My advice for a hot girl first impression… wear lightly tinted chapstick (soft lips are the best lips), EAT (men like a woman who can throw down a steak way more than one who pecks at a salad), and just go with it (don’t think dates are confined to dinners, candles, and music. Flexibilty and an adventurous spirit makes for great memories when you’re older and still happy together)!

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Leanne October 19, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Kristine, excellent advice! I’m with you on the adventurous spirit.:) THANKS!:)

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Brenda (mamabegood) October 19, 2011 at 6:35 pm

Dior DiorShow waterproof mascara. A must.

Most importantly – the SHOES!! A sexy high heel puts all the oomph in the oompher. But here’s the secret: buy a platform heel. It will add that vavoom height to the heel without breaking your toes.
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Leanne October 19, 2011 at 7:02 pm

Brenda! Excellent recommendation. I’ve tried that mascara before and it is wonderful. My sister also bought some Mally (QVC) mascara for me that I’ve really liked. I think you’re so right about heels. Men really seem to like them, don’t they? And you’re especially right about the platform. I have some shoes in my closet that I VERY rarely attempt to wear because I’m afraid I’ll break my neck! THANKS!:)

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Kelly October 19, 2011 at 6:56 pm

Let’s all get real here. Being hot has more to do with how you feel about yourself and the confidence you show than how you look. I know a lot of women who think they are really something because they put on a good coat of make up, but get a little closer and you’ll see they are just a Monet (look good from far away, but up close the picture ain’t so good). I am a firm believer that if you exercise, eat well most of the time, indulge sometimes and accept yourself for all of the wonderful things you do have….you are already a HOT Girl!!!!!!

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Leanne October 19, 2011 at 7:05 pm

Kelly, you’re right. Just give us all your confidence. OK? And remember, we’re also talking about my poor fictional heroine whom the hero can’t SEE as more than everyone’s favorite little sister. But again, you give great advice. What’s inside is more important than what’s on the outside. THANKS!

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Krystal Larson October 19, 2011 at 9:55 pm

I think I have to pay attention to all of these tips…I don’t wear much make-up.

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Leanne October 21, 2011 at 9:42 pm

I read more than I actually do.lol

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Dee October 19, 2011 at 10:01 pm

I can’t wait.

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Lori Silvester October 19, 2011 at 11:51 pm

I don’t have any tips to share, because I was in need of some beauty tips myself. I am definitely going to try some of them in hopes of becoming… HOT! Thanks everyone. Great post Leannne!

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Leanne October 21, 2011 at 9:42 pm

Thanks Lori. Most of us are working on that hot thing.:)

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CindyDandy October 20, 2011 at 1:06 am

Wow, I could have used this topic about 30 years ago! 🙂 My parents didn’t like us wearing much make-up, so a little lip gloss and a swipe of mascara was about all I could get away with. I had naturally rosy cheeks, so didn’t need blush anyway, but you do feel left out if “everyone else is doing it!”. 🙂 As I got older I realized the natural look usually was nicer than when it looked troweled on, so maybe that’s the way Abby should go.

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Leanne October 21, 2011 at 9:44 pm

Cindy, I think Abby ultimately goes for the more natural look. She just feels like she’s got to shake up the hero to get his attention.:) Thanks for popping in!:)

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Emily Syruws October 20, 2011 at 1:12 am

Confidence……you just have to make them think you have it, it’s all about the portrayal. Def be your self and as one of my friends always tells me, more eyeliner, it’s worked for me 😉

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Emily Syruws October 20, 2011 at 3:25 pm

So I’ve been thinking about the eyeliner and the running into doorknobs look, so I’m thinking maybe just some black but not too heavy, that may take some practice 🙂

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Leanne October 21, 2011 at 9:47 pm

Emily, I’m working on the confidence thing. Regarding the eyeliner, she’s starting at 0, so ANYTHING is more!lol Thanks for the advice!:)

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Cathy P October 20, 2011 at 1:20 am

I’m not a hot girl, and am in need of some makeup tips myself.

I would add that you should be yourself, a good conversationalist, and don’t forget to look him straight in the eye when you are talking to him or he is talking to you. Listen to what he says and give him your full attention. Also, don’t monopolize the conversation about yourself. Those are the tips my mom gave me and they worked way back in the dark ages. Lol!

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Leanne October 21, 2011 at 9:47 pm

Cathy, these are ALL excellent tips! THANK YOU!:) Abby will be very grateful.

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Leanna Hiner October 20, 2011 at 1:21 am

For other people to see you as sexy, you need to see yourself as sexy! Self confidence is very important. Love yourself and others will love you!

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Leanne October 21, 2011 at 9:48 pm

We all need to work on loving ourself!

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Elsie Wirth October 20, 2011 at 6:48 pm

Great post! Eyeliner is a must, I rarely leave the house without putting it on, but I think everyone should stear clear of the Snooki do!

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Leanne October 21, 2011 at 9:50 pm

Elsie, I prefer some eyeliner, especially waterproof, but I may not use it if I’m just going to the grocery store. I would look like a total cartoon if I wore the Snooki do.lolol

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