Why You Should Wear Fake Eyelashes on Your Bottom Lash Line
The claim: Using fake eyelashes on your bottom lash line can open up your eyes and seriously enhance your eye makeup game. Most of us are focused on perfecting our upper eyelashes and forget about the impact those little guys on the bottom can have. While mascara is great, sometimes it can smudge and smear. But short of dyeing and perming your lashes, what’s a girl to do? That’s where this Beauty Mythbuster comes in.
You won’t want to stick a full set of falsies to your lower lash line, though — it’s best to trim them to your desired length. And keep in mind that the length will be pretty short! Because false lashes are so much denser than our natural lashes, even a short strip will make a big difference. If they’re too long, you’ll look insane. Trust.
STEP 1: TRIM YOUR FALSIES
I’m a fan of Ardell #154 lashes because they’re wispy and easy to apply. The key to trimming lashes so they still look natural — and aren’t cut to have a stick-straight line — is to trim them with the scissor blades pointing parallel to the lashes. Make sure you also trim the length of the lash strip if it’s longer than your bottom lash line (which it probably will be).
STEP 2: APPLY TO YOUR LOWER LASH LINE
If the lash strips already have adhesive on them (like the Ardell ones I used for this tutorial), carefully place them on top of your bottom lashes and as close to your waterline as possible. There shouldn’t be any noticeable space between your fake and real lashes, so make sure you inch the strip up as close to your eyeball as possible. You can add a tiny bit of lash glue to the strip if you want extra holding power — just make sure it’s tacky and not totally wet before you put it on. If you want to add even more depth, you can add a bit of eyeliner too!
WOULD WE DO THIS IRL?
Yes — well, kinda. I loved how the falsies added an instant glam vibe to my eyes without any makeup, as you can see in the photo on the bottom. The top image just shows my bottom eyelashes with mascara on. I didn’t use any eyeliner at all. While I definitely dug the addition of fake lashes to my bottom lash line for a night out or a special occasion, the look was a little too dramatic for me on an average day. That said, whenever I’m after next-level lashes, I’ll turn to this beauty hack for sure.
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Welcome to Selfmade Finance School, our new money series with Block Advisors to help small business owners with their tax, bookkeeping, and payroll needs year-round. This week, we explore the tax implications of bringing family members into your business.
The question for today is this: Does hiring your family members make sense for your business? Let me be clear. This is not a piece about whether hiring your family members makes sense for your relationships with those family members. As someone who is part of a family business, I could fill up a lot more than 600 words on my opinions about that. For today's purposes, we focus on whether it makes sense from an overall "good business and tax implication" perspective. As it turns out, there is a decent amount of tax nuance when it comes to employing your family. Let's break it down based on relationship to the employee:
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Spouses Who Are In Business Together
Personally, if I had to be in business with my husband, it would not go well. However, many couples build viable, strong businesses together and I say, good for them! Depending on how you have your business entity structured, it will make a big difference on the tax treatment of you and your spouse working as partners. Because a business jointly owned and operated by a married couple is generally treated as a partnership for Federal tax purposes, the spouses must comply with filing and record keeping requirements imposed on partnerships and their partners. The election to file two Schedule C (Form 1040) forms, (one for each spouse) permits certain married co-owners to avoid filing partnership returns, provided that each spouse separately reports a share of all the businesses' items of income, gain, loss, deduction, and credit. Under the election, both spouses will be subject to self-employment tax and on net earnings from self-employment and receive credit for Social Security earnings.
One Spouse Employs Another
If you have a dynamic where your spouse is an employee of your business, then your spouse's wages are subject to income tax withholding, Social Security and Medicare taxes. If you are self-employed (not a corporation or a partnership), your spouse's pay does not have to be included in your federal unemployment tax account (FUTA) contributions and payments. However, if your business is a corporation or a partnership you must include that spouse's pay in your unemployment tax contribution calculation.
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You Employ Your Child
First, let's be clear. I work in my family business, but I am an adult, so I am treated just like a normal employee. However, if you, for example, run a family restaurant and want to hire your children under 18 to work for you, there are some tax benefits. But first, you should check with your state for rules on how many hours minors can work (in non-agricultural jobs) and reference the Fair Labor Standards Act for information on limitations on the kinds of work children can perform.
"This is an often overlooked or under-utilized strategy. Paying your children for true services they provide in your business can be a powerful tax-saving tool," says Cathi Reed, Block Advisors Regional Director. "If you are a sole-proprietorship or single member LLC, and the child is less than 18 years of age, the business is not required to withhold FICA or payroll taxes. The child can use his or her standard deduction against income you pay."
You Hire Your Parent
Oh dear. If you are brave enough to do this, know that you will need to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes on your parent's wages and make the appropriate withholdings, but you don't have to pay unemployment taxes. Now all you have to do is convince your parent that you are the boss. Have fun with that!
Is Hiring Family Members Worth It For The Tax Benefits?
"There are some positive tax advantages to hiring family members. It's important to treat a family member like any other employee. Hiring your children can result in substantial savings for businesses. Make sure your child has real, age-appropriate work to do and a reasonable pay rate, comparable to other employees. Consult with a Block Advisors small business certified tax pro to ensure that you are complying with all requirements," advises Reed. "Block Advisors, a team within H&R Block, is dedicated to meeting the tax, bookkeeping and payroll needs of small business owners year-round. To start working with the tax experts at Block Advisors, visit blockadvisors.com."
In my opinion, you should not hire a family member solely because of the tax benefits. You should always hire based on whether that person is right for the job and keep in mind how this hire could materially impact your relationship with that person and others in your family. Finally, as I mentioned, make sure you have a tax professional on your team when making these determinations. As you can see, things can get a little tricky!
*All details were sourced from IRS.gov and blockadvisors.com